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St. Helena is known as the “heart of the Napa Valley” wine region of California. Ironically, this thriving town built on the wine industry gets its name from the 1850s St. Helena Chapter (named for the mountain in the distance) of the Sons of Temperance, an organization dedicated to the reform and prevention of “drunkards.” 
 
In 1861, German immigrant Charles Krug established the first winery in his name. He not only pioneered European varietal plantings, but also fermentation techniques and the careful selection of root stocks. In the mid 1870s, the Beringers followed in his footsteps, establishing what would become the longest continuous winery in Napa. The Phylloxera crisis at the end of the century hit the region hard, and Krug had to file for bankruptcy. A year after his death in 1892, James Moffitt purchased the land and began replanting vines using the Phylloxera “cure” of graftings onto American roostock. The Beringers, meanwhile, were 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...

  • 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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  • Varozza Vineyards

    The original scissor press and redwood tanks are still located on the top floor of the winery, bu...

  • Cloud View Vineyards

    Cloud View produces a single proprietary premium red wine blended from Cabernet Sauvignon and Mer...

  • Charnu Winery

    We are a small producer of ultra-premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Charnu Winery began i...

  • Tradewinds Winery

    At tradewinds winery, we focus on producing tropical fruit wines from 100% pure fruit. no additi...

  • Taplin Cellars

    The Taplin family reflects the history of American westward migration and the development of t...

  • S E Chase Family Cellars

    S. E. Chase Cellars pays homage to Sarah Esther Chase Bourn a woman who, like the wine which bear...

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  • Titus Sauvignon Blanc Andronicus 2012

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    2013 vintage from wine club at vom foss Read More

    Wine review by tjjm


  • Ménage à Trois California Red 2009

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    Our go-to wine for dinners. The blend is delightful and has delicious red and black berry notes. Has a little bite of acidity, but a relatively clean finish Read More

    Wine review by katherinerosegary


  • Young Inglewood Cabernet Sauvignon St Helena Napa 2012

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    Pungent and fruity aromas are quite pronounced and perfumed yet elegant with notes of cherry, raspberry preserves and rose petal. Supple and delicate on entry but developing a warm spice through the mid palate with toasted vanilla notes of ripe berry and cherry. This delivers exceptional purity of red fruit with a bit of powdered sugar notes tow... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Newman's Own Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Charles Krug Zinfandel Port NV

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    I'm European and I prefer the real deal from Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal. This is not for me Read More

    Wine review by italiang


  • Glass Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003

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    Delicious surprise, smooth with pleasant finish. Would definitely recommend Read More

    Wine review by NutritionDoc


  • This is way off thread topic, but I just love to rebut GregT's comments. Also, I am going to take another opportuniity to brag on a favorite maker.In discussing the Bottled in St. Helena Meiomi, Greg stated, "That's in Napa. No way are they putting out a $20 wine that would come from any vineyards there."Last week in another thread Mjet posted p... Read More

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  • Good distinction. If someone else pours, I may drink a lot of stuff I ... ... going in. "Bottled in St Helena" is more or less meaningless. That's in Napa. No way are they putting out a $20 wine that would come from any vineyards there. It was bottled at a custom crush place called The Ranch. The grapes are trucked in from everywhere else but ... Read More

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  • Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion.  Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising.  First  - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free.  Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label.  Well, this 2014 Me... Read More

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  • HI.  Thanks for the response.  I was planning on trying to make ... Family VineyardSt Helena WineryVineyards 29ChappelletMyriad CellarsTurnbull Wine CellarsDunn VineyardsCarter CellarsCorison WineryMcGah Family VineyardsSwitchback RidgeHall WinesMending Wall WineryForman VineyardSilver Oak CellarsVeng Read More

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