Archive for the ‘Wine Places’ Category

Nov 1, 2016

Here Comes the Petaluma Gap AVA

I can make a pretty compelling case that within the latitudinal bands where wine grapes flourish on this planet, it is almost always the grape variety used to produce the wine that is more important to the ultimate character of the wine than the place or region where it is grown. This shouldn’t be controversial. However, when particular wine growing regions within these latitudinal bands demonstrate unquestionably unique climatic and/or geographical characteristics that have a real and positive impact on…

Oct 17, 2016

The Remarkable Rise of Napa

As I sat in the bleachers behind the par 3 11th hole watching the best golfers in the world hit a 180 yard 6/7 iron shot into a green surrounded by water and sand and sipping Irish Coffee, I began to marvel at the near complete transformation of the city of Napa into an entertainment haven…and its consequences. Consider what now happens in Napa. An annual professional golf tournament. It’s one of only 42 cities in the country that host…

Sep 22, 2016

Napa Residents Can’t Live on Wine Alone — Jazz Is Needed Too

The signs that Napa Valley (and the city of Napa in particular) is growing as a world-class destination for those with discerning tastes continue to emerge, slowly and continually. Visits to the area are climbing. Hotel rates rise. New hotels rise. Heightened interest in its wines continues to be the cultural foundation. Restaurants emerge quickly after others close. All good signs. However, last December’s announcement that Blue Note Entertainment was opening Blue Note Napa as a first class venue for…

Jul 28, 2016

A Great Wine Collection To Be Dispersed

Wines and Vines reports that Jim McCormick’s remarkable 4,000 piece collection of wine antiques will not, as previously planned, be part of a new Wine Museum planned for Sonoma County. Instead, this great collection will be dispersed. And this is a tragic shame. The good folks behind the creation of what is being called “The Wineseum” implied in an interview with Wines & Vines that the collection of antique tools Jean Charles Boisset put on display at his historic Buena…

Jul 14, 2016

Will Sonoma County Nix Food With Wine?

There is a move afoot in Sonoma County, as there is in Napa Valley, to put some sort of restrictions on winery marketing. As far as I can tell, the premise is that if we restrict how wineries can market and sell their wines there will be fewer visitors and this will impact wineries and county revenues in no way whatsoever. In theory. Among the activities that the No-Winery-In-My-Backyard-Crowd objects too in Sonoma County, as well as in Napa, is…