December 2007

Hess’ $6 XS Red 2005 Cabernet, Beringer’s new $6 Chardonnay

Well, it’s been one of those days–you blink and the sun has set and you’re head is still spinning. Here are a couple random items of interest related to the Napa Valley. Hess’ $6 XS Red 2005 California Cabernet Sauvignon A couple weeks back while out doing some Christmas shopping, we happened upon a relatively […]

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Reuters pens a love letter to Francis Ford Coppola about his wine

Late this afternoon, when we were finally able to catch-up on our local reading, we came across a Reuters article about Francis Ford Coppola’s wine operation here in the Napa Valley. The acclaimed filmmaker-turned-wine guy has been at it for years–often times much to the chagrin of the more traditional crowd in Napa Valley if […]

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Silver Oak Cellars launches new website

The folks over at Silver Oak Cellars have just given their online presence a bit of a face lift, much like they’re in the process of doing with their Oakville tasting room. The design is clean and the navigation is simple and effective. New additions to the site include: Tasting notes and labels for Library […]

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Oxbow Public Market officially opens in downtown Napa

The much-hyped Oxbow Public Market in downtown Napa officially opens today, with the main market hall opening on a limited basis. Nestled near Copia and the currently-under-construction Westin Verasa Napa Residences, Oxbow Public Market will, according to the website, be made up of “…ten ‘Farmstands’ along the Easter side of the Central Market Hall, essentially […]

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Video: the process of pressing grapes to make wine

Another fun Friday video from the fine folks at Adopt-a-Grape (how’s that for a bit of alliteration). This one, the final in the series, shows the grape pressing process, which is described as “the best part of harvest”. So go ahead, take the two-and-a-half minutes out of your life to watch the video below and […]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

Well, the weekend is upon us and we’ve got a ton to do. How many shopping days are left ’till Christmas? Ah, who knows?! We do know there are quite a few fun and interesting events happening this weekend in the valley… Thursday, December 13 Our friends at Stave Wine Lounge in downtown Napa will […]

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2003 Rutherford Hill Petite Verdot

Perched up on the Eastern Napa hillside above Auberge du Soleil is Rutherford Hill Winery, which is well known for being one of the early pioneers in California Merlot. Founded in 1972, Rutherford Hill still devotes some three quarters of its production to the merlot varietal but also does some limited production blends as well. […]

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