Cooper & Thief’s Complex, Non-Traditional Wines

Using unconventional barrels, the brand crafts a niche product worth savoring

Unlike more traditional winemakers, the team behind Lodi, California’s Cooper & Thief prove particularly fond of breaking conventions, all while employing centuries-old techniques. The wines they produce can still file under well-known categorical styles—Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Red Blend—but the spirit with which they produce wines could not be more different than conventional wineries in Napa and Sonoma. Though one of their three wines …

Highlights From Premiere Napa Valley Barrel Tasting + Auction

187 lots of the region's finest sell to benefit the non-profit Napa Valley Vintners

For the 23rd time, a weekend in February saw key players in the wine world descend upon St Helena, California for an auction of epic proportions: Premiere Napa Valley (PNV). Hundreds gathered within the stony walls of The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone to taste 187 lots and take a chance on their value. All proceeds from the event go to the non-profit Napa …

Union Wine Co. + Marshall’s Haute Sauce: Red Haute Pinot Noir

A mulled wine with a jalapeño finish, from two local Oregon producers

With their “pinkies down” approach, Oregon’s Union Wine Co. is forever releasing fun, forward-thinking products, from an entirely drinkable wine in a can to wine-flavored candies. Their latest offering plays upon everyone’s seasonal interest in mulled wine. Partnering with another local Oregon brand, Marshall’s Haute Sauce, they’ve just debuted a Red Haute Pinot Noir. There’s spice all around and some heat to the finish, but …