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Chateau Montelena Unsold

by David on November 16, 2008

I’m a little tardy, here, but for those of you who listened to our episode on the movie Bottle Shock, you should know that numerous sources, including Eric Asimov of the New York Times, have reported that the sale of the venerable Chateau Montelena to the owners of grand Bordeaux estate, Cos d’Estournel, has been […]


Godspeed, Robert Mondavi

by David on May 16, 2008

So much has been said and written about Bob Mondavi’s indelible mark on the California wine industry but, somehow, it all seems painfully inadequate at the moment. And, any attempt to do him justice, here, will inevitably be equally trite. Almost as much has been said and written, good and not so good, about him […]


Sleep Deprivation in Paradise

by David on April 26, 2008

As our Winemaker/Vineyard Manager, Geoff, remarked “This is global warming??” Ya gotta feel for him. It’s become a regular thing, getting up at 2:00 or 4:00 a.m. to hang out in the vineyard checking temperatures and listening to the radio until the sun’s up or he’s convinced we’re out of frost danger. Then it’s back […]


Global Warming: Napa Valley Cools its Heels

by David on December 22, 2007

As I dragged myself out of bed to 27 degrees F. this morning, one of many freezing mornings in recent weeks, I thought there just might be something to this very interesting article from Appellation America. There wasn’t an actual comment on winter weather but, jeepers, it’s cold!!!Anyway, to get to the point, the article quotes […]


The Next Big Thing

by David on August 9, 2007

I don’t like to poke fun at the Wine Lover’s Page because it’s such an incredible resource (I especially love their wine quotes page), but I was kind of chuckling over their wine nutrition charts and thinking “Too much information!” But, wait. I think I feel a little egg dripping down my face. I’d barely […]


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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Good-bye, Mr. Gallo

by David on March 10, 2007

It’s hard to believe he’s gone. He’s one of those people who appears to be indestructible. And yet, the services take place this very day. As so many have said, regardless of what you might think of his business practices or the wines, you have to admire what he and his brother built from virtually […]


There were a couple of articles this week – one on the demise of Wine X magazine and the other on the purchasing habits of the Millennials— that seemed to be sending the same message in very different ways. Of course, theories abound as to why Wine X folded after 10 years. Wine X founder […]


A Fire at Winecast

by David on February 12, 2007

Our thoughts are with our great friend at Winecast, Tim Elliot. His home, family and wine cellar were at risk due to a fire caused by his plumber last night (talk about a bad day…). He has posted an update this morning and, to our great relief, he and his family are fine. So is […]


Have Some Fish Wine with your Fish

by David on January 15, 2007

Why don’t we just put a warning label on everything that says “Life is dangerous.” Already our wine labels warn us about sulfites, birth defects and unspecified “health problems” and now we have to list fining agents?  Which aren’t really ingredients at all? There’s actually a draft for a new federal regulation that will require […]