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Miguel Caratachea: Local Hero

Napa Valley attracts the most renowned winemakers worldwide, from U.C. Davis megastars to “flying winemakers” from abroad. And yet, in the prestigious Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition founded by famed...

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...

A Decade of Kukeri

It’s been ten years since Kukeri Winery’s founder and winemaker, Petar Kirilov, began his operation with 50 cases of 2010 Kukeri Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, he’s producing around 1500 cases of different...

Thomas Buck’s Sire Estate

The creation of Sire Estate was nearly inevitable. As proprietor of Beau Wine Tours, Sire founder Thomas Buck was more than well acquainted with the Valley, where he has shuttled visitors since 1996. Wineries, estate...

Enjoy Fine Wines and Fine Views

When Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars first opened its FAY Outlook & Visitor Center in 2014, guests reveled in the glorious views of the winery’s FAY Vineyard. Designed by Barcelona-based architect Javier Barba, the space...

Wine Regions Series: Santé!

For visitors to Alsace, an appreciation of a strong sense of identity is one of the key takeaways. At the top of the list of things for which Alsace is known, there’s food and wine: specifically, excellent white wine to...

Harvest At Grgich

“At Grgich Hills, we grow grapes like my grandfather did, farming without chemicals and pesticides,” said Ivo Jeramaz, winemaker and VP of Vineyards and Production at the Rutherford-based winery. Jeramaz began his...

40 Years of Terroir

Canard Vineyard has been making hand-crafted estate wines in Napa Valley since 1984. However, it has remained a bit of a secret as they produce a very limited number of cases each year and, until recently, were not open to...

Tempranillo

Revered as Spain’s most important grape, the thick-skinned, black Tempranillo grape is particularly beloved for its showing in Rioja wines, of which it comprises the majority blend with other regional red grapes such as...

Porto

It’s not a place. It’s a feeling. Residents and tourists share this description of northern Portugal’s Old City of Porto, and its magnificence cannot be disguised. That declaration resonates each morning until the late...

Calistoga’s Vault

As proprietors and partners of Calistoga’s VAULT, one of Napa Valley’s most unique wine-tasting venues, Trevor Mallett and Mario Sculatti feature wines from five of their best vintner friends in addition to their...

Hess Persson Estates

At the top of Mount Veeder, housed in a historic winery built in the 1800s, is Hess Persson Estates. Ideally placed for stunning panoramic views of the surrounding slopes and Napa Valley below, the estate is a popular...

Elevage Luxury Wine Tours

Elevage Luxury Wine Tours proprietor Jorge Guzman knows Napa. He grew up playing in the vineyards in which he eventually worked. He knows every backroad and every winery and every hotel and restaurant. Cherished local...

Elegant Wine Tours

Liam Mac Cana launched Elegant Wine Tours in 2017 with three vehicles and barely any staff. He did it all, booking and planning tours, driving, and everything in between. It was not an easy task to break into and find...

Healdsburg’s SingleThread Wines Program 

SingleThread Wines is part of the three-Michelin-starred SingleThread Restaurant – honored by the ‘World’s 50 Best’ as one of the top 50 restaurants worldwide. The restaurant's menu is seasonally inspired by the...

Blue Farm Wines

Winemaker and Blue Farm Wines Founder Anne Moller-Racke staked her claim in Sonoma when she planted four Pinot Noir clones behind her blue Victorian farmhouse in 2001. It was the beginning of a much larger vision: To...

Sonoma County’s Highway 12

The ribbon of vineyard-lined roadway from Napa Valley to Sonoma County (or vice-versa) is home to miles of history and exceptional wine in a relaxed, tranquil setting. The mostly two-lane rural Highway 12 winds through...

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