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Charles Krug Winery

Charles Krug was an imprisoned revolutionary, an entrepreneur, and a wine visionary. Peter Mondavi and family are entrepreneurs and wine innovators, but never imprisoned revolutionaries (that we know of!). Together, they trace the entire timeline for wine in Napa Valley. Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley, was founded by a 24-year-old revolutionary who was part of a coup to overthrow the German Parliament. He was thrown into prison, to be freed only in a second revolution attempt nine months later. Around him, some of Europe’s greatest cities--Prague, Paris and Berlin—were in political and financial turmoil. Meanwhile, from the California Gold Rush came stories of riches and glory and the promise of unimaginable wealth. It didn’t take Krug long to jump on a ship to the New World. Charles was educated, opinionated and entrepreneurial, founding Napa Valley’s first winery in 1881. He was the first major vintner to apply scientific methods and European techniques to winemaking here. He also brought varietal diversity to Napa Valley, too, rejecting the prevalent Mission grape in favor of European varieties. Krug not only set the stage, he built the stage for the Napa Valley wine Read more »

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  • Merlot

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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  • Cr Cellars 'Fortissimo' California Grape Wine L

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    Not quite 10 years ago I took my mother shopping at a Costco on Long Island. ... it could be gotten at the Charles Krug Winery, easily found just a mile or 2 north of St Helena's main drag. Recently, I was up that way again and stopped in to pay homage to my grandfather, who as a kid I can remember making his own wine in our basement in Brookl... Read More

    Wine review by John Minagro


  • Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2012

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    Soft on the nose with gently rising aromas of creamy pineapple laced with a hints of green pepper and canned peach juice all topped with musky floral notes and a hint of lemongrass. Soft and creamy in the mouth, this is a bit fat and lacks any sense of detail delivering sweet pineapple, peach and vaguely grapefruit tinged flavors to the palate w... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley 2012

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    Wine review by mark


  •  Wow, we had a great time last night. Hopefully Foxall will have a chance to put his spin on things. I didn't take any notes, just 2 pictures but I lined up some of the dead soldiers this morning. 15 people, over 30 different wines and not a single dud except for a sweet/syrupy/candied 2001 Rosenblum Monte Rosso Zinfandel. But enough for the bad... Read More

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  • Charles Krug Napa Sauvignon Blanc 2008

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    Great white wine with a bit of bite. Read More

    Wine review by theGrapeJefe



  • Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville Napa Valley 2010

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    Wine review by Atowngal


  • Charles Krug Merlot 2009

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    Wine review by mark


  • As far as "in the hills", I meant anywhere off of 29.  Howell, Spring, Diamond... anything was up for grabs.There ARE some really great wineries, especially up in Howell Mtn.  I missed the Taste of Howell Mtn on Sat at Charles Krug  (found out about it a bit too late)- DAMN, DAMN!!  Tickets were ~$135, but worth it for the amount of tastings/foo... 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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