Harvest Moon Estate and Winery was founded on growing, producing, and bottling world-class Russian River Valley wine in a balanced, elegant style. Our premise is that Russian River Valley Zinfandel can be just as layered and complex as any Pinot Noir or Bordeaux variety in the world and receive the same respect. The Pitts family has grown quality grapes in the Russian River Valley since 1976. In 2000, son Randy reverse migrated from San Francisco to Sonoma County to assume the farming responsibilities at the family's modest nine-acre ranch. In conjunction with lessons on farming by his dad and a few viticulture/enology courses at the local junior college, Randy made a barrel of homemade Zinfandel off the ranch's back block which turned out exceptionally tasty. He quickly concluded that properly farmed and judiciously fermented, Zinfandel has the capability of being California's own wine nobility. The growers-turned winemakers birthed their inaugural vintage in 2002 and look forward to making their Zinprint on the wine scene for decades to come.
Rahn Estate was established in 1998. After working for a consulting company evaluating soils and designing vineyards, traveling to Napa finally caught up with Brian Rahn and he took a leap of faith and acquired the 20-acre property. Certified soil scientist, Brian was attracted by the gravely volcanic soils and high elevation of the site and designed the hillside estate vineyards on the Howell Mountain by hand-selecting Cabernet Sauvignon root stocks and clones to fit the micro-climates. The terroir of Howell Mountain allows for nuanced and concentrated fruit flavors and balanced tannin.
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Every week we feature a new video of winemakers defining wine terms used every day in the cellar. Vino Lingo! This week we feature Pam Starr, co-owner of Crocker & Starr in Napa Valley defining the term "Soil Profiling". Cheers!
Blue Rock Winery was first settled by Italians who worked at the Italian-Swiss Colony winery just down the road. The original stone house was once Villa Maria winery, which closed its doors during the Prohibition Era. Acquired by Kenny and Cheryl Kahn in 1987, the Estate maintains much of its old-world
character. It even maintains its original olive trees that are now over 140 years old.
As the Napa Valley transitions once again through our local fires, we’ve seen a steady increase in wine-tour activity. As a footnote, the Covid-19 cases are also declining and Napa County is officially off the watchlist.
We are accepting reservations for October & November currently. We continue to provide complimentary Concierge services and customized itineraries as well.
Thank You all for your support and we look forward to the opportunity of serving you.
The wine world can seem extremely exclusive, expensive, refined and almost elite. So Madelyne Meyer made it her mission to simplify wine communication. Wouldn’t it be easier and just a little bit more fun if we ordered a glass of wine that had a sweetness level of a HEINZ ketchup than ordering an off-dry wine? Swiss wine expert Meyer does not only want to simplify wine language, but also create a more light-hearted wine world. How she does it? Listen to her talk! Madelyne Meyer approaches people to wine in an unconventional way. With her website "Edvin." she conveys basic wine knowledge through videos and illustrations. Meyer started her wine journey in California, where she worked for 2 wineries. Subsequently the half Swiss half American moved to Bordeaux where she studied Wine Marketing and Management and interned for a wine merchant. Today she is the head of Marketing & Communication at Weinkellereien Aarau and passionately develops Edvin: A source for wine knowledge. Ignoring all wine rules.
This program was originally recorded and broadcast in July of 2009. I interviewed Miljenko “Mike” Grgich at the Grgich Hill Estate Winery in Napa Valley for the very first time and realized I was in the presence of a legend. After all, the Chardonnay he made that won the Tasting of Paris is now is the Smithsonian. Mike has a great sense of humor and joy of life, so it was easy to chat with him. I wanted to re-run this podcast considering he turned 97 back in April. April 1st, in fact. Please enjoy this program from our library with a glass of Grgich Hills wine, and why not, they are made to go together!