Vine Cliff Winery The Estate
Vine Cliff Winery was established in 1871, when 500 acres were carved out of the George Yount estate. One of the first bonded wineries in the United States, and the first in Napa to plant Bordeaux varietals on a commercial scale, Vine Cliff was one of the region's most successful wineries through the end of the 19th Century. A series of natural problems drove the winery under in the early 20th Century, with the land remaining fallow until it was purchased by Nell Sweeney for her family in 1985. Now, under the leadership of Rob Sweeney, the family's oldest son, Vine Cliff has regained its position as a leader in the production of superior Napa Valley wines. - See more at:
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Pride Mountain Winery & Vineyards in the St. Helena Mountains (Napa Valley)
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One of my favorite areas to visit in the Napa Valley is the Wineries on Spring Mountain Road in the Hills (Mountains) of St. Helena. Because of the Windy Road I suggest you spend the day visiting at least 3 of these Wineries if you can schedule it. All of the Wineries on Spring Mountain Rd require appointments with some requiring quite a bit of notice in advance (especially for groups of 4 or more people).
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy Pride Mountain Vineyards secluded picnic area that combines the views of rugged Mountains with beautiful vineyards. In my opinion Pride Mountains picnic area offers the best views in the entire Napa Valley.
On this trip to Pride Mountain Vineyards we pulled up in the Limousine to find a cart being pulled by two Belgium Draft Horses. One of the Winery Tour guides said that the Belgium Draft horses can pull the load of two Clydesdale Horses. I spoke to one of the guys steering the cart and he told me they generally drive the cart around the vineyard between 10:00am and Noon (weather permitting). Plan your appointment early for you best chance of seeing these beautiful horses.
While my clients went in for a tasting I shot this video of the Winery grounds & vineyards. What a view.
Laura Barrett of Clif Family Winery Napa Valley
Rose, Cabernet, Pinot or Gewurztraminer, all are a pleasant take along for a nice long bike ride and picnic. Clif Family Winery knows all about bike rides. Clif Family is owned by Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford best known for the famous Clif Bar. Laura Barrett is winemaker for Clif and we managed to catch up with her at the tasting room Velo Vino in the heart of Napa Valley.
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Five Fun Napa Valley Wineries to Visit
Looking for something a little different in a Napa Valley getaway? Here are five fun wineries we like to visit when we travel to the Napa Valley.
Tres Sabores Winery is well off the beaten path at the base of the Mayacamus Mountains in St. Helena. Julie Johnson is the owner & winemaker and she produces fine Cabernet and Zinfandel from her certified organic vineyards. The winery is rustic with no formal tasting room, just a homey welcoming atmosphere.
Up the road is Corison Winery. Many call Cathy Corison the queen of Napa Valley Cabernet. She has been at it for many years and her Cabernets reflect the old school Cabs of the Napa Valley. These are restrained Cabernets loved by many. The beautiful barn style Corison winery is setback from Highway 29 in St. Helena
At the Smith Madrone winery, The two Smith Brothers are a throwback to a different era of the Napa Valley. There is no fancy state-of-the-art wine making equipment or a lavish tasting room. All the tasting is done in the cellar room and chances are Stu or Charlie will be doing the pouring as they did when they started the winery on Spring mountain in 1971.
Buehler Vineyards is across the Valley from Smith Madrone and about 4 miles east of the Silverado Trail at the base of Howell Mountain. Buehler began in 1976 so along with Smith-Madrone one of the older wineries in the Napa Valley. John Buehler runs the show here and his son Page Buelher tends to the tasting room and visitors. Two Cabernets and a Zinfandel have brought notoriety to this hidden gem.
Casa Nuestra is on the Silverado Trail, near Calistoga. The tasting room is a kick, mostly cluttered with memorabilia. Years ago Elvis Presley shot a scene for one of his movies in the Casa Nuestra vineyards so there is good collection of Elvis items in the tasting room. You will like the funky atmosphere
You can use our handy trip planner to find these wineries on the map and print your directions and itinerary. Happy travels.
Caymus Tasting Room Napa.MOV
This very popular winery was always by appointment and not an easy one to get. Now they have a walk in tasting room that for the moment still closes quite early. They expanded their parking and have picnic tables for their guests. Part of the Napa Valley Wine Tour Apps from AmicisTours.com
Unwine'd: DuCard Vineyard
DuCard Vineyard just north of Charlottesville in beautiful Madison County at the foothills of the Shenandoah Valley National Park. Today we're going to enjoy a little wine among the vines, so stay with me and you're going to have a great time.
