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

Summit Lake Vineyards Wines

Howell Mountain: The Apex of Summit Lake Vineyards

One has to ask what the term summit means? Is it the top of the mountain? Is it the peak of one’s accomplishments in life? The meaning for Summit Lake Vineyards encompasses both those meanings. The winery’s location almost at the top of Howell Mountain, 2000 feet speaks for itself. Owner Bob Brakesman was one … Read more

Rombauer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Rombauer Vineyards: Sharing the joy of making wine

For many in the Napa wine industry, life began in the 1970s. You had the Judgment of Paris, which essentially put Napa Valley on the map from the world’s perspective, but at the same time, you had many lesser-known pioneers who were forging their way to make their statement in wine. One family that moved … Read more

Tony Arcudi, Arcudi Wines

Arcudi Wines: The wine behind one man’s leap of faith

Life takes many twists and turns, and for many winemakers, their career beginnings drove them down quite a different path. Besides the approach to winemaking, it is this past that can also define the future of their style of winemaking and especially true for Tony Arcudi, Arcudi Wines. Being of Italian descent, Tony grew up … Read more

Ocean Prime Chef Matthew Briggs and Winemaker Marcus Notaro Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Ocean Prime meets Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

It was a real treat to participate in the first-ever winemaker dinner at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills. This dinner featured the new 2012 releases from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars presented by winemaker Marcus Notaro. Having just attended a special luncheon that included The Art of Aging by Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, it was an added … Read more

Fountain, Artesa Winery

Artesa Vineyards & Winery: The Jewel of Carneros

For a wine writer, discovering an absolutely superb wine is like finding nirvana. Add in the ingredients of a consistent portfolio of wine, an outstanding winemaker, and a magnificent and architecturally pleasing setting for a winery. Such was the case when I had the opportunity to visit with Mark Beringer at Artesa Winery located in … Read more

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