His is a story of a man from a small town who left the family business to find out "what else there was in the world." Only in this case, the small town is Napa Valley and the family business is a winery —the pull of which is a little stronger than, say, if it were a shoe store in Iowa. Armed with a degree in television production and a couple years of Hollywood experience under his belt, Judd Finkelstein returned to Judd's Hill Winery, and has spent his time well. Besides making wine, Finkelstein is showing what can be done with a pirate and a marketing budget.
While Wine Country is best known for its grapes and food, adventures abound in this beautiful region for those who need a break from imbibing.
Carpe Diem Wine Bar offers a sophisticated, yet casual dining experience in the heart of downtown Napa. Their enthusiastic staff and lively atmosphere bring uniqueness to the table. An ever-changing wine list and family share-plate style menu will entice you to try a variety of exceptional pairings. No matter what your style, you’ll be hard-pressed not to fall in love with the wine and seasonal ingredients that the staff searched near and far to find.
January in Napa means little traffic, easily-booked accommodations, and Restaurant Month. Here are a few of our favorite wine-and-dine deals you can find this month in Wine Country:
Spirituality in the Natural World – a new photography exhibit at Robert Mondavi Winery
A new fine–art photography exhibit at Robert Mondavi Winery "Ancient Textures and Sacred Landscapes" explores the integration of religious architecture within the environment, primarily in Asia, and their symbiosis over time. By using the 3-panel triptych format, Napa Valley photographer Teri Sandison captures the “inevitability of imminent change, which is inherent in nature and in all existence.” The exhibit in the Vineyard Room at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville begins January 11 and continues through March 6. Open to the public from 10 am to 4 pm daily.
I moved to Napa Valley a few years ago and after a few awkward wine moments, I learned some simple rules that keep me out of trouble. To save you any embarrassment, we asked the pros for some do's and dont's so that you can look and sound like a wine pro at your holiday gatherings.
One of the nation's largest family-owned and operated wineries, Kendall-Jackson, kicked off the holiday season in San Francisco, where they brought together key K-J players to introduce their newest marketing campaign, Goes Well With Friends. The campaign is all about shifting the wine conversation—from traditional "wine speak" to one that incorporates the way we talk and think about wine today—from a social and digital perspective.
We’re in the final holiday crush. Sure, it’s important to get that shopping done, but a little rest and relaxation can make finding the perfect gift oh so much easier. If you need a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, a nice warm soak in Sonoma maybe all you need to make the season a little more soothing.
I asked a famous Italian winemaker how she had chosen the wine and food pairing for a special dinner. She laughed and said: “Don’t be silly, you shouldn’t pair wine with food; pair wine with an affair, a situation. I chose this wine because we’re strangers and this wine is complex enough to create conversation.” With this romantic notion in mind, here is your guide to pairing wine with whatever holiday affair you have ahead...
Wine Country is known as a great place to celebrate, so it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that wineries know how to get into the holiday spirit. Already impressive estates and vineyards are even more striking when dripping in twinkling lights and garlands. But not all of the holiday displays are electric; many are powered by molasses and sugar.