Father of California Wine
Father Junípero Serra planted California’s first sustainable vineyard at Mission San Juan Capistrano , and began the first winery in 1783. Father Serra founded nine missions with vineyards before he perished in 1784. This is why Father Serra is referred to as the “Father of California Wine” and the Mexican varietel he planted, came to be called the Mission grape and dominated California wine production until about 1880.
Taste The Stars
The French have been arguing for decades to persuade Americans to stop calling our sparkling wine "Champagne." They postulate, rightly, that Champagne comes from that sacred region in northern France where the bubbly was first created, and should not be confused with the various sparkling wines made from Temecula to Topeka.
Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena recently honored Jim Concannon, 3rd generation vintner, Concannon Vineyard for his contributions to the Livermore Valley and California wine industry. The Mayor paid tribute at Born to Rhône; an annual event that celebrates Concannon Vineyard's pioneering work with grape varieties from the Rhône Valley.
Storing, Shipping & Sipping
Your touring the wine country collecting prizes from a number of wineries and you need to get them home. Wineries can only ship what they make, so they can't consolidate your shipment. Luckily there are services that do this, and more.
Wine Country After Dark
A recent trip through the north coast wine region resulted in some great new winery finds, a couple of good meals and some wonderful wine country hospitality. We found our days full, but our evenings a little on the quiet side until we ventured 25 minutes north of Calistoga to the wine village of Middletown, in Lake County. Here we found what we were looking for.