Robert Mondavi is no longer alive. But if he were, he would be turning 100 years old today. To commemorate his would-be centennial birthday, Margrit is dedicating a block of the famous To Kalon vineyard to her late-husband and throwing a huge bash tonight at the winery.
When Sam and Jessica Bilbro decided to make their own wine in 2012, they set out to find some of the most distinctive and unusual vineyards in the North Coast, traditional California varieties be damned.
Because even Napa knows man cannot live on wine alone, into the heart of the region comes a one-stop-shop for all your cocktail needs.
What do the Three Musketeers, an obscure white wine and one particular impassioned Frenchman have in common? In this case, they all originated in Southwest France and now have a home, of sorts, in Napa Valley.
What, there is more than one sparkling wine made in the relatively small growing region surrounding the town of Sonoma? Gloria Ferrer (owned by the Cava producer Freixenet) may be the most widely known, but, yes, there are others — including many still wine producers who make a bit of bubbly on the side.
On Monday, Miljenko Grgich, founder of Grigich Hills Estate and maker of the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay (of Paris Tasting fame, where it triumphed over several White Burgundies) celebrated his 90th birthday by looking back — by sharing what few remaining bottles of the first wine he made at Chateau Montelena (1972) are still stashed in his personal cellar — and forward, with the release of a special Paris Tasting tribute Chardonnay.
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