Summers Winery

Jim Summers purchased a 28-acre vineyard in Knights Valley in 1987. At that time it was mostly Merlot grapes with some Muscat Canelli. The first production of Summers Ranch Merlot was the 1992 vintage, and we increased the yield to reach a maximum of 2000 cases. In 1996 we expanded our vineyard holdings to include 25 acres at the corner of Highway 128 and Tubbs Lane. This Napa Valley property carries the name Summers Estate Wines, with the vineyard designation of Villa Andriana Vineyard, named after our daughter. The property has been completely transformed to recognize its full potential. With a winery/tasting room, entertainment center, bocce ball court, picnic area and 22+ acres of vines (Zinfandel, Charbono, and Cabernet Sauvignon) we think it a perfect balance of pleasure and productivity. Creating red-wine from grapes grown on small acreages in both Napa Valley and Knights Valley is the passion of Beth and Jim Summers. The signature, "unique" wine offered by Summers is Charbono. The name Read more »

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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...

  • Charbono

    Charbono is grown on just a handful of acres on California’s North Coast, mainly in the Napa Valley. This grape usual...

  • Petite Sirah

    History of the grape: Petite Syrah is often confused with its parent grape, Syrah, but it has been identified as a se...

  • 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...

  • Merlot

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

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  • Summers Four-Acre Zinfandel Italian Miscellaneous White Miscellaneous White 2009


    Smoky oak, vanilla and espresso foam all come together on the nose along with some black pepper, black cherry and a hint of sweet pork. Full and broad in the mouth, this shows some assertive if polished tannins early on along with rich flavors of black cherry and black raspberry. Theres a certain hardness on the palate, though a nice brambly not... Read More

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  • Rocco Bay Soft Smooth Red Western Cape W.O. South Africa


    South Africa's Rocco Bay, a new blend with a new look. It is a wine from Bottelary Winery in Paarl.Rocco Bay Soft Smooth Red is an absolutely delicious wine and a bargain at the price. A fabulous, smooth blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault & Merlot, a wine made from perfectly ripened grapes grown on mountain foothills, cooled by soothing Atlan... Read More

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  • Wanting to refresh my memory on certain French vintages in the Rhône Valley I came across (as I often do) the Robert Parker Vintage Chart.  Parker includes vintages from 1970 through 2010 on his website and scores them on the usual 100 point scale.  He claims that scores of 70-79 are "average" while those of 80-89 are "above average to excellent... Read More

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  • Hey Guys,I am delirious from working 38 hours the past two days but had a second of down time. I was talking to a patient of mine sometime late at night and we started discussing wine. He told me some interesting things that I more or less wanted to fact check against the brains of snooth.First he claimed that his brother/uncle or some relative ... Read More

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  • Summers Winery Chardonnay le Nude 2008


    This unoaked, Chardonnay paired well with a Chicken Caesar salad. It has a soft, buttery mouth feel with a tame balanced acidity. Stone fruit, melons, with a hint of apple and vanilla fill out the palate. Read More

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  • When I first took up wine as a true hobby a few years back, I assumed that what makes a wine enjoyable was about 50/50... Half of the credit goes to the consumer, each of whom has a unique set of habits, preferences, and neural networking. The other half goes to the vintner, who carefully selects his crop, critcally oversees the winemaking proce... Read More

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  • Hi, I want to buy some wine online. Please tell me What I Should Know About Buying Wine Online? Read More

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  • I’m  slightly embarrassed  to say I’ve never tasted English wine,  that may be a good or bad thing, I’ve yet to find out.From what I can gather wine production here is overseen and regulated by the European union. The recommended Varieties for the UK are.........Huxelrebe Madeleine Angevine 7672 MullerThurgau (Rivaner)ReichensteinerSchonburgerSe... Read More

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  • Hi everybody, this is my first post on SnoothI was wondering if anyone had an opinion on the effects of proximity to the ocean for changing characteristics of wine. Does it have similar effects, even in different parts of the world? For example, grapes grown from Sancerre to Muscadet in the Loire valley demonstrating similar changes to character... Read More

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