Harvest 2016 is in full force here in Napa, so last week I paid a visit to Leaf & Vine, one of our favorite up and coming local wineries, to see how the wines are shaping up. Leaf & Vine is located in Napa’s “crusher district,” an industrial park near the airport where many small… Continue reading A visit to Leaf & Vine Wines
This weekend, I awoke before dawn to pay a harvest-time visit to Heron Lake Vineyard in Wild Horse Valley. It’s home to the wines of Miss Olivia Brion, one of Back Room’s favorite local producers of delicate, restrained and complex Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Heron Lake is an 11 acre organic vineyard deep in Wild… Continue reading Picking and Stomping with Miss Olivia Brion
You may have noticed mustaches on some of our shelf-talkers recently. What are those for? They indicate “hipster” wines for our customers who are looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. But what makes a wine “hipster”? First, you don’t have to look like this guy to drink a hipster wine. In fact,… Continue reading What’s with all the mustaches?
I took a trip out to the northern Sonoma Coast this weekend to Salt Point State Park, a mere two hours from downtown Napa. Because wine isn’t the only good thing about living in wine country.
Risotto is one of my favorite dishes to prepare. There’s something about standing in the kitchen, wooden spoon in hand, stirring constantly for a prolonged period of time that calms me after a long day. It’s almost a zen experience: chop wood, carry water, stir arborio rice. Breathe. This being Summer, I wanted a risotto… Continue reading Risotto and Timorasso
I’m a card-carrying member of the geeky wine descriptions club. I have them all in my back pocket: cherry, raspberry, blueberry, pear, peach, apple, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, various herbs, tea, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, toast, cinnamon, black pepper, white pepper, allspice, rose, violet, lavender…and these are just some I use that we actually put into our… Continue reading Wine Descriptions
This is the excerpt for your very first post.