Archive for the ‘Wine Places’ Category

Dec 30, 2016

The Year In Charting Wine

There are many ways to reflect on the year (2016) in wine. No doubt, those various views will be explored as the year comes to an end and as 2016 data sets of various types become available in the new year. One data set always available is Google Trends, a tool that allow us to measure relative interest in Internet search terms. By comparing search terms we can look at the relative interest in those terms over the past year….

Nov 15, 2016

Top 10 Out-of-the-Way Napa Town Stops for Culinary Hedonists

Followers of FERMENTATION know that I live in the town of Napa and am a booster of this town. Simply put, I believe the town of Napa is now one of best attractions the Napa Valley offers visitors. So I thought it time I offered up my current picks for The Top Ten Below-The-Radar Napa Culinary Hedonism Joints. These are the lesser known, out-of-the-way, don’t-miss, and smaller joints that are often overlooked by visitors to the town of Napa who…

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…