Wine: July 2012 Archives

A Look at Pre-Harvest at Benziger Winery

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Mike Benziger takes a look at the vines at Benziger Family Winery in July and says this year's vintage is "off to an awesome start"! Watch the video below:

St. Supéry has gone to the dogs...

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stSupery_Blog_DogFriendly.jpgNo need to leave Fido at home when you travel to Wine Country and go wine tasting! There are plenty of pet friendly wineries in both Napa Valley and Sonoma.

St. Supery, located in Napa Valley, have declared themselves "THE MOST dog friendly winery in the WORLD"! and encourage visitors to bring their furry friend along to the Estate tasting room, French parque, or petanque courts. St. Supery loves dogs so much that they even let their employees bring them to work and have regular visits from Buddy the Chiweenie, Nicki the Boxer, Rogue the Tibetan Terrier, and Coco the long-haired Chihuahua.

This year they are supporting a great cause at the Napa Humane's inaugural Walk for the Animals on August 5th.  All donations made go directly to Napa Humane's life saving programs like their low-cost spay & neuter clinic, their affordable vaccination and microchipping clinic, mobile adoption & educational outreach programs.

CLICK HERE to read more about St. Supery being a dog friendly winery and how you too can personally support Napa Humane.

Be sure to read the Wine Country Travel Guide: Pet Friendly for tips and suggestions when traveling with your pet to Napa Valley or Sonoma County.

Verasion Begins at KJ Winery

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kj_Blog_PhotoOfTheDay_Verasion.gif"It may seem like a small thing, just one purple grape in a cluster of green, but it means the most exciting time of the year, Harvest, is starting to creep into view." ~ Kendall Jackson Blog

Summer days seem to be passing by in flash! Some wineries are already starting to see a tinge of purple on their grapes in the vineyards. The winemaker at Kendall Jackson, located in Sonoma County, snapped this beautiful picture of a cluster of Cabernet Sauvignon that is already starting to change color from green to purple.

See other pictures in Kendall Jackson's "Photo of the Day" thread.

1976 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon

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chMontelena_Blog_1976Cab.jpgChateau Montelena makes some wonderful Napa Valley wines. If you've been saving some of their Cabs for a special occasion and wondering how they are holding up in your wine cellar, read what one of Chateau Montelena's customer's recently said about their 1976 Cabernet Saugvignon . . .

"Last night I had a small dinner at my home in Healdsburg, CA, in order to honor a friend, and to try out some Napa "Cult" Cabs I had assembled.  Screaming Eagle, Harlan Estate, Bryant Family etc.... But the most amazing surprise was a 1976 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast ... wow! 

Whoever made that wine should be very proud, it's drinking wonderfully, even after 35+ years!  Please give my regards to the Barretts and anyone else who had a hand in that very fine bottling. What a pleasure, I'm a winemaker myself, and I just had one of the best wines I've ever had. Bravo!

Read more at the Chateau Montelena Blog.