A Friday the 13th round-up of Napa Valley news

by TrevR on April 13, 2007

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It’s Friday (the 13th) and the weekend is almost here! With nothing but some good old-fashioned R&R in mind, we thought we’d share a couple recent announcements that caught our eye…

Piña Napa Valley appoints a new winemaker

  • Piña Napa Valley, the family-run winery that has been farming vineyards in the area since their great-great-grandfather Bluford Stice led a wagon train to the Napa Valley in 1856, has announced the appointment of Anna Monticelli as winemaker. She assumed the duties on April 9, having most recently worked as the assistant winemaker at Bryant Family Vineyard–also in the Napa Valley. Fluent in French, Monticelli holds a degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis.

    Pina Napa Valley’s new winemaker Anna Monticelli

    The Piñas have assembled a family of single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons from different sub-appellations within the Napa Valley and all their wines are made in extremely small quantities (in some cases less than a hundred cases). The winery’s current release is the 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon ($72) from the family’s Buckeye Vineyard in the Howell Mountain appellation.

Portocork pops the cork on an expanded facility

  • Portocork, the premier supplier of natural cork closures to the North American wine industry, announced that it has spent some $1 million to expand and enhance its Napa Valley cork facility. Among other things, the expanded facility includes a mammoth climate-controlled storage warehouse that holds in excess of 50 million corks at all times. Now that’s a lot of corks!

Update: The New York Times’ Amy Gunderson has a profile on Calistoga today.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winemaker, Pina Napa Valley, Portocork, cork, Howell Mountain]

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