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Stags Leap District: A Legend in Its Own Time

At a Stags Leap District tasting April 26 commemorating its 25th anniversary as an AVA, vintners shared their perspectives on the evolution of the appellation since the 1970s. Constantly innovating, constantly adapting, vintners continue to move the region forward with but one goal: to preserve the legend of Stags Leap.

Carneros Cool Factor

Carneros has a cool climate perfect for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. But at a recent Carneros Wine Alliance tasting, I learned the region is cool in more ways than one. It’s a region where a confident new generation embraces tradition in a search for authenticity, and the old garde hews to its free-thinking, but no less authentic, ways.

The Taste of Rutherford Dust Found

I’ve written about Napa Valley’s earliest vineyards from St. Helena to Howell Mountain and Stags Leap, but no region’s vintners have had …

The Clones of Carneros

A couple years ago at the Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival technical conference, winemaker Greg La Follette spoke about Pinot Noir lovers.  …