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Random bits of news from the Napa Valley

by TrevR on October 5, 2007

Here are a couple fun and interesting items related to the Napa Valley that are probably worth a few minutes of your time.

  • Today’s San Francisco Chronicle has an extensive article on Marchese Piero Antinori, an Italian winemaker from a family that is nearly synonymous with Supertuscans, and his journey into the Napa Valley.

    Antinori was an early partner who helped create Atlas Peak Vineyards in the mid-1980′s, seeing it through good times and bad. Over the years, Antinori joined Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, which recently sent shock waves through the valley when it announced that it had agreed to purchase Napa’s venerable Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars.

    Just this week Antinori released his 2004 Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, which you’ll be hard-pressed to get your hands on.

    Overall, a good read, check out the full article here.

  • The Napa Register details Diageo’s Crush Camp 2007, which is where a group of wine lovers pay to be given a behind the scenes look at the winemaking process, including early morning ventures into the vineyards to pick grapes. Here’s an excerpt:

    After receiving a set of instructions from Jim Munk, Diageo Chateau and Estate wines’ vineyard manager, the group fanned through rows of grapes, razor-sharp knives in one hand, gloves on the other and buckets at their feet.

    So began a day of hands-on and behind-the-scene visits to vineyards and wineries for the two dozen wine lovers who joined Diageo’s Crush Camp 2007. The group included a physician, a medical representative, wine professionals and others from as far as Connecticut and North Carolina.

    Full article for your reading pleasure is here.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, wine country, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, Marchese Piero Antinori, Antica Cabernet Sauvignon]

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has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

  • Mark Valens, San Jose, Califor

    Re. Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon:

    Can anyone tell me if this wine by Marchese Antinori tastes like all the new California wine: extremely fruity and sweet?

    Or is it like the California wines of the early 80′s that were dry but fruity?

    Thanks everyone!!
    Mark

  • Mark Valens, San Jose, California

    Re. Antica Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon:

    Can anyone tell me if this wine by Marchese Antinori tastes like all the new California wine: extremely fruity and sweet?

    Or is it like the California wines of the early 80′s that were dry but fruity?

    Thanks everyone!!
    Mark

  • Jim

    My restaurant had the oportunity to purchase this wine, I bought 10 cases sight unseen and it is a very good wine. In a few years it will be a great wine. It’s nice to see a wine maker going against the fruity over ripe trend. I guess it is because he is from Italy.

  • Jim

    My restaurant had the oportunity to purchase this wine, I bought 10 cases sight unseen and it is a very good wine. In a few years it will be a great wine. It’s nice to see a wine maker going against the fruity over ripe trend. I guess it is because he is from Italy.

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