Why Napa Valley?

Napa Valley Cabernet is synonymous with quality, luxury, scores, and of course, the subsequent price tags.  But what makes the wines from Napa Valley command such a market presence?  What actually makes Napa Valley so special? Let’s skip over the portion of history where its wines were aged…

Red Mountain AVA

Red Mountain is the smallest AVA in the state of Washington, hovering around 1600 hectares (~4,000 acres), with around 240 hectares cultivated for winemaking purposes. A sub-appellation of the Yakima Valley AVA (which in turn resides within the greater Columbia Valley AVA), Red Mountain’s unique geographical location allows…

Virginia Wine Month

Let’s talk a little about the history of wine in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Settlers in Jamestown had such high hopes for Virginia to become a large source for British wine consumption that a law was signed into effect in 1619 requiring each male settler to plant and…

CA Zinfandel

Prior to 1998, Zinfandel was the most widely planted grape in California.  Post-prohibition many common people believed it to be a native California grape until DNA testing results came in (and an assist from a little information filled invention called ‘the internet’) showing it to be Primitivo, found…

Grenache, Garnacha, Alicante…

One of the most widely planted grapes in the whole world, Grenache in turn goes by a number of names: Grenache Noir, Garnacha tinto, Garnatxa negre, Alicante, Carignane rosso, Navarra, Redondal, Roussillon…the actual list spans around 55+ known regional names.     Due to it’s need for warm,…

CA Wine: The Earliest Days

California is well-known globally for their wines.  A long, rich history is the backbone of the operation.  Although much of the global stance got it’s footing post-prohibition, European immigrants long before modern winemakers saw gold in the soils and climate of modern-day CA. Although the official birthdate of…

Missouri Wine

In addition to what seems like every-other-state-you-can-think-of’s wine month, it also happens to be Missouri Wine Month.  We kid, we kid…actually, it is a honor to be able to look into the history and immigration that led to the creation of what once was the largest producing wine…

CA’s Native Grape

It’s California Wine Month!  What better way to celebrate than to kick it off by learning about California’s native grape. It is a common misunderstanding that Zinfandel is the native California grape.  In fact, Zinfandel is actually Primativo from Italy – or wait… is Primativo Zinfandel from California? …

North Carolina Wine Month

Sadly shadowed and run alongside California Wine Month is a month dedicated to the wines of North Carolina. North Carolina has hundreds of years of grape growing history, and in the mid-19th century, boasted 25 wineries and dominated the national market in the US until post-civil war times…