Red Thread Wines

Red Thread Wines

In 2013, Brian and Gretchen Brakesman embarked on creating Red Thread Wines in Napa Valley’s famed Howell Mountain. It was to be an independent endeavor, separate from Brian’s family wine estate, Summit Lake Vineyards & Winery. The first vintage of Howell Mountain...
It’s Perfectly Personal at Spence Vineyards

It’s Perfectly Personal at Spence Vineyards

Midway between the fog line and the top of Howell Mountain, Spence Vineyards occupies an enviable spot at an elevation of 1,900 feet. For the vines among the pines, this means cooler days and warmer nights for more hours of photosynthesis and longer hang time. The...
The Next Generation of Raymond Vineyards

The Next Generation of Raymond Vineyards

Raymond’s 50-Year History Napa Valley’s history traces back 170 years to the 1860s when the original pioneers came to settle, and California wine country was but a dream. Wine country began to boom post-Gold-Rush but halted during the eras of phylloxera and...
Myriad Experiences Dominate Chandon California 

Myriad Experiences Dominate Chandon California 

In the heart of Napa Valley, amid hundreds of Napa Valley wineries, Chandon California’s bubbly presence stands out among the rest, thanks to Pauline Lhote, Winemaking Director. While Lhote crafts wines of elegance, the Chandon team has implemented its innovative...

“Your first guess would be France on a blind whiff, with a rather classic Bordeaux character jumping out of the glass, slowly giving way to a deeply layered, perfumed mix of fruit and brown spice. Great depth and supple texture. The finish goes on and on – it’s the most unique Napa Cab I’ve tasted, and it’s certainly a cellar trophy if you roll in this price tier. Bravo!”

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Oakville Wine Merchant

Oakville Wine Merchant

In one stop along Highway 29-Saint Helena Highway in Oakville, California, there is the Valley’s best restaurant, best sandwiches, and a serve-yourself tasting of wine from every appellation in Napa Valley, including several 100-point wines, offered by the Oakville...