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May 27, 2009 | S. Irene Virbila
This is an astonishing Bordeaux-style wine from the Napa Valley. Supple and lush with loads of ripe fruit and undertones of leather and tobacco, it's half-French, half-California in style. White Rock Vineyards was established as early as 1870 and brought back in the late '70s by the Vandendriessche family. Made from a classic blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a touch of Petit Verdot, the 2004 Claret is a splendid wine for the price.
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April 18, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Robin Williams, who stars in the series “The Crazy Ones,” has hoisted his Napa Valley estate onto the market at $29.9 million. The 640-acre property, built for the comedian more than a decade ago, is called Villa Sorriso for “villa of smiles” and sits in the Mayacamas Mountains between Napa and Sonoma valleys. The limestone main residence of close to 20,000 square feet features a two-story entry with a rotunda and a bell tower,  a billiards room, an oak-paneled library, a 12-seat home theater, a family room, an elevator, safe rooms and five bedrooms.
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NEWS
February 2, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Come spring, Napa Valley is overrun with visitors and if you're planning a visit in the coming months, time to start planning now. If you're an app addict, you might be tempted by the iPhone and iPad app Wine Spectator's Guide to Napa Valley 2012 edition . Readers, I bought it and downloaded it, and there's just not very much there for $6.99. It's basically an address book with no particular critical voice to direct you toward this or another restaurant, this or another winery visit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A Vacaville man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing $400,000 worth of wine from a Napa County storage facility in a bid to make a tidy profit on the black market, police said. The Valley Wine Warehouse declined to comment Thursday, but American Canyon police told FOX40 that the man, Jose Piña, 31, worked at the facility and had unlimited access. Because the case is still under investigation, American Canyon Police Chief Tracy Stuart told the station she could not provide the names of several store owners who may have purchased the stolen wine.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
A California winery is conducting an aquatic experiment: Napa Valley-based Mira Winery is aging 48 bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon in the Atlantic Ocean. The winery said bottles of wine recovered from shipwrecks have a remarkable and unique flavor. Thus, the winemaker believes aging the 2009 Cabernet in South Carolina's Charleston Harbor will affect the red wine's taste. “The ocean has similar ideal elements that impact aging - temperature, pressure, humidity, pressure motion, light - or lack thereof - and oxygen,” said Gustavo Gonzalez, a Mira Winery winemaker, in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A Vacaville man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing $400,000 worth of wine from a Napa County storage facility in a bid to make a tidy profit on the black market, police said. The Valley Wine Warehouse declined to comment Thursday, but American Canyon police told FOX40 that the man, Jose Piña, 31, worked at the facility and had unlimited access. Because the case is still under investigation, American Canyon Police Chief Tracy Stuart told the station she could not provide the names of several store owners who may have purchased the stolen wine.
NEWS
May 25, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
At 34, Seth Cripe has spent more years around wine than you'd think. The owner-winemaker of LOLA Wines , which he founded in 2008, moved to Napa Valley right after he dropped out of high school. He said that although he wouldn't recommend that exact career path, he was so fortunate to work for Swanson and Caymus . His stint at Caymus Vineyards lasted a dozen years, and in the end, he was running the vineyards there. When Caymus was developing its Belle Glos project, he, as the only available young and single person, was sent off to France for four or five months a year to learn what he could.
NEWS
August 26, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
If you're someone who hates, hates, hates to see the end of tomato season, you may be the perfect candidate for this fest celebrating the height of the season in Napa Valley.  Held Sept. 20-22, Tomatoville is a weekend celebration of the love apple. Actually, it's the second annual such event, hosted by Lucy Restaurant & Bar at the quietly luxurious, LEED-certified Bardessono hotel in Yountville. The weekend kicks off on Friday, the 20 th with a winemaker dinner prepared by Lucy's chef Victor Scargle, with winemakers Doug and Ryan Hill of Hill Family Estate on hand to talk wine.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Robin Williams, who stars in the series “The Crazy Ones,” has hoisted his Napa Valley estate onto the market at $29.9 million. The 640-acre property, built for the comedian more than a decade ago, is called Villa Sorriso for “villa of smiles” and sits in the Mayacamas Mountains between Napa and Sonoma valleys. The limestone main residence of close to 20,000 square feet features a two-story entry with a rotunda and a bell tower,  a billiards room, an oak-paneled library, a 12-seat home theater, a family room, an elevator, safe rooms and five bedrooms.
NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Napa Valley has lost a pioneer. Chateau Montelena released a statement today announcing the death of the winery's founder James L. Barrett at 86 on Thursday. Born in 1926, Barrett graduated from UCLA in 1946 and earned a law degree from Loyola Marymount University in 1950. After serving as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, Barrett became a senior partner is his firm Barrett, Stearns, Collins, Gleason and Kinney. In 1972, he went to Napa Valley with the idea of starting a winery.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
Here's a scenario: You've got a hankering for roast chicken, either from your favorite takeout, a restaurant, or from your own oven. Mine would be Judy Rodger's justly famous bird with bread and arugula salad from her masterful “The Zuni Cafe Cookbook: A Compendium of Recipes and Cooking Lessons from San Francisco's Beloved Restaurant.” The beautiful thing about roast chicken is that it pairs with both red and white wines. Nothing too intense and certainly no reds with massive tannins.
