While Poem Cellars keeps things exciting by frequently changing names and blends, you can always count on their wines being big, red, and in short supply. And now the men behind these tasty wines are spicing things up yet again with a challenge for their enthusiasts (it involves a prize)...
Jericho Canyon is located at one of the northernmost points of Napa Valley and worth every minute of the extra drive time. Nestled in the volcanic foothills, where the palisades meet Mount St. Helena, this rocky vineyard is one of the most geographically beautiful wineries in California.
If you've been to the SF MOMA recently, you've probably come across JAQK Cellars' wines in the museum's groundbreaking How Wine Became Modern exhibit. The adulation is well-deserved, and it doesn't take a graduate of sommelier school to see why. You can taste their museum-worthy vino in their speakeasy-esque headquarters at 402 Jackson St. in San Francisco, and you might even want to bring a pack of cards to play poker with to match their cardshark-themed wines. Settle in for a bottle or two, or if you're a fickle drinker, get a wine flight that'll suit your tastebuds.
Though Palmaz Vineyards isn’t far from downtown Napa, it definitely feels off the beaten path. This might be because it's inside a mountain, with a series of caves housing its winemaking process. It's all very Bat Cave meets James Bond, especially because one of the corridors houses a fleet of historical Porsches, which the Palmaz boys still race.
Visiting a slew of wineries can be fun, but often it's just as enjoyable to relax a bit more and drive a bit less. Ma(i)sonry, just north of the heart of Yountville and located a short walk from Bardessono and Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, is a perfect spot to relax, check out art, and try wines from 15 limited production wineries. The ivy-covered manor is so enjoyable that it was featured in the New York Times Magazine as a must-stop an 11-hour Napa Valley tour.
Still have relatives in town? Just cause there are little kids running around doesn't mean you can't enjoy a day up in the Napa Valley. So load up the fam and head to these Napa Valley wineries that have a little something for everyone.
While it's undeniable that Champagne (the real stuff from said region of France) reigns king on New Year's, we've recently been paying respects to its just-as-tasty (and much more affordable) cousin, sparkling wine. If you're looking for a festive end-of-year alternative to all those reds you've been pairing with your holiday fare, head to Napa to sample some of the best sparkling wines in the Valley. Here's a look at four of our favorite sparkling wine houses up there, plus special New Year's treats for 7x7 readers.
The Next Generation In Wine or NG was created over a casual lunch in 2006 to bring together the next generation of Napa Valley’s family wineries. Although there is a range of ages in the group, they all share the daunting but enviable responsibility of taking over the family biz. I had the pleasure of joining the NG for their holiday party and although they definitely still do what the club was originally created to do, “socialize and have fun” (aka party), they’ve moved beyond the buzz.
I grew up in and around San Francisco so when I moved up to Napa I thought I was giving up my beloved Bay Area nightlife. Turns out I was right… at first.
Things have changed because people like John Truchard, a long time grape grower turned winemaker and entrepreneur, asked: “Why should tasting and buying wine be restricted to the daylight hours?” He answered by opening the sleek and stylish, refined but hip John Anthony Tasting Room, which stays open until 2am every night.
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