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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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  • Merlot

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

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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...

  • Charnu Winery

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

  • Tradewinds Winery

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

  • 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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  • Whitehall Lane Merlot St. Helena 2007

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    Wonderful Merlot. I was dissappointed by their Cabernet which I drank during the winter. But this wine explodes from the glass with a wonderful nose of berrys and anse. Good structure and a great long finish....The color of the wine is dark dark red....and exibits Malbec qualities on site. I highly recommend this Merlot...More proof that the... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Had a real nice Napa Valley Syrah last night that reminded me so much of the ... Cairn Syrah - Napa Valley - St Helena  Had an itch for a Syrah after weeks of Rosé, Whites with some assorted reds mixes in. Wasn't sure about opening this since my experience with the '09 was that they needed time. Different vintage different results. This is a s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Here's one for fans of...


  • Unfortunately, a bit north of your St. Helena upper bound (a tad NE of Calistoga), NG, but a winery that I like that does not seem to get a lot of love is Vincent Arroyo.  They do have multiple wines, but their raison d'etre is Petite Sirah. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Impromptu Napa trip... Where...


  • Corison, a couple doors south of Press/Dean and Deluca in St Helena. If you are really lucky my friend Hardy will be working. But since it's the weekend I doubt it. Read More

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  • So I am going to Napa tomorrow for a few days.  I have some prearranged plans that cannot be changed, but have some limited  time for tasting.As "napagirl", I should already know exactly where to go.  The problem is, I get stuck into that rut of going to the ones I like, the old faves, over and over.  I would love to hear your recommendations an... Read More

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  • Folie a Deux Menage Trois White St Helena Napa County 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by jcangel


  • Rombauer Zinfandel California 2010

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    Chocolate tobacco on the nose. Sweet Read More

    Wine review by Tbandcwfjourney


  • Menage a Trois Red 2010

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    Fruity and balanced. Good pizza wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • I ran up to Napa for a few days to get away and taste some wines from places I'd never been (most of them).  I went during BottleRock Napa, but alas, didn't partake in an y of those festivities.  Some great finds, so I have listed/linked any of the wines I rated over 90 points, should anyone have interest, or their own thoughts on the wines. Wit... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa Highlights May 2013


  • Raymond St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon District Collection 2008

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    Very concentrated nose. Camphor, eucalyptus, plum, cassis, pomegranate and cranberry notes. Rich, noble and lush on the palate with lots of red and black berry fruit and camphor influence. Really a nice wine!92 pts.5/9/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


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