Monthly Archives: June 2007

Napa Valley Estate Turns 125 This Year

     It was 125 years ago – in 1882 – that a German immigrant named George Schonewald purchased a plot of land in the Napa Valley.

      On it, he built a beautiful summer home, established a 4-acre formal garden and planted 17 acres to winegrapes.

      The 31-acre parcel is now known as Spottswoode Estate, and the winery has been producing world-class wines for…     

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

Napa Vintners Focus on Ecosystems

    “Napa Green Land” is a landmark environmental program, initiated in 2003, that looks at all aspects of a grower’s property – vineyards, as well as roads, buildings and non-farmed land – to curtail erosion and reduce or eliminate pesticide use that will ultimately enhance the Napa River watershed and preserve or restore wildlife habitat through sustainable agriculture practices.

     Napa Green Land Environmental Certification is largely based on Fish Friendly Farming, whereby landowners create a customized farm plan that addresses all aspects of not only the vineyard, but the entire…

Posted in Wine and the Environment

Summertime… and the Sipping Is Easy

    The sunny skies and warmer temperatures are here.

     And with the change in weather typically comes a change in our wine-drinking habits. We tend to replace the full-bodied, palate-grabbing red wines which complement winter comfort food with lighter-bodied, more fruity and more refreshing wines – the kind of wines featured in our Light & Sweet Wine Club.

     We once asked a prominent Napa Valley vintner – a man who makes some of the world’s finest and most sought-after Cabernet Sauvignon – what…


Posted in Wine in the Glass

'New Wave' Winemaking by a Veteran Vintner

     A popular business concept that took hold during the 1990s involves “thinking outside the box.” Managers and employees are encouraged to envision new ways of accomplishing tasks in a more efficient manner and to serve customers in ways that will guarantee their continued patronage in the future.

      “Thinking outside the box” is the antithesis of, “We’ve always done it that way.”

     This concept isn’t limited to the hallways of Corporate America. It’s also practiced at a handful of wineries, most particularly in iconoclastic California, and these are the wineries we seek out for the wine clubs of…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction
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