Joel Aiken is simply a legend in Napa Valley. Before launching his own label, he developed his chops as a Winemaker with historic producer Beaulieu Vineyard (BV). Prior to that he was focused on achieving his Master’s Degree at U.C. Davis that included a thesis comparing French and American [...]
Coquerel Wines is located just beyond the town of Calistoga at the north end of the Napa Valley. Alongside their flagship variety, Sauvignon Blanc, the winery also produces exceptional Verdelho, Tempranillo and Petite Sirah. In addition to their estate fruit, they source Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and other noble grapes from a handful of like-minded, premier growers throughout the Napa Valley.
What does it mean to share and enjoy food and wine with family? It is a question I ask myself often, as I come from an Italian family, and food and wine are never far out of reach at any gathering. I had a recent opportunity to reflect on this [...]
As we began plans for our upcoming event at Napa Truffle Festival in partnership with Sunset Magazine, establishing our wine partners was a much more simple task than what would follow. Though there are endless premier vintners to feature among our events and programming, this playful spin on the nursery [...]
It’s winter—the weather is cold, in California the rain is finally falling (!) and we’ve all begun reaching for those hearty red wines. Or have we? This week, I opted for Chardonnay. I know what you are thinking… Chardonnay is a white wine, it’s refreshing and possibly more suited [...]
I recently had a craving for some roasted chicken, and not wanting to miss the opportunity for an exquisite pairing, I decided to pop open a bottle of none other than Franciscan Estate Winery’s luscious 2013 Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay. This incredible wine was a match made in heaven for the [...]
We know it's only September, but it seems as though the holidays are just around the corner, and we're already scoping out great gift ideas and potluck party goodies.