Groth Vineyards & Winery CEO Suzanne Groth will chair the 2020 Cincinnati International Wine Festival. Read her story here!
Category: Napa Valley
24 Hours in Napa
Planning a short Napa wine country visit during a business trip requires a sharp strategy! Limit drive time and choose a diverse array of restaurant and winery experiences (with advance reservations!). February is Napa’s mustard season. Bright yellow blooms marching in straight lines between winter vines were a welcome contrast to gray skies and a…
Mark Beringer to Chair 2019 Cincinnati International Wine Festival
Only 8 winemakers in 140+ years! For the first time since 1971, Beringer Vineyards has a member of the Beringer family at the helm as Chief Winemaker.
Darioush: “Show Your Dreams to Others”
Darioush Khaledi excelled in two careers — construction in Iran and retail grocery in the U.S. — before realizing his dream of buying vineyard property in Napa Valley. The winery, called simply Darioush, is a testament to his determination and character.
Napa Saved by the Vines
2017 fires devastate Napa Valley. The vines are (mostly) fine; they are great fire retardants. But homes, businesses, entire wineries, and jobs are gone or on the brink.
Making Sweet Music in the (To Kalon) Vineyard
Geneviève Janssens Wine Director for Robert Mondavi Winery and Chairman of the 2017 Cincinnati International Wine Festival Doesn’t every story about the heart-stopping beauty and allure of Napa Valley need to start with a picture of this sign? It announces, with pleasure, “you’ve arrived”! The original sign was installed on June 30, 1950, to welcome…
Fond Remembrance of Margrit Mondavi
It was a gray, chilly February morning in Napa Valley, too dank even for the season’s hearty bright-yellow mustard crop to light up rows of vineyards. Two dozen aspiring and accomplished wine writers braved the drizzly day for a tour of Robert Mondavi Winery (RMW) with Director of Winemaking Geneviève Janssens, and for the opportunity to…
Wine “Rock Stars” Headline International Wine Festival
Gina Gallo and Jean-Charles Boisset are inarguably the best known wine couple in the world. Their stories, separately and together, are inspiring and magical. As a very private couple who are parents of young twin daughters, they rarely appear together at public events. So it is truly special that they agreed to serve as co-chairs…
Taste of Premiere Napa Valley
Fair warning to readers: this is a long piece including lists/descriptions of 36 wines. There are a bewildering number of wineries to choose from in Napa Valley. They fit neatly together like a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, aligned in tightly woven vineyard ribbons lacing Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail, along the eastern slopes of the…