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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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  • Petite Sirah

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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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  • S E Chase Family Cellars

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

  • Tradewinds Winery

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

  • Parry Cellars

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

  • 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...

  • Varozza Vineyards

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

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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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  • Invino?  They are also a flash site, and I have used them for that.  Bought a few things, but their shipping costs are kind of opaque, so I use other sites more.I have ordered only wines that I am somewhat familiar with from them--haven't really gone out on a limb on things I cannot vet independently.  And here's a reason to be wary:  Jeff HIll,... Read More

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  • RBA/Sandra-Congrats on your new car. I like that color combo! Smart cars are not that popular in South Florida but I think they are interesting.Last night we had a 2005 Noble Petite Syrah from St. Helena. Retails from the winery for $42 and I picked it up online for $23. Decanted for 45 minutes and drank over 2.5 hours. This was an excellent QPR... Read More

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  • The Inaugural R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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  • Speaking of bubbles, we're going to a birthday celebration at a friends ... a start of harvest party in St Helena at another good friends home. I imagine there will be a few good bottles opened along the way. ;-) Life is goo Read More

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  • The Inaugural R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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  • The Inaugural R Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

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