Map showing St. Helena wine district and its sub regions

Understanding AVA: Regions, Appellations and Sub-Appellations

It is easy to say European wine labels are confusing for Americans, but just how easy are our labels?  Not completely easy to be honest.  We all respect Napa (even if it isn’t our favorite to drink), but with the respect of the Napa namesake, are we talking…

Vineyard at sunset in autumn harvest.

Understanding AVA: Single-Vineyard

Single-Vineyard Wine. The highlight of a site’s terroir, climate, and soils, on full display in the truest expression, carried only by the finest fruit to deliver the sum total of what that one unique place on the planet Earth has to offer.  No other place on the planet…

Sunset shines through a sign welcoming visitors to Napa Valley wine country

Why Napa Valley?

Napa Valley Cabernet is synonymous with quality, luxury, scores, and of course, the subsequent price tags.  But what makes the wines from Napa Valley command such a market presence?  What actually makes Napa Valley wines so special? Let’s skip over the portion of history where its wines were…

Silhouette of the state of California with "CA" written, overlaid on Autumn vineyards

CA Wine: The Earliest Days

California wine is well-known globally.  A long, rich history is the backbone of the operation.  Although much of the global stance got it’s footing post-prohibition, European immigrants long before modern winemakers saw gold in the soils and climate of modern-day CA. Although the official birthdate of California wine…