November 2008

‘Grape yields are down approximately 40%’–thoughts on Harvest 2008 from Anna Monticelli, winemaker at Piña Napa Valley

What a difference a year makes. Late last September we caught up with Piña Napa Valley winemaker Anna Monticelli, who told us about the 2007 growing season, fruit quality and picking times. Fast forward to November 2008 and we’ve got quite an interesting update from Monticelli. She echos what we’ve heard from several other local […]

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New releases from Black Stallion Winery, Miner Family Vineyards

We’ve got a couple new releases to share with you this sunny and warm Friday afternoon. First up, the folks over at one of Napa’s newest wineries, Black Stallion Winery, have released their 2005 Merlot. At $42 per 750ml bottle, this is a 100% Merlot (made exclusively from fruit picked in the Oakville District) that […]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

Despite the fact that it is mid-November, the weather is suppose to be absolutely spectacular this weekend here in the Napa Valley. Get out there and enjoy it while it lasts! Here are a couple events you may want to check out–as always, for more events or to add an upcoming event, visit the Uncork29 […]

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Hess Collection November 2008 ‘Rare Reds’ club shipment

Just in time for the holidays, we received word that our November 2008 wine club shipment was in stock at The Hess Collection. Last weekend we made the short and enjoyable trek up Mount Veeder to taste some wine, soak in the views and pick-up our latest shipment. Here’s a quick rundown of what we […]

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Cooking tips and recipes from Chef Tyler Florence’s Napa Valley visit

This past weekend Chef Tyler Florence was in Napa–at COPIA to be exact–to promote a couple new cookbooks. He did so by hosting a live cooking demonstration, where he shared tips and tricks on how to become a grill master. For those of you interested in a some of his tips, here’s what we took […]

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Yet another ‘off the beaten path’ Napa Valley itinerary

The folks over at Gannett News Service have published an ‘off the beaten path’ Napa Valley itinerary that left us wanting a bit more (don’t forget to check out our growing list of shared Napa Valley itineraries). Granted, they hedged a bit right at the beginning of the article by saying: None of these wineries […]

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Tyler Florence is the new Executive Chef at Julia’s Kitchen

Yet another famous chef, Food Network personality and author is building a presence here in the Napa Valley. This morning, Tyler Florence was in town to give a cooking demonstration and promote his two new cookbooks–Stirring the Pot and Dinner at My Place. Under grey, gloomy skies at COPIA’s outdoor Viking cooking area, Florence informed […]

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