Louis M. Martini

January 19, 2022 | By Glenda Cunningham

Benessere Vineyards

January 19, 2022 | By Glenda Cunningham

Charter Oak Winery

September 16, 2021 | By Glenda Cunningham

Charter Oak Winery is a gem of Napa Valley. Like many other wineries in the valley it began as a small family operation. While it’s grown since its founding in the early 20th century by Italian immigrant Guido Ragghianti, Charter Oak is still family run, by Guido’s grandson Robert Fanucci, who continues to use much […]

Calafia Cellars

February 23, 2021 | By Glenda Cunningham

Randle Johnson has forgotten more about grapevines, soil, and wine than many of today’s new winemakers will ever know. A medical student turned viticulturist and winemaker with a multi-page resumé and 40-plus vintages notched on his pruning shears, Randle is a practical wine-man of the first order. From Mount Veeder, to Mendocino, to Sonoma, to […]

Tres Sabores

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

When you enter the driveway to Tres Sabores you will have passed through a portal into a very special place. In Napa Valley, there is nothing quite like it. Not just a winery, Tres Sabores is the certified organic working vineyard, farm, gardens, orchards – and home of founder and proprietor/winemaker, Julie Johnson. Upon arrival, […]

V. Sattui Winery

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

Hard to judge which historical wine story is more impressive: Original V. Sattui or modern V. Sattui. The original V. Sattui Winery was founded in San Francisco 1885 by newly-arrived immigrants from Italy, Vittorio and Katerina Sattui. Modern era V. Sattui (V. Sattui 2.0) was founded by Vittorio and Katerina’s great grandson, Dario Sattui, in […]

Rombauer Vineyards – Napa Valley

July 9, 2019 | By freshmint

Rombauer is so strongly associated with it’s incredibly popular Chardonnay that it’s easy to overlook that the winery’s Zinfandels are its second most popular wines. Today, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc all are hugely popular, too, but Zin in particular has been a key player at Rombauer since the winery’s early days. Koerner and […]

Green and Red Vineyards

June 25, 2019 | By freshmint

What fascinated art professor Jay Heminway on his field trips from Berkeley to Napa in the 1960’s was the colors in the soil in the mountains just east of Napa Valley. Here Serpentine, California’s greenish state rock is layered with iron rich red chert. Hard to visualize how these elevated mountain soils were born from […]

Day Zinfandel

June 19, 2019 | By freshmint

Chase Cellars

June 14, 2019 | By freshmint

When you taste one of the incredible wines here, you can virtually feel the grand old vines joining in with you – they’re that close! There are historical classic vineyards across California, but the Hayne Vineyard in the heart of Napa Valley is certainly at or near the top of the Zin Hall of Fame […]

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