At a recent Napa Valley Vintners Tasting luncheon at Charlie Palmer’s restaurant in South Coast Plaza, three Napa wineries brought out the best of their best from several of their recent releases.
The luncheon was an opportunity for local media representatives to be schooled on the wineries (St Supery, Joseph Phelps, and Silverado) and the latest news from Napa. During the luncheon, Russell Weis (Silverado), Ed Curry (St Supery) and Will Phelps (Joseph Phelps) shared the philosophy of their particular vineyards as well as challenges and potential solutions faced by Napa vineyards.
Of common concern for all of Napa (and much of California’s wine producers) is the current drought. Wine growers are, simply put, farmers. And as farmers, their crops are dependent on water. The current drought is in its third year, and for some of the Napa vintners, it will mean smaller crops.
While this sounds grim, the reality is that smaller yield often means more intense juice. And, for the present, that will mean a chance for the winemakers, should they desire, to produce wines with more intensity.
Weis, Chairman of the Napa Vintners, spent time explaining the background and growth of the wine industry in Napa Valley. Napa, now with sub-appellations, is able to produce wines unique to very tight parcels of planting. With a variety of soil conditions, the Valley is able to offer a variety of great wines, ranging from full-bodied reds to summer-pleasant whites.
Napa, like many growing areas, is finding that individuals are coming to the valley not only to taste great wines, but also to experience the food and activities many vineyards are now offering.
Napa Valley Vintners, in conjunction with Bottlenotes, will be sponsoring “Taste Around Town, Los Angeles”. This special event will be held at a variety of Los Angeles area restaurants and run from May 5th to May 18th.
For more information on this wine and food event, go to http://www.bottlenotes.com/taste/LA-2014
Have a winederful day!