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jim white
Napa Valley, California
Interests: food, wine, chocolate, food and wine, oh, and did i mention wine and food?
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Today’s Rutherford Dust Society event was held at Francis Ford Coppola’s Inglenook Winery. I never expected to come away from an all-day tasting of 2011 Rutherford Cabernets and use the word “plush” as a descriptor of the vintage. Nor think... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at napaman.com
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Coverage of Premiere Napa Valley 2014, the annual, mid-winter barrel auction for the wine trade, organized by Napa Valley Vintners. Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at napaman.com
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Given the quantity of Chateauneufs-du-Pape we drink each year, it is not surprising that one of them usually makes it to this exalted, end-of-year compilation – Napaman’s Best Wines of The Year. This year’s Glorious Grenache Award goes to Domaine... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2013 at napaman.com
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Mike Grgich turned 90 years old yesterday. For the 167nd time. Mike, who’s one of the founding fathers of America’s wine industry, actually turned 90 April 1, but Napa Valley is celebrating the winemaker’s birthday as many times as possible... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2013 at napaman.com
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The Coravin wine access system, which wine writer Robert Parker predicts will revolutionize the way the world drinks wine, is finally here. The small, hand-held Coravin device was unveiled in Napa Valley last evening at a reception at Bardessono, in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2013 at napaman.com
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There are days that I wake up thinking about the best burger and the best Manhattan cocktail that I have ever had. They are served at Goose & Gander, in St. Helena, and often, as I open my eyes, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2013 at napaman.com
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Wine writers gathered to taste the 2010s Members of the press and trade were invited to two events today in Rutherford, at the epicenter of Napa Valley, to get a sense of the appellation’s just-released 2010 Cabernet Sauvignons. Beaulieu Vineyards... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2013 at napaman.com
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Robert Mondavi in 1966 My friend Robert Mondavi would have turned 100-years-old today. To commemorate his 100th birthday, and acknowledge how much he influenced the lives of so many of us living in Napa Valley, Margrit Mondavi, and Bob’s eponymous... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2013 at napaman.com
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If the new Michelin paperback, Wine Trails of Italy, were to be rated with Michelin stars, it probably wouldn’t get all that many. Oh, the cruel irony. The book, an overview of Italy’s 20 major wine regions, offers 125 itineraries... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2013 at napaman.com
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Napa Valley is in high spirits this weekend, doing what it does best – throwing a four-day party. This one, hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners, has attracted 2,000 guests, most of whom attended today’s Barrel Auction. Tomorrow, about half... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2013 at napaman.com
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Talk about projecting yourself! Over the past century, the Cameo Cinema, in St. Helena, first projected silent films, then talkies, then 3D, computer-generated, digital epics. And now, on the eve of turning 100, the dowager screen queen is being remodeled... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2013 at napaman.com
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Or maybe I mean it’s the only time you have to pay to be sheepish!? I just returned from Sonoma County where they're holding the 19th annual Sheepdog Trials at Oak Springs Ranch, on the outskirts of Santa Rosa. This... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2013 at napaman.com
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Auctioneer Fritz Hatton sets the auction in motion... $3,044,500 to be exact, by napaman’s tally. More than 1,000 wine tradespeople, media personnel and winemakers crammed into the barrel room of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), in St. Helena, today... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2013 at napaman.com
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The only way you can make living in Napa Valley any better is to stage a weekend wine event, invite a thousand professional wine tasters, and let them loose, tasting hundreds of unreleased wines. It’s a bit like inviting lemmings... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2013 at napaman.com
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Kelly Kehoe, business manager, and Robert Foley, winemaker In case you’ve been living in a cave, you know that this is the weekend Napa Valley Vintners hosts its annual winter, Premiere Barrel Auction, an excuse for wine retailers and tradespeople... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2013 at napaman.com
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The 2011 Chateauneuf-du-Pape circus has come to town (if you live in San Francisco this is true). Wine importer Alain Junguenet Angeles Wine Agency, out of southern California, and wine importer Alain Junguenet hosted a tasting of 2011 Chateauneufs-du-Pape at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2013 at napaman.com
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Recently, I had the best Negroni cocktail that I’ve ever had at Il Buco Alimentari, in NYC. That cocktail, the color of faded Venetian draperies, displayed a pitch-perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness; it sported a sensational middle palate with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2013 at napaman.com
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Margrit Mondavi, the Wine World’s Patron Saint of Culture, was recognized this afternoon for her lifetime contribution to the American wine industry, essentially for proving to us all that wine is part of an active lifestyle. Man cannot live on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2013 at napaman.com
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New York City: it ain’t your granddaddy’s dining scene! (Painting by Edward Hopper, 1930, “Tables for Ladies.”) My three best meals in New York last week were all Italian, and one of them will likely remain on top of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2013 at napaman.com
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2001 Domaine Roger Sabon, Le Secret des Sabon Six years ago, I visited one of my favorite wine producers in the world, Domaine Roger Sabon, in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, in the southern Rhone. The consulting winemaker to this property, Alain Benquet, who... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at napaman.com
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... and the parrots, too. For today, townsfolk held the annual St. Helena Pet Parade. kicking off an all-day Octoberfest-cum-Harvest Festival, featuring an artisanal crafts fair. Residents of St. Helena lined both sides of Oak Street to watch the pet... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2012 at napaman.com
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Napaman was invited to Spottswoode’s Summer Garden Party, in St. Helena, today, one of my fondest annual winery events. The wine is always good, the food is fabulous (catered today by Oak Avenue Catering), and the setting can’t be improved.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at napaman.com
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Not sure why they called it French Blue, given that the sexy, blue hue is only an edging detail here. Howard Backen, impresario, architect, and now restaurant owner Better they should have called it “Backen White,” after the predominant shade,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at napaman.com
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After four decades of hosting receptions for visiting artists, chefs and musicians at her family’s winery, Margrit Mondavi was finally accorded her own cultural reception yesterday – for the publication of her new book, Sketchbook: Reflections on Wine, Food, Art,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2012 at napaman.com
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Okay you mugs, listen up! This is the President speaking… The President … of the Al Jolson Fan Club of Toronto, Canada, which a classmate and I started in 1960. We loved the first talkie, The Jazz Singer, made in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at napaman.com