July 2007

Napa wineries being sold left and right for big bucks

News if flying this week about Napa Valley wineries being sold for big chunks of money–continuing a trend that’s been going on for quite some time. The venerable Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars–the Stag’s Leap District winery made famous by Warren Winiarski–announced that it has agreed to sell to Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Marchesi Antinori […]

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Cork Board comments: July 2007

Believe it or not, another busy month has come and gone…Here are our favorite reader comments for the month of July. We added a new feature to the blog in July–we’re now tracking all Napa Valley wineries that have blogs. We found just a select few in our quick research and reader Julian helped us […]

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Decent round-up of inexpensive ways to enjoy the Napa Valley

Over the weekend, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article with an interesting premise: how to ‘do’ the Napa Valley on a ‘tightwad’s budget’. We’re always somewhat skeptical of such write-ups as they inevitably tend to skew toward the high-end places to dine, stay and play. This particular article, penned by Linda Murphy, did a […]

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Artist appearance this weekend at Yountville’s Vintage 1870

Gallery 1870, which is located in Yountville’s Vintage 1870 complex, will host artist Patrick O’Rourke this weekend. O’Rourke will be on-hand on Saturday between 1pm – 6pm (if you stop by at 3pm there will be an unveiling, followed by wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres) and again on Sunday from 12pm – 4pm to personalize […]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

We’ve got quite a few fun and exciting events happening in the Napa Valley this week, so why not get into that weekend frame of mind now! Thursday, July 26 – Sunday, July 29 The 21st Annual Wine Country Film Festival will kick-off with a cooking demonstration featuring La Toque chef Ken Frank, followed by […]

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Coming soon to a wine bottle near you… ‘green’ corks?

We’ve written previously about Napa’s Portocork, the premier supplier of natural cork closures to the North American wine industry. Today the company announced it is taking steps to ‘go green’ by committing to minimize the environmental impact at its Napa Valley facility by implementing practices such as water and energy conservation and solid waste reduction. […]

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Napa Valley grapes begin to show their true colors

Here were are in late July, another growing season nearing its final stages, and across the Napa Valley the wine grapes are beginning to show their true colors. The transformation from light green to dark purple has begun! Yesterday, we snapped a couple quick photos of wine grapes at dusk in the heart of the […]

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