Heidi Peterson Barrett is something of a celebrity in Wine Country, and she’ll be at the Cellars of Sonoma Tasting room in Santa Rosa on Thursday (July 14th). Barrett is best known in collector cab circles for producing a 6-liter bottle of Screaming Eagle cab that sold for a half a million dollars in 2000 at Auction Napa Valley, setting a record for the priciest bottle of wine. It was a surreal moment when nothing seemed pricier than killer cabs.
Insider Secret On the slopes of Spring Mountain there’s a vineyard so remote it can only be reached by foot, by four-wheel drive, or by helicopter. And this vineyard has a fitting name: Hidden Ridge.
Is winemaking science or art? Today’s wine-of-the-week winner is the Pleiades XX Old Vines California Red Wine. And Sean Thackrey, the maverick behind the Pleiades, is definitely in the “art” camp. What do you think?
Insider Secret In the Coombsville region of Napa Valley, tucked inside a hillside is an underground winery called Porter Family Vineyards. Yes, the entire winery is underground -- from fermentation tanks to blending apparatus in the lab to a line-up of oak barrels -- all concealed in this cool 17,000 foot space winding through the hillside.
How does Picket Fence make such a tasty pinot for the price? The brand is owned by the Wine Partners, a division of Bronco Wine Company. And Bronco, owned by Fred Franzia, has the most vineyard land in California and quantities of scale in all its operations allows it to keep its prices low.
Roaming through Wine Country is intriguing when you’re privy to some tasty secrets. Here are a few …
Wine in a perfume bottle? Essentia Vitae, launched in Germany and Italy, is reaching out to female consumers by packaging its wine in perfume-like bottles. This packaging reveals that women are powerful consumers of wine. Who knows? Maybe they’ll work bling into the packaging next.
It turns out the girls, born last month, were given a taste of wine the day after labor. And while they didn’t rate it, they appeared to like it … and no, it didn’t upset their digestion.
With local charities depending on auction dollars, a recession-proof strategy is ingenious.
This Memorial Day weekend all eyes are fixed on the sky. (Of course the high tech wine drinkers are tuned into the weather posts on the Net.) Either way, when it comes to our palate this weekend, it’s clear that Mother Nature is calling the shots.