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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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  • Merlot

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

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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

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  • Parry Cellars

    Parry Cellars is Napa Valley’s smallest, single vineyard winery. We only produce 200 cases of an ...

  • Tradewinds Winery

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

  • Varozza Vineyards

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

  • S E Chase Family Cellars

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

  • Taplin Cellars

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

  • Cloud View Vineyards

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

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  • 2010 Jaffe Estate Metamorphosis Cab from St. Helena. Red/Blue fruit, a little on the sweet side, good acidity, not very complex and lacked structure. Medium body with a somewhat short finish. As EM said above for his, OK but not memorable. (Previous bottle we had was a little better.)  Read More

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  • Benessere Estate Sangiovese 2014

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  • Last night Matt Denny and I attended the Napa Grape Growers Association Annual ... ... at The Ranch Winery in St Helena. As wine events go is was kinda typical with a reception hour followed by introductions, Grower of the Year Award presentation and dinner. Just a bit more upscale than my Sonoma events. Wines poured by the glass during the r... Read More

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  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was a hell of a day, great wine, great people and a lot of fun. Today we headed over the hill to the "other side" where we met up with Robin Akhurst, winemaker extraordinaire and just an all around great guy. We met Robin two years ago thru no other than our favorite local expert... Read More

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  • We have similar issues in AustraliaMain concerns for most wine companies is the ... the ... Silverado Trail N, St Helena when I was doing so consulting work for Berringer in 2014 [they are part of Treasury Wines which own Penfolds Wolf Blass etc]Their facility [Failla] was a house and you sat at a dining room table with about a dozen others an... Read More

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  • Both? I'll be traveling over the hill to St Helena to partake in the festivities. I'll be grilling some skirt steak for simple tacos on soft corn tortillas with a topping of chunky avocado salsa verde. Just a killer combination.Should be lots of beer and wines among other libations. Al, what's special about Jack, Hennessy and Fireball? Read More

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  • Food: St HelenaCindy's Backstreet KitchenBrasswoodPress $$$$Guigni's DeliCookFarmstead at Long Meadow RanchGott's RoadsideFood: CalistogaSolbar at Solage ResortEvangelineBrannan's GrillBuster's Southern BBQ - very casual/lunch/best tri-tip sandwich in existence Read More

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  • In St Helena proper, Hall, Heitz, Corison $, Del Dotto or as the locals call it Del Blotto! Alpha Omega closer to Rutherford. These will likely be open as other small back road labels will be iffy as far as holiday hours go.ACME Fine Wines in St Helena will Coravin a few bottles. Great people, off the beaten path, low production wines.I'll be in... Read More

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  • Yes, my name is a misnomer... I drink so much pinot (scm, Sonoma coast, etc) ... be with a group staying in St Helena.  Ideas?&nbs Read More

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  • Vineyard 29 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Wine review by Teppo


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