Napa Valley Happenings


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Joe Becerra

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Hendry WinesAlbariño and Harvest Tours

We just tried an Albariño wine made by Hendry winery. There are just a very few California wineries that make this wine varietal. Albariño is a Spanish white wine, grown mainly in the Rias Biaxas DO (Denominations of Origin) in Spain. This area in Spain is in the region of Galicia and located just above Portugal next to the Atlantic Ocean. The area is a huge fishing area and the Spaniards love this wine with a variety of light seafood dishes. George Hendry’s Albariño is wonderful and very unique among California white wines. George made very few cases, so hurry if you are interested in tasting some of his Albariño. The wine is not exactly cheap at $19 per bottle. We have been buying Spanish Albariños for $12 to $16 that are very good.

George Hendry

On another note, George Hendry is scheduling his harvest tours. We have taken the tour three years in a row. His tours are the best, bar none. The tours take place from September 7th through September 24. Total time for tour and tasting is about 2.5 hours. Contact the winery for the schedule and more information.

Hall Winery and Frank O. Gehry Team Up

The famous architect Frank Gehry has designed an amazing structure for Craig and Kathryn Hall to be built at the Hall Winery location on Highway 29, just south of St. Helena. Frank Gehry is famous for his very modern and far out designs that create instant controversy and criticism. We will be traveling to Spain in September and we have on our itinerary a visit to his highly acclaimed work, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. From the photos of the Hall Winery we have seen in the newspaper, this winery is going to be a stunner. It is sure to create a stir. You may want to check our previous review of the Hall Winery.

Sterling Winery – Summer Film Event

Sterling Winery is hosting the fifth annual outdoor summer screen series to benefit Stars & Vines Fund. The Sterling Silver Screen Series will feature classic titles in a variety of genres from the Universal archives. The series started on July 14 and will run through September. Ticket sales are $10 for adults and $5 for children (16 and under). BBQ dinners will also be available for $10, along with other movie snacks. More information is available at Sterling Vineyards, or by calling (877)-737-3788.

  • Joe Becerra

    Joe Becerra has been traveling to wine country and enjoying wine since 1965. He is a retired educator, and now have the time the opportunity to share his wine travel experiences through this Website.