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Just Released: 2006 Napa Valley Merlot

by David on April 13, 2009

Better stop by the tasting room! We’ve just released our 2006 Merlot and it’s sure to put a smile on your face. About 1/2 the grapes were grown on our estate right here at the winery. This mid-valley location allows for plenty of ripeness and full, opulent flavors. The rest of the fruit came from […]


Open That Bottle Night Strikes Again!

by David on February 19, 2009

You know who you are. You’re one of those people who’s hording a very special bottle of wine for reasons known only to you. Maybe it has sentimental value. Maybe it cost so much that you’re afraid it has you outclassed 😉 Whatever… The point is that this beverage has been placed on a such […]


In the cellar today – Topping Barrels

by David on February 9, 2009

Topping up barrels is a year-round necessity, if somewhat mind numbing. I suppose it’s a great opportunity to run through the entire play list on your ipod or hear your co-worker’s life story… The great thing about barrels is that they let the wine evaporate, which causes the evolution we treasure. The bad thing about […]


NVWR® 72 – Do Old Vines Make Better Wine?

by David on October 7, 2008

Do old vines make better wine? When you see “old vine” on the label, do you assume that the quality will be higher or the flavor more intense? I thought it would be interesting to explore the subject with Winemakers Geoff Gorsuch, Bob Pepi, and Jeff Booth. Enjoy! Winemakers: Jeff Booth, Geoff Gorsuch, Bob Pepi

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A recent study forecast that 50% of family-owned wineries on the west coast will change hands by 2017. The findings of the survey and report were released by Rob McMillan, of Silicon Valley Bank, and Deborah Steinthal, of Scion Advisors. Goosecross proprietor, David Topper, and Nancy Hawks Miller, Director of Education, talk with Rob and […]


Can California Wines Be Aged?

by David on February 13, 2008

Question from Jessica: I recently was told by a French wine connoisseur that he would not open a California wine bottle for 10 years +/- as he does with most of his French wines. When I purchased the wine, they told me that California wines are to be opened young. Can you please tell me […]


Cabernet Sauvignon

by David on June 20, 2007

We all know that Cabernet Sauvignon is the undisputed King of grapes. A serious collector’s cellar will always include great Cabernets, whether they’re from the Medoc, Napa Valley or Coonawara. And it’s probably because it is capable of making a wine of tremendous power, structure and complexity, but it somehow manages to carry this off […]



by David on June 19, 2007

Fresh apple, pear and citrus–crisp with maybe some minerality? Or big, round, buttery and oaky? What goes on here? What is Chardonnay’s true identity? It seems to be all of the above. It’s quite a malleable variety that some say has little varietal distinction to call its own, yet it’s a beautiful showcase for terroir […]


Rating the Ratings

by David on April 10, 2007

Here we have a wine critic who’s puzzled about how to approach a wine that got a 90 from Parker (this critic was also put off by the fact that the wine was rated by one of Parker’s employees rather than Parker himself) and an 84 from the Wine Spectator. Every critic has his methods, […]


A Peek Inside ConeTech

by David on March 28, 2007

I was just as excited about this visit as I was when I got the chance to visit Gallo– doesn’t take much for some of us, does it? 😉 A friend got me into ConeTech and I felt like I’d made a coup. And, once I was there, I felt even luckier because the place […]

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