Napa Valley

Five Simple Steps To Start A Winery

Step One – Steal Grapes

In the fall of 2006 I found myself, even by my own admission, doing something I should not have been doing, standing in the falling rain, picking Cabernet grapes behind the St. Helena library in Napa Valley. Lets just say these were not my grapes.  After hauling two large trashcans back to my garage, I made my first wine. And it was terrible.  I put a picture of my dog on the label and stuck it in the back of my cellar. Ignoring the obvious question, “why did no one pick expensive St. Helena Cabernet?” I continued on. 

Growing Pinot Noir in Napa Valley | Elkhorn Peak Cellars

This is my 34th season growing Pinot Noir in the Napa Valley and as the years go on, I must say that I still enjoy growing grapes very much. Every year is different and presents its own set of unique challenges, but that’s what keeps me coming back!

pinot noir vineyard napa valley

How is Chardonnay like Tofu?

Courtesy of guest blogger, Sommelier Meghan Vandette

My mother in law is, admittedly, not a big wine drinker.  She will enjoy the occasional glass, but usually only when we are together. When I first met her I was in my early 20’s and it would be several years before I would begin my career in wine, so at the time I knew less about wine (and almost everything else) than she did. 

How to bring Napa Valley to you

Unless you’ve attained independent wealth and the constraints of day-to-day responsibilities of career, children, meetings and financial obligations are no longer hijacking your time, the ability to travel to Napa Valley once per week and partake of the best wines from Cabernet to Pinot Noir, is nearly impossible. However, the desire to enjoy a weekly escapade of fine wine, exploration, luxury travel and sensational dining we hope never fades.

How To Taste Wine

So you have been drinking wine for years. You know your favorite types of wine, favorite wine regions and feel confident in your ability to hold your own during a discussion with the snobby neighbors (who have been to Napa Valley TWICE, mind you) from down the street at the holiday cocktail party. Hosting wine laden dinners for family and friends is a point of pride for you.

Le Chanceux’s tale of Inspiration, Courage & a Little Luck

Written by guest blogger, Don Carter of
The wise-ass guide to wine appreciation.

Sue McNerney was hoping to turn her passion for wine into a profitable business when the Napa earthquake struck on the morning of August 24th. “I was standing in the kitchen when I saw the pictures on my iPad and I walked over to the door and I said, ‘Oh my God. It’s gone. It’s gone!’ ”

Liquid Art

On a daily basis, I meet people that have been born and raised here in Napa Valley that seem as if they’ve been in training on the refinements of various Cabernet clones since first grade….or at least that is what I imagine!  As for me, I was born the youngest daughter of Tom & Peg Trotter’s 16 kids in Philadelphia, PA.  We only had “fine wine” in the house for special occasions…and it was either Cold Duck or Blue Nun!

Napa and Sonoma Wildfire Relief | 5 Ways You Can Help

Our hearts go out to our friends in Napa and Sonoma who are still reeling from the tragic wildfires. To date over 210,000 acres have been burned, neighborhoods and wineries have been destroyed and many lives have been lost. It is heartbreaking on so many levels.

We know many of you want to show your support but are not sure exactly what to do.
Here are 5 ways you can help...

Napa Valley Merlot 2014 Vintage | Greyscale Wines

Greyscale Wines 2014 Napa Valley Merlot Tasting Notes
Established in 2008 by Jean and Larry Rowe, Greyscale Wines produces hand-crafted premium wines using high-quality Napa Valley grapes. The 2014 Greyscale Napa Valley Merlot is a blend of 93% Merlot from Orchard Vineyards, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1% Malbec.