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jim white
Napa Valley, California
Interests: food, wine, chocolate, food and wine, oh, and did i mention wine and food?
Recent Activity
It was a dream assignment: Napaman was invited last night to a private dinner in Yountville at Bottega, one of northern California’s top Italian restaurants, to celebrate a singular Italian wine from a singularly good vintage: We’re talking about the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2015 at
This is the story of an inexpensive Italian Chardonnay which drinks like an expensive White Burgundy. I’m talking about Cavallotto Chardonnay, from Piemonte, Italy. Last June, on a trip to Italy, my good friend Josh Eisenhauer, who is head sommelier... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at
Hall Rutherford, 750 foot above the valley floor The price of winery tours in Napa Valley has nudged north like the price of premium Cabernet itself. Back in the early 2000s, you could take a great winery tour for $20,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at
jim white is now following Sandi Mansfield Richard
Jan 25, 2015
Napa artist Lisa Livoni’s work is so bright, so fresh, so evocative, that one glance at her watercolor of flowers, bulbs, or fruit, is enough to get you through another dreary winter day. Lisa’s watercolors are a visual elixir, a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at
White wine of the Year The year was only six weeks old when we opened and drank what may have been the single best bottle of wine that we drank all year. It was a 375 mL bottle of 1999... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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