July 19, 1987 |
On a glorious summery day in June, one of California's most handsome monuments to wine making, Greystone Wine Cellars on California 29 in St. Helena, was reopened to the public after an extensive three-year renovation period. Built of hand-hewn local volcanic rock in 1888, the great three-story structure was closed in 1984 after it was deemed seismically unsafe.
October 14, 2012 |
Like a fine wine, Paso Robles, Calif., gets better with age. I was delighted to find new downtown restaurants, wine bars and shops since last visiting five years ago. And there are now more than 200 eclectic wineries dotting the region's oak-shaded country roads. Fall is a great time to visit, especially during Harvest Wine Weekend (Oct. 19-21 this year). There's a crush of activities to celebrate the crushing of the grapes: Jump in and try your hand, oops, feet, at grape stomping, get a vino-therapy massage or go to an elegant winemaker dinner or casual barbecue.
July 5, 2012 |
LODI, Calif. — With bottles ready for tasting, a group of Lodi wine producers waited anxiously recently for a delegation of monied businesspeople they hoped to impress. The vintners burst into applause when the group finally arrived, more than an hour late. The guests weren't Hollywood moguls or Silicon Valley venture capitalists. They were potential customers and investors from the city of Shenyang in northern China, coming to check out Lodi as a potential source of affordable wine to supply China's rapidly growing market.
January 31, 2010 |
More wedding bells could ring at Napa Valley wineries after a tough economic year that has some saying yes to a proposal to revise rules banning most vineyard vows. Proponents say the plan would bring in some cash for struggling vintners and provide an opportunity to introduce guests to their wines. Others think the move would threaten the rural character that gives the valley its charm. The issue, expected to get its next public airing this week at a Napa County Board of Supervisors meeting, has the area buzzing.
July 8, 2009 |
New Jersey wine retailer Joe Arking was in the Napa Valley last month, drumming up business. Arking is hardly a typical retailer in the bricks-and-mortar sense or, for that matter, in the normal Web-commerce sense. His website, winestilsoldout.com, sells just one wine at a time and at an incredibly steep discount until it's gone without a trace -- usually within eight hours.
March 30, 2010 |
Glenn and Christina Whitney are trying to decide how to expand their five-acre Redland, Fla., farm and produce market into a tourist destination. Should they set up a microbrewery? Open a bed-and-breakfast? Increase their stock of you-pick fruits and vegetables in small hydroponic planters? "We don't close during off-season, so we could do a lot more here," Glenn Whitney said. With Miami-Dade County pushing to grow agri-tourism, the couple could do any of those things.
September 3, 2009 |
In the wine country north of Santa Barbara, the global economic crisis has drained wine sales, tapped tourist spending and siphoned away hotel profits. But five years after the Santa Ynez Valley was featured in an Oscar-winning film, the region is still feeling the upside of "Sideways." The offbeat comedy about the wine-soaked adventures of two hapless buddies drew crowds of connoisseurs to the region's wineries, vineyards and restaurants. And to the delight of merchants and wine makers, the continued popularity of the 2004 film has helped soften the blow of the worst recession in a generation.
April 10, 1989
Kansas Joins Wine States: Kansas, for the first time, is included in the country's chief directory of wineries. A record 1,304 wineries are in the new edition. The latest entry--Fields of Fair of Manhattan, Kan.--brings to 44 the number of states that produce wine commercially out of bonded premises, according to the trade publication Wines & Vines. The directory lists 669 wineries in California, which produces 90% of U.S. wine, 92 in New York, 75 in Washington, 73 in Oregon, 50 in Ohio, 45 in Pennsylvania and 41 in Virginia.
March 28, 2013 |
In Santa Barbara, the soon-to-open Caveau Wine Bar & Merchant is hosting a tasting of local wines from the 2012 vintage with more than 50 wineries taking part, including the Ojai Vineyard , Brewer-Clifton , Sandhi and Au Bon Climat . The beauty is that it's a futures tasting and wines will be offered at 20% off retail if purchased before they are released, i.e., in the future. This is the same event Doug Margerum (now making wine under the Margerum Wine Company label)
February 2, 2013 |
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.