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2209, 2022

Pride Mountain Vineyards: A Thoughtful Approach to High Elevation Grape Growing on Spring Mountain

By |September 22, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry|Tags: |

In 1989, Jim and Carolyn Pride purchased the Historic Summit Ranch situated right on the Napa -Sonoma county line atop Spring Mountain establishing Pride Mountain Vineyards. As retirement was upon them, the Prides initially wanted to buy a vineyard from which they could sell grapes locally.

2408, 2022

VML: Wine, Magic and Joy – Tasting With Winemaker Ross Reedy

By |August 24, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

In the heart of Dry Creek Valley, on a 23-acre biodynamic vineyard and farm, two tasting rooms sit side by side next to the creek for which the Valley, a mecca for Zinfandel, is known.  Welcome to VML and Truett-Hurst, two brands under one company. The outdoors seating here is ample and so relaxing.  Tasting pods for up to 6 guests are set in a pleasant courtyard, each with shades and fans. Wind rustles the cottonwood and Russian thistles along the creekbed, mimicking the sound of running water.

408, 2022

Lula Cellars – The Deep End’s Hidden Gem Comes of Age

By |August 4, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

During a rare chilly and rainy, late-spring day, a friend and I stopped to taste the highly rated wines at Lula Cellars, a small producer in the cooler and foggier “Deep End” of Anderson Valley in Mendocino County.

1507, 2022

Ridge Legend Brings Montebello Magic to Napa

By |July 15, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry|Tags: |

One of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA’s most iconic and best-known brands, Ridge Winery, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. David Amadia, President of Ridge, who worked for Randall Grahm at Bonny Doon for four years prior to joining Ridge in 2005, says they are excited for the winery’s “Diamond Jubilee.” Amadia is putting together 100 lots of Ridge wines for a special auction in London with Christie’s later this fall. Amadia explains, “We attribute our success to Draper’s leadership and philosophy. We are single-vineyard winemakers. We translate grapes into bottle, using only pre-industrial winemaking, which means native yeast, no additives and no processing.”

1407, 2022

Boeger Winery: A Taste of High Elevation Italian Varieties With a Slice of History in El Dorado County

By |July 14, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

As Greg and Susan Boeger were venturing out into El Dorado County, situated in the Sierra Foothills of California, they stumbled upon an amazing property as they passed majestic pine trees and winding roads.  They came across a pear orchard that had all the intangibles for a winery.  There was already an irrigation system in place and buildings on the property that go back a century, including the remnants of a Zinfandel vineyard in the driveway.  Situated along Carson Road, the region already had 400,000 visitors a year passing by on their way to Apple Hill ranches.  This would become the core framework of Boeger Winery.

107, 2022

Box Wine Company: A Fusion of Surfing, Art and Viticulture Along the North Coast 

By |July 1, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

On a cold foggy day with the wind blowing like crazy along Ocean Beach in San Francisco, California, strong currents and massive waves cascading along the coast, you would have found young Wesley Box on his boogie board braving the elements and thirsting for adventure.   Back in the 1990s, surfing up and down the coast of Northern California, Wesley became interested in geology as he noticed the Marin Headlands, just north of the City known for its breathtaking ocean views, cliffs and unique rock types.

2406, 2022

Story Winery’s Storied Past, Present, and Future

By |June 24, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Story Winery in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley has a long – and yes, storied – history. Its tasting room is a restored bunkhouse from the Gold Rush era built in 1860. The estate vineyards date back to 1894 – a .75-acre block planted with Mission – along with its Picnic Hill Vineyard, 6.75 acres planted with Zinfandel in 1896, and its Creekside Vineyard, 7.5 acres also planted with Zinfandel in 1936.

1606, 2022

U.S. Agency to Outline Program on Wine Exports

By |June 16, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|

The Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of the U.S., the nation's official export credit agency whose mission is to support American job creation, prosperity, and security through exporting, will give an hour-long presentation on ways for small and medium-sized wineries to reach international markets.   Registration is now open for the June 28 online session hosted by the Craft Wine Association.  There is no charge to attend. 

1306, 2022

Sta. Rita Hills: Unique Cool Climate Expressive Wines in the Heart of Santa Barbara County

By |June 13, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Established in 2001 within the county of Santa Barbara, California, the Sta. Rita Hills AVA is part of the larger Santa Ynez AVA, situated between the town of Lompoc and Buellton. The region has a distinct topography and microclimate.  Millions of years ago, Tectonic plate movements led to mountains rising out of the ocean, rotating clockwise, creating one of the most defined, transverse ranges on the Pacific Coast. 

