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.
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.
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.
Nicolis' vineyards in Valpolicella, just outside of Verona, taken back in October. Their Classico is aromatic, savory and harmonious (and makes for a great hump day treat!).
In the year 2017, you can have your cake, eat it too and stay on track with your healthy resolutions. Well, maybe you can’t have literal cake and stay on track, but you can still enjoy wine, and to us, cake and wine are kind of synonymous.
Summer is here with a vengeance. It's 80+ in the morning and progresses from there. Fortunately, there are wines that fit the season with chill-ability and lower alcohol. Here are a few suggestions:
This is the time of the year when, fortunately, my diet improves slightly.
It's Friday and while a lot of you have weekend plans, most of you--if you're like me at least--probably don't. But we still have something in common. I'd venture to guess that the one activity those who have plans and those who don't have in common is this: scrounging around your kitchen for cheese, preferably with a glass of wine in hand.
But scrounge not, fam. Cheese is not for scrounging. Cheese is for creative planning and nibbling. Delicately topping with fig and fruit, marmalade and herbs. Matching with wine and sharing with friends.
The Big Game is coming up. This Sunday, in fact. The Carolina Panthers take on the Denver Broncos, and regardless of which team you're rooting for, you need the drinks to fuel the party. Here are three suggestions for every palate.