“… with some of the partners’ favorite bottles creating their own groupings, like that Wilson Foreigner Rancho Chimiles Valdiguié 2015, the single wine under the heading Napa Gamay. Customers get a sense of the true eclecticism of a wine-growing region that has otherwise become synonymous with two iconic grapes.”Read More
“Second-generation grape farmer Dave Wilson and his wife, Christine, who grew up among the vines of the Sierra Foothills, make fresh, fun wines from vineyards across the state. Most important is Rancho Chimiles, their vast ranch in Wooden Valley. The standout is the winery’s Valdiguié, sourced from homegrown vines planted in 1972 by Dave’s dad. “Read More
“As 2018 arrives, where do we find ourselves? The question of land prices is anything but resolved, and it’s still damn hard for a young winemaker to launch her own label. But after a bit of stasis, there are new names yet again appearing. Some of the latest: Krater, Little Frances, Frenchtown Farms, Halcyon, Jaimee Motley, Wilson Foreigner, Margins, Unturned Stone and Black Trumpet. And more are appearing each month, often born (in proud California tradition) out of assistant winemakers’ bootstrapping efforts.”Read More
“I’ve recently been captivated by efforts from up and coming producers like Wilson Foreigner ($32) with