Silverado Trail Wineries Episode 1
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What I Drank Yesterday Cliff Lede and Fel Wines
This is an informative wine production highlighting the wines at the Wine Watch, in Fort Lauderdale. It is intended as a companion to Wine Watch Email offers. For more information please visit winewatch.com
Napa Valley Grapegrowers' 2013 Harvest News Conference
What: Napa Valley Grapegrowers' Harvest Press Conference streamed live from Trefethen Family Vineyards. Twenty minute discussion, followed by Q&A via @NVGrapegrowers on Twitter using hashtag #NVGHarvest.
• Jon Ruel - Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG) President; COO, Trefethen Family Vineyards
• Allison Cellini -- NVG member, Assistant Viticulturist at Renteria Vineyard Management
• Remi Cohen - NVG member; Director of Winemaking & Viticulture, Cliff Lede Vineyards
• 2013 weather summary and its effect on the vintage growing season
• How the industry is replanting for the next era in winegrowing
• The evolving economy of grapegrowing
• Farmworker Foundation 2013 highlights
• Furthering quality and technology with innovation, new equipment
How To Taste Wine With Mira Winery
Find out how to taste wine like a pro, courtesy of Mira Winery, at the Mira Winery Napa Valley Education Center & Tasting Room in Charleston, S.C.
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First, make sure you're in a quiet room free of distractions. Everything can affect the taste of wine, so make sure there are no loud noises or crowds around you. Smells can also alter the taste of the wine, so make sure there are no strong cooking or perfume smells wafting into your space.
The temperature of the wine matters! Make sure you're serving at the right temperature. To find out what that is, check out our blog post on the topic:
Second, give your wine a good swirl. This allows some oxygen into the wine and releases its natural aromas. Give it a series of quick, short sniffs. These steps will help you evaluate the wine by sight and smell, allow you to identify what kind of wine it is, and potentially predict what it will taste like.
Next, it's time to taste! Take a small sip and let it linger in your mouth. Roll the wine around to your mouth and pay attention to how it feels. Then, swallow and feel the wine running through your body.
Thanks for joining us today. We hope our guide on how to taste wine was useful.
For more, visit The Napa Valley Education Center & Tasting Room, which provides unique access to the wine industry through educational and tasting programs, and the opportunity to experience Napa Valley and the world of winemaking through interactive displays, wine club member EduTastings, videos, and a series of classes. Sign up for a tasting here: Must be 21 or older. See you soon!
Quintessa Winery Vineyard
360 degree view of grape vineyard at Quintessa Winery in Napa Valley
Sutter Home Napa with Amicis Tours.MOV
The tasting room is on Highway 29. They are across from Louis M Martini and their own very large production facility. The wines are a wide mix and the grapes are often from other regions which makes this a refreshing break from Cab crazy Rutherford. This video is part of the Napa Valley Wine Tour Apps from AmicisTours.com
Sonoma County Estate, Premium Pinot Noir Vineyard and Olive Orchard For Sale
A 20 acre wine country estate, with a Tuscan inspired main home of 3,200+ sqft, 4 bedrooms, office, gardens, swimming pool, guest house, premium Sonoma Coast Appellation Pinot Noir vineyard, and olive orchard. Private, yet close to amenities.
$22 Million Masterpiece Tuscan Village Inspired Home Offers Breathtaking 360-degree Views!
$22 Million Masterpiece Tuscan Village Inspired Home Offers Breathtaking 360-degree Views!
8 beds 14 baths 16,137 sqft $21,950,000
1548 Via La Favorita, Edwards, Colorado 81632
Tuscan Style Architecture House
Authentic Italian details. Warm and luxurious finishes.
State of the art technology. Lots of space to entertain with rooms that encourage intimate conversations.
Beautiful hiking trails that lead through forests to spectacular mountain vistas and hidden picnic spots.
This timeless 8 bedroom family estate was built in 2008 to accommodate a large family and many guests and is named Il Podere or family homestead.
Despite its grand scale, the authentic Tuscan design and materials exude warmth, comfort, and security.
Built to look just as gorgeous in 200 years as the day it was completed, this legacy estate has unparalleled and forever unobstructed 360-degree views, unprecedented privacy, and yet is remarkably close to the Vail Valley's ski slopes and amenities:
less than 15 minutes to the heart of Edwards, 18 minutes to Beaver Creek, less than 30 minutes to your ski club at the Vail slopes and just 35 minutes to hop a jet out of the local airport or Jet Center.
