Schramsberg Vineyards, Napa: A Few Current Releases At the risk of oversimplifying things past the point of reasonableness, I'd like to suggest that there are really two kinds of wineries in Napa Valley. Those that have been made great in modern times and those that were great long before Napa Cabernet cost more than even $1.00 a bottle. There are a handful of wineries that must be considered some of the valley's historical treasures, and those that continue to make excellent wine (not all do) are to be treasured even more for it.
Rosé The famous sign that welcomes the world to Napa Valley hosts a quote by author Robert Louis Stevenson: "...and the wine was bottled poetry." In the early 1880's Stevenson took his honeymoon in the northern end of Napa valley, and wrote about it in a book called the Silverado Squatters. In it, he describes his visit to the property of German immigrant Jacob Schram: "Mr. Schram's, on the other hand, is the oldest vineyard in the valley, eighteen years old I think; yet he began a penniless barber, and even after he had broken ground up here with his black malvoisies, continued for long to tramp the valley with his razor. Now, his place is the picture of prosperity: stuffed birds on the verandah, cellars far dug into the hillside, and resting on pillars like a bandit's cave: all trimness, varnish, flowers, and sunshine, among the tangled wildwood. Stout, smiling Mrs. Schram, who has been to Europe and apparently all about the States for pleasure, entertained Fanny in the verandah, while I was tasting wines in the cellar. To Mr. Schram this was a solemn office; his serious gusto warmed my heart; prosperity had not yet wholly banished a certain neophyte and girlish trepidation, and he followed every sip and read my face with proud anxiety. I tasted all. I tasted every variety and shade of Schramberger, red and white Schramberger, Burgundy Schramberger, Schramberger Hock, Schramberger Golden Chasselas, the latter with a notable bouquet, and I fear to think how many more. Much of it goes to London - most, I think; and Mr. Schram has a great notion of the English taste.
Sauvignon Blanc In this wild spot, I did not feel the sacredness of ancient cultivation. It was still raw, it was no Marathon, and no Johannesburg; yet the stirring sunlight, and the growing vines, and the vats and bottles in the cavern, made a pleasant music for the mind. Here, also, earth's cream was being skimmed and garnered: and the customers can taste, such as it is, the tang of the earth in this green valley. So local, so quintessential is a wine, that it seems the very birds in the verandah might communicate a flavor, and that romantic cellar influence the bottle next to be uncorked in Pimlico, and the smile of jolly Mr. Schram might mantle in the glass." Jacob Schram was indeed a penniless barber. At the age of sixteen, to avoid being drafted into the German army, Schram set off to find his fortune in the New World, on a steamer to New York, where he first apprenticed as a barber, and then south to the Caribbean, across Panama (no canal yet) and then on a ship to California. Shaves and haircuts, trims and tonics, paid his way until he reached the Napa Valley, where he set up a barber shop in Napa City, found himself a wife named Annie Christine Weber, and settled down to a life of modest prosperity.
Wine Notes by Heidi Cusick Dickerson While driving to Santa Rosa for the sixth annual Mendocino Winegrape and Wine Commission's "Growers Showcase" a couple of weeks ago I thought about where the grapes grown in Mendocino County go.
Cabernet Shiraz It might be surprising to some to learn that, depending on whom you ask, between 75 and 90 percent of the wine grapes grown in Mendocino County are shipped to wineries out of the county. The number of wineries has grown in the county in the last 20 years but most are small and there aren't enough to make wine out of Mendocino grapes.
Rosé While many growers have contracts with local wineries, there is still the need for many to find buyers for their crop. Forty of the 343 Mendocino vineyards were represented at the Mendocino County Growers Showcase.
Gretchen McKay / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Laurel Gray Vineyards' tasting room in Hamptonville, N.C., is located in a barn built in the 1930s. Co-owner Kim Meyers offers visitors a taste of nine white and red wines.
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Cabernet Shiraz Ken Gulaian and Kari Heerdt thought that way, too, when they relocated from San Francisco to the northern part of North Carolina a few years ago.
18 Ohio wineries pouring in for North Market festival * The annual Food and Ohio Wine Festival returns for its ninth year Friday through Sunday, July 9-11.
Grover Vineyards India --> Eighteen wineries from all around the state will converge on the North Market this weekend for its annual Food and Ohio Wine Festival.
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Wines To India Most American wine lovers are familiar with the Judgment of Paris, the 1976 tasting in which several Napa wines outscored the best from Bordeaux and Burgundy. The French wine establishment was not amused. The spit buckets were still wet as the experts who'd participated in the blind tasting started to explain the results away. Patriotic French wine lovers must have been similarly riled three years later when a Spanish wine bested 1970 Château Latour and other top Bordeaux in another blind tasting sponsored by Gault Millau, the prestigious French food guide. The wine in question was a 1970 Torres Gran Coronas, made from four-year-old Cabernet vines planted in Penedès, an area of gently rolling hills an hour west of Barcelona.
Grover Vineyards India Miguel A. Torres tastes one of his reds at his winery in Pacs del Penedès on Wednesday.
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