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

Margrit Mondavi, the cultural affairs and arts curator of the iconic Robert Mondavi Winery died on Friday. She was 91 years old. To those who knew her, she was much more than the wife of Robert Mondavi. She was the backbone of Napa Valley’s cultural and artistic development. Her avidContinue Reading

Champagne Harvest

Napoleon Bonaparte said, ” Champagne! In victory one deserves it, in defeat one needs it.” This year the winemakers in the Champagne region of France will definitely need it. The 2016 vintage was full of bad news for the region. Bad weather, frost, rot and mildew in Champagne has producedContinue Reading

Five Must Have Wine Books

It doesn’t matter if you are brand new to wine or if you are a seasoned wine professional, these 5 books should be on every wine lovers book shelf. The Wine Bible by Karen MacNeil Workman Publishing $25.00 Recently updated, The Wine Bible is the almost as lengthy as theContinue Reading

wine glasses

There are many local wine stores who host weekly or monthly tastings. These tastings range in price from $5.00 to $50.00 depending on what wines are being poured during the tasting and if there are any additional amenities like cheeses, appetizers or other small bites. If you are fortunate enoughContinue Reading

Airén: Pronunciation: [i-REHN] A white grape is Spain’s and the world’s most widely planted grape variety. Airén blankets central Spain’s hot, arid regions of La Mancha and Valdepeñas and is used for both red and white wines. The Airén grape’s reputation for creating dull white wines is still widely dependableContinue Reading

Zinfandel has become known as “America’s Grape Varietal” through its popularity in California, and around the United States. Recently researchers have found it appears to have originated in Croatia, where it is known as Crljenak Kastelanski, and southern Italy, where it is known as Primitivo. The Zinfandel grape tends toContinue Reading

Laura Michael Wines

Owner of Laura Michael Wines Laura Swanton revisits 2004 Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is located on 3 acres at the end of Silverado Trail in Calistoga. 29 year old Zinfandel plants grow on the property along with beautifully landscaped gardens.