Napa Valley Winery Titus Vineyards by Frank Gutierrez

Napa Valley Winery Titus Vineyards Legacy

My last visit with Titus Vineyards was in 2019 when this Napa Valley winery celebrated fifty years of growing grapes in the Napa Valley. Recently I met with Eric Titus and sampled the wines harvested in 2019. The vintage is one of Titus Vineyards’ best; therefore, the fifty-year celebration is still being honored today as … Read more

Hoopes Vineyard Photo Courtesy Samantha Edwardes

Hoopes Vineyard: Regenerative Agriculture At Its Best

Hoopes Vineyard has come a long way from its beginnings in the 1980s. Now in its 2nd generation of farming and growing grapes with Lindsay Hoopes at the helm, she has steered the winery and vineyard down a path excelling in regenerative agriculture. Like the winery’s journey, Lindsay has traveled down an unusual route that … Read more

Spring Mountain District Above the Fog © Smith-Madrone

Smith-Madrone: The Best of Spring Mountain District

As a pioneer of the Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley, Stuart Smith has seen many changes over the years. He took an entrepreneurial leap in 1971 when at age 22 years old, he purchased the 200-acre property on Spring Mountain. From its beginning to the present day, it has been a challenging endeavor, but … Read more

Merlot Month - Celebrating Merlot

Merlot Month: A Merlot Celebration

For wine lovers, October is Merlot Month and time to refamiliarize yourself with the Merlot grape. For eight years, wine enthusiasts and producers have joined together for #merlotme to promote this noble red grape. Merlot went out of favor when in 2004, the movie Sideways snubbed the grape while bringing notoriety to Pinot Noir and … Read more

Long Meadow Ranch Wines

Long Meadow Ranch: Full Circle Farming At Its Best

Long Meadow Ranch is a pioneer in the concept of full circle farming.  This notion plays a vital role in every aspect of their enterprise. This family-owned agricultural estate grows grapes, olives, fruits, and vegetables produces wine and olive oil as well as raises cattle, sheep, and chickens. Combining organic and sustainable practices to achieve … Read more

Ehlers Estate-Titus - Napa Vineyard

Titus Vineyards: Half a Century of a Napa Vineyard

Celebrating fifty years of growing grapes in Napa Valley, Titus Vineyards shows us that a family’s determination to hold on to the land they purchased in 1968 and still sustain the quality of wine that Napa is known for can prevail. Today in Napa we see many wineries selling out to the big conglomerates. It … Read more

Stars of Napa Valley Wine Tasting

Stars of Napa Valley: Presenting the best of Cabernet Sauvignon

In terms of wine, it was a star-studded event as there were many new shining wine faces to meet at Stars of Napa Valley, a wine tasting put on by WineLA. The tasting mostly featured red wines from Napa with a concentration on Cabernet Sauvignon. Napa Valley Wineries Although I love to visit my old … Read more

Silverado Vineyards Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon

Silverado Vineyards: Cabernet Sauvignon that perpetuates a legacy

Revisiting some of our well-established wineries that were pioneers in making a name for the California Wine Industry is always a pleasure especially when you can see a winery’s growth and impact. It was fortuitous that I was invited to a dinner at Spago with Russ Weis, the General Manager of Silverado Vineyards. Here we … Read more

Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Vineyard

Wine to enhance the holiday spirit

Thanksgiving weekend brought some very special wines to our table. These wines will enhance any holiday get together or special occasion. Each wine merits mention on their own and are excellent examples of their varietals and style. The perfect appetizer goes with is a sparkling wine. Chandon Blanc De Noirs with its sweet and savory … Read more

Ehler Estate Wines

Stars of Cabernet: A tribute to Cabernet Sauvignon

Yearning to discover a new winery can be the most intriguing part of attending a wine tasting, and this year’s Stars of Cabernet, presented by WineLA, provided an opportunity to experience some superb wines from wineries not yet on Written Palette’s radar. There were six wineries that made an impression, along with one old favorite. … Read more

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