Archive for the ‘Wine Places’ Category

Nov 29, 2017

10 Stunning Shots of Vineyards Stopping Fire in Napa and Sonoma

There has been a great deal of discussion concerning how vineyards in Napa and Sonoma acted as firebreaks during the recent wildfires. But pictures really tell the story. GoogleEarth has updated its satellite imagery, showing Napa and Sonoma County after the fires. As you can see from the ten photos here, the vineyards in these regions absolutely saved lives and property. The full story of how and where vineyard plantings saved the day will likely be told at some point….

Nov 7, 2017

Wine and The Glory of Smoke Taint

“I really, strongly feel that I want there to be some character about the fire in the wines. This is part of the vintage, and it’s going to be a part of my life, remembering this event. In 10 years, if I sit down and have a bottle of that smoky Cabernet, I want to remember the vintage…At the same time, I don’t want the wines to be disgusting.” If there we ever more authentic words from a true grape…

Oct 13, 2017

The Heroic Efforts of Wine Writer Sarah Stierch During the Wine Country Fires

In moments of disaster, there are always people who step up and go well beyond what could well be expected of them. At 4:11am on Monday Morning, Sarah Stierch, a wine writer located in the town of Sonoma, set out on what has and continues to be a heroic effort to keep her community members informed during what is surely the most trying moments of their lives. At 4:11am on that early morning Sarah sent out this message via Twitter: Westside of…

Oct 4, 2017

A Little Hell Just Broke Loose in Napa Wine Country

A little bit of hell broke loose in Napa Valley recently. And the devil still seems to be on the loose. In 2016 a group of “environmentalists” who seem to be bent on rolling back the wine industry in the Valley gathered enough signatures to put an “Oak Woodlands Preservation” initiative on the local ballot. It was an onerous piece of legislation that would have essentially removed property owners’ rights to plant new vineyards in the Valley because five-inch wide…

Oct 3, 2017

Top Ten Wine Country Golf Courses

This is the week the Professional Golf Tour comes to Wine Country in the form of the Safeway Open being played at Silverado Country Club in Napa. By all accounts, it’s becoming a more and more popular stop on the top professional golf tour based on its location and the hospitality of the Silverado Country Club. Equally alluring is that it occurs in the middle of harvest. In honor of the Tour coming to Napa this week and the deep…