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Napa Valley Film Festival 2016 with Anthony Bell of film Decanted

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Napa Valley Film Festival 2016 Screens Wine Film Decanted

Recording from Yountville, California, we are in the Napa Valley to celebrate the release of the film Decanted, which weaves an in depth story of winemaking in the Valley. Veteran winemaker Anthony Bell of Bell Wine Cellars is one of the highlighted characters in this Digital Cave Media feature-length film by Award-winning Director Nick Kovacic.  Continue reading

Yao Ming and Winemaker Tom Hinde

Winemaker Tom Hinde On Running Yao Family Wines with NBA Star Yao Ming

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Yao Family Wines

This week, we head back to Napa Valley for the story of Yao Family Wines with Tom Hinde, President and Director of Winemaking. Learn how the five-time NBA All-Star got his start in wine then launched his own winery on Main Street in St. Helena. Ming not only takes his winemaking seriously, but he’s also passionate about philanthropy. He created Yao Ming Foundation to educate underprivileged kids and is also active in Wildaid, aimed to save animals from extinction (in partnership with Sir Richard Branson). Wow– Yao has taken an amazing journey and along with Hinde,  and produces extraordinary Napa Valley wines.  Continue reading

Italian Varietals in Napa with Proprietor Frank Altamura at Ciccio

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Napa’s Italian Wines at Ciccio

Ciccio, the casual trattoria, is widely regarded as one of the tastiest and approachable (read “affordable”!) eateries in Yountville.  The produce comes right from the Altamura family farm, prepared by Executive Chef Polly Lappetito. It’s a must stop during a wine visit to the Napa Valley.

Did you know that it’s also the only tasting room in town for Altamura Wines? Tune in to hear Frank Altamura, owner of Altamura Vineyards and Winery and Ciccio along with his wife Karen and two kids Frank Jr. and Giancarlo.  Hear him discuss his motivation and passion for growing Negroamaro, Nebiolo and Sangiovese at the ranch up in Wooden Valley. Of course, his Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon shines, as well.  Follow Ciccio updates to stay on top of the ever changing menu, as well. Continue reading

2016 Harvest at Opus One

2016 Napa Valley Harvest Report with Michael Silacci of Opus One

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Join us at Opus One Winery in Napa Valley to experience and celebrate the 2016 harvest. It’s fully under way over these past few weeks. We visited the prized To-Kalon Vineyards to experience the night harvest. Under the lights, vineyard workers stay cool and move quickly to capture the cool hours and maximize their work load. We followed the grapes back to the winery as well. Please take a look at the photo gallery for photos and listen, at Winemaker Michael Silacci, winemaker since the inception of Opus One in 2004,  talks about his winemaker technique, philosophy and insights into this spectacular 2016 harvest. Follow their harvest yourself through the Opus One Facebook Page Continue reading