Food Raise a Glass to Women's History Month with One of These Wines Made by Napa's Leading Ladies
Domestic Sparkling Wines to Clink-Clink in the New Year
Fizzy wine has undergone a transformation of late. It’s becoming more popular and being made in new ways. Plus, such bottles are more often popped outside the confines of the “celebrations” that traditionally call for sparkling wine (specifically Champagne). And while we would never write off proper French Champagne (in fact, one of us aged spirits correspondents celebrated a milestone birthday last week with a bottle of Moussé Fils Blanc de Noirs, which has taste and refinement a person can only ever hope to have), another sparkling wine we’ve loved lately was not so formal: a bubbly rosé from Lieb Cellars.
is booming, which means there are lots of new wines worth trying from this region. With all of the options available to you, walking into a wine store can be like entering a candy shop for some and an intimidating foreign country for others. Will you select a ? An organic wine? A cult favorite? The choices are seemingly endless. With top of mind this month, we're here to guide you on a few of our favorite wines made by women in California's Napa Valley.
in Napa Valley has two leading ladies running the winemaking team: Anne Vawter and Jennifer Rue. A native of Walla Walla, Washington, which just so happens to be another mecca of wine, Vawter made her way to Napa to work for renowned winemaker Heidi Barrett. Jennifer Rue, co-winemaker at Hoopes, spent 11 years working for Miner Family Winery in Napa Valley before officially joining Vawter at Hoopes Vineyard. Together they make over 15 wines a year and still make time to give back by championing women-focused charity organizations such as . Try a bottle of their 2017 Hoopes Vineyard Hoopla Rosé ($23.99, ) or 2016 Hoopes Napa Valley Cabernet ($49.99, ).
Nonalcoholic Bar Basics: Alcohol-Free Bottles for Dry January (Or Any Break From Drinking)
Our drinks expert tasted her way through dozens of bottles to find the best options for nonalcoholic cocktails.In recent years, more and more nonalcoholic spirits and other zero-proof cocktail ingredients have become available—and more are on their way. So instead of simply listing our favorites, we built this guide (and its partner, focusing on alcohol-free aperitivi and amari) as a repository for our advice on all the bottles we’ve tried. Yay or nay, we’ve included it here, along with notes on why it did—or didn’t—appeal to us.
Less than a 10-minute drive from Hoopes Vineyard is the beautifulwinery. Here, Priyanka French continues the legacy of Signorello through classic Napa Cabernets and Chardonnays. French is originally from Mumbai and made her way to UC Davis to learn winemaking. She's worked at some of Napa's most elite wineries and today makes wine with mentor Celia Welch, a legendary winemaker in the Napa Cabernet scene. Their wines are made in small quantities. If you're looking for a special-occasion Napa Cabernet, Signorello's ($99.99, ) will not disappoint.
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Just north of Signorello in Yountville, you'll find the beloved bubbles houseNapa Valley. The vibrant and bright sparkling wines of Domaine Chandon are undeniably delicious. Head Winemaker Pauline Lhote leads the team here to make a range of sparkling libations from sparkling rosé to a brut style to a sparkling red. Try the Chandon Brut Rosé ($19.99, ); if you prefer a sweeter wine, go for the Chandon Sweet Star ($19.99, ).
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sustainable Wine
It’s different than organic — but sorta similar — and becoming more and more popular. Such is the case with sustainable wine, a winemaking practice and movement that began in the 1990s but has grown more mainstream in every winegrowing region across the globe, with several California vineyards leading the way.“Research indicates increasing market demand for sustainably produced wine,” according to a press release from the Wine Institute. “As the value of sustainability in the marketplace flourishes, growers, and vintners across the U.S. are increasingly embracing sustainable winegrowing practices.
Oakville is where you'll find, one of Napa Valley's most famous wineries. Here, Geneviève Janssens brings her talents from Bordeaux to Napa as chief winemaker for the brand. Growing up in a French winemaking family, Janssens was not new to wine, and when it came time to go to university, she decided to hone her skills at the University of Bordeaux where she studied winemaking. Fast forward a few decades later and she has become one of the most influential winemakers in Napa, and perhaps all of California, at Robert Mondavi Winery. Try the 2018 Fume Blanc Sauvignon Blanc ($18.99, ) or the 2018 Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon ($13.99, ).
Best Sparkling Wines at Trader Joe's, According to a Sommelier
These bubblies from TJ's start at just $6!To get some recommendations for sparkling wines available at Trader Joe's, we turned to Meghan Vergara, a certified sommelier who worked as a wine buyer in Napa Valley for several years. Now, she heads Veritas Consultants, which runs (currently virtual) wine-tasting events and education programs.
Whether you're in the mood for red or white wine, sparkling or still, the women of Napa really do make it all. Try a bottle from Napa Valley like one of the above or explore other women-made wines such as, , , and .
5 Wine Country Trips Better Than Napa .
5 Wine Country Trips Better Than Napa © Provided by Men's Journal Davero Winery is in Healdsburg, California 1. Healdsburg, California At the convergence of three distinct Sonoma County wine regions (Dry Creek Valley, Russian River, and Alexander Valley), Healdsburg’s fertile soils produce a diverse slate of wines including crisp chardonnays, hearty old vine zinfandels, and supple pinot noirs.