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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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I’m beginning to think so. The Springfield, MO, chocolate-maker keeps inventing new products with the speed, and creative genius, of America’s legendary inventor. Just a few weeks ago, I reported here that Shawn had brought to market his Askinosie 60%... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2014 at napaman.com
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“I drink between one and one-and-a-half-bottles of wine a day,” says Gerry Facciani, who is both a friend and now an author – of the book above. Gerry’s self-published book, The Drinkers Guide To Healthy Living, makes the case that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at napaman.com
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If edible luxuries qualified, the new Askinosie Peanut Butter Chocolate Bar would be selected for the collection at MOMEA –the Museum of Modern Edible Art. The Askinosie bar, or tablet, presents a dark, rich, unctuous Tanzanian chocolate, which borders on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at napaman.com
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A year ago, I discovered a sensational 3-D map of the Napa Valley depicting its 16 sub-appellations. Produced by the Napa Valley Vintners, the map is an ideal tool to help visitors orient themselves to our demi-paradise; the map depicts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at napaman.com
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Well, there could be if you visit Hall Winery, in St. Helena, and stand in the vineyard, admiring a 3.5-ton, stainless steel sculpture called “Bunny Foo Foo.” The sculpture is only part of what’s new at Hall, which dazzles guests... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at napaman.com
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Like Labor Day and the start of the football season, Mt. Veeder’s annual Appellation Tasting occurs each September. This year’s tasting, which featured 24 wineries, was held this afternoon at The Hess Collection (winery), on the outskirts of Napa town.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at napaman.com
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View from the top of Coit Tower While napaman is a Napa-centric website, every once in a while a guy’s gotta get out of town, blow off some steam... and get high. My idea of getting high is to visit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at napaman.com
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The two things most talked about in Napa Valley these days are: 1. the water shortage 2. well made cocktails It turns out that if you have enough of the latter, you can forget your worries about the former. So... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at napaman.com
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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 Jul 16, 2014 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