The Seventy Five Wine Company 2012 The Sum Red Blend – Wine of the Week

The Seventy Five Wine Company 2012 The Sum Red Blend
The Seventy Five Wine Company 2012 The Sum Red Blend

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Farm to Table: Taking Local to a Whole New Level in California Wine Country

Farm-fresh ingredients at the Applewood Inn vegetable garden and chicken coop (Photo credit: Applewood Inn)
Farm-fresh ingredients at the Applewood Inn vegetable garden and chicken coop (Photo credit: Applewood Inn)


by Karla Erovick


California Wine Country restaurants are passionate about their food. It’s not surprising, given their access to some of the most sought-after agriculture in the country. Continue reading “Farm to Table: Taking Local to a Whole New Level in California Wine Country” »

Artesa Vineyards & Winery 2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir – Wine of the Week

Artesa Vineyards & Winery 2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Artesa Vineyards & Winery 2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir

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A True Library Wine

Barney's Backyard 2008 Napa Valley Petite Sirah, Library Vineyard
Barney’s Backyard 2008 Napa Valley Petite Sirah, Library Vineyard


by Barnaby Hughes


The term “library wine” typically refers to a bottle that has been cellared, but I recently discovered a whole new kind of library wine. St. Helena Public Library (SHPL) in the Napa Valley has a small collection of 91 vines on its property. Planted in 2000, it is known as Barney’s Backyard, in honor of Bernard Rhodes, first President of the Wine Library Association. Barney’s Backyard complements the adjacent Library Vineyard, planted between 1880 and 1920. Turley Wine Cellars, which leases Library Vineyard, harvests and vinifies together the grapes from both vineyard plots. 

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