Here were are–it’s mid-week, the sun is shining and the smell of fermenting grapes hung thickly throughout the valley as we cruised around this morning. Here are a couple Napa Valley-related items that caught our eye as we sipped our morning coffee.
Silver Oak Cellars opens new Oakville winery
Way back in the early days of this here blog we wrote about the massive construction project going on at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville. Heck, we even interviewed general manager David Duncan to get more insights into what was going on. Today we received a press release announcing the completion of the new winery and tasting room. Here’s an excerpt:
The winery features a soaring, sky-lit fermentation barn, an eastern-facing crush pad and a tilt-up concrete barrel chai with 11â€ thick walls and four individual temperature and humidity-controlled bays. The facility has no columns, minimizing obstacles for harvest traffic and work flow and allowing for maximum flexibility in the future.
â€œThe new winery is a winemakerâ€™s dream. We incorporated all the technological advancements of recent years into the wineryâ€™s design but made sure we could accommodate changes down the line,â€ says Winemaker Daniel Baron. â€œThereâ€™s no doubt that wine quality will improve as a result.â€
A courtyard and fountain, anchored by Silver Oakâ€™s iconic water tower, provide the entrance to the tasting room area where visitors to the winery will find a huge stone fireplace, the Glass House wine library with a display of vintages dating back to the 1970â€™s, and a barrel chai. A History Gallery with memorabilia from the original Silver Oak Cellars and a time capsule also add to the unique features. The interior of the tasting room and the exterior of the winery are built from hand-quarried limestone reclaimed from an 1800â€™s flour mill in Coffeeville, Kansas.
The full release is here.
The Sacramento Bee profiles Michael Chiarello
Rick Kushman over at The Sacramento Bee, whom we met at the Chiarello Family Vineyards Harvest Party, has a big profile today on Michael Chiarello. The story is really focused on who Chiarello is as a person–it’s lengthy and worth the read. Check it out for yourself here.