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Tuesday, December 30, 2008
NAPA valleys tour is a tour of the worlds best wineries where you got to know about the world's best wines and their splendid tastes. The RUTHER FORD RANCH winery is located in the heart of Napa valley. It is acknowledged as Napa Valley's Best Winery as it is producing the best quality wine over the years.
ANDRETTI winery is also a very famous Napa valley winery because of its Italian style of wine making. V.SATTUI winery is one among the well known wineries of Napa valley, as it produces a variety of wines at various price points. DOMAINE CHANDON winery has an immense compilation of art work all the way through their grounds showcasing the natural beauty of Napa. SIGNORELLO vineyards is the one which produces the high premium wines but in a limited quantity. Here classic French wines are hand crafted by using the best Californian grown fruits.
Monday, December 22, 2008
The taste that the wines leave as you swallow the wine is just unforgettable. And do not forget that as you drink you should not immediately swallow but allow the wine to touch your taste buds. Exhale the wine slowly through your nose and mouth. The taste of wine can be experienced in different categories like the dryness that indicates the level of sugar presence in the wine. Incase you are feeling the taste to be sour then it indicates that the wine is dry. The next category that comes across is the alcohol content, which can be easily ascertained from the feel which you experience as crisp, watery and even heavy.
Red wines usually have a harsh taste and the strength of the wine depends on the production process. Wines which have not been fermented for a long time do not leave their taste for a long time whereas good wines which are quite old often give you the experience of the taste long even after they have been tasted.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Napa Valley Wineries have come into limelight from dim obscurity in less than forty years. The region has witnessed America's fine wine revolution and it is now one of the best wine producing areas in the world. One of the most famous wine regions is Carneros which is home to several excellent Napa Valley Wineries. The other best-known Oak Knoll wine region is located north. In 2004, after a decade of Herculean effort, the Trefethen Family successfully gained AVA (American Viticultural Areas) status for this region.
Very close on the eastern side lies the Coombsville wine region, also known as Tulocay. Although not yet declared an AVA, the wine region boasts of many excellent Napa Valley Wineries like Farella Vineyards.The Yountville AVA has grown phenomenally in the past two decades. The climate in this region is still relatively cool by Napa Valley standards. The Yountville Mounts block much of the wind and fog from the San Pablo Bay from advancing through Napa Valley Wine Country.
Oakville, Rutherford and St. Helena - three of the widely acknowledged famous wine regions lie next to each other. These three regions have earned renown by producing world class Cabernet Sauvignon. These AVAs are home to some of the best wineries in the state, and consistently produce premium quality wine.
The Stage Leap AVA is somewhat isolated from the Napa Valley floor by a range of hills. But the region is pleasant and cool while most of the other Napa Valley Wineries are hot. Situated at a higher altitude in the hills, Atlas Peak was once home to a significant number of Sangiovese vineyards. But many producers are now replanting with Cabernet Sauvignon in line with most wineries in Napa Valley Wine Country.The Mount Veeder AVA has all along been renowned for its rare and superior quality grape production. Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Syrah are extensively grown on these sunny mountain slopes. The Napa Valley Wineries from these regions are noted for cult Cabernet Sauvignon that is otherwise made in extremely low quantities.
Howell Mountain is located in another elevated region in the northeastern hills of Napa Valley Wine Country. The region enjoys remarkably good weather, full of famous wineries, and draws a large number of tourists. Grapes grown here have distinct flavor and aroma.Chiles Valley is indisputably one of the states's premium Zinfandel producing regions and it contains some historic vineyards that have survived the ravages of time. Napa Valley Wine Country's latest AVA, Wild Horse Valley is situated in the southeastern hills. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay flourish here principally due to the cool, windy climate.
Some of the other well-known wineries in Napa Valley that a tourist must visit are: Artesa Winery, Farella Vineyard, PlumpJack Winery, Jade Mountain Winery and Rudd Winery. The Napa Valley is recognized as the most famous wine region and three wines made here won places in the 2006 Wine Spectator Top 100 list.
Kongsgaard is one of the widely acclaimed Chardonnay producers in the New World. John and Maggie Kongsgaard produce The Judge (very limited Chardonnay), Chardonnay, and a white blend of Viognier and Roussanne.The Judge gets rave reviews with every passing year, but it is not made in large quantities and thus many people have never tasted it.
2004 Napa Valley Chardonnay of the Hess Collection also found a place on the Top 100 list. The Hess Collection is set to acquire a historic property located high in the Mount Veeder AVA. The property is renowned because Brother Timothy of the Christian Brothers used to make wine here. Yae another winery located in the Oak Knoll AVA is Lewis Cellars. They buy from several premium Napa Valley vineyards and produce nearly 9000 cases every year. Their 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon won the 22nd place in the 2006 Top 100 list.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
The Napa Valley makes wines in a unique style unknown in other parts of the world. They take advantage of the long growing season and produce wines that taste very ripe and wholesome and usually with 1-2% residual sugar. Napa wines are crafted with care and in a style, which enables them to be consumed at three or four years in age. The full ageing potential is still unknown, as many of the wineries are relatively new. To buy the best wines, you must visit the several small family-owned wineries instead of the overcrowded commercial ones. It is better to hire a limo, with a driver who may know the layout of Napa, although he may not know very much about the wine.
