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The Prisoner

This is the first installment of a five part series on The Prisoner Wine Company.

Based in Rutherford, California, The Prisoner Wine Company is made up of seasoned wine professionals who are passionate about the industry.

In Wine, Red Wines

Grassi - A Hidden Napa Gem

Once in a while something good comes unexpectedly. Grassi was one of those. Mark Grassi moved to Napa in 1980 and began his career in construction in 1989. It's difficult to be in Napa and avoid the wine bug. While developing estates and vineyards for others, he took classes in viticulture. In 2001 he bought 14 acres in Napa and planted his own vineyard. The first Cabernet Sauvignon from Grassi was the 2005 and the reviews were high from the start. We were offered the wine and with one taste the relationship between Grassi and ABC began.

The vineyard is just up Soda Canyon Road on the east side where the Vaca mountain range boders the valley. The site was on an ancient river bed like so many places in the world where Cabernet Sauvignon thrives. The soil is composed of rolled stones from the river washed down from the Atlas Peak area over eons. Pebbles in the soil range in size from tiny to melon-sized and create perfect drainage and low fertility, prime factors in producing quality wines. The first vines were all Cabernet Sauvignon planted densely to stress the vines and avoid over-production. 

In Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine, Red Wines, California Wines

France’s Treasure Trove of Grape Varieties

 

Grapevines flowering in Rhone

France’s Rhône Valley is home and birthplace to one of the most diverse and interesting collections of grape varieties for an area its size in the world.

In Wine, Red Wines, White Wines, French Wines