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Blackbird Vineyards, Wine Garage, Castello di Amorosa and more…

by TrevR on October 26, 2007

Lots of mainstream media coverage of Napa Valley items in the past couple days, of which we’re going to share a couple with you this glorious Friday morning.

Blackbird Vineyards ‘05 Napa Valley Red WineFirst, Blackbird Vineyards, the Napa Valley winery just around the bend from Cork Board World headquarters, was the focus of yesterday’s ForbesLife ‘Find of the Day’ feature. Well, the winery’s 2005 Napa Valley Red Wine ($80/bottle) was anyway. Here’s a bit from the write up:

It was served at last year’s Vanity Fair Oscar party. A blend of 96% Merlot and 4% Cabernet Sauvignon, winemaker Sarah Gott’s red is aged for 20 months in 70% new and 30% seasoned French oak barrels before being bottled. Round, well-balanced and juicy, this wine makes a perfect gift for someone who doesn’t quite know what kind of wine they like.

Read the full article here.

Not to be outdone, USA Today has a feature on the northern Napa Valley town of Calistoga. The article offers the obligatory discussion of Daryl Sattui’s Castello di Amorosa, which opened earlier this year on the southern edge of town, as well as a bit on the newest luxury resort, Solage Calistoga.The Wine Garage

Buried at the end of the article is a short blurb on the Wine Garage, a family run operation that makes the article worthwhile. The Wine Garage is owned and operated by Todd Miller and his wife–here’s how the article explains what they’re up to:

Since they opened the shop in 2003, the Millers have done a booming business selling only wines that cost $25 or less ($2 million worth this year). “We’re down-to-earth people selling to down-to-earth customers, the people who make this valley what it is.”

The Millers keep costs low by maintaining a bare-bones retail space — bottles are displayed in cardboard boxes — and seeking out lesser-known labels from the region. Miller aims to install a wine bar and deli by next spring that will allow customers to taste any of the 350 brands in the store.

Full story is here. TGIF!

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Blackbird Vineyards, Castello di Amorosa, Solage Calistoga, Calistoga, Wine Garage]

About the Author

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.

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