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September 2009

2009 Napa Valley harvest: underway in a very big way

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Two big themes come through loud and clear in this week’s update from our three local wineries. First, the big news is harvest is finally in full swing across the valley. From up on Spring Mountain at Smith-Madrone, to Swanson Vineyards in Oakville and Piña Napa Valley in Rutherford, fruit is reaching its ideal stage [...]

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2008 Girard Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

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This weekend was a sweltering one in the Napa Valley, which meant there was no better time to try a new (to us) local Sauvignon Blanc. We picked up a bottle of 2008 Girard Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley at our local supermarket for just under $13 (for a 750ml bottle)… After letting it breathe for [...]

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Cork Bits: ideas for your Napa Valley weekend

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It’s late September, which means there’s no shortage of events taking place in the Napa Valley this weekend. Here are a few you may want to check out… Friday, September 25th From 5pm – 7pm at Whole Foods in Napa, Newton Vineyards will be offering tastes of its current releases of Newton Vineyard Chardonnay, Unfiltered [...]

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How did Napa Valley’s big names fare in the Zagat 2010 Bay Area Restaurants guide?

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Earlier today the Zagat 2010 San Francisco Bay Area Restaurants guide was released. As expected several local establishments were among the 1,300+ restaurants included in the guide that spans from Carmel to Lake Tahoe and nearly everywhere in-between, but how did some of the big names fare this time around? For starters, last year’s #1 [...]

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2009 Napa Valley harvest: are there any real benefits to long ‘hang time’?

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This week brought us the autumnal equinox, meaning Summer is officially behind us and Fall is here. As for the local wine grape harvest, things are still trudging along quite slowly as generally mild temperatures continue to be the norm in the Napa Valley. Regardless, we’ve got some good updates this week from Smith-Madrone, Swanson [...]

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Silverado Resort put up for sale, FT spotlights Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen, Bottega, ZuZu

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Having gotten some type of flu bug over the weekend, we’ve been relegated to the house, so we’ve been reading up on our Napa Valley news. Here are a couple items that caught our eye… For Sale: Napa’s Silverado Resort In the latest sign of the times, Eastern Napa’s preeminent resort, Silverado, has been put [...]

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2009 Napa Valley harvest: finished with Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in Oakville

Earlier this week Robert Mondavi Winery hosted its 43rd annual ‘Blessing of the Grapes’ ceremony in Oakville. The ceremony provides a chance to “…pause in the otherwise hectic pace of harvest, allowing winery staff to acknowledge one another and the turning of yet another season.” Along with the ceremony, the winery also provided a quick [...]

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