Monday, March 30, 2020

Napa Valley Rocks: History of the Napa Valley Wine Industry

Although Napa Valley is a "new world" wine region, it has a rich and intriguing history. Watch this video to learn more about Napa Valley's past.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Sonoma Meditation: Duck pond in Sonoma Plaza

Join us pond-side at the Sonoma Plaza - we're at the duck pond for our Sonoma Valley moment. Looking southwest across the plaza, the pond is a popular spot to sit and relax and enjoy the family of ducks who swim, dive, and otherwise entertain visitors. (And if you look closely, you might see a Sonoma toddler participating in the ever-popular duck chase through the Plaza.)

The Sonoma Valley is right next to the Napa Valley and has long been a great wine area. WeWine Napa offers tours customized for you and the Sonoma Valley region is not only beautiful but rich in great wineries. In fact, Sonoma has one of the oldest wineries.

Because we are not doing tours at this time due to the Corona Virus, we thought we would share another bit of peaceful pleasure in this delightful meditation. Love the sound of the water too! Feel free to enjoy it and give thanks for Experience Sonoma Valley's YouTube channel and their perfect sharing and allowing us to share with you during this challenging time.

Bless you, all and stay safe!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Sonoma Meditation: Overlook Trail

Join us on the bench in the meadow that overlooks the City of Sonoma at the end of the Overlook Trail. Sit for fifteen minutes and enjoy the gentle breeze as the branches of the oak trees sway and the spring-green leaves dance.

To the right are the vernal pools (seasonal wetlands) through which cuts the Sonoma bike path from The Springs to the Sebastiani winery.

In the middle distance is the historic Sonoma Plaza, the largest plaza of it's kind (eight acres!) in California. And further out are the hills that define the Sonoma Valley's western edge, where it spreads out into the Carneros region, famous for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyards. At the edge of it are the wetlands and tidelands that feed into the San Pablo Bay, and further in the far distance, are the hills of Marin and San Francisco. Can you hear the crows? What other bird calls can you identify? More information on the Overlook Trail can be found here:

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Terroir to Table: Oenotri

Oenotri serves southern-Italian cuisine in the heart of Napa Valley wine country, with a daily-changing menu of rustic dishes built around the freshest local products available. Oenotri is reflective of a passion for handcrafted food, offering a menu with more than 20 different types of house-made salumi, an array of handmade fresh and dry pasta, exclusive olive oil sourced from Napa Valley, breads made in-house daily, and a variety of produce sourced from their own farm. Though their passion is Italian cuisine, Oenotri is equally committed to local, handcrafted production. They maintain and manage a 5-acre culinary garden just a few miles from the restaurant where 80% of their menu is sourced during peak season. Oenotri continues to serve as a favored destination for both Napa Valley locals and visitors alike, and has secured its place as an essential component of any wine country itinerary.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Terroir to Table: Evangeline

Evangeline is a quintessential casual bistro in Napa Valley featuring a terraced garden patio and world-class food, drinks, and service. The menu offers fresh and fun versions of bistro favorites like steak frites and mussels, perfectly paired with craft cocktails, cold beers, and an eclectic selection of local wines. Most exciting are the ‘instant classics’ - the chef’s Napa Valley twist on Creole favorites like gumbo ya-ya and shrimp étouffée.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Terroir to Table: Brix Napa Valley

Brix Restaurant and Gardens has always had a clear focus on providing a farm-to-table dining experience, with the restaurant's recent renovation elevating this longtime local favorite to a modern dining oasis. Just a stone’s throw from the restaurant, diners find the crown jewels of the grounds: the spacious flower and vegetable gardens and fruit tree orchard. Comprised of raised boxed beds and in-ground beds, it grows crops year-round, and it’s not unusual to see the chefs out in the garden gathering bunches of fruits, vegetables, and herbs for the day’s specials.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Scout's Honor! Napa Valley Favorite By Venge Vineyards

We’re excited to profile one of our favorite blended designates for today’s #thirstythursday feature! Produced by guest favorite @vengevineyards in Calistoga, Scout’s Honor is a blend of Zinfandel, Charbono, Petite Sirah & Syrah. Named in honor of their lab retriever Scout, it’s no wonder so much passion & energy went into creating it.

A very easy drinker with great flavors and can be consumed young. Plum, purple fruits, blueberries, black raspberries & raspberries on the edges, black licorice, rich, dark soils, vanilla, caramel, clove, medium spice, a touch of pepper, blue and purple flower, violets with lavender. Nice fresh mouth entry. Your palate senses deliciousness immediately. The body is round and medium. Definite fruit sweetness.

Awarded 90 points & editor’s choice by our friends at @wineenthusiast & rightfully so. We thoroughly enjoyed every sip down to the very last drop! Think you’d enjoy this type of blend?🍷👀

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Monday, March 9, 2020

Terroir to Table: Gran Electrica

Gran Eléctrica is an authentic Mexican restaurant and tequila/mezcal bar located in downtown Napa. With items like fresh hand-pressed tortillas crafted with heirloom corn, house-made crema, and queso fresco, as well as spicy chorizo made on-site, they honor traditional Mexican cooking techniques. Their beverage program incorporates Mexican flavors with seasonal ingredients, cocktails with tequila and mezcal from small-batch and artisan distillers, and a wine cellar with a selection of both local and European wines, highlighting small producers with a strong commitment to natural practices, sustainability, and old-world techniques.

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Friday, March 6, 2020

Terroir to Table: PRESS

The culinary team at PRESS proudly presents modern steakhouse cuisine with a distinctly Napa Valley flair. In addition to sourcing its dry-aged, USDA prime beef and other proteins from local purveyors, the numerous vegetable-based dishes prominently featured on the menu give PRESS a true sense of place. The cuisine at PRESS, like the wine, is rooted in its terroir, letting the ingredients speak for themselves.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Terroir to Table: Hudson Ranch

Situated in the heart of the rolling hills of Napa Valley’s Carneros District, Hudson Ranch and Vineyards is an agrarian dream. Producing world-class grapes for exceptional wines and Tuscan olives for verdant oil, raising heritage breed pigs, lambs, and chickens, and growing a diverse array of seasonal fruits and vegetables for their grocery store, Hudson Greens & Goods, their farm encapsulates the true sense of wonder, possibility, and enthusiasm with which they start each day.