Locals may not have noticed, given our wine industry’s intrinsic link to hospitality and the steady welcoming of visitors from around the world; from mid-May to mid-June, the region was visited by more than 9,000 Chinese, all eager for a taste of the Napa Valley experience.
Sometimes a very special milestone calls for a very special wine. And the memories don’t end with the bottle’s final pour. Each time you see the winery name on a store shelf or restaurant list, you will likely break into a smile and feel that glow once again, if only for a minute. It’s enough.
It’s been bang, bang, bang on the site of the new Titus Vineyards’ winery facility at 2971 Silverado Trail, just north of Deer Park Road.
Verdelho is a popular white grape in Portugal, and Coquerel’s Napa Valley version ($22) is dry and crisp with a mix of stone fruits — pear, peach and red apple — with guava and a bit of herb on the finish.
The St. Helena Chamber of Commerce's Musical Picnics in Lyman Park kicked off Thursday, June 11, with Echo Trail featuring Bay Area local Pat Nevins, far left. At about 7 p.m., Nevins said the band had to take a break, in part because he wanted to check the score of the Warriors/Cavaliers game. The 2015 concert lineup includes Saint Helena Community Band, June 25; Tiki Lounge Lizards, July 9; Band 707, July 23; Michael Thomason Band, Aug. 13; and Tara J King Trio, Aug. 27.
St. Helena’s A&W Root Beer recently donated $2,500 to the St. Helena fireworks fund.
Lolo’s Consignment will host a Girls Day/Night Out event from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, sharing a portion of the day’s proceeds for the St. Helena Fireworks. Customers will receive 20 percent off all clothing and accessories and 10 percent off all housewares that day.
Sutter Home Family Vineyards has launched a California-style Sangria, which is inspired by traditional Spanish Sangria, according to its news release, with a distinctive California style.
Frisson Wines has successfully completed a secondary round of equity to fund the company’s phased growth plan for the next five years, according to managing partner Terry Davis. The funding will be used primarily to provide additional grape sources for the winery’s portfolio of single-vineyard, single-varietal wines, and will allow Frisson to increase production by roughly 3,000 cases per year.
Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 21, and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone is offering gift certificates to attend classes as part of a culinary “boot camp.”
Helen Keplinger and Ntsiki Biyell have joined talents to create a new “super Chianti blend” of cabernet sauvignon and sangiovese called “Red Collection No. 1.”
The new Mending Wall Winery at 3730 Silverado Trail is open for business.
The financial picture for St. Helena is dire. For whatever the reasons we are where we are, we now all have to be in this together and will have to all suffer through the cuts and reduction of services.
The date of the 24th annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium is Sept. 21-22 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa at 3425 Solano Ave., Napa. Professor and Dean Emeritus Robert Smiley, Director of Wine Studies at the U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management, will present the Executive Survey.
The 2012 vintage started a three-year string of high-quality, abundant harvests in Napa Valley. Groth’s release of their 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ($55) leaves you one bottle away from tasting the exceptional fruit of the vintage.
Josefina K. Adriance, author of “Spanish for the Wine Industry," has teamed up with Quizlet (Quizlet.com) to offer a program for people wanting to learn useful Spanish for work in the wine industry.
Oakville Silver Oak has acquired the full ownership of A&K Cooperage in Higbee, Missouri, becoming the first North American winery to own and operate an American oak cooperage. The company had previously purchased a 50 percent interest in the cooperage in 2000. Today the company sees the full ownership as an opportunity to secure its standards of aged stave wood during a time when the international market for oak-aged artisanal whiskeys and bourbons is creating a market demand for American white oak. A&K Cooperage, which has produced American oak barrels, since 1972, will now be known as “The Oak Cooperage.”
Winery Brand Napa Valley, located on Pritchard Hill, has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Vianello as director. Vianello has 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, primarily focused on management and growth of luxury Napa Valley wine brands. She joined Brand Napa Valley from Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate, where she served as estate director, overseeing direct-to-consumer sales. She will be responsible for developing and executing Brand Napa Valley’s marketing and sales programs.
Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) celebrated its 40th anniversary at Round Pond Estate in Rutherford on May 15, with a tribute to Mike Wolf as recipient of the 2015 Napa Valley Grower of the Year award announced in March. Congressman Mike Thompson recognized Wolf’s receipt of the award by reading a Congressional Resolution noting the contributions that Wolf has made to Napa Valley farming and the community. More than 250 people attended the event.
Joseph Phelps Vineyards has announced the appointment of Sam Burton to the position of vice president and director of operations. Burton will have overall responsibility for the Phelps family’s estate vineyards and wineries, including Joseph Phelps Vineyards in the Napa Valley and Freestone Vineyards on the Sonoma Coast.
Sauvignon blanc is an all-weather wine. In the heat of the summer, its zesty, fruity character is a welcome refreshment. Come fall and winter, it is the go-to wine for fresh Dungeness crab. Yet despite the variety’s seasonal flexibility, there is no denying that spring triggers an almost primal desire for its wines.
It was not until the 19th and early 20th century that Italy’s fractured regions unified into the country as we know it today. The long independence and individuality of each of the regions is one of the reasons that certain grape varieties remain almost unique to particular areas. A tasting tour of Italy provides one adventure after another as you make these regional discoveries.
When respected American chef Charlie Palmer took title to St. Helena’s Harvest Inn last year, locals wondered if he’d include a restaurant as part of the operation.
After 37 years of making wines from its coveted fruit, Duckhorn Wine Co. has acquired Napa Valley’s legendary Three Palms Vineyard.
About 275 people attended the fifth annual “Spring Fling,” a tasting of wines from Spring Mountain wineries, held May 13 at Spring Mountain Vineyards.
If you’ve driven Highway 29 north of St. Helena, you may be wondering what is happening at the Freemark Abbey Winery and the old stone building that once housed the Silverado Brewery. The roof and interior walls of the old building have been completely removed, and only the outer stone walls — propped up with timbers — are still standing.
Ripe apricot and lychee fruits, rose petals and spice: Gewürztraminer is no wallflower grape. The highly fragrant wines made from the grape can sometimes be a bit over the top.
Auction Napa Valley 2015 wine lots that are a part of the Napa Valley Vintners’ e-auction are now available for preview at AuctionNapaValley.org. Proceeds from Auction Napa Valley support community health and youth education in Napa County.
Now in its fifth year, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch continued its “Corkage for Community” program recently by donating $2,350 to the Napa Valley Jazz Society. Making the presentation was Adam Kim, left, director of destination operations, to Bill Hart, who is the founder of the Napa Valley Jazz Society. Dedicated to making a change in the local area, Farmstead makes substantial contributions through its Corkage for Community program, which donates all $5 corkage fees collected by its restaurant to a different local nonprofits each month. The mission of the nonprofit Napa Valley Jazz Society is to support the art of jazz in all its forms and historic breadth, and to cultivate interest in jazz through music presentations, youth education, scholarship opportunities and community outreach throughout the Napa Valley and greater Bay Area region.
Many reports from the U.K. say that Diageo has put up its wine brands for sale. They include Beaulieu, Sterling, Acacia and Provenance here.
Charbay, the Spring Mountain Road distillery, has joined the Henry Wine Group to represent Charbay’s three whiskeys, brandy and the line of five Tequila Tapatio that Charbay imports.
Tony Cartlidge’s first act in the wine business was co-founding the successful Cartlidge and Browne Winery in 1980. In 2011 that winery sold and his search for a second act was on.
Tony Cartlidge’s father was born in Hammersmith, England, on March 9, 1923. He was named Hayden Francis Cartlidge by parents he would never know, left instead in the care of an impoverished foster home.
For signing up for the Vineyard Economics Seminar, to be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 15, attendees will receive a free recent historic aerial vineyard image from TerrAvion worth between $100 to $1,000.
The Cousins Maine Lobster food truck will be in St. Helena over the weekend of May 16-17. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday it will be at the Vine Cliff tasting room, 699 St. Helena Highway, south of downtown St. Helena; and then on Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 5-6 p.m., it will celebrate a grand opening event for Sullivan Winery, 1090 Galleron Road, also south of St. Helena.