Sterling Vineyards Selected for Academy Awards Ball
Sterling Vineyards, the landmark Napa winery, was featured at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Ball, the official party following the 81st Annual Academy Awards. This was the 6th consecutive year that Sterling Vineyards has been poured at the event.
Host a Tasting Party
There are a number of ways to host a wine tasting party and it depends of course on how formal you want to be, if you are going to have food to sample, and what kind of wine focus do you want. These events can be elegant and regal or professional and sober (must you spit at the table?) or just great fun.
I have created a list of things to consider and some specific tasting ideas and plans. If you live in the wine country you might ask if a winemaker or winery staff person could lead a tasting. The wine buyer at your local market or wine shop might love the opportunity to be involved.
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.
Napa Valley Vineyards
Napa Valley is approximately 35 miles long and one to five miles wide. It’s snug between the Mayacamas and Vaca mountains in northern California and claims some of the most expensive agricultural land in the world. The convergence of the right soils, climate, elevation, and skills of the grape grower and winemaker, make Napa Valley one of the most revered wine appellations in North American.
The Hills & Dells of Santa Cruz & Santa Clara
Visitors to this region can enjoy many small family owned wineries and have a better chance to meet and talk with the winemakers than in other regions. On the west side, dense redwood forests overlook the Pacific Ocean, while the east side looks down upon Santa Clara and what is known as Silicon Valley.