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Napa Valley Earthquake

Napa Valley was shaken and stirred at 3:20 a.m. Sunday by an earthquake that measured 6.0 on the Richter scale – the most severe in northern California in 25 years. For the wine industry, at least the timing was fairly fortunate.

Authorities said more than 120 people sought minor medical care and that a child was in critical condition after being crushed by a fireplace. California governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in the wake of the 3:20 am quake, which ignited fires, burst water mains, caused gas leaks and even cracked roads. Read more.

2014 Harvest Is On!

Napa Valley Harvest 2014 Has Begun  

AThe first grapes from harvest Napa Valley 2014 were picked just before 6 a.m. on July 30.The first grapes from harvest Napa Valley 2014 were picked just before 6 a.m. on July 30.

The first of Napa Valley’s sparkling wine producers began picking grapes around 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, just two days earlier than the start of last year’s wine grape harvest. Although this past winter was one of the driest on record, Napa’s vintners and growers are predicting an abundant, high-quality harvest for the third year in a row. Read more.

 

Suggested Wineries
Broken Earth Winery
Broken Earth Winery, Paso Robles newest & fastest growing winery produces unique wines that are estate grown, harvested & bottled in Paso Robles.
Veris Cellars
Paso Robles - Try our 100 percent estate grown wines; blending the subtle differences of east and west side Paso Robles grapes. The wines are fruit forward with soft tannins and are a good value. Visit our country casual farm house.
Rotta Winery
Founded in 1908 by the Rotta Family, it is the only remaining family owned “original” winery in San Luis Obispo County. Visit us and taste our great Zinfandel.
Clautiere Vineyard
Paso Robles - A Winery Like No Other - Come visit this vibrant, colorful & energetic tasting room, gift shop and commercial kitchen for an unforgettable experience.
Autry Cellars
San Luis Obispo - Handmade wine from the master Steve Autry. Lush, extracted reds and full bodied whites. New tasting room opening soon.
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Mendocino County Wine Country Video
Check out this nice video about Mendocino and some of the many things to do in the region. The video gives you a good feel for this diverse county with images of the fine beaches, verdant mountains, and lush vineyards.
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How to Taste Wine, without spilling it on your shirt.
Wine tasting is not the same as just drinking it. To experience the true flavor of a wine requires that you pay attention to your senses of sight, smell, touch, as well as taste. The way I look at it is that if I am paying $10, $20 or even $50 or more for a bottle of wine, I want to make sure I squeeze every nickel of taste out of that wine. It's not pretentious--it's being frugal!
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Ask the Farmer
Today we have John Salisbury, from Salisbury Vineyards, who farms wine grapes in the cool coastal region of San Luis Obispo answering a questions on winemaking from a Winery Advisor member. The topic today...Sulfites in wine.
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Ask the Farmer - Resveratrol!
Resveratrol! It is good for the heart and liver. Prevents obesity, sunburn & melanoma. It enhances chemotherapy; fights type 2 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. It even slows down aging”. Sounds like an old western snake oil salesman’s pitch, right? Well, resveratrol - an anti-oxidant chemical compound found in wine as a result of the fermentation of the skin and seeds of winegrapes (especially reds) - is playing a big hand in research to cure or prevent the above diseases and others as well.
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Lake County Wine Country Video
Enjoy this beautiful video highlighting Lake County's winegrape growing region. Features local winegrape growers and winemakers.
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