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Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Robert Louis Stevenson State Park

Robert Louis Stevenson Park rolls up the side of craggy hills.  Stevenson, from Scotland (link to our own Scotland site), loved the Napa Valley. He and his wife honeymooned here.  They camped and took in the air, which was supposed to have healing powers.  Stevenson wrote sections of The Silverado Squatters and studied settings from … Continue reading

Rutherford, the Napa Valley

Rutherford, the Napa Valley

Cabernet reigns supreme in the area of the Napa Valley known as “The Rutherford Bench.” And, it is said that the Rutherford Dust gives the wine its berry and spicy taste. This warm stretch of Napa is primo tasting-room territory.  It is certainly the destination for cabernet lovers.  Rutherford is the part of the Napa … Continue reading

The Napa Valley Museum

The Napa Valley Museum

Drive north from the town of Napa to Yountville, and check out the Napa Valley Museum.   This is no ordinary museum, nor is it only a wine museum. The Napa Valley Museum is almost next door to Domain Chandon.  We think the location is perfect. Unlike many museums, it is loose and easy, a vibrant … Continue reading

Carneros, Appellation of Two Counties

Carneros, Appellation of Two Counties

The vineyard appellation known as Carneros spans two counties, Napa and Sonoma.  Most of Carneros is in Napa, but a decent-sized chunk is in Southern Sonoma County.  Both counties claim her as their own.There are no historic buildings, but it shares the same history as Sonoma, and the same periods of blight and recovery. Carneros … Continue reading

Oxbow Public Market, Napa

Oxbow Public Market, Napa

  In the heart of downtown Napa, the Oxbow Public Market is a unique prize.  Whether you want to pick out treats for a picnic, get ‘take-out’ for later in the evening, or sample unusual food, you’ll find it at Oxbow. If you’d simply like to find a bottle of wine, dine on the river, … Continue reading

The Delicious History of Wine

The Delicious History of Wine

Archaeologists dug around and, with the clues they’ve found, have determined that grapes were being made into wine at least as far back as 4,000 BC. No one is sure where making wine originated, but we believe it spring up in several places around the globe at the same time.  (And, that it was probably … Continue reading

Art from the Napa Valley Vineyards

Art from the Napa Valley Vineyards

Featured Writer, Meredith Blevins It’s no wonder that the Napa Valley Vineyards provide an art lover’s heaven.   Between the galleries, installation art and art in various wineries, Napa is a banquet for the visual senses.  There are revolving art exhibitions at wineries, permanent and moving exhibitions, small galleries, open artist’s studios and art festivals.  Put … Continue reading

Wine is Shaped by the Shape of the Land

Wine is Shaped by the Shape of the Land

Variations in landforms have a lot to do with the taste of your wine.  The shape of the land, in combination with winds and moisture, creates microclimates.  And, winemakers look at microclimates to grow the perfect grapes for their style of wine. Altitude affects temperature.  Obviously, the higher you go, the cooler the weather.  This … Continue reading