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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...

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  • Parry Cellars

    Parry Cellars is Napa Valley’s smallest, single vineyard winery. We only produce 200 cases of an ...

  • Varozza Vineyards

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

  • S E Chase Family Cellars

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

  • Tradewinds Winery

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

  • 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...

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  • Gamble Family Vineyards Syrah St. Helena 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Titus Sauvignon Blanc Andronicus 2012

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    Fairly simple sauv blanc without much going on. Not much of the NZ grapefruit nor much of the Napa creaminess/layers. Some light lemon and a touch of pear with low to medium acidity and a short finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • I toured Whitton Ranch, where the Geyserville fruit comes from, last year with David Gates. They lease the vineyard from Trentadue. Dry farmed blend of Zin, Carignane, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Mataro, Alicante Bouschet and others.  Quite a historic spot for sure. Pics are on my dead iPad but I might be able to fish a couple off my phone. Nope , I ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • "Went to lunch today at Solbar in Calistoga with a couple friends from ... ... I stopped at ACME in St Helena and picked up a Tendu white wine from Steve Matthiasson and Jolie Lainde Syrah Grenache blend. Now I sit on a mountain road between Oakville and Glen Ellen with a flat tire. Ugh" First paragraph I started to say 'stop rubbing it in'. ... Read More

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  • Went to lunch today at Solbar in Calistoga with a couple friends from another ... PN.Then I stopped at ACME in St Helena and picked up a Tendu white wine from Steve Matthiasson and Jolie Lainde Syrah Grenache blend. Now I sit on a mountain road between Oakville and Glen Ellen with a flat tire. U Read More

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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


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