FOOD
January 25, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
I knew dried fruit had an image problem, but I had no idea how bad it had gotten. Sure, I can kind of understand how prunes, er, "dried plums," might have an issue - let's face it, any time your marketing solution involves changing your product's name entirely, well, things are tough. But the other day, I was talking to Cooks County's Roxana Jullapat, and she told me that in her restaurant, merely putting the word "raisin" on the menu was enough to kill sales for a dish completely.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The harvest is in and November is a great time to head up to the Napa Valley for the annual “ Flavor! Napa Valle y” wine and food festival. This year, it runs from Nov. 20-24 with a schedule stuffed with events featuring notable chefs and sommeliers, and for those of an educational bent, seminars and workshops. Better grab the last tickets if you're thinking about going. Having won some 12 Michelin stars in the 2013 San Francisco guide, Napa Valley is chuffed. (Three of those coveted stars went to Christopher Kostow at the Restaurant at Meadowood and another three to Thomas Keller and the French Laundry.)
NEWS
October 22, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
The harvest is almost finished in Napa Valley and in terms of quantity, it's turning out to be an average year. In terms of quality, though, winemakers are pretty much ecstatic about the 2013 vintage.  Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena says it was like the good old days, “really great fruit and basically no headaches at all. If we could have ordered the weather a la carte, we couldn't have had it any better.” Often vintages come in...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2013 | By Anthony York
Gov. Jerry Brown dug deep into state vinicultural history for his two-page treatise declaring September to be California Wine Month. The proclamation was typical of those that emerge from the governor's office, where even the most pedestrian of state actions becomes an opportunity to issue a soliloquy on some arcane piece of California history. Brown traces the history of wine in Spanish California to an Italian Jesuit priest in the late 1600s. He touches on King Carlos III, Father Junipero Serra and the "good pirate" Joseph Chapman before fast-forwarding to the 19th century.
NEWS
August 26, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
If you're someone who hates, hates, hates to see the end of tomato season, you may be the perfect candidate for this fest celebrating the height of the season in Napa Valley.  Held Sept. 20-22, Tomatoville is a weekend celebration of the love apple. Actually, it's the second annual such event, hosted by Lucy Restaurant & Bar at the quietly luxurious, LEED-certified Bardessono hotel in Yountville. The weekend kicks off on Friday, the 20 th with a winemaker dinner prepared by Lucy's chef Victor Scargle, with winemakers Doug and Ryan Hill of Hill Family Estate on hand to talk wine.
NEWS
December 9, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Milliken Creek Inn & Spa isn't big, just 12 rooms on three acres in Napa Valley . But sometimes small is nice. Conde Nast Traveler's Readers Choice Awards ranked the inn 29th of the 50 best small hotels in the U.S. For a limited time, the inn is offering rooms for a low $199 a night for a package that includes breakfast and a $75 spa credit. The deal: This is one of the lowest prices I've seen for rooms at this inn. Along with breakfast and the spa credit, the Refresh Package adds guest passes to a fitness center, a daily wine-and-cheese reception and a nightcap.
NEWS
January 17, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Supermodel Kate Moss turned 39 on Wednesday and reportedly plans to celebrate later this year via a wine tour of California's Napa Valley with rocker husband Jamie Hince. [The Sun] In its February issue, Vogue features police, fire, hospital and utility workers and others who helped out during and after Superstorm Sandy. The shots were taken by Annie Leibovitz and also include models Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls and Liu Wen. The Cut carped a a bit about it: "The juxtaposition of hardhat-wearing, drab-looking Con Ed employees posing next to Karlie Kloss astride power plant equipment in a shiny Oscar de la Renta gown is jarring, and unflattering for all parties involved," wrote Charlotte Cowles.
FOOD
July 27, 2013
When I first tasted this lovely white from Steve Matthiasson with his wife, Jill Klein Matthiasson, I thought Loire Valley. But this, surprise, surprise, comes from Napa Valley. A vineyard consultant by day, Matthiasson is part of a new generation of winemakers who work their vineyards sustainably and are intent on making wines that don't taste like everybody else's. The Matthiasson white is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Ribolla Gialla, Sémillon and Tocai Friulano. How did he come up with that?
BUSINESS
July 16, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
Treasury Wine Estates, the maker of Beringer wines, is dumping up to $35 million worth of wine that's past its prime.  Unsold expired wine has been sitting in warehouses awaiting store shelves, including the mass-marketed Beringer label wine, based in Napa Valley. Unlike fine, more expensive wines, the varieties predominantly sold by the Australian vintner, do not age well. They are mostly cheap, white wines, such as white Zinfandel. The excess inventory of bottles will be streamrolled so the company can recoup taxes paid.
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