The names on the newly printed large map are legendary: Wender, Bourn, Heitz, Colgin, David Fulton, Titus, Wight, Beckstoffer, Hundred Acre. The map lists the 170 different vineyards in Appellation St. Helena.
On Nov. 7, eight Napa Valley wine tourist hotspots were awarded honors by the Great Wine Capitals Global Network at the annual general meeting's gala dinner held at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.
As for quality, near-perfect weather has resulted in what could be a vintage year, said Gladys Horiuchi of The Wine Institute, an association that represents more than 1,000 wineries and affiliated businesses in California. "It's exceptional."
Even with the smallest grape harvest since 1991 in Bordeaux, France's biggest wine-exporting region, producers of the most-prestigious bottles will see prices fall as buyers shift to cheaper alternatives