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The main story with the 2014 season is the lack of rain. The lack of rain this year isn’t affecting us the way one would normally think lack of rain would affect growing crops. The rains that we did get came at the right time and the right amount to have ground water available for this growing year. However, the lack of early rains and a cold winter in general made the grapevines “wake-up” from their dormancy early.Meanwhile, south east Napa’s Coombsville area has seen some interesting changes in 2014. Here’s Williams:
From what we have observed in our Coombsville vineyard (Acquaintance Vineyard), the early season has had many effects, both obvious and subtle. The obvious early season means that we are bringing in fruit early; specifically we are harvesting our Acquaintance Merlot next week, which is about two and a half weeks earlier than normal. The more subtle is the dynamics of the vineyard are off. We have noticed less pests in the vineyard, but also the flavors aren’t like previous vintages. I personally suspect that the rain schedule we received changed the soil nutrient update by the vines to change the more typical flavors of the vineyard. Keep in mind that by saying the flavors are different, it isn’t that the flavors aren’t good. Far from that, actually. The flavors just aren’t typical of what we have seen since we have been growing fruit in Coombsville. It will mean that wineries, like us, who stick with what the fruit provides in a season, will find that the 2014 harvest of Coombsville fruit will have unique characteristics not found in previous vintages. That should make us all very excited about this season.Stay tuned for additional updates and follow along on our dedicated Napa harvest page.
Let’s be honest: Napa is best known for its wine. The list of vineyard tours and wine tastings in its famous valley is enough to make your head swim — sans alcohol. Though new research shows the antioxidant in red wine won’t necessarily help you live longer, having a glass or two certainly can’t hurt — and may even provide some much-needed stress relief. Plus there are other health benefits to living in Napa, the city’s residents say.Full story. Napa Valley Rocks Earthquake Benefit Announced
Well, that was a little intense…hope everyone is OK here in #NapaValley #AmericanCanyon — Trevor (@TrevR) August 24, 2014There have been plenty of news reports (as we write this, local television helicopters circle incessantly overhead) on the damage and injuries sustained in downtown Napa and in countless neighborhoods throughout the valley. Evan Kilkus captured some amazingly sad footage via a drone: For us, what stands out the most is how the community quickly mobilized and came together to help one another. There are many things about the wee hours of Sunday morning that we’ll never forgot–among them are the immediate calls out into the darkness from our neighbors asking if everyone was OK. After securing our own homes and families as much as possible, people took to the pitch dark streets with flashlights and lanterns to check on others around them. We knew Napa Valley was a magical place to live before, and the response and behavior of the community, first responders, business and government leaders and beyond over the past few days has only confirmed that belief. For those wondering how they can help, Napa is open for business and ready to welcome you.
After having one too many fall-off-the-bone ribs, taking advantage of the Downtown Napa Wine Tasting Card might be a good idea. For $30, you’ll have access to 12 tasting rooms all within walking distance from Bounty Hunter. Just present your card at places such as Naked Wines, Capp Heritage, Uncorked at Oxbow, Mason Cellars and, of course, at Bounty Hunter for exclusive vinos made by small-production winemakers that can’t be found outside of these tasting rooms.Full story. The 10 Best Small Cities in America
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#BRNV15 festival dates announced! See you back in the #NapaValley Fri May 29th – Sun May 31st! Share… http://t.co/TTCYBGTjq2 — BottleRock Napa (@BottleRockNapa) June 25, 2014The music, wine and culinary “extravaganza” will take place Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31, 2015 in the heart of the City of Napa at the Napa Valley Expo. Who are you looking forward to seeing in the coming weeks at Robert Mondavi Winery and who would you like to see at Bottle Rock Napa Valley 2015?