This family compound sits on its own mountaintop on 142 acres and is bordered by another 88 pristine acres that the current owners turned over as restricted open space for a total of 230 private acres.
The views from this home define the term panoramic with magnificent vistas including New York Mountain, the Sawatch and Gore Mountain Ranges, Holy Cross, Finnegan's, Gold Dust Peak and Castle Peak.
A sampling of the home's amenities includes easy to use smart home technology, full outdoor tennis court, outdoor basketball, indoor basketball, billiards, private professional-quality cinema for the most demanding critic, 1,200 bottle wine room
outdoor year-round heated pool with pool house, miles of manicured private trails, immense exercise room, spa-quality sauna, steam room, and outdoor infinity edge hot tub complemented by numerous beautiful gardens and a recirculating stream and waterfall.
There is a totally separate caretaker's house of equivalent quality to the main house, and barn with a six-person bunk room and four stalls that could house four horses (but currently holds snowmobiles, ATVs and dirt bikes), and room for a heliport if so desired.
There is subdivision potential offering the opportunity to build another full-size estate that is not visible from the main residence including another caretaker's residence to be used as an additional family residence or to subdivide and sell.
Il Podere is truly on top of the world located between Lake Creek and Cordillera in Edwards, Colorado.
The location provides astonishing views of Lake Creek Valley and completely captures the wonders of the Rocky Mountain landscape with meadows filled with wildflowers, crystal mountain streams and lakes, herds of majestic elk and, snow-capped mountain peaks,
including Holy Cross, the New York Mountain, the Gore Range, Castle Peak and Game Creek Bowl on Vail Mountain.
This slice of heaven has an abundance of wildlife including deer, elk and birds of prey.
Enjoy long, sunny, cool, and fresh midsummer days that are perfect for hiking throughout the Valley or choose a hike on the many miles of private hiking on the estate's land, adjacent open space and easements across neighboring acreage.
Explore the area on foot, by ATV, biking or horseback. Wintertime brings a whole different landscape: out come the sleds, skis, snowshoes, snowmobiles and hot cocoa.
Or, simply enjoy the ultimate undisturbed serenity of this home's setting.
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Virgin Holidays Highlights of Northern California 14-day tour 2009 - a walk-through of all the hotel rooms we stayed in
2 nights' accommodation at Fairmont San Francisco
Yes, you've arrived in San Francisco! Breathe in the fresh, sea air, marvel at the picture-postcard views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge, and watch the sea lions bask in the sunshine. Fun lovers can enjoy Pier 39. San Francisco really has it all - shopping, restaurants, museums, history and attractions.
San Francisco - Napa Valley
2 nights' accommodation at Embassy Suites Napa
Today you will head off to enjoy the wines and vines of the California wine region. Why not pre-book a trip on the lovely Napa Valley Wine Train and enjoy a gourmet lunch whilst you travel through the picturesque surroundings. Visit COPIA - a museum, or perhaps a shrine to the best of American food and wine. The area is home to several gourmet restaurants, including the west coast's only Michelin-starred restaurant, the French Laundry. Or, why not take your time and visit some of the area's best wineries and vineyards for a taste of some fine vintages!
Napa Valley - Sacramento
1 night's accommodation at Hyatt Regency
Today you'll journey from Napa to the little-known state capital of California. This pretty town was once the supply point for the 19th-century gold rush - back then it was a rowdy, dangerous place, but today it's a pleasant city of leafy streets with a young and vibrant atmosphere, and the largest collection of restored buildings in California. Along the riverfront, Old Sacramento has been resurrected through the restoration of the wharves, warehouses, stores and saloons, which are now atmospheric restaurants and shops.
Sacramento - Lake Tahoe
2 nights' accommodation at Marriott Grand Residence Club
Clear your wine-soaked head today with the clear, clean waters of Lake Tahoe, where you can swim or enjoy numerous water sports during summer months. The surrounding forests and mountains just beg to be explored in summer, while in winter, you can ski to your heart's content. At night, casinos grace the Nevada side of the border and elegant restaurants populate the California side.
Lake Tahoe - Mammoth
2 nights' accommodation at Mammoth Mountain Inn
More natural wonders abound in nearby Mammoth, where you'll spend the next couple of nights. 9 deep, blue lakes form the Mammoth Lakes Basin and another 100 lakes dot the surrounding countryside. The region bubbles with hot springs, too. Hike along woodland trails, explore 90 miles of cycle tracks and paddle in crystal-clear streams.
