St. Helena Winery

(707) 967-9463 100 Pratt Ave
St. Helena, CA 94574
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St. Helena Winery produces traditional, hand made wines. In fact, the only piece of equipment which is mechanized is a commercial-grade, Delta E1 de-stemmer. The wine is not pumped, nor is it stored in stainless steel fermenters. Upon harvest, grapes are sent through the de-stemmer then sent to the sorting table to remove any fruit that is not whole and healthy. (If wineries even go to the trouble of hand sorting fruit, it is typically done prior to de-stemming.) The fruit is moved by hand into a small plastic, one ton fermenter (rather than a steel fermenter). The Storys hand punch down the cap and do not use any mechanized pumps. A traditional wooden basket press uses a water-inflated balloon to press skins against the press. Sympa is made from only 100% free run juice, while Scandale uses some of the pressed wine. As with the crushing process, St. Helena Winery's cooperage regime is similarly traditional. The wine is moved by hand into all new French oak barrels from five cooperages, using "heavy" and "medium" toast levels. All wines are aged on-site.

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

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  • This is my first post. I'm not sure this is for me but I'm giving it a go. on first blush this looks like it could be fun and educational.  Read More

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  • April will not be the month of fools for three winemakers, three wineries and a long list of wines. This past week the American Fine Wine Competition & Gala (AFWC) announced the winners of its yearly competition, whose awards will be handed out at a celebratory fundraising dinner April 24 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tampa.  A tri... Read More

    From the article Winner, Winner April Dinner: Fine Wine Gala Announces Number Ones


  • Mystery solved, sort of. This past week detectives from the Napa County Sheriff's Office flew to Greensboro, North Carolina, to recover bottles of wine stolen from world-famous Michelin restaurant French Laundry. Law enforcement has not said how many bottles were recovered and no arrests have been made, according to several sources. “Sheriff's o... Read More

    From the article French Laundry Wine Recovered in North Carolina


  • Prager Winery and Port Works Port Blend St. Helena Noble Companion Tawny Port NV

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  • We made it home safe and sound with a few less dollars in our bank account but we came back with some mighty nice jewels that we discovered along the way.Sunday was our Napa day.  Thanks to another great rec from OT, we found our way to Apsara in Calistoga.  We met with winemaker Robin Akhurst, what a great guy.  A Scot from south of Edinburgh, ... Read More

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  • We're doing a long weekend in Russian River and Napa this weekend. Flew into San Francisco yesterday with no problems. Friend picked us up at the airport, definitely beats the heck out of fighting the huge crowd at the rental car counters. Why don't they have a contiguous highway from the airport to hwy 101.So what's the first thing to do in win... Read More

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  • This past month Michigan oenophiles helped make the 33rd Detroit International Wine Auction the most profitable auction in the event's history. The event, sponsored by General Motors and chaired by GM CEO Mary Barra and husband Tony, raised $2.4 million for school scholarships Detroit's College for Creative Studies (CSS). “The record-setting gen... Read More

    From the article Record Sales at Detroit Benefit Wine Auction


  • Napa Valley wineries are feeling the financial aftershocks of this past summer's Northern California earthquake. Early estimates of the damage caused the by the Aug. 24 quake are reaching nearly $100 million.Silicon Valley Bank estimated the damage to be $80 million and climbing, warning that their estimates are conservative.The bank's St. Helen... Read More

    From the article Napa Quake Damage Nearing $100 Million


  • Whew,,, Peter and Adam Just dodged a major bullet and Now I am wanting to reserve the 2014 Cargassaci and Keefer Pinot Noirs from Siduri..Just as the final grapes were harvested by Peter Cargassaci for Siduri Wines it started to pour Rain...  The story will be told, just as I taught a Wine Class 2 days prior regarding Pinot Noir/ Burgundy.Exactl... Read More

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  • ET phoned home.This fellow is not the same Montoya. He is a young local NorCal guy who is living out his dream making wine. Minuscule production, the Baybos is 62 cases, he does this on the side as he has a day job.The Montoya in your OP no longer exists. It was a sub label made at Rutherford Ranch Winery in St Helena. Fruit sourced from around ... Read More

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