Category: Articles

What makes a Crisp Wine?

You’ve probably heard the word “crisp” uttered by the puckered lips of one of your wino friends, but what actually is a crisp wine and what makes it crisp in the first place? Let us demystify this often-used, confusing term. The word “crisp” is exclusively used to describe white wines and is a reference to […]

Wednesday April 26th, 2017 in Articles | No Comments »


Dear Friends,As you are probably aware, the 2016-2017 winter was one for the books!  After 5 years of drought, we got drenched!  We are looking at rain and snow totals 150-200% of normal!  With some flooding, but no major damage we came through this winter season as happy farmers!  The aquifers are replenished, the reservoirs […]

Wednesday April 19th, 2017 in Articles | No Comments »

A decade in retrospect, the 2007 Vintage from Frank’s Cellar

On Saturday, March 11, we tasted 10 wines from the 2007 vintage and shared them with a crowd of about about 35-40 guest in our tasting room. The 2007 vintage lineup included the following: Ramey “Hudson vineyard” Chardonnay, Carneros Walter Hansel “Cahill Lane” Chardonnay, Russian River Valley Lioco “Carneros” Pinot Noir Paul Lato “Sine Cera” […]

Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 in Articles | No Comments »

Phenolics in Wine

“It’s Greek to me!” You might hear winemakers talk about phenolics and to the general wine drinking population, they might as well be speaking Greek. But a little knowledge can a long way towards your general understanding of why wine looks and taste the way it does, as well as make you stand apart from […]

Wednesday March 8th, 2017 in Articles | No Comments »

The Ten Most Important Things to Know About Wine

The 10 Most Important Things to Know About Wine 1) Be honest. If you like something, even if your wife think is it smells like the trashcan, that is your opinion and there is no right, wrong, good or bad. Being truthful about what you like will also help those who are assisting you in […]

Wednesday March 1st, 2017 in Articles | No Comments »

100 Years of Napa Valley Winemaking History 1917-2017

In 1917, the United States was two years away from passing the Volstead Act, known as Prohibition. It was the law of the land until the 18th Amendment rescinded it in 1932. While the law made exceptions for sacramental wine, allowing for personal production of up to 200 gallons a year, all but 100 of […]

Wednesday February 8th, 2017 in Articles | No Comments »

The 411 on Phylloxera

Daktulosphaira vitifoliae Phylloxera” Grapevines, like all living things, are subject to disease and other pests. One of the most problematic for vineyards, as the world discovered in the 19th century, is phylloxera. Phylloxera is a sap sucking microscopic louse that is originally from the northeastern states. After years of exposure, the native grape species became resistant […]

Wednesday February 1st, 2017 in Articles | No Comments »

Scientists Uncover More Information About Resveratrol’s Anti-inflammatory Properties

Resveratrol helps wine grapes protect themselves. It also holds medical promise. From fighting depression to curing cancer, the potential of resveratrol seems sky-high, spurring both excitement and skepticism. Much of the scientific research surrounding the polyphenolic compound, found in grape skins and red wine, has focused on its ability to relieve inflammation. But how it […]

Saturday December 3rd, 2016 in Articles | No Comments »

Champagne can improve your Love Life

Champagne can Improve your Love Life… Yes it really can! By Christopher Walkey Your mind will run wild I’m sure with thoughts on what would improve on your love life, some things most obvious and other tips and tricks so very unique and clever, but how does Champagne fare when it comes to moving that […]

Wednesday November 23rd, 2016 in Articles | No Comments »

Napa Valley Wine Appellations ~Part Two~

Napa Valley Appellations Picking up where we left off last week at the southern end of the valley floor, we find ourselves in the Oak Knoll District. It is not as warm as the AVA’s to its north but still gets hot in the summer. Not only Cabernet Sauvignon, but other varieties that don’t do […]

Saturday November 19th, 2016 in Articles | No Comments »