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 …

The Prisoner Wine Company’s Unconventional New Home

A new way to experience the beloved brand, and Napa Valley

Napa Valley was blanketed in smoke the weekend The Prisoner Wine Company opened its tasting room to the public. The devastating fire had just begun its trail of destruction 150 miles north, and the region’s usually crisp ocean air looked and felt more like something out of a dystopian thriller. It made approaching The Prisoner’s fortress-like new home downright eerie. Located off Highway 29 in …

An Adventure From Start to Finish, China’s Ao Yun Wine

Vineyards in the clouds to a 100% by hand approach

From grapes harvested at the foot of the Meili Mountain in China—a nation not oftentimes front-of-mind when considering winemaking—five-year-old wine brand Ao Yun is an unexpected gem. The LVMH-owned wine defies expectation—thanks to its terroir, altitude, climate and creative approach to winemaking. “We firmly believed that China had the potential to make unique and elegant word-class wines, considering its size and diversity,” Maxence Dulou, Ao Yun’s estate manager, tells …