Five Must Try Zinfandel Wines For Your Weekend Barbecue

Zinfandel has become known as “America’s Grape Varietal” through its popularity in California, and around the United States. Recently researchers have found it appears to have originated in Croatia, where it is known as Crljenak Kastelanski, and southern Italy, where it is known as Primitivo. The Zinfandel grape tends to produce powerful, spicy reds with […]

Throwback Thursday: Laura Michael Wines

Laura Michael Wines

Owner of Laura Michael Wines Laura Swanton revisits 2004 Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is located on 3 acres at the end of Silverado Trail in Calistoga. 29 year old Zinfandel plants grow on the property along with beautifully landscaped gardens.

Throwback Thursday: Terra Valentine

Terra Valentine

Terra Valentine owner and winemaker Sam Baxter revisits the 2005 Wurtle Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. erra Valentine sources from Spring Mountain District whose varied terrain shines through in the robust yet balanced style of the wines–exhibiting the true essence of the Spring Mountain District. While mountain viticulture presents its challenges, for Terra Valentine, it comes down […]

49 Million Bubbles

Sparkling Wine

In case you are wondering why the title is “49 Million Bubbles” let me explain, there are supposedly there 49 million bubbles in a bottle of true Champagne, although I have never met anyone who actually counted them. Most Americans only Drink Champagne or Sparkling wine once or twice a year usually during New Years […]

Napa Valley Edition

Welcome to Napa Valley Sign

Perhaps California’s best-known wine growing region. Napa Valley has so much to offer visitors, from its wines to culinary experiences, The Vine Times gives you suggestions to everyone from the first-time visitor to frequent guests. Full magazine available this harvest.

Wine Basics: Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc Grapes

Pronounced:     So-Vin-YAWN-Blonk Basics: Sauvignon Blanc is a dry white wine grape varietal that can offer distinctive flavors of citrus, melon, fig, herbs and grassiness. When it is made in oak barrels, the Sauvignon Blanc grape showcases its vanilla and creamy flavors.  This wine is typically light, crisp and full of fruit flavors. An exceptional […]