Tamber Bey Vineyards is set to bring its stable of artisan wines to downtown St. Helena in October. The new tasting room, located at 1234 Adams St., will be the first single-winery tasting room in the town’s central business district. A soft opening is planned for early in the month, with a grand opening to follow.
The 1,600-square-foot tasting room will feature a wine bar for walk-in tastings, private seating for tastings by appointment and outdoor seating. (read more)
Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.
— Hal Borland, b. 1900
The middle of October is almost here and there has been progress with harvest, thankfully. Our Estate Chardonnay is all in and looks lovely. The cold, wet spring has certainly had an effect on the crop load and fruit size, but so far, so good in the very early stages of the wine. The Lake County Sauvignon blanc has completed fermentation and the aromas are intoxicating. Definitely an excellent white wine vintage. And the happy news is that we are finally gearing up to bring in our red grapes, the bulk of our business. (read more)
Rain fell steadily this past weekend, but Monday clouds have lifted and the whole of the Napa Valley is sparkling and refreshed. Word on the street is that there is some pretty terrific stuff happening in tanks and cellars all over town.
It’s been a while since the last post, for which I apologize. It’s been a cool, wet spring — the wettest, coolest spring on record in the Napa Valley apparently, but the summer sun has been shining in the Valley for the last few weeks, and we are currently enjoying the first 90 degree weekend we’ve had this year. Grape vines are in full bloom, and although some are a little red-eyed from the pollen, everyone is happy to welcome the heat. It’s perfect weather for a little bocce at Bell Wine Cellars.
Saturday, May 1st we will again host Sense Yountville, a very special event featuring the wines of the appellation at special pre-release prices as well as pairings by all of our local chefs. Join us for what is sure to be a fantastic Saturday. Meet the vintners and winemakers, rub elbows with our outrageously talented culinary stars and enjoy an afternoon of food and wine showcasing what Yountville has to offer. There are still tickets available through V Wine Cellar or at http://www.senseyountville.com – but we’ve only got 300 and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
The vines are busting out all over the Valley and it’s time to dust off the blog and start filing information for the 2010 vintage. Things have been wet this spring and this morning if you had the pleasure of overnighting in the Valley you might have heard the dull roar of the wind machines. In fact you might not have gotten a wink of sleep between about 4 am and 7 am unless you are used to sleeping at the airport!
Wind machines are used extensively around the vineyards to move air, thus keeping the air temperatures hovering just above freezing. With delicate buds, leaves and shoots emerging it’s a time when frost can kill the early growth.
Sprinklers are also used to keep air temperatures up, which is why you might see them on as well, in spite of the impressive rainfall of the last several days.
Less frequently, although arguably the most visually impressive, smudge pots are also used.
There have been only a handful of frosty nights to date, and hopefully we’ll soon be out of danger and back to our peaceful mornings. But in the meantime, remember to be patient with sleep deprived vineyard managers!
I don’t mean to brag (well, actually I do), but you might have noticed that a couple of new names made the recent Parker publication, and several of them were from Yountville.
We are extremely proud of all our members and the lovely wines they produce, and it’s always nice to be noticed. In addition to some very complimentary notes regarding Rocca Family, Piña Cellars and Dominus it was delightful to see Gamble Family’s 2006 Hart Block Sauvignon Blanc receive the credit it deserves and offer hearty congratulations to Lou Kapscandy and his family for scoring a perfect 100 points for their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin.
All these wines would make terrific Valentine’s Day gifts, come to think of it!