Oakville Wine

Well if any AVA vies with Rutherford for the crown of King of Cabernet it would have to Oakville. Here we find the cradle of the Modern California wine industry. In 1868 a gentleman by the name of H. W. Crabb planted a vineyard, which he named To Kalon, Greek for “most Beautiful”. Saying Crabb was prescient is the under-statement of the year! The To-Kalon vineyard has been responsible for some of the most profound wines ever to emerge from Napa Valley. Long the heart of the famed Mondavi Cabernet Reserve, the vineyard’s fruit is prized to this day. Slightly cooler than Rutherford, yet warmer than Yountville, Oakville has nearly ideal conditions for viticulture. The soil here is much like that of Rutherford’s with slight differences from east to west though the alluvial deposits tend to be a bit finer here. There are gravely ridges throughout the AVA offering excellent drainage for the Valley floor. The terrain here is more varied than that of Rutherford, with vineyards creeping up the bench lands Read more »

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  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Rudd Estate

    In 1996, food and wine entrepreneur Leslie Rudd realized his 30-year dream of owning a winery in ...

  • Gargiulo Vineyards

    A lifetime farmer, Jeff Gargiulo founded Gargiulo Vineyards in 1992 with a dream of making "true"...

  • Oakville East Wine Co

    It is with great excitement that we announce the second release of Oakville East – Exposure Cabe...

  • 75 Wine Co.

    The Seventy-Five Wine Company is dedicated to pioneering change by producing premium wines of gre...

  • Franciscan Oakville Estate

    Franciscan has its roots deeply embedded in the soil of Napa Valley. Founded over three decade...

  • Showket Vineyards

    After searching for three years, in October, 1988, Kal and Dorothy Showket bought a beautiful pro...

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Oakville on Snooth

  • Busy day. Too freaking hot!This Arbe Garbe was a blend of Ribolla Gialla, ... ... the fruit. Nose screams Oakville fruit. Really tasty. I can always count on Kick Ranch to deliver acidity. Great starter. Was starting to hit its stride as Mark and Peggy were about to leave. Very ripe but the nose really started taking off after a couple hour Read More

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  • To the above 3 - Thank you and it is true, i worked in a shipyard in San Pedro and have witnessed the hell they cause- stealing food from dock worker's lunch and the like. Hooray for the  octopus. Read More

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  • Dumb question - why seagulls?Because William is awesome!Welcome back for the visit William! Hope you're well.  Read More

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  • One of Williams most famous posts involved a picture of seagulls I believe, or at least the thread did. Anyone care to dig it up? Read More

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  • DV - What showed up in my in box wasn't the above post.received this:  You got it - a big blank.  Odd to say the least.  Dumb question - why seagulls?  Read More

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  • Nice, can't even post a photo of a seagull. Read More

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  • Ditto both the above!! He who procrastinates.... Read More

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  • William apparently likes seagulls. One of our best off-topic tangents then started. I was able to post a number of photos of the flying rats giving and getting hell, and was happy to include one of an octopus snaring and munching on a seagull who thought he was protected from more than just people, being inspired by DV's post of another such occ... Read More

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  • 'Proprietary'? Property? Proposition? Props??  Napa pretty big. Oakville pretty small. Me curious, too! Read More

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  • Would you care to elaborate, William? Read More

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