2305, 2022

Schermeister Winery – Love at Second Sight

By |May 23, 2022|Categories: California, Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

In 2012, Rob had been making wine for the likes of Mark Aubert and Jayson Pahlmeyer when he took a chance and made 125 cases of his own Napa Valley Pinot Noir employing native yeast fermentation, which has since become his signature style.

1304, 2022

ACORN Winery and Alegría Vineyards – The Russian River Valley’s ‘United Nations of Grapes’

By |April 13, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

When Bill Nachbaur was a second-grade student in Vallejo, California, his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. He replied, “I want to be a farmer.” Little did he know his dream would come to fruition in 1990 in the form of purchasing, farming, and making wine from certified historic vineyards in the Russian River Valley, whose original block dates back to 1890.

2403, 2022

St. Clair Brown Winery & Brewery – Women Embracing Local Napa Their Way

By |March 24, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Co-owner, winemaker, and head brewer Elaine St. Clair and co-owner and president Laina Brown founded St. Clair Brown Winery in 2010 and the brewery in 2018. After decades of working for other companies, they asked themselves, “How do we want to spend the rest of our lives and career?” The result is downtown Napa’s combined organic culinary gardens, urban winery, and nano-brewery.

2403, 2022

Northern Michigan: Fresh and Expressive Cool Climate White Wines

By |March 24, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Near the Canadian border in the Midwest, sits a region uncharted and vibrant making world class white wines. Northern Michigan offers an oasis of opportunity for grape growers and winemakers to create truly distinct wines that reflect its unique climate and terroir.

1003, 2022

Foothill Wine Fest – Recognizing the Best of the Sierra Foothills

By |March 10, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

The Sierra Foothill Wine Fest Wine Competition, sponsored by the Greater Folsom Partnership, began as a passion project of Mike Owen of Crystal Basin Cellars in El Dorado County, to spotlight the Sierra Foothills as one of California’s up-and-coming wine regions. Photo: Elizabeth Smith

103, 2022

Scott Peterson: Independent Winemaker in a Digitally Data Driven World

By |March 1, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Growing up in Williamsburg, Virginia, Scott Peterson watched history unfold in front of his very eyes as right out the front door was beautiful colonial architecture and a Rockwellian downtown comprising his youth. He was a drummer in the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums. They would dress up in period attire and play military music from the 1770’s.   As a teenager, he initially wanted to be a forester, but at the age of 19, he got the itch to head out to the West Coast. On a lark, he purchased a truck, got a dog and headed to Northern California.

2402, 2022

Robert Sinskey Vineyards – Pursuit of Gluttonous Hedonism

By |February 24, 2022|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: |

Dr. Robert Sinskey, founder of Robert Sinskey Vineyards, was a forward thinker who envisioned the popularity of healthier, locally farmed, and global cuisine accompanied by a lighter-bodied red wine, Pinot Noir. In 1982, he purchased a farm off Las Amigas Road in Napa Valley – before the establishment of the Carneros AVA and in anticipation of his retirement – to become a Pinot Noir grower.

1602, 2022

Calistoga: Warm Days, Cool Nights and Quintessential Charm on the Northside of Napa

By |February 16, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

Situated between two mountain ranges, the Calistoga AVA is located at the northernmost end of the Napa Valley.   Established in 2009, this AVA comprises approximately seven square miles with over 600 acres of planted grapes.

1002, 2022

Treasury Department Releases Report on Increasing Competition in Markets for Beer, Wine and Spirits

By |February 10, 2022|Categories: Featured, Industry, News|Tags: |

On Feb. 9, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission, released a long-awaited report on competition in the alcohol marketplace.

302, 2022

Holly’s Hill Vineyards: A Touch of Rhone in the Heart of El Dorado

By |February 3, 2022|Categories: Featured, News|Tags: , |

The origin story of Holly’s Hill Vineyards can best be explained through a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape that  Tom and Holly Cooper shared on their honeymoon- it was love at first sight.  Located in El Dorado’s Pleasant Valley, nestled in the Sierra Foothills, the vineyard originally started out as a ranch the family used as a retreat and a place to raise cattle.  

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