July 14, 1999 |
Ric Forman is a winemaker's winemaker, quietly crafting gorgeous Chardonnays and Cabernets at his Napa Valley estate. The fact that he's an avid cook must have something to do with why his wines go so beautifully with food. His 1997 Chardonnay should appeal to fans of Chardonnays made in an austerely elegant style that lets the quality of the fruit shine through.
May 12, 1988 |
The thought of an underground wine cellar in the floor of the Napa Valley amused Jim Allen, but the thought of tearing out an acre of prime Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon gave him indigestion. Allen, co-owner with his brother, Steve, of the Sequoia Grove Winery, needed a winery building as well as a barrel-aging cellar. The winery site was selected adjacent to Jim's home, which is adjacent to the winery. But the only available land for the cellar was already planted with Cabernet.
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March 11, 1998 |
Jack Davies, an internationally respected pioneer of modern quality winemaking and the production of sparkling wine in the Napa Valley, died Tuesday. He was 75. Davies, who with his wife, Jamie, founded Schramsberg Vineyards in 1965, died in his sleep in his Victorian vineyard home near Calistoga, Calif. He had suffered for the past year from degenerative nerve disease.
November 2, 2002 |
The California Public Employees' Retirement System said Friday that it bought more than 100 acres in Napa Valley, its first purchase under a $100-million plan to develop vineyards on the West Coast. The nation's largest public pension fund bought the land with Premier Pacific Vineyards Inc., a privately held firm with which it has an agreement to acquire grape-growing parcels in California, Oregon and Washington state. CalPERS invested $6 million of the $6.6-million purchase price.
March 5, 1986 |
In a warehouse at the Sutter Home winery here, workers picked through a pile of soggy cardboard last week, fishing out muddy bottles for cleaning and repacking. Only a week earlier, the warehouse had contained 20,000 neatly piled cases of Zinfandel. Then the raging Napa River toppled most of them during torrential rains. "It was bad news," winery spokesman Walter Hampe said the other day. "The river just cut a swath right through the winery. Some of our equipment was swept downstream."
December 13, 1992 |
While winter is not the most popular season for touring the Napa Valley, it is the best time for looking down at it from the top of 4,434-foot Mt. St. Helena. Crisp, clear winter days mean breathtaking views of the wine country, the High Sierra and San Francisco Bay. Local Sierra Club members schedule an annual New Year's Day hike up the mountain--surely an invigorating way to welcome the year ahead. Most of the summit and broad shoulders of Mt. St.
August 18, 1991 |
The Napa Valley Wine Train will soon discount luncheons and dinners on its three-hour round-trip excursions from Napa to St. Helena through the wine country, and has arranged for reduced rates at Napa Valley lodgings. The discount for seniors 62 and over will be increased from 10% to 20%, November through February. The regular 10% discount on items sold in the Wine Emporium and other shops in the Wine Train depot in Napa still applies.
October 17, 1985 |
Just south of town, in the middle of some of the most prized vineyards of the celebrated Napa Valley, there sits a very unusual and, for many here, a very unwelcome new winery. This winery has no equipment to squeeze the must, or juice, from any sweet chardonnay grapes; it has no stainless steel fermenting tanks coaxing the must into wine, and no oak aging casks giving the wine complexity and character.
July 19, 1990 |
You'd think just owning Napa Valley land would make you a superstar. After all, Napa is the paradise of the grape--just plant a couple of vines here and you can make great wine. Yet a number of wineries have lived quietly in this world of grapey glamour, making fine wine without getting much national recognition. There can be a number of reasons for this, but wine quality isn't necessarily among them. Take the cases of Stonegate and Lakespring, located at opposite ends of the Napa Valley.
May 22, 1991 |
Heublein is hoping to sell, lease or convert Napa Valley's best-known landmark, the Christian Bros.' castle-like Greystone Cellars in St. Helena. "We're exploring options for the highest and best use of the building," Ron Batori, a spokesman for Heublein's Fine Wine Group in St. Helena, said Tuesday. He added that "we don't have a 'for sale' sign on the building, but (a sale) is one option we're examining."