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From a visit to one of my favorite wineries, Gargiulo Vineyards.

A Harlan Family Rarity

Today’s Story: The Napa Valley Reserve I previously wrote about The Napa Valley Reserve when I reviewed the 2003 vintage, which I was fortunate to find in a retail location. These wines are not for resale so it is a rare opportunity to drink them, though I pulled today’s bottle of 2005 out of our … Continue reading “A Harlan Family Rarity”

High Quality Rutherford Red

Today’s Story: Quintessa Quintessa was established in 1989 by Agustin and Valeria Huneeus in the Rutherford AVA of the Napa Valley. Though Quintessa was the Huneeus family’s first venture into Napa, both Agustin and Valeria were wine industry veterans in Chile. Agustin helped build Concha y Toro into the largest winery in Chile as their … Continue reading “High Quality Rutherford Red”

Luxe Napa Red Atop Pritchard Hill

Today’s Story: Ovid Napa Valley Ovid Napa Valley is a “cult” winery established in 2000 by husband and wife Mark Nelson and Dana Johnson, and 2005 was their inaugural vintage. Situated at 1,400 feet elevation on secluded Pritchard Hill, Ovid consists of a 15 acre vineyard planted largely to Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, though … Continue reading “Luxe Napa Red Atop Pritchard Hill”


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