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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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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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  • Taplin Cellars

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

  • Charnu Winery

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

  • S E Chase Family Cellars

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

  • Varozza Vineyards

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

  • 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...

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  • Titus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2009


    Dark reddish purple. Red fruit (?) aromas with, maybe, some mint. Stout oaky bouquet. On the tongue, lots of fruitmore cassis and blueberrybut also some sort of cinnamony spiciness. Quite serious tannin on the edge of the tongue. Good supporting acid. Probably, one that I should not have opened quite yet. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Aline.  Do not hesitate.  Send that PM to OT.  Mike Smith's wines are outstanding, and not ones that you are going to easily find at your local retail store.  Time spent with him will be a memorable highlight for you and your friends.Quite spendy, but Auberge du Soleil has a very panoramic view of Napa Valley.  It looks like they have a bar/bist... Read More

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  • February seasonal temperatures in Napa Valley can be remarkably cool and wet, especially in the Spring Mountain District, high above the town of St. Helena. The mountainside vineyard elevations are anywhere from 400 to 2100 feet and rainfall is usually abundant during the winter season, although much of California has experienced drought conditi... Read More

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  • Target Wine Cube Sauvignon Blanc 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by caitlinclaire

  • Titus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2007


    Dark purple in the glass. Fairly volatile nose suggests alcohol, but there is also a good amount of black berry/fruit aromas. On the tongue the berry fruit jumps out, suggesting a New World take on Cabernet. However, the fruit does not blow me away. As the wine passes farther back there are some herbal and spice notes. A hint of sweetness on... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Picked up a three pack today. One to pop tonight '13 Bedrock Old Vine that was on the shelf at Andy's Produce, a new selection to try out soon to see what it's got '12 Forks on the Left Mixed Blacks and one to lay down for a nap '11 Chave Saint-Joseph. The last two came from ACME in St. Helena. Got to taste a local buzz wine this morning at ACME... Read More

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  • Anomaly Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 2005


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    Wine review by Brugrabud

  • OT I grew up in St. Helena and moved to Santa Rosa in 1973 where I lived until 1980. I worked at Korbel and then at Chateau St Jean where I helped set up their Graton facility and through their first crush. They bottled their first sparkling wine under the label of Shadow Creek. I moved to Santa Barbara in 1980. Are you in Santa Rosa?  Read More

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  • Treasure Hunter St Helena Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


    2012 vintage - Velvet Charmer Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity

  • Haha!  Hasn't the End been coming for a LOOOOONG time?  I was born and raised Mormon and we HAD a basement like that!  My friends thought we owned a store!  Isn't that Right to bear arms part of your Constitution often misinterpreted by people who think it means they can walk around with an AK or hand-cannon?  I thought it was more relevant to w... Read More

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