Opinion: Minerality in Terms of Terroir

Terroir as like a tree falling in a forest. Just because you don't hear it, it doesn’t mean it didn't fall. —Randy Caparoso I think that...

Op Ed: Dear Sommeliers, It’s OK to Like Zinfandel

This op is written from a sommelier's perspective. I know a lot of them because I was a sommelier who worked in restaurants for...

Opinion: Natural Winemaking Is the Most Natural Thing

Hands off those vines, hands off those wines—what comes naturally should be respected —Randy Caparoso I love natural style wines. In fact, I'm partial to them,...

Earth Day and Wine Country’s Regeneration

Almost four years after the devastating California firestorms, which started in Napa’s Atlas Peak wine country area, we witness our planet’s regeneration without our interference...

Terroir? Starting a Dialogue Between the Cannabis and Wine Industries

What Is Terroir? As a wine-grape grower, winemaker and Humboldt born native, I have a more than passing interest in the idea of terroir. For...

Wine Enthusiasts Have a Voice in Utah—The Time to Speak Up...

By Stephanie Cuadra Consumers wield power as arbiters of taste—but only to the extent that choice is deliberately exercised. In the reverse scenario, end users...

Drinking Wine Outside the Box

By Kenneth Friedenreich Sometimes a good title acts as the scaffolding for ideas waiting on words and sequence to show up sooner or later. This...

Wine and Power, a Palimpsest for Armistice Day

Given the dismal quality of history education these days, and the even more dismal state of discourse on this subject beyond pop trivia, it is likely most people will commemorate the end of World War One by going to the mall for a "Veterans' Day Sale." After 100 years, silent film herky-jerky images belie the bloody reality of it. The century since has been no picnic either.

Measure C Will Have Chilling Effect on Napa’s Agricultural Economy

Measure C, the “Napa County Watershed and Oak Woodland Protection Initiative,” is a deeply-flawed, confusing and anti-agricultural land use Initiative that will appear on the June ballot throughout Napa County.

The Trouble with Wine Dinners – Straitjackets

This will probably tick someone off in the hospitality trade, whether eatery or winery. As few nuggets of avuncular counsel go but misconstrued, this advice considers the prix fixe special wine dinner at your favorite leave the children at home restaurant.

Long-Time Napa Valley Vintners and Growers Enthusiastically Support Measure C

Napa County is the wine-producing haven it is today because of forward-looking protections put in place by local leaders half a century ago. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Napa County’s Agricultural Preserve, which protects farming – including winemaking – as the highest and best use of most of the land on the valley floor, we feel a keen responsibility to protect this way of life for future generations.

Another War in Stags Leap

by Monty Preiser Almost as if they had seen our recent story explaining the differences, and touching upon the history, of the Stags Leap AVA, Stag’s...

DTC and Retailers, “Pay the Fine” and Keep Shipping

Hello wine lovers, retailers, wineries and DTC advocates. I awoke this morning to find a disturbing article on winespectator.com about interstate commerce, wine shipping,...