Believe it or not, we here at Cork Board World Headquarters are indeed still alive and kicking. It’s been a rough week or so, with everyone on staff (including the one-and-a-half-year-old) falling victim to a pretty serious flu bug.
Anyway, as we begin digging out of our hole, here are a couple interesting Napa Valley news items that caught our eye. We’re hoping to be back at full strength and posting regularly again very soon.
Napa Angel by Montes
The San Jose Mercury News had story that discusses Chilean vintner Aurelio Montes’ new Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon project. Here’s an excerpt:
Two wines were recently released under the label Napa Angel by Montes. The top wine is the 2006 Aurelio’s Selection Cabernet Sauvignon ($90), made from grapes grown in the Oak Knoll and Yountville appellations at the cooler southern end of the valley.
The wine is ripe and plush, with blackberry and cassis flavors, accented by some nice spice notes. It starts out soft and velvety, then the tannins firm up, leading to a long, drying finish.
Full article is here.
5th Annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers
The annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers is underway this week at Meadowood. The event brings hundreds of the top food and wine writers to the valley to discuss and debate the ever-changing world of publishing, particularly as it relates to the world of wine.
For a bit more insight into what’s actually happening at the event, you can read blog posts from the New York Times’ Eric Asimov, Chris Macias of the Sacramento Bee or Alder Yarrow of Vinography. In our mind, the best ‘reading’ on the event can be found by checking out the on-going discussions on Twitter.