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 DiageoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 winesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ 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 DiageoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.