It has been more than 30 years since we first visited Napa Valley together, and it’s sometimes hard to believe how much it has changed since then. The quiet towns of yesteryear now thrive, packed with restaurants and wine-lovers; and the once-sparse landscape has given way to endless rows of vines and wineries. Tasting rooms didn’t exist during our early years of visiting, so wine producers would invite you to sit in their kitchen, on their porch, or in their farm offices while drinking their wine with them.
Guest blog by: Stacy Soberalski Hersly
“A first step, fueled by a passion and possibilities puts one on the path of adventure.” Words that we, Adam Hersly and Stacy Soberalski Hersly, live by!
Guest Blog courtesy of Stephanie Trotter Zacharia
Co-Owner and Winemaker, Trotter 1/16 Winery, Napa Valley, California
One of the coolest aspects of being a boot-strap winemaker is that I get to play all the various winery roles. Honestly, some are more fun than others. I much prefer showing friends/customers around the vineyard or crush pad over say, accounting.
Written by: Elise Nerlove, second-generation Viticulturist and Winemaker at Elkhorn Peak Cellars in Napa Valley.
Bud Break in Napa Valley
Happy spring! Although it may not quite feel like it yet, spring is officially in Napa Valley, marked by budbreak in the vineyard. Budbreak is the vineyard waking up from winter and its nature’s signal to get to work. Spring time in Napa Valley is one of the busiest – it all happens in the spring!
The Stagecoach Vineyard is one of the most iconic and important in all of Napa Valley. It recently changed hands, purchased in April 2017 by E. & J. Gallo Winery for $180 million. More than 90 top wineries including Chateau Montelena, Plumpjack and Quintessa have for decades relied on the prized fruit from Stagecoach for their Cabernet Sauvignon and other wines, but that may soon end, with Gallo’s potential decision not to renew purchasing contracts. What makes this historic vineyard and its fruit so desirable?
This week represents a first – the first Malbec featured on Cellar Angels! And as the honorary first, we wanted to showcase something really special. Enter Emerson Brown, a powerhouse team with a large depth of winemaking knowledge and experience both nationally and internationally.
Learn about the partners behind this fantastic Malbec from the Oakville AVA in Napa Valley.
I always enjoy and appreciate a place of business where they know your name. We’re a strange sort, we human beings, and for thousands of years have had an innate need to belong. What better example of belonging than a place of business ‘where everybody knows your name’.