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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...

Popular Wineries in St. Helena View all

  • Charnu Winery

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

  • 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...

  • Varozza Vineyards

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

  • 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 ...

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Cy. We hope you continue to join us here, and we hope that you come back with a report on your visit.You did a good job of explaining your goals for your visit, but, of course, I am going to ask for more information.  Are you more interested in visiting wineries with "walk-in" tasting rooms or would you prefer to set... Read More

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  • LuckyLucy, well done!Yesterday was a busy one for us. We had 5 different events ... the trek over the hill to St Helena where we stopped for Champers with Mike before we picked him up for the ride up to Spring Mountain Vineyards for their Holiday Party. Mike gave us a private tour of the property, the 130 year old Victorian home and beautiful g... Read More

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  • Ménage à Trois California Red 2009

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    Wine review by Paul Orszulak


  • Dominican Oaks Merlot St. Helena NV

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    Wine review by jtfluitt


  • Treasure Hunter Wines Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 2007

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    This is now one of my favorite wines! Read More

    Wine review by judder


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  • Shebang is a bargain buy.Tonight, in recognition of Intl. Grenache Day, I ... ... it up at ACME Fine Wines in St Helena yesterday. Really deliciou Read More

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  • Robert Mondavi Winery Zinfandel St. Helena

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    four glasses for the experience! Read More

    Wine review by hcr555


  • Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc Estate Bottled St. Helena Napa Valley 2014

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    Fragrant floral aromas of persimmon, honeydew melon, honeysuckle and tangerine. Fairly direct in the mouth, with a creamy mid palate and some candied apple and streaks of peach. Pleasant and approachable. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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