Thursday, March 31, 2011

Prime time at the Oxbow Market

Not that you need another reason to visit the Oxbow Public Market in Napa but I'm going to give you one anyway.  Aside from my longtime favorite Taylor's Refresher (aka Gott's) there is a new excellent reason to show up at the Oxbow at least once a week.

The Oxbow Wine Merchant has picked up PRIME's 2007 District 4 Cabernet and is going to be pouring it by the glass.  Located directly across from Hog Island's oyster bar, you can't miss the shop so stop in and have a glass!  Don't forget to look for PRIME by the glass in San Francisco at Foreign Cinema, First Crush and Inner Fog too.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

News from the recent tasting in SF

There should be much more hoopla for the recent release of our 2007 Prime Cabernet Sauvignon "Midoriya Hills Vineyard". Everyone else is giving it much more attention than we are. It is at least available on our website, with more info to come soon.

Ted poured at the public tasting for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Just discovered this nice write up regarding the tasting. Thanks to Frank Thorsburg of Wine Country Insider.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

A hot one in Napa

It is currently 80 degrees here in Napa.  Hardly seems like February but a nice enough day to take apart some of Prime's old barrels.  I took some time before the Superbowl to disassemble some barrels that I bought in 2007.  It takes a lot less time break them up than it does to make them.  That being said, I am always amazed at how well wine barrels are made.  It takes a lot of pounding with a mighty big hammer to convince them to fall into a pile of staves.  Its really amazing that these are made with only pressure holding them together.  No nails, glue, screws etc.  This batch looks likely to become firewood but you never know, maybe yard art if this heat keeps up.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A toast to 2011...

A huge thanks to all the supporters of PRIME Napa Valley's efforts over the last year.  2010 was a terrific year for us.  The wines received some great press that turned into quite a few new customers.  The best part of the job is getting to meet the people that love the wines.  It is all of you that have shown so much excitement over the  last year that make us want to do even better in 2011.

Speaking of New Years: Everyone seems to do a "best of" list to hit the highlights of the outgoing year.  I never expected to make any of those so I assure you it was a pleasant surprise to come in at #8 at's top 10 wines of the year list!  Check out what he has to say about the 2008 District 4 Chardonnay by clicking here.  My favorite quote: "Move over Sbragia, there's a new Chardonnay ace in town" 

(for those under-informed on wine trivia: Sbragia=Ed Sbragia, famous longtime Beringer winemaker.)