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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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Petite Sirah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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  • S E Chase Family Cellars

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

  • 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...

  • Tradewinds Winery

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

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  • Glass Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003


    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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  • 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


    This is now one of my favorite wines! Read More

    Wine review by judder

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