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Sunday, 23 June 2019 16:12

Museum and Tasting Salon Opens in Napa

TASTE News Service, June 25, 2019 – 1881 Napa, Napa Valley's first wine history museum and tasting salon, has opened.

Monday, 20 May 2019 21:49

Summer on Wine Country Back Roads

TASTE News Service, May 21, 2019 - California is home to dozens of distinct wine regions, including some of the world's most famous destinations.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 23:02

Napa Growers Call 2018 “Picture-Perfect”

By Dan Clarke                                                                                                                                

Angwin, Napa County, October 24, 2018 - Growers delivered a sanguine picture of Napa’a 2018 vintage yesterday.

Tuesday, 09 October 2018 23:34

Napa Truffle Festival

TASTE News Service, October 10, 2018 - The American Truffle Company returns to Napa January 18-21, with the ninth annual Napa Truffle Festival.

Tuesday, 09 October 2018 11:18

Phil Mickelson Pops Cork for Charity

TASTE News Service, October 9, 2018 – Korbel California Champagne once again held the “Spray-Off” Challenge at Silverado Resort in Napa.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 10:27

Mondavi Winemaking Team Evolves

TASTE News Service, July 18, 2018 - In July 2018 Genevieve Janssens transitions from Director of Winemaking to Chief Winemaker at Robert Mondavi Winery, and Nova Cadamatre, MW, re-joins the team as Senior Director of Winemaking.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018 23:55

Cakebread Launches Phoenix Rosé

Cakebread Phoenix Rose bottle Picmonkey

TASTE News Service, February 13, 2018 - What do you do when Mother Nature hands you fires and smoke during the 2017 California grape harvest? Cakebread Cellars, one of Napa Valley’s signature wineries, responded to the challenge by making a limited-edition rosé wine, specially crafted to support the Napa and Sonoma Valley wildfire recovery efforts.

Wednesday, 01 November 2017 11:34

Nearly Back to Normal

By Dan Clarke

Three weeks ago fire broke out in the wine country of Northern California. It wasn’t just one fire, but several fires and unusually high winds spread them quickly.

International Wine Challenge Picmonkey

TASTE News Service, May 11, 2016 - Winemakers from the USA showed they are a force to be reckoned with at the International Wine Challenge 2016, with a serious haul of medals.

Langham Huntington Pasadena PicmonkeyPasadena's Langham Hotel will host an October dinnerTASTE News Service, September 5, 2015 -- In celebration of 50 years of producing world-class sparkling wines, Schramsberg Vineyards will convene a nationwide series of winemaker dinners.

The dinners will occur in eight cities across the country, educating consumers about the wines produced by Schramsberg and demonstrating how well sparkling wines pair with food. The Napa Valley winery has long created educational opportunities on the topic, including the bi-annual Camp Schramsberg program, hosting food and wine events at its property and developing winemaker dinners at top restaurants nationwide; it will use this special moment in its history to build on this tradition.

"We are very excited to find that more and more restaurateurs, sommeliers and consumers are really starting to understand how delicious and food-friendly sparkling wines are," says Hugh Davies, Schramsberg's second-generation vintner. "With this tour, we have the chance to develop a series of extraordinary dinners with outstanding chefs, to create dining experiences that will be remembered for years to come."

Schramsberg first came to the nation's attention at President Nixon's 1972 summit with China, when the 1969 Blanc de Blancs was poured for the "Toast to Peace." The wines have continued to be served at presidential dinners while winning many awards, including the James Beard Award in 1996. The winery has maintained its dedication to preserving its attachment to local land, culture and history, while remaining a family operation.

Hugh Davies' parents, Jack and Jamie, revived one of Napa's most historic wineries back in 1965 to establish Schramsberg Vineyards as the nation's first craft sparkling wine house. Dedicated to maintaining the property's historical and natural integrity, the family has preserved and restored the century-old buildings and caves on the property, as well as taken rigorous steps to be certified as a Napa Green Winery on Napa Green Land. At the same time, the Davies have achieved something unique: quality sparkling wine evocative of California's terroir. By sourcing grapes from a deep range of North Coast cool-climate sites, Schramsberg has come to be known as California's premier producer of sparkling wine.

At the time of Hugh's father's death in 1998, the family established the Jack L. Davies Napa Valley Agricultural Land Preservation Fund "to preserve, protect and promote agricultural land in the Napa Valley," continuing to put into practice words passed on from his father: "This place was created long before any of us were here, and our job is to ensure that it will last long after we're gone."

Eight dinners will be held during October and November 2015 in the following cities:

Houston, TX: October 8 | Table on Post Oak

Boulder, CO: October 13 | Flagstaff House

Pasadena, CA: October 15 | Langham Hotel

New York, NY: October 27 | Chef's Club

Seattle, WA: November 4 | Loulay

Chicago, IL: November 12 | RPM Steak

San Francisco, CA: November 20 | to be announced

Bonita Springs, FL: December 3 | Angelina's Ristorante

 

Editor’s note:  Clicking on the picture of the Schramsberg cave below will take you to a short video narrated by Hugh Davies.

Schramsberg Vineyards cave and bottles Picmonkey

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