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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...

Popular Wineries in St. Helena View all

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cloud View Vineyards

    Cloud View produces a single proprietary premium red wine blended from Cabernet Sauvignon and Mer...

  • S E Chase Family Cellars

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

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  • Joseph Phelps Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010


    Very nice but a little to fruit forward to eat with dinner -Great with Cheeses opens up early Read More

    Wine review by seholey

  • Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon California Blend 815 2010


    Nice for the price Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Joseph Phelps Red Bordeaux Blend Napa Valley Insignia 2006


    Wonderful wine that displays depth and power. The ink purple hue is.beautiful. The boque is very balanced...No big huge fruit up front on the nose. Just a balance of berry, and dark fruit. Wonderful front and mid patale....But it's the end palate that makes for this wine being special. The tannins are so balanced, and the finish goes on....... Read More

    Wine review by Stallion

  • Mad Housewife Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon St. Helena 2009


    Way better than I expected .. Has a nice punch to it! I really recommend for taste and the very cool label! Read More

    Wine review by ilovecab

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  • Seavey Vineyard Merlot Napa Valley 2009


    Very dark red violet color; appealing, tart black fruit, herbs, tobacco nose; tart black fruit, espresso palate; approachable now; medium-plus finish. (with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon; 50% new French oak) 93 points Read More

    Wine review by RJonWine

  • Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon California Blend 815 NV


    Solid cab under $30-$40. Was tough to drink more than 2 glasses without food. Cherry cola, licorice, spicy, raspberry, very oak'y - the flavors are pretty strong. Definitely decant for 1-2 hours minimum. Would probably pair well with a steak or short-ribs. Lamb too. Beef stroganoff maybe. Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Santa Helena Seleccion Gran Reserva Carmenere Colchagua Valley Chile 2009


    A good wine, fresh and lively with red notes. We tested it with ham, cheese and olives. Excellent! Read More

    Wine review by alanb1108

  • Charter Oak Red Blend Napa Valley Guido Ragghianti Old World Field Blend 2010


    Light oak and dark fruit thats a bit inky come together on a spicy, smoky, toasty nose that shows a touch of sun dried tomato fruit. Plump and inky on the palate, this shows low and compressed in the mouth, with plenty of power in reserve, showing a nice touch of meaty, strawberry preserves and a little pencil lead on the tart, modest finish. Sh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Chase Family Cellars Hayne Vineyard Reserve Zinfandel Napa Valley 2009


    Tight and fine on the nose, with shaved cedar French oak, tight dark woodsy fruit, and creamy blueberry pie top notes. This is bright, mineral and smooth in the mouth with a powerful if not terribly fruit-driven palate that shows fine complexity. This has power and depth with a faint edge of sweetness that's balanced out by the dark bitter hint ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

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