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George Belden Crane, 1800s Wine Pioneer

Some wine names are well-known among wine enthusiasts, for example Robert Mondavi. Decades earlier Dr. George Belden Crane was pioneering planting grapevines in Napa Valley.

Reflections on Napa

The focus on this week’s California Wine Appellation Specialist’s class is Napa. I am taking the online version of the class through the San Francisco Wine School. Our wine journey included several trips to wineries in Napa Valley. Many of the winery visits are memorable.  Those include well known wineries as well as hidden gems.  […]

A Celebration of Caymus’s 40th Anniversary

Today the Wagner Family of Wine includes Caymus, Mer Soleil, Conundrum, Belle Glos and Emmolo. This portfolio of wineries began with the start of Caymus in 1972.

On Saturday, June 14, we participated in a tasting of Caymus 40th anniversary wine with other wine writers around the country who joined in a twitter tasting and a webcast at Caymus in Napa Valley. The webcast of 1.5 hours took place in the barrel room.

An Easy Bruschetta Recipe for Labor Day Weekend

An Easy Bruschetta Recipe for Labor Day Weekend

Charity Case Foundation Creates Napa Valley Wines

A group of Napa Valley winemakers has worked together to create The Charity Case Foundation. The charity benefits Napa Valley families and children. This year the foundation will donate funds to Aldea Children & Family Services, Cope Family Center, Foster Kids Receiving Center and the Wolfe Center Teen Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program. The wines […]

Peking Duck Recipe from Cakebread Cellars

The last time we were in California we enjoyed peking duck. We also visited Cakebread Cellars, a delightful friendly winery with impressive wines. Cakebread Cellars provided the recipe for Peking Duck below which may be a recipe you want to use for the coming holidays. Cheers! Kathy Peking Duck with White Wine, Garlic and Picholine […]

Peking Duck Recipe from Cakebread Cellars

Yesterday we had a delightful visit to Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley. The winery emphasizes fine wines and food. Enjoy the recipe below from Cakebread Cellars. Cheers! Kathy Duck with White Wine, Garlic and Picholine Olives  Serves 4 Ingredients 4 Peking duck legs 1/2 yellow onion, minced 1 carrot, minced 1 stalk celery, minced 3 […]

A California Winery with a Focus on Charities

Steven and Marilyn Rivera, the owners of Rivera Vineyards, are committed to focusing on the winery for philanthropy purposes. The property, located in Napa Valley, is in the Atlas Peak AVA. The Riveras’ mission statement is “The mission of the Rivera Family Foundation is to support San Francisco Bay Area charitable organizations, with a special […]

Winery Charity Award Entry Deadline Almost Here!

Markham Vineyards in Napa Valley is promoting a special philanthropic program and it ends July 31st! Non-profit organizations that work toward bettering their communities will want to take note. This year is the 4th Annual Mark of Distinction Initiative.  Two $25,000 grants will be given a nonprofit organization. In addition Markham Vineyards is producing two […]

Napa Valley-Looks at Climate Warming

Climate warming has been a buzz word since Al Gore made it popular a few years ago. Then for those who were not so sure of climate warming the term became global change. Global change would significantly impact vineyards and therefore the wines you drink. Back in 2006 a researcher claimed that eventually Napa Valley […]

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