To add to fun on your Napa tour, you can undertake a bike tour when you have the opportunity to cycle from winery to winery in the open air right alongside the vineyards. Touring the wine country by bike is a far more exciting and unforgettable experience than viewing the valley from the inside of a rental car or any other vehicle. Winery personnel in Napa region can help you to understand how to taste and enjoy the wine's color, texture and aroma.
Buying wine can be an interesting and never-ending adventure in NAPA but do not allow yourself become frustrated and give up. Wine vintages, no matter where the wine grapes are grown or who the winemaker is, have varying degrees of yearly changes. Such differences could be due to of reasons such as different weather conditions, change in winemaker, winemaking style, or grapes from a different grower.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Tasting wine is indeed an art and learning how to taste wines will intensify your love for both wines and winemakers. Start to look at different wines, begin to smell different wines and taste by sipping different wines and when you expand from there you will find out how to taste wines like the true professionals. You will soon realize that your taste perception is restricted to salty, sweet, sour and bitter and these tastes combined with the varying smells will enable you to distinguish the wine flavors.
You pour wine into a clear glass and hold it up to a white background. This will help you to determine a wine's true color. Color indicates a wine's age. White wines generally gain color as they get old while red wines lose color with age. Hold firmly the stem of the wine glass and lightly swirl the glass in little circles for 10 to 20 seconds allowing oxygen to penetrate the wine. Swirling the wine in a glass will bring out vapors, and facilitate you to discern the smell. Stick your nose right into the glass and breathe in. Then you start to taste the wine. Sip a small quantity and swirl it around gently inside your mouth till all your taste buds are exposed. Find out if it is sweet, acidic or crisp and whether it is pale or full-bodied. Try to study the after-taste of the wine on your palate.
Please know that the Napa valley has more than 280 wineries each with distinct smell, color and taste. Ask locals which wineries will give you the type of wholesome experience you are looking for... Make it a point not to visit more than four wineries in a day. The Wine Country tour should never be rushed through. Most wineries are open from 10am to 5pm and most of them offer tours daily from 10am to 4:30pm, which usually covers the entire winemaking process from grafting and harvesting the vines, to pressing the grapes, to blending and aging the juice in oak casks.
You can sip your way through downtown Napa and for a mere $15 you get to taste wine in ten different tasting rooms, all of which are within walking distance of one another. This facility is provided at the Napa Valley Conference & Visitors Bureau. Over the past decade, sipping has become such a popular pastime that you will often find yourself jockeying for space trying to catch your host's attention at the bar. Instead of opting for free sips, it is better to pay money to taste. When you offer a $10 per person, you avoid crowding in with the hundreds of people who come for the cheap buzz. You also get a more intimate experience, with more attention from the staff, more useful information, and far more exclusive surroundings maybe even a seat.
Napa Valley is an excellent wine-tasting retreat for you to relax, and gain rich experience. Although Napa Valley Wine Country is alluring at any time of the year, the perfect time to visit the area is during the Harvest Season, when the grapes are picked that is around late summer (August-October). Please know that some Napa Valley wineries will charge up to $25 for tasting wine and in many cases, wineries will insist on prior reservations and credit card numbers for visits. Again, no shows may also be charged if you fail to cancel 48 hours in advance. However, there are several Napa wineries that offer free admissions or collect nominal fees for tasting wine. The best way to broaden your knowledge of wines is to sample wines in a tasting room. The winery staff there will be quite willing to share their knowledge and guide you to getting the most out of your visit.
Monday, December 8, 2008
One among the very few things for which people are just crazy is the wines. Apart from the white and the red wines, one of the finest wines which are my favorite is the bubbly wines. They are one of the most apt wines during the celebrations like weddings, New Year and even Christmas. Sparkling wines are best suited to be drunk in an elegant environment or besides fire. How can you forget the champagnes, one of “the” best sparkling wines? For many years the producers of the sparkling wines referred to the drink as Champagne. This was done because for several years the consumers attributed this drink as sparkling wine because the consumers associated the champagne associated with best quality. However as the case of the bubbly wines are concerned the consumers prefer the other varieties of wine as they have become more acquisitioned to the other high quality wines. Today many of the manufacturers have started labeling their wines as sparkling wine because of the high quality associated with it.
Some of the best champagnes and the sparkling wines recommended are Chandon Blanc De Noirs from the Napa valley, California, Dom Perignon of Reims in France and Martini and Rossi Asti Spumante of Italy.