The tradition of special holiday beer is one that goes back as long as there has been both holidays and beer. Typically richer and darker with higher alcohol, and possibly some kind of fruit or spice added to the brew, holiday beers are one of the best things about this time of the year.
It is widely agreed upon that the best things in Italy are the wines, the shoes and the men (roughly in that order). So when you have a chance to taste wine from three of the most daring producers in Italy (who happen to be men) we recommend putting on your Guccis, your Rossis, your Ferragamos and making your way to Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley on Wednesday, December 5.
The grapes have long been crushed and the vines are settling into dormancy, but there is another harvest happening all over the North Coast that, like the 2012 grape vintage, is both more bountiful and of better quality than the area has seen in years.
What if we could assemble every winery that put Napa Valley on the map? And what if we could taste the most important wine they ever made? The answer, of course, is that would one would be one epic tasting. And it was.
Because both the world of wine and the world of wine apps can be overwhelming, we’ve asked Napa-based social media and tech gurus of the wine world, VinTank, to recommend a few of their favorite new apps that were both released in 2012 and which they expect to continue to be useful well into 2013.
Mugnani, the maker of those beautifully tiled, wood-fired pizza ovens from Italy, is making a lot of money off of Wine Country these days. Earlier this summer, we reported on what had become a pizza inferno sweeping Napa and Sonoma and now, Pizzando in Healdsburg tosses their pie into the fold — or flame as it were.
From his gallery perched above Saint Helena’s Main Street, Christopher Hill has been bringing international artists to–and highlighting internationally acclaimed artists with strong local roots in–the Napa Valley for over a decade. He is celebrating his ten-year anniversary this fall by looking to Sonoma. On November 1st, the doors at 326 Healdsburg Avenue opened on Hill’s third location (he also has a gallery in his native home of Austria).
As the race to harvest — before the wet, cool fall weather settles into the wine countries of Northern California — continues, another kind of race is happening over in the winery. Fermentation, which tends to take its own sweet time, is being coaxed along by winemakers eager to make room in crowded tanks for those last tons of fruit. As the red wine finishes fermenting, it is pressed off the skins and pumped into barrels where it will spend the next months and maybe even years of its life.
America’s Cup racers may have sailed off into the sunset last weekend, but one small winegrowing region in Sonoma County is still looking out to sea. On November 8, 40 different wineries from the Dry Creek Valley appellation will be setting sail for a three-hour sunset cruise — and you’re invited.
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