Mammoth - Yosemite National Park
2 nights' accommodation at Yosemite View Lodge
The supreme highlight of any trip to California is Yosemite. No amount of photos can do justice to one of the world's most beautiful national parks. Yosemite encompasses 1,170sq miles, with many breathtaking view points including Glacier Point, located on the top of a 3,200ft almost sheer cliff. Make sure you pack some sturdy boots, as the best way to explore is by foot.
Yosemite National Park - Monterey
2 nights' accommodation at Monterey Embassy Suites
Carmel is one of the pretty towns that dot the Pacific coastline. You can go whale watching, see native seal colonies or visit Monterey Bay's famous aquarium and get up close and personal with great white sharks and giant octopus. Carmel has numerous art galleries, as well as lovely shops and restaurants.
Monterey - San Francisco
1 night's accommodation at Fairmont San Francisco
Enjoy the scenic Pacific Coast Highway back down to San Francisco, and enjoy excursions and sightseeing that you didn't have time to do at the beginning of this tour.
Exploring Hakone Gardens, Chocolate Travel, Sustainable California Wines and Lansing, Michigan (part
At 100+ years old, Hakone Gardens is a National Trust and one of the oldest Japanese estate and gardens in the Western Hemisphere. In honor of its centennial, Hakone is celebrating its beginning and lasting endurance with multi-year events and activities. Historian and Hakone Foundation Board Member, Connie Young-Yu, shares the richness and history of this oasis that sits on the edge of Silicon Valley.
Travel magazines and publications dedicated to wine enthusiasts frequently share their picks for the best wine destinations in the coming year. But what about other guilty pleasures like chocolate? According to travel writer and Chocolatour publisher, Doreen Pendgracs, chocolate travel and tourism is emerging as a culinary trend.
Speaking of wine...California has been a leader in developing and implementing sustainable programs in a number of industries, but most prominently in its winemaking practices. Allison Jordan with California's Wine Institute takes us on an excursion through the state's famous winegrowing regions and she offers the backstory behind their earth-friendly practices.
Lansing, Michigan has blossomed into a dynamic cultural center and the city has grown far beyond the small plot of land that European explorer Hugh Heward discovered while canoeing down the Grand River in 1790. Lori Lanspeary from the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau tells us why Lansing, home to Michigan State University, is much more than a college town.
Finally, we'll shine a destination spotlight on the Dominican Republic and Cabo San Lucas from the floor of the Adventure Travel Show in Washington, D.C.
Suspense: Deadline at Dawn
One of the series' earliest successes and its single most popular episode is Lucille Fletcher's Sorry, Wrong Number, about a bedridden woman (Agnes Moorehead) who panics after overhearing a murder plot on a crossed telephone connection but is unable to persuade anyone to investigate. First broadcast on May 25, 1943, it was restaged seven times (last on February 14, 1960) — each time with Moorehead. The popularity of the episode led to a film adaptation, Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), starring Barbara Stanwyck. Nominated for an Academy Award for her performance, Stanwyck recreated the role on Lux Radio Theater. Loni Anderson had the lead in the TV movie Sorry, Wrong Number (1989). Another notable early episode was Fletcher's The Hitch Hiker, in which a motorist (Orson Welles) is stalked on a cross-country trip by a nondescript man who keeps appearing on the side of the road. This episode originally aired on September 2, 1942, and was later adapted for television by Rod Serling as a 1960 episode of The Twilight Zone.
After the network sustained the program during its first two years, the sponsor became Roma Wines (1944--1947), and then (after another brief period of sustained hour-long episodes, initially featuring Robert Montgomery as host and producer in early 1948), Autolite Spark Plugs (1948--1954); eventually Harlow Wilcox (of Fibber McGee and Molly) became the pitchman. William Spier, Norman MacDonnell and Anton M. Leader were among the producers and directors.
The program's heyday was in the early 1950s, when radio actor, producer and director Elliott Lewis took over (still during the Wilcox/Autolite run). Here the material reached new levels of sophistication. The writing was taut, and the casting, which had always been a strong point of the series (featuring such film stars as Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Henry Fonda, Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Ronald Colman, Marlene Dietrich, Eve McVeagh, Lena Horne, and Cary Grant), took an unexpected turn when Lewis expanded the repertory to include many of radio's famous drama and comedy stars — often playing against type — such as Jack Benny. Jim and Marian Jordan of Fibber McGee and Molly were heard in the episode, Backseat Driver, which originally aired February 3, 1949.