Archive for the ‘Wine Places’ Category

Oct 18, 2015

Why Oregon is the Most Dynamic Wine Region in America

Last week Nancy Keates investigated the Oregon wine industry for the Wall Street Journal. In general, the article profiled a number of folks who have spent lots of money building wineries, building homes in Oregon wine country and generally gentrifying their way to happiness and profit. However, buried in this story was a fascinating factoid: in 2014 the number of wineries in Oregon increased by 12% to 676. That’s HUGE! I don’t know how the figure was derived, but let’s…

Aug 12, 2015

What’s Missing from the Wine Bloggers’ Conference and Lives

The reason the Wine Bloggers Conference is heading to New York’s Finger Lakes District is because the wines are so damn good and it’s a region that is impressing more and more wine drinkers across the country every year. I’ve had the chance to taste a number of really great wines from the area at wine competitions, both those made with hybrids and vinifera. However, one thing the Conference attendees won’t be tasting when in New York, but that they…

Aug 10, 2015

BLISS-fully Ignorant in Napa and Sonoma Wine Country

Shepard Bliss (what a great name!) is the latest in what is becoming a slew of people pushing back against the wine industry in Napa and Sonoma Counties. The anti-industry activists appear to be concerned the growth in the industry will cause massive harm not only to the counties and their environments, but also to the quality of life for residents. What’s interesting about these anti-winery activists is the remarkably disingenuous way they are trying to make their case against…

Nov 3, 2014

Top 5 Reasons Napa Is Best Visited in November

Napa Valley has just seen its busiest tourist month of the year come and go. October, during the height of harvest is when the Valley sees more tourists than any other month. From October, visits fall precipitously until January, which sees the fewest visitors. All this is leading me to the point that November just may be the best month of year to visit Napa Valley…But it depends on your disposition. 1. THE BEAUTY OF THE VINEYARDS For those looking…

Oct 7, 2014

Best Dining in Napa: The Top 5 Lists

Despite earthquakes and inch deep hail, the town of Napa in Napa Valley remains the most vibrant community in the Napa Valley for both locals and visitors. It gets this designation based on the continued revitalization it has undergone over the past 10 years, particularly its downtown area. Part of that revitalization includes a key aspect of cultural vitality: good food. What follows is my current thinking on the Town of Napa and Dining (each list numbered, but not ranked)…