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Interview with Doug Shafer at Shafer Vineyards

Interview with Doug Shafer: Courage, Risk, & Luck By Marisa D’Vari I first met Shafer Vineyards Founder John Shafer in 2001 when I interviewed him in his Stags Leap District tasting room for my Boston-based television show. During the interview, I was surprised to see two well-heeled, Boston-based neighbors walk in – a testimony to […]



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HALL raises $180,000 for #ANV14

How would you like to fly in luxury to both the Napa Valley and Rome to enjoy the high end lifestyle experience offered by the Halls for their Auction Valley lot? HALL is one of the premium wineries in Napa, owned by glamorous yet hard working Craig and Kathryn Hall. As part of their offering, […]



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#ANV12: Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Raises over $60,000 for Napa Valley Charities

At the @ANV14 (Napa Valley Auction June 7 bidding went wild for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, raising over 60,000 for local charities. Along with many bottles of Cask 23 was dinner at the winery with winemaker Marcus Notaro (pictured above) … and a very special prize! It’s such a small world — just a few […]



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RAYMOND VINEYARDS’ LIVE LOT AT 2014 AUCTION NAPA VALLEY RAISES $840,000 FOR THE NAPA VALLEY COMMUNITY

Can you just imagine the excitement? I can – because I was there! I’ve actually been coming to the auction for many years, beginning when I was an executive at Tri-Star Films. At  that time – as now – auction bidders were invited to two “experiences” – typically a lunch and dinner though they have […]



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#ANV14: Private Dinner at Vineyard 7 & 8

“Welcome,” says Wesley Steffens, General Manager and Associate Winemaker at Vineyard 7 & 8, a gorgeous property that overlooks the valley through giant floor to ceiling windows. We were guests at this very intimate dinner party for just 20 guests in honor of the 34th annual Napa Valley wine auction. It was a great opportunity […]



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#ANV14 Evening at Pritichard Hill at Montagna Winery with Brand, Chappellet, Continuum, and David Arthur Winery

“Welcome,” said Bob Long, greeting guests standing with wine glasses in hand in the stunning garden of the Montagna Winery at an 1100 feet elevation offering 360 degree views of mountain peaks, valleys, and vineyards in the distance. Bob Long, proprietor of Montagna, was hosting the Thursday June 5th #ANV14 event auction event titled “An […]



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The St. Supery Experience: Day 2

…. So the Saturday St. Supery experience is all about the special programs the team has developed at St. Supery to give guests the total “St. Supery Experience” The most important thing you should know is that the winery recently remodeled their kitchen and added several exciting new entertaining areas so they will be able […]



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Visiting St. Supery: Day 1, Part 1

“Here’s your 4:30 am wake up call!” says an impossibly cheerful voice, rousing me from a melatonin-induced sleep. In the darkness of my hotel room I quickly dress … and think of the pickers who have been cutting Semillon grapes from their vines since 2am. I am in the Napa Valley this weekend to  take […]



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New WInemaker at Gary Farrell Winery

 Now it’s not typical of me to comment on new winemakers, yet I recently enjoyed recent vintages of Gary Farrell Winery so much I am taking note of Theresa Heredia as the new Winemaker on the Gary Farrell Winery team. The 2009 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir I experienced were so perfect I am curious what […]



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Food & wine Pairing at Cakebread Cellars during Symposium for Professional Wine Writers

Very interesting seminar at the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers — a “bean tasting” with various wines from Cakebread! It is based on Cakebread’s American Harvest Workshop which features five innovative chefs and eight small purveyors … a mini version for journalists visiting the symposium. Curious that the Chardonnay Reserve 09 has natural acidity, even […]



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Conversation with Michael Richmond of Bouchaine Vineyards, Carneros

  “Roasting a barrel is like roasting coffee,” says colorfully-spoken winemaker and GM of Bouchaine Vineyards, Michael Richmond. We are talking about the influence of French oak on the 2008 Pinot Noir, and as is the case when wine geeks get together, the conversation turns to toast (not the kind you have at breakfast) and […]



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Update on Marston Family Vineyard Wine Dinner at Park Avenue Spring

Elizabeth Marston and Husband Jamie of Marston Family Winery at Park Avenue Spring   Last Thursday it was very exciting to meet Elizabeth Marston and her husband Jamie, who with Elizabeth’s parents run Marston Family Vineyard in the Napa Valley. Of course, with Auction Napa Valley 2011 (# ANV11) beginning this coming June 2, 2011 […]



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Auction Napa Valley: Focus on Erna Schein Boutique Winery

“All I wanted was an almond croissant,” says winemaker and co-woner Les Behrens of Erna Schein winery (formerly known as Behrens & Hitchcock). Les is talking about the fateful day in 1996 when he and wife and winery co-owner Lisa Drinkward drove to Los Angeles and had the fortuitous idea of dropping a bottle of […]



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Auction Napa Valley 2011: Focus on Signorello Estate e-auction

  So you know all about the e-auction that opens May 29, 2011 in alignment with the Auction Napa Valley 2011, yes? I am spotlighting certain producers and interesting lots that every wine lover (and supporter of the Napa Valley’s charities) should know about. Today the focus is on Signorello Estates … a premium winery […]



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Exciting 2011 Napa Valley E-Auction Lots

  Some people like the excitement and energy of a live auction … others prefer to relax in the comfort of their own (international!) homes. Yes, the Napa Valley Auction is now also electronic … starting May 29, 2011 wine lovers around the globe can bid on and win lots.  There are lots of fun […]



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Napa’s Marston Family Vineyard Comes to NYC

  Look at the incredible aerial view of Marston Family Vineyard above … even so far away, one gets an incredible sense of the soil that produces such incredible Cabernet Sauvignon. Marston Family Vineyard was first planted in the late 1890’s on the southern slopes of Spring Mountain, just west of St. Helena. The vineyard […]



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Napa Valley Wine Auction: June 2 – 5, 2011

  Have you been to the Napa Valley Wine Auction? It is held this year June 2- 5 and is such an incredible long celebratory weekend. This past January, more than sixty winemakers and winery owners came to New York to present their wines for the trade and press in anticipation of the (trade-only) Premiere […]



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Lunch with Susan Krausz of Arkenstone Vineyards

  “Have you tasted their Sauvignon Blanc? It rocks!” To be clear, we are speaking of the 2007 Sauvignon Blanc from the Arkenstone Vineyards estate in Howell Mountain. And “rock” is the appropriate word, for even though this is a California Sauvignon Blanc, the minerality is incredible. “Limestone soil?” I ask owner Susan Krausz over […]



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Lunch with Shirley Roy of Roy Estate

It’s always fun when the Napa Vintners association comes to New York — the owners and winemakers take a break from pouring at consumer and press functions, and are able to relax a bit and talk about their wines. I first met Shirley Roy a few years ago at a trade event … and had […]



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Stags Leap & Cask 23’s Nicki Pruss comes to New York

Today the American Sommelier Society invited their members to hear Nicki Pruss, winemaker for Stags Leap present her wines. I had met Nicki last year at the Master of Wine conference in Napa, as the winery invited us to tour the vineyards and meet Nicki and tsste the wines. Today’s tastings started with 2008 Arcadia […]