California Wildfires Ways to Help

The wine country community has always been incredibly generous to those in need. Every year, Napa Valley Vintners hosts Napa Valley Wine Auction for local area nonprofits. Sonoma and Mendocino wineries hosts various events throughout the year to benefit those in need in their communities. In addition, wineries have donatedContinue Reading

As raging wildfires continue throughout Northern California Wine country becoming one of the deadliest and most destructive in California history, firefighters continue to make gains overnight into Thursday morning. At least 23 people have died and at least 3,500 homes and businesses have been destroyed. Entire cities had evacuated, includingContinue Reading

The Redwood Complex Fire has ravaged areas of Mendocino County since it began on Sunday, October 8, 2017. The amount of devastation in Mendocino County is catastrophic. This fire, like fires actively burning in Sonoma and Napa counties affect wineries, vineyards, businesses and residences alike. As of the publishing ofContinue Reading

Napa County officials released a map of burned-over areas throughout the county as of Tuesday morning, October 10th. The fires remain uncontained and stated that all previous evacuations and road closures remain in effect with additional evacuations possible as the fires continue to move throughout the county. During the pressContinue Reading

Champagne Harvest

It takes almost a full year of everything going right to have a great harvest. During springtime, you worry about frost, during the summer you worry about heat spikes that damage the grapes. 2017 has been a very cruel year for most French wine growers. Unseasonably cold snaps and frostsContinue Reading

Cork or screwcap? This has been a hotly debated question which many winemakers have asked themselves when bottling their wine. Recently, Oxford University’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory looked to test whether the sound and sight of a cork-stopped and screw-capped wine being opened would influence the perception of the wine inside theContinue Reading

Ingredients .25 oz Triple Sec .25 – 0.5 oz Maria Gaetana Agnesi Brandy 6-8 oz Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot 1-2 oz Fruit Juice Instructions In a GOVINO stemless wine glass or Pinot Noir wine glass, add brandy, triple sec and fruit juice to glass. Add ice and fresh fruit. FillContinue Reading

Sauvignon Blanc Grapes

It seems like 2017 will go down as another wild ride for grape growers and vintners. On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) hosted the 2017 Napa Valley Harvest Press Conference, which provided a comprehensive discussion of the growing season and issues affecting Napa Valley vineyards duringContinue Reading