Now that the smoke has cleared in the Napa Valley and across the wine regions of California, vintners are back to doing what they do best: making and selling wine. The devastation across the 29-mile strip that comprises the Napa Valley varies, with some regions looking almost unscathed and others razed. Opinions on how exactly […]
It’s easy to hate on California Chardonnay, but not all bottles are created equally. Mindful producers in cooler climates can create balanced, layered versions, even when employing barrel aging. Sonoma County is an excellent region to explore for restrained Chardonnay wines, particularly now, when Napa and Sonoma producers are imploring wine lovers to drink wines […]
A smattering of under-the-radar, late-1990s Cabernet Sauvignons from the Sierra Foothills have started appearing on top wine lists in the past several months. The 1997 vintage of Taken from Granite, the California label in question, is available by the bottle at New York City fine dining restaurants Union Square Cafe and Momofuku Ko.
Considered a lesser red grape in California for years, Pinot Noir shot to fame after the 2004 movie ”Sideways.” Today it’s grown throughout the state, where it works best in cooler-climate areas. California Pinot Noir can be made in a range of styles.
“I tend to like a red blend, so what should I drink?” In the past two years, more wine drinkers have begun to use the term “red blend” to indicate their wine preferences in the same way that one might use the words Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir.
There’s something about being in a pool with a cold drink in hand that makes everything feel right with the world. There’s simply no better way to refresh both your body and soul than sipping on a cocktail, beer, or some rosé in the shallows of the cool water while sunshine beams down on you. […]
California isn’t all beaches and movie stars. It’s actually much more wine country and mountains. While Napa and Sonoma steal most of the winemaking spotlight, the entire state is essentially blanketed with successful vineyards. Despite local variations in weather, climate, and soil types, the Golden State is essentially designed for viticulture, thanks to its one-of-a-kind combination […]
Last week, just for fun, I flew out to San Francisco to putter around on their trolleys and trains and busses and so forth. If you’ve never been to the Bay Area, or even if you have, I’d like to tell you some of the things they have out there, because I was frankly pretty […]
When it comes to big, bold reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is king, especially when grown in California. Despite being born in France (and comprising the backbone of many Bordeaux blends), Cabernet Sauvignon has made a serious name for itself in the Golden State. Fruit-forward, juicy, and perfect with an array of foods, you can’t go wrong […]