Will Success Spoil The Napa Valley?

  By Charles Olken There are those who would title an essay on the status of the Napa Valley as “Success Has Spoiled The Napa Valley”. I am not among them, but I get the point. For years now, I have preferred to take my out of town guests to Sonoma (Town or Valley or further up county) simply because one can see a more relaxed, semi-normal way of life. The Napa Valley is not normal....

Punt Road Chemin Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2013

Punt Road Chemin Yarra Valley Chardonnay 2013 If there is one thing to be said about these latest Punt Road releases, it is that they’re complex drinks. Clever winemaking for sure. This Chardonnay is a suitable example. Golden straw yellow in colopur, there’s a delicate balance between oatmeal yeasty sulphide characters, vanilla icecream oak and white nectarine fruit. Intriguingly, it...

Q Waitaki Valley Pinot Gris 2012

I received this sample from Jules at Q Wines in New Zealand. As much as I’d like to think my Qwine name is starting to gain some global dominance, I don’t have any affiliation with this winery. The fruit comes from the Waitaki Valley which is on the boundary of North Otago and Canterbury on the south island. A single vineyard wine, it is hand picked and sustainable viticulture practices...

Two Napa Valley Red Wines: Sampling And Reviews

Or what about Gourmet Trips in Calistoga? Trained with a skilled chef, here you may grab culinary capabilities in as little as five hours or stay for five nights. Just like many products while in the Area, it’s your responsibility. And that you don’t have to remain where you learn. Getting around Napa Area is extremely straightforward, with visit organizations, coaches, trains, and rentals...

Napa Valley Bicycling: Three Great Trails

I ended the bottle with two local cheeses. In the presence of a nutty, mild Provolone the Cabernet Sauvignon retained most of its characteristics but didn’t meld well with the cheese. A marbled, yellow and orange Cheddar cheese flattened the wine. If a bus isn’t your thing, a Napa wine train tour can add some old fashioned romance to your trip. Gourmet meals, excursions and vineyard visits,...

Dry Creek Valley Wine Tasting

Merlot is the so-called insurance for the vineyard. This is so because the Merlot grapes tend to ripen one week earlier than the other varietals like the Cabernet. Thus, rain plays a huge part in its harvest. Perhaps plan an intimate weekend in San Francisco that includes taking in the sights like the Golden Gate Bridge. Or maybe travel to california wine country to toast each other with golden glasses...

how Come The Napa Valley So Great? No, it Isn’t What You Think!

I ended the package with two regional cheeses. In the existence of the crazy, moderate Provolone the Cabernet Sauvignon retained the majority of its faculties but didn’t combine effectively with the cheese. An orange, marbled and orange Cheddar cheese flattened your wine. napa valley wineries can be hotter in summer. Napa is situated to Santa Barbara County’s northwest. Napa Region is between...

Karra Yerta Wines Eden Valley Riesling 2008

I bought a heap of these some time ago when the winery was closing its operation and all stock was being thrown out at crazy prices. All stock has since sold out. This Riesling comes from 80 year old dry grown vines which were hand picked. Bang in the middle of its drinking window, this has aged beautifully. Kero lights the flame, preserved lemons and a dollop of honey. The palate is filled with dense...

Lunch and Tasting at El Esteco Winery – White Dove of the Valley

El Esteco Winery in Patios Resort (March 19, 2014) In the afternoon, we were honored to receive an invitation to have lunch with Max, the General Manager of El Esteco Winery.  El Esteco is owned by Pena Flores and is probably the largest producer in the area.  The winery itself is attached to the Patios Hotel where I was staying.  It was originally started in the 1850’s, and...

specialist Travel And trip methods For The Napa Valley

The part of the Usa is also genuinely beautiful as well as a great vacation destination. You will find plenty of unusual areas with loads of family owned bed and breakfasts, that are usually a whole lot cheaper than a motel. The pleasant thing concerning this site is the fact that as the region is somewhat tiny, in order to visit diverse claims and find out a great deal of websites. Should you remain...

I Love Fine Wine – An Upscale Napa Valley Chardonnay

If you are looking to sell wine, online auctions are a great place to start. By using an online auction, you can list your wine that you are selling, and get the current prices on wines that you are thinking of selling as well. If you look around on the Internet, you can find some great auction web sites that will allow you to sell wine. There are several out there, giving you plenty to choose from....

Exotic Experience In Napa Valley Wine Tours

Chardonnay from Buehler Vineyards, Russian River Valley, California 2008: This definitely tasted like a chardonnay, but without the oakiness that is common in California. I got flavors of green apples and caramel. The center of Louisville is 5 miles from Churchill Downs. The Galt House, the official hotel of Churchill Downs, is the only hotel to offer Kentucky Derby packages. The packages include...

I Love French Wine And Food – A Touraine (Loire Valley) White

Collectibles there is something elegant and sophisticated man who knows his wines and is home taste and drink “nectar of the gods. “what can not be very obvious to many is that it is a skill that can be learned and mastered beyond just knowing that red wine goes with meat and whites go with fish and other seafood. If you are lucky enough to live near a grape growing area in both napa and...

Sonama Valley Wine Country Tour Shuttle – An Overview

Over the next 17 years we would certainly see a scare or two, but trend -wise, the market never looked back. By January 2000, the Dow had added some 11,000 points for a gain of 1,400%. They will come to your hotel and drive you around the valley using your own car instead of bringing their own. By having a designated driver with you on your visit, it will allow you to freely taste wine without the...

Top 5 Most Romantic Wineries In Sonoma And Napa Valley

We all know that we are definitely special for someone or mean something to someone but still there is always something missing. We never get to that what exactly our dear one’s feel for us or how much special we are for them. It’s a human nature that needs a caring bond and if I say, gifts are something that shows ones love and care. Giving gift is not mandatory but let them know that...

De Bortoli Yarra Valley Villages Chardonnay 2012

I must admit, a few expletives were thrown out when I took a whiff of this. Knowing the RRP is under $ 20, there is so much jam packed into this wine. It would have to be the best value Chardonnay under twenty bucks. Surely! The story of the Villages is summed up well and succinctly by winemaker Steve Webber here. Superbly balanced and precise. I loved the aromas but when you get it down the hatch...

Hunter Valley Shiraz Trophy and Gold Medal Winners 2014

Hunter Valley Shiraz used to be a unique wine: relatively low in alcohol (12.5-13%), very soft with velvety tannins. Then along came Robert Parker, and everybody felt they needed to beef up their red wines. This was not so easy in the Hunter, so a number of wine makers, in particular Brokenwood, started to source grapes from McLaren Vale, and even added McLaren Vale brands. You cannot blame them to...

Napa Valley Chicken Salad

Red: Giuseppe Quintarelli “Ca del Merlo”, Valpolicella Italy with/ Braised short rib served with house made horseradish gnocchi and dressed in a bordelaise sauce. The wines of Valpolicella are rich and powerful enough to stand up to the short rib, while also having a slight sweetness which balances the slight heat of the gnocchi. As a visitor to napa valley, you can do more than just consume...

A Trip To Napa Valley Wineries

Of course, you will be able to ditch the traffic entirely and rent bikes preferably instead. You can take a strong organized tour, or head out alone up the backroads. You can even hop on the Napa wine train for that relaxing three-hour tour including a meal and wine beverages tastings. While visiting the Waterford Wine Company on Brady earlier this week, I started searching for a red wine in the ...

1-2-3 Travel Planner: Napa Valley

Wine is what you really want. Trust me on this one. How else can you make a class act out of over buttered popcorn? Not with beer! But you combine that popcorn with a sparkling wine or Champagne and you have a real winner! Ideally, you’ll want to use the nicest gift wrap you can find and add a matching bow and some ribbon. Failing that, though, even plain tissue paper (that would be wrapping...