As the Napa Valley floor grows ever more crowded, and its land values skyrocket, activity moves outward. Like Coombsville before it - Napa's youngest sub-AVA, long neglected until a recent surge of interest - Pope Valley is the latest Napa region to rise from obscurity for the simple reason that it still has plantable land. It may also be Napa's last.
"To make superior or premium wine you need to do everything from the vineyard to the bottling. There is a significant attention to detail, expense, time, and risk required to make the best wine possible"
Despite the spring frosts last year, which strongly impacted wine production in France, Spain and Italy, the Concours Mondial du Sauvignon once again witnessed an increase in entries this year. The slight decrease in Sauvignons from some French wine regions was counterbalanced by an increase in entries from New Zealand, Germany and of course the host country Austria, which ranks second, immediately after the leading country, France.
It's been more than two decades since Michael Straus helped his family forever change the landscape of local agriculture with the concept of organic dairy products. Now, he's hoping to play the same role in Sonoma County's burgeoning cannabis sector
Food & Wine magazine is known for it fabulous weekend-long festivals, including the famed annual Aspen Food & Wine Classic, a star-studded three days of eating, drinking and cooking demonstrations that fetches $1,600 a ticket
Napa Valley wine's history dates back about 160 years when fur trapper George C. Yount decided to first plant grapes. According to the Napa Valley Historical Society, he was awarded one of Mexico's first land grants in Northern California - 11,814 acres stretching across central Napa Valley.
Pushed by weeks of abnormally warm weather, vineyards in the southern Carneros region have begun to stir weeks before the typical onset of bud break - the appearance of shoots that will eventually yield grapes.
Bags from the Stellareese Collection have quickly become a popular staple in Napa Valley boutiques and wine tasting rooms, which often add their own branding to the totes. Come spring, they'll be spotted at local wine country events and festivals, and they are also available for purchase online
On March 15, the chef, Nicholas Poulmentis, will proudly, though nervously, open the doors of Akrotiri, his new restaurant in Astoria, cooking dishes normally not found on a Greek menu, and serving wines most people have never heard of.
Not all great wine comes from France, of course. Also on the block are seven vintages of Vega Sicilia Unico, from Ribera del Duero in Spain. "It's one of, if not the greatest, Spanish producer," Kriegel says. "They have this tremendous elegance and power at the same time"
Grégoire, has created a sensor-assisted automatic line guidance system that boasts a precision of 3 cm without needing a GPS position signal. The application was successfully implemented by ifm France.
He will be perhaps most remembered for cofounding the Central Coast Wine Classic but McLaren also cofounded the World of Pinot Noir event, a gathering of Pinot Noir producers from around the world for two days of seminars, grand tastings, and gourmet meals. McLaren also helped launch charity wine auctions in Washington, D.C., Honolulu, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, Mendocino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Ynez and Santa Barbara