When in Napa I always spend time at Dean & Deluca – a foodie’s paradise. Incredible food items from all over the world, a fabulous bakery, and a huge wine selection are reason enough to stop by, but if you love cheese…plan to spend do a tasting at Dean & Deluca with their cheese monger.
Sounds like a great wine dinner at Flemings Tuesday night…it’s interactive with the winemaker of Caymus via Napa!
What’s the best hamburger you’ve ever had? In our neck of the woods I have two favorites – the ‘crack’ burger at Zinc on the Riverwalk, as locals call it because it’s so deliciously addictive, and the blue cheese burger out at the Alamo Springs Café near Comfort.
Another stand-out Napa winery well worth your time and perhaps worthy of your patronage as all profits go to heart research. More on that in a minute.
Wow – what view this winery has! Pride Mountain Vineyards sits on 235 acres high atop Spring Mountain with an incredible view of Mount St. Helena. Plus, the vineyard sits on the Napa/Sonoma county line, so you can literally be in Napa and Sonoma at the same time.
This is one of the beautiful vineyards high up on Spring Mountain, and it’s family owned and operated (ya gotta love that).
The Trinchero family moved to Napa in the 1940’s and Trinchero Estates is now one of the largest wine producing entities in all of Napa.
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I’ve spent the past couple of weeks tasting Merlots for you – yes, you’re welcome, but believe me the pleasure was all mine! I am a BIG fan of merlot (The movie ‘Sideways’ never changed my opinion). Let’s face it, without merlot where would Bordeaux be? It’s the grape that softens those wines….the yang of […]
Robert Mondavi’s vision of making fine wines and establishing Napa as a world-class wine making region is still celebrated today. The marketing genius made the name Mondavi synonymous with the word wine. I had the pleasure of meeting Rob Mondavi, Jr., Robert’s grandson, during last Fall’s crush.
Okay guys…it’s tonight—an incredible wine tasting of Burgess Cellars wines at Francesca’s at the Westin La Cantera. Sunset central! The view this time of year in the evening is spectacular. The Burgess vineyards are located on the famed Howell Mountain in Napa. If you enjoy red wines, you’ll enjoy this tasting. Francesca’s sommelier Steven Krueger […]
The good news for wine drinkers is that prices have never been more competitive—especially in the higher priced wines. By higher priced, I mean $30 and above. Those wines are moving more slowly, hence, the good old law of supply and demand kicks in. Watch for sales and compare prices. That Quintessa that sells for […]
There’s a virtual goldmine right in our own backyard. Texas wineries! Texas Hill Country wineries have reason to be particularly proud. The Texas Agricultural Department asked me to host their first-ever video podcasts called ‘Go Texan Wine’, and they turned out to be a fascinating learning experience. I was surprised to find out that the […]
Fall is a beautiful time to explore California wine country. We recently spent some time in the Mendocino area – if you’ve already done Napa and Sonoma, head a bit north to Mendocino. The cooler climate produces some wonderful Pinot Noirs and Gerwerstraminer wines.
It’s busy, incredibly crowded but a lot of fun. Anxiety, excitement and a wonderful rich grape aroma fill the air as wine makers all over the valley begin the mammoth task of harvesting their grapes. What a fun time to be in wine country! When you go, you’ll see that it’s a scientific process that’s […]