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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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  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Taplin Cellars

    The Taplin family reflects the history of American westward migration and the development of t...

  • S E Chase Family Cellars

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Casa Nuestra Dry Chenin Blanc St. Helena Estate 2011


    Tasty! Nice dry style with good acid, tropical fruit flavors, lychee and delicate tropical fruit. Good. 87 pts.5/9/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Hall Jack's Masterpiece Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


    Roasty, oakey nose with light camphor. Rich red and black fruit, currant, wood on the palate with nice spice. Cinnamon and baking spice. Bright fruit that leans red. Nice structure. It has a pretty profile, but big wood influence. Good acidity, but the wood's a bit heavy handed. Time should improve for my taste.89 pts.5/9/13 at winery Read More

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  • Hall Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


    Oakey vanilla with red and black currant on the nose. Very dry on the palate. Red and black berry fruit with lots of oak. Nicely structured, but fairly cookie-cutter for Napa cab. 88 pts.5/9/13 at winery Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile

  • Buehler Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2008


    Very dark, somewhat murky color. Quite woody nose with a kind of leesy note. Very pleasant on the palate. It spreads over the tongue and imparts some blackberry/cassis flavors. Tannins are very will contained but are sufficient along with some acid to give good structure. US$16.99 at Costco a year ago. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon California Blend 815 2010


    This wine is very smooth, bordering a bit on boring, but has a nice peppercorn finish. Buy it on sale. Read More

    Wine review by Doreen4

  • 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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