Continuum: How the Mondavis pressed on14-05-2018

One of the grandest of sagas that took place in Napa Valley during the 20th century was the split between the original Mondavi brothers of Robert and Peter. Many a wine drinker will know the... more>
Mustard, Napa has it

Seeing the Napa Valley of now26-03-2018

This past February, the impossible happened: I actually slept in Napa Valley. In fact, I slept seven nights and passed an entire week within the confines of these world-famous vineyards bracketed by the Mayacamas and... more>

A Judgment of Paris-y kind of tasting26-02-2018

The “Judgment of Paris” is one of those things that anyone the least bit tinged with wine will most likely never let go of. Big events in wine are often only big to wine people,... more>

Napa’s newest wine bar, Compline, opens02-10-2017

It’s something like 15 years now since I was working full time for a Napa Valley winery and back then, I was lucky enough to based in San Francisco for most my work. I say... more>

The price and growth of vineyards in Spain20-11-2014

We’ve reached that point of the year where ESYRCE (the tip of the tongue acronym for “Encuesta sobre Superficies y Rendimientos Cultivos”) is releasing their official figures for 2014. In brief, everything is more or... more>

The dangers of making wine30-09-2014

Despite Russell Crowe wandering around vineyards and the work of making wine being seen through rose tinted glasses, it’s actually damned tough and at times, very dangerous. The earthquake in Napa Valley shook things up... more>

Napa Valley after journalism13-03-2013

An article came out in Spain’s El País newspaper on Sunday which is now available to read online. The title is “Napa después de ‘Entre copas’” which in English is “Napa after Sideways” given that... more>