Wine Country

Champagne Chat: Billecart-Salmon’s Owner Gives Us the Scoop

 Our family motto is: “Give priority to quality, thrive for excellence.” I think that summarizes things quite well.  People who know—know. If you don’t know, you need to join the cult of Billecart-Salmon, a…

BRION Boasts a Bevy of Fine Winemakers 

In creating his new eponymous wine brand and winery, Brion Wise chose a novel approach. Rather than hire one famed winemaker, Wise gathered three, each at the top of his game, and…

PRESS: Chef Philip Tessier Reinvigorates a Napa Classic

St. Helena’s PRESS restaurant has long been known primarily for its Napa Valley-only wine collection, the largest in the world at 1,200 bottles. The impressive assemblage serves as an homage to PRESS…

The Essence of Excellence: Kenzo Estate

When those in the know are asked to name the most beautiful Napa Valley winery, Kenzo Estate unfailingly makes the short list. And when wine country visitors seek the best in private…

Anatomy of a Wine Label: Crescere Wines

Literature lovers might recognize Crescere Wines’ label art. The Sonoma County producer of premium, estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah tapped London-based Yehrin Tong to design its ethereal logo. Yehrin is well…

inside a Georgian marani (wine cellar)

Georgia, the Cradle of Wine

Oenophiles in the US have been discovering Georgian wines as if the country had just begun making it, although Georgia is the historically accurate birthplace of wine. The United States and the…
Robin Baggett Auction Napa Valley

Thank You, Auction Napa Valley

A Toast to Nearly 40 Fabulous Years of Fundraising for the Community “Pausing our Auction due to the global pandemic allowed us time to reflect on all we have achieved and gave…

The Story of a California Wine Revolution

A Conversation With Steven Spurrier May 24, 1976: In the Room Where It Happened On a spring afternoon in Paris 45 years ago, the world of California wines changed forever. It wasn’t…

Ram’s Gate Winery Nails It: Complete, Complex, and Compelling

Less than 30 miles from the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, you can’t miss Ram’s Gate Winery. The entrance is impressive—with a promise of both rustic and grand— and notably,…

ADAMVS Makes it Easy to Gift a Bit of Napa

No strangers to winemaking when they founded ADAMVS on Napa’s Howell Mountain, Denise and Stephen Adams are also proprietors of the highly esteemed and historic Château Fonplégade in the legendary Saint-Émilion wine…

LEGENDS & LONGEVITY

The key to a restaurant’s success begins with adaptability A BOTTLE OF BUBBLY. THE SMELL OF AN OLD BOOK.Handwritten letters. Family photographs. Your favorite song. A good conversation. Your favorite dish at…

Under-the-Radar and Oh So Fine: Sill Family Vineyards Wine

When Napa Valley’s Oakville Grocery stocked its wine shelves with the best representatives of each Napa AVA (American Viticultural Area), it selected Sill Family Vineyards to represent Atlas Peak. The small production,…

Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards

A toast to resilience and a sparkling life   By Erin Hunt Moore Nestled into its own lush and picturesque pocket of Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley called Green Valley, Iron Horse Vineyards is a world-class producer of estate…

Sparkling Sonoma: Bubbles from Your Backyard

Elevate your celebrations with these local bottles  By Erin Hunt Moore     While sparkling wine lovers agree that the perfect time for bubbles is, well, any time, sparkling wine pairs perfectly with the holiday season.…

Wow Factor: Timeless Wine Labels

Defying Ubiquity Not long ago, it was taboo for a winery to venture away from mundane label design. You know, an image of the estate and vineyards plus a name—perhaps embossed or…

Michael Mina Shines in Sonoma

Wit & Wisdom restaurant definitely worth the drive Super star chef Michael Mina has done it again–and during COVID. This month he has opened Wit & Wisdom  at The Lodge at Sonoma. Located…

Welcome Back to Yountville

Much has changed since the last time you visited Napa Valley. People are wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and embracing other common sense efforts to keep the novel coronavirus at bay. But…

Not Your Usual Roadside Attraction

With Baccarat chandeliers, high-tech wine stations, and a fully stocked market with gourmet local goodies, Oakville Grocery is a destination in itself.

Crushing It: Female Winemakers

In Step With the Rhythms of Mother Nature, Six Women Who Turn Grapes Into Wine So much about 2020 is out of sync. Nevertheless, the timeless seasonality of harvest stays with the…