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What is the Difference Between a Vintage and Non-Vintage Wine?

Knowing where a wine was grown is as important as when it was grown.  Soil conditions and weather play a big part of what makes a wine great.  Collector’s value specific vintages from different regions when a region produced exceptional wines in a particular year.

It is also a common for vintners to blend wines from different harvests together to create what is designated as a non-vintage wine.  Here is the general breakdown of single vintage vs non-vintage wines:… Read More

RECHARGE WITH THE HEALING POWER OF THE BATH

A bath can support relaxing, stimulation and healing, depending on the temperature of the water. Escape for a few minutes of well-being to soak in your bathtub to relax, destress, sleep better, revitalize, gently stimulate your circulation and get your metabolism going. Bathing relieves muscle tension strengthens your immune system. Add carefully selected bath products and bring a smile of well-being to your experience.… Read More

SPRINGTIME IN THE VINEYARD: THE CYCLE OF SUSTAINABLE LIFE RENEWS

I followed the bleating sounds of to the sight of around 800 sheep running through our neighboring vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. I knew why they were there. The cover crop of brilliant yellow mustard was at its peak throughout Napa Valley, but it had made its contribution to the growing cycle and it was time to mow. The grazing flock of sleep is a natural way to accomplish this. It is a familiar sight in Napa Valley as many vineyard owners practice sustainable farming to assure highest grape quality. But this year, a special experience was in store for me.… Read More

Must Have Kitchen Tool: The Olive Oil Mister

Save time, save calories with an olive oil mister A stainless steel Olive Oil Mister is an indispensable tool in the O’Connell Family kitchen. We gently spray our GC Napa Valley olive oils instead of applying with a basting brush. Spray on sides of meat, chicken or fish to bast before grilling, or … Read More

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