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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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

Popular Wineries in St. Helena View all

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

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  • Welcome to the Forum WW.  Of the wineries that you listed as tentative stops, the only one I have visited is Vincent Arroyo, and I certainly endorse your idea to visit them.  It definitely fits you goal of finding "off-beat wineries."  I had never heard of Jarvis (maybe I'm a troglodyte), but I visited their web site, and agree that they sound p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Birthday trip to Napa


  • If she's likening it to malolactic, once it's tamed we're talking more than just small batches. It's personally interesting to me that Zelma Long was playing around with it 25 or more years ago. She was someone I noticed when she moved to Simi from Mondavi at the end of the '70s. I began a book project that was catalyzed by a Capra Press (small,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A purposely 'bretted' wine?


  • Veedercrest Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena Napa Valley 2006

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    Big woody nose. Pleasant on introduction to the tongue, but nondescript. At the tip of the tongue it seems watery. It takes a while to get to the mid-palate and edges of the tongue before a carmelly, raisiny flavor is detected. "Carmelly, raisiny" would make one think this is an over-done "cooked" wine, but it is not. Everything here is pre... Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel California 2007

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    Perfectly sweet, no bitterness or after taste. Very unique. Great with dark chocolate. A little pricey for my budget, however it was on sale for 25% off. Bought one bottle and had to have more. Went back to the store and bought the rest of the bottles for 25% off. Read More

    Wine review by Bluegirl


  • Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon California Blend 815 2010

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    Good wine for a reasonable price. I bit too wet for my taste when it comes to a cab. Spicy fruit and slight hints of smoke. I enjoyed it. Read More

    Wine review by jescobio


  • Cult Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley By Salvestrin

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    Bought this on a suggestion from the folks at total wine, and it has turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment. I think there are much better cabs out there at a lower price. The nose has ripe fruit and slight licorice scents. The palate also has some muted fruit but is dominated by strong mushroom and earthy flavors. Less than medium comple... Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon California Blend 815 2010

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    The wine is a nice deep indigo in the glass while the nose is packed with ripe fruit, blueberries, cherries and ripe plums along with some lovely leather notes. The taste is wonderlully fruit forward with notes of blueberry, plum and cherry cola that transitions to some mineral notes mid palate. The finish is wonderfully dry, with a long, smooth... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Robert Biale Vineyards Founding Farmers Zinfandel 2011

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    Nice perfume on this wine. Pretty and red. My style of zin. Great wine.93 pts. Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • I quite enjoy the Snooth Virtual Tastings.  It's been a while since I joined in the live event, because (I can't believe a retired person has this problem.) of schedule conflicts.  Even when I don't participate in the live event, I make time to view the archived recording.So, I was pleased to see that I had no conflict for the next VT--La Crema ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Musings from a Wine Buying...


  • Ruston Family Cabernet Sauvignon la Maestra 2009

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    Big fruit, slightly jammy but not overly complex. Very light tannin, green tea, dark blue and black cooked fruit and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


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