Zinfandel Wine Information Blog

1:30 PM

Friday August 01, 2008 - Wine Photography

Today's Wine Photography Article

Savoring Small Winery Tasting Experiences In The Napa Valley

Most Napa Valley visitors have heard of Robert Mondavi wines, Sutter Home and Beringer. You can buy and enjoy their wines in most U.S. grocery stores and wine shops.

But, most visitors have never heard of Elk Horn Peak, Hagafen, Miller, Madrigal or Stelzner (to name just a few...).

There's more than 350 wineries in the 38 mile long Napa Valley and only a few dozen are widely known. That doesn't mean they are the best. Sure, they make good wine, but so do many of the really small wineries.

Small and boutique wineries are real "hands on" operations. They are fun, friendly and have tons of character.

Some, like Elk Horn Peak are really laid back and built into an old barn. Ken makes an outstanding Pinot Noir.

Others, like Cosentino, have a tasting room right on Highway 29. If you like Zinfandel, their's is terrific.

The magic of small wineries and vineyards is the character and individuality they provide the Napa Valley visitor.

One company, Vintners Collective, was formed to be a collective of wines from wine makers who all scored 90+ in Wine Spectator, but were too small to have their own tasting room. So, in one place, you can sample an incredible collection of fantastic wines by wine makers dedicated to the art of fine wine.

Small wineries and vineyards can give you a level of customer service and attention you may not receive at larger wineries. And, small wineries can't afford to have an attitude either. Their friendly attitude is genuine and fun. Goosecross and Stelzner are great examples of this. And their are tons more, too.

Often small and boutique wines are priced reasonably and provide a great value for the incredible quality you receive. The value of a wine isn't the price, it is what tastes good to you. Inexpensive wines can be just as good or better than expensive wines. I remember doing a blind tasting of Chardonnays a few years ago and out of 6 wines the most expensive wine came in last place when scored by the entire group.

Some of these small wineries, like Bouchaine and V. Sattui, have picnic tables and can even offer food, appetizers and nibbles to go with a bottle of their fine wine (food and wine at additional cost).

While many of these small and boutique wineries will sell you wine through the Internet, you don't have an easy way to find out which ones you like the best...unless you go their.

So, the next time you visit the Napa Valley to taste wines, try small wineries and vineyards. They'll make the experience an enjoyable and memorable one. And you can have wines shipped to your home or business to share with family and friends.

About the Author

Article by Steve Sands. If you're planning a tour of Napa Valley wine country, pick up
Steve's guide at: http://bestnapavalleywinetours.com/

A synopsis on Wine Photography.

Savoring Small Winery Tasting Experiences In The Napa Valley

Most Napa Valley visitors have heard of Robert Mondavi wines, Sutter Home and Beringer. You can buy and enjoy their wines in most U.S. grocery stores ...

Click Here to Read More About Wine ...

Recommended Wine Photography Items

Wine Enthusiast Legacy Antique Pewter Stationary Corkscrew

The Wine Enthusiast Legacy Opener — A Legacy of Swift Uncorkings The Legacy Opener removes corks quickly and easily and looks great doing it. The handsome Legacy is a cast replica of a classic antique in Antique Bronze or Pewter. It uncorks with just a pull of the handle and mounts elegantly to your bar or on our convenient table stand. Opens all sizes and types of wine bottles including flange tops.Also available in Antique Bronze 8-1/2'H

Price: 79.95 USD

Current Wine Photography News

Kenny Pang Photography: Kathy Griffin Officiates!

Thu, 31 Jul 2008 01:18:00 PDT
Do any of you watch Kathy Griffin's "My Life on the D-List" on Bravo? I confess...I love that show. She's so wickedly funny...combined with her wine slugging 87 year old mom and Apple co-founder boyfriend, Steve Wozniak (what up with that???) it's just plain ol' good tv. I couldn't believe the recent episode when Kathy officiated the real life wedding ceremony of couple Elka and Brian. I was tickled to find out that Kenny Pang, a photographer whose work I just LOVE, captured the whole event to p

Comfort Food

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 20:41:06 PDT
We just got back from Boston! It always seems to take a good week to really get back into our routine after arriving home, as well Lenny is always a bit sad after we get back and I try my best to put a smile on his face. During a quick run to the grocery store, I decided to surprise him with one of his favorite Portuguese dishes that I can make, Kale and Chick Pea Soup. I made a nice but simple broth out of garlic, yellow onions, a bit of chili pepper and chicken stock, then I added the ch

Loretta Foxx, Host of Girls DO Talk

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 10:19:31 PDT
Loretta Foxx is a Television Host, Radio Host, Realtor, Motivational Speaker and Spontaneous Talk Show Host of Girls DO Talk. . . The ultimate girlfriend that gives you real advice on all areas, period. Loretta is the triple threat, brains, body and the booty. An avid traveler, and fine wine collector. She loves photography, music, dancing, horseback riding, shooting at the range and exquisite dining. Can’t live without her occasional luxury hotel weekend hide-away, floor seats at the game, fo

Sell Your Images at Art Fairs

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 06:24:32 PDT
Photography: burtonwood + holmes For many photographers, the ultimate goal is see their images not on websites or even in magazines but on walls. And ideally, those walls will be in galleries, and carry next to each photograph a label, a large price tag, and a red dot indicating that the image has been sold. Of course, that’s not easy. Galleries are choosy and the art market is small. Getting shown involves lots of phone calls, a rich portfolio and an ability to cope with rejection. But th

De und den Aviator bend coastal des zugeh ouml.

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 04:31:00 PDT
Maxalt rizatriptan May Rise on Plans to Cut Staff, Reverse. Obama, McCain talk on the local level. A throwback to the s with red vinyl and chrome stools and booths and a black and white tile floor. Burgers, fries and thick milkshakes and malts are the standard in this rsquo. Am pm Mon Wed Thu, am pm Fri, am pm Sat, am pm Sun. Am pm pm Mon Sat, am pm Sun. Sesame House Express W Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington. A small Chinese eatery specializing in takeout mdash. Down a quail egg shooter and ord

Bronco Wine
Dessert Wines


AddThis Social Bookmark Button Add to Any Social Bookmark onlywire Socializer socialize it