As I was stumbling around my emails today I found this very interesting article written by Tim Atkins giving a glimpse into the rich history of the Napa Valley winery world. He gives reference to how wine arrived in the valley and makes references to how it was sustained through the years as well as geological relations to France. Worth a read
I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!
Just a little update from Wallis Family Estate we are on page 63 of Wine and Spirits magazine as the "BEST BUY" for 2012 top 100 Cabernet! Very happy the 2009 wine is doing so well. For this holiday season you may want to look into the 2010 as it will pair wonderfully with the big holiday dinner you may already be thinking about preparing.
China is now supporting the legitimacy of Napa Valley as a wine culture, which means that Napa Valley is truly a big player in the this new generation. Many wineries who export their wines to China can feel safer now that their wines and their names are being protected by the government of China.
The article I read this from was gathered from Napa Valley Vintners recent news release:
The Wallis Estate fruit is located 600 feet up Diamond Mountain provding a challenging environment for the grapes to grow. This allows the grapes to mature in their own unique way. Here are some pictures to show what kind of terrain the vines have to work with
The grapes are flourising this year as it has been dry and warm allowing the fruit to soak up as much sun as it can before the rains.
Good luck with this coming Harvest!
The 2012 Family Winemakers of California tasting was great fun. On a beautiful cloudless sunny day on the warf of San Fransisco the Fort Mason center hosted over 250 wines.
There was a lot of trade and many consumers who came by the table on Sunday, to say hello, and I know more trade will be coming by to try the ever favored Wallis Cabernet Sauvignon later this afternoon.
Thanks to all the familiar faces that came by to say hello yesterday! It was great to see you again.
Get prepared for Wallis Family Estate will be pouring wine in the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco on Sunday September 9th and Monday the 10th along with many other small boutique wineries. The doors open at 1pm and close at 6pm I hope to see some of you there. Please be sure to come to the table and introduce yourself to the Wallis Family as they will be at the table pouring.
So I don't know if you have heard but Wallis Estate was one of a few sponsors at the distinguished TED-X talk at Sonoma County encouraging "A Sense of Place". The speakers were fantastic and for those lucky to have heard about it were able to discuss some of the inspiring ideas talked about after the presentations with a sensation glass of Wallis Estate.
If you didn't make it but care to hear the speakers click on this link: TED-X Sonoma County "Inspiring a Sense of Place". There are also numerous other inspiring videos ranging from every topic imaginable.
Hope you are enjoying these beautiful Summer days
If anyone is curious about the growing interest and consumption of luxury products (specifically about wine) in China this article does a great job to explain who imports wine there and how that is effecting exports from the US.
On June 18th 2012 Wallis Estate 2010 wines were bottled at Black Sears in Angwin California. Thankfully we weren't dieing of heat as we had some nice winds and a cooler climate for this day in summer. The bottling went very smoothly and everyone was very helpful. We are very thanksful for the Black Sears crew and all they do. Jamee Wallis showed up for a good portion of the day watching as over 12,490 bottles were put onto the bottling truck and filled with the rare diamond mountain fruit to be corked and foiled and sealed up in boxes and sent to the warehouse awaiting their release. Marilyn and Edward Wallis also showed up to participate in the bottling process on this lovely summers day.
Please see pictures attatched as these were taken as the 2010 wine was bottled
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