January in Napa Valley has officially been dubbed “Restaurant Month,” and brings with it Napa’s 2nd Annual Truffle Festival. A traditionally slow time of year, the Valley is tempting Bay Area locals with a full month of foodie specials and a celebration of the world's most expensive fungi at “America’s premier truffle event.”
Atlas Peak boasts many of the best views in the valley and sits at the highest elevation of any appellation in Napa. Perched above the fog-line, Atlas Peak has been a prominent grape growing region since 1870 and winery owners Michael Permenter (VinRoc), and Vito Bialla (Bialla Vinyards) agree that the AVA is unique from all others due to the “warm sun, lack of fog, cool nights, and rocky, porous, volcanic soils, that are perfect for drainage and ideal for grape growing.” According to the Napa Valley Vintners Association, the region is known primarily for Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The Cab tends to have bright berry and cherry fruit and elevated acidity. The Chardonnay is crisp, floral and displays pear-mineral flavor and bright acidity.
This year, while everyone rushes for the city, do something different and ring in the new year in Napa or Sonoma with these midnight champagne toasts, rocking DJs, concerts, and balloon-filled ballrooms:
Everyone seems to have an eco-friendly angle these days, but the wineries of Sonoma (and the area itself) have long been committed leaders within the movement. Many Sonoma wineries use a combination of green techniques like solar power and organic farming, while others have taken it to the next level using biodynamics. Here are our favorite eco-friendly wineries and the tour companies who will take you there:
Now's the time to escape across the bridge to Napa Valley and celebrate Cabernet season amongst the rollings hills of vineyards and world class restaurants. Make it easy: just grab a few friends, hop in the car and head to the Westin Verasa Napa, where you can enjoy their special Cabernet Package, available through April 15, 2012, to kick off your luxurious getaway in Wine Country.
Join one of our favorite Napa wineries, Toolbox Wine Co., at the Marina St. Francis Yacht Club for their "THIRST" release party on December 14 and to raise a glass to Jack and J.T. Snow Fund, a tireless organization working to stop the progression of rare diseases such as Wolfram syndrome. You'll be able to not only drink for a good cause, but to meet SF Giants alumni during this party by the San Francisco Bay.
Throwing a party or an event at a winery can easily flop because many locations can't handle large groups nor have the ability to adjust to your vibe or purpose. So, in the interest of rockin’ wine parties, we’ve provided you with the five best wineries, from San Francisco to Sonoma and Napa, for you to get your party on or bring your party to.
Wine is everywhere these days and so are misconceptions about our favorite fermented friend. We asked industry insiders to debunk a few widespread wine myths so that you can shock your friends, fend off irritating wine snobs, and impress the in-laws.
Most wineries are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but there are plenty of family adventures and romance to be had in Wine Country over the holiday weekend. Here are some of the best events and dinners if you burnt the turkey, are looking to eat out, or want to escape with a day trip.
Napa Valley is known for the wine, food, and beautiful views, but there is fantastic shopping here as well. Some of the best finds are in winery gift shops, which are packed with wine-related trinkets and gear that ranges from coasters and wine openers to cycling jerseys and hats. That’s just the tip of the iceberg.