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July 2007

Q: How to Transition from Whites to Reds?

by David on July 30, 2007

Question from Jodie: I enjoy white wine or White Zinfandel but would like to start drinking red wine because I have heard that it is good for you to have a glass a day. I have tried a merlot and a cabernet but they are too strong for me. Could you recommend something more ‘gentle’ […]


Whither Hangtime?

by David on July 28, 2007

Where to start on this issue? And how to know where it’s going? This has been brewing for quite some time but, in the last 4-6 weeks, the drum-beat has gotten so loud that it’s making my head hurt! Is this truly the beginning of a significant pendulum swing or is this just a lot […]


Question from Quincy: We are having a debate about the origin of California wine. We hope you can solve it. Where do California wines originate from? Are there any grapes native to California? I was told that California grapes repopulated the French wine country when the grapes were wiped out about 30 years ago. Did […]


This episode features a fascinating interview with bee-keepers Spencer and Helene Marshall, who produce Marshall’s Farm honey here in the Napa Valley. Our friend, Sherry Page of Culinary Getaways, spends a little time talking with them about how honey gets from the flower to the jar, and they also offer some great tips on cooking […]

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Aren’t They Purty?

by David on July 24, 2007

They’re showing their true colors. We saw the first tiny blush of color in our Cabernet a little over a week ago, and now they’re going full-tilt toward a purple so deep we’ll call it black. It’s a wonder! And they’re so purty… The vines are sending a direct message to our Winemaker, Geoff Gorsuch. […]


8 Hours On Olive Oil…

by David on July 23, 2007

My Mom laughed when I told her I was going to an all-day olive oil symposium. At that moment I didn’t notice because I was too busy chirping on and on about how the speakers would include experts from the University of Florence, Milan, our own University of California at Davis, Darrell Corti, a crack […]


He “Hates Wine and Food Pairing”?

by David on July 11, 2007

Well, it’s a fun read, as always with St. Vini, but I don’t entirely agree with this post or think he’s helping anyone this time. I’m OK with his big picture: “Don’t get hung up on these silly notions of wines and food being required to go perfectly together. Open a bottle of something tasty […]


Zinfandel has been called the “California grape” and was very nearly named California’s state historic wine. Relax and enjoy a glass of Zin as Nancy Hawks Miller, a 20-year veteran of the wine industry and our Director of Education, talks about why it deserves that title and tells you a little about its history and […]


Q: How High can the Alcohol Get?

by David on July 9, 2007

Question from Caryll: My father, husband and I have been discussing what is maximum possible alcoholic content in non-fortified wine. Not sherry, port madeira etc. I have noticed the creeping increase in alcoholic content and have preferred the French wines, which until recently hovered around 12%. I seem to recall wines which reached almost 17% […]

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Global Warming and our Future?

by David on July 5, 2007

For those of us who lie awake worrying that Yountville may become the next Fresno due to global warming there’s good news (I think). Recently the Napa Valley Grapegrowers got together for a conference called “The Future of Napa Valley: Beyond Hang Time.” They spent some time on the potential effects of global warming and […]

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