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Smith-Madrone Releases Series of Video Tasting Notes

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Two-minute videos focus on wines as well as dry farming and tasting

Napa Valley, September 2014 — Smith-Madrone announces a new series of videos filmed by videographer Tom Sanders. The videos average around two minutes in length and feature both Stu Smith (the founder/enologist) and Charles Smith (winemaker). The series includes video tasting notes for the 2012 Riesling, 2012 Chardonnay, 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon and 2010 Cook’s Flat Reserve, as well as videos on dry farming and wine tasting.

“We wanted to present these wines where we could tell their stories directly to our friends and customers,” explains Stu Smith. “We hope these videos will make it easy for people to get a quick sense of what makes our wines unique,” adds Charles Smith.

Tom Sanders is a commercial and contemporary photographer and author. He makes short films and commercials; his work is available at tomsandersphoto.com.

In other news from Smith-Madrone, the winery has been featured in four new books published this spring:

  • The Riesling Story: Best White Wine on Earth, by Berlin-based author Stuart Pigott (204 pages, published by Stewart Tabori & Chang.
  • The Winemaker’s Hand: Conversations on Talent, Technique and Terroir, by New York City-based Natalie Berkowitz (314 pages, published by Columbia University Press).
  • Back Lane Wineries of Napa Valley, a second edition released by Tilar Mazzeo, who lives on the East Coast and in California (256 pages, Ten Speed Press).
  • Wines of California, by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jensen, who are both based in New York (592 pages, published by Sterling Epicure).

Founded in 1971, Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery is one of the few entirely estate-vineyard mountain wineries in the Napa Valley. Smith-Madrone’s grapes are grown at the top of Spring Mountain (1,200 – 1,900-foot elevation with slopes up to 35%), west of St. Helena in the Napa Valley.  The vines are planted on very steep slopes in red “Aiken” soil which is derived from weathered volcanic materials and sedimentary rock.

Smith-Madrone is perched at the top of the Spring Mountain District appellation in St. Helena and is open for tours and tastings Monday-Saturday, at 4022 Spring Mountain Road (St. Helena, California 94574, 707/963-2283, www.smithmadrone.com, [email protected]). Tastings and tours are always conducted by either Charles Smith, winemaker, or his brother Stuart Smith, the GM/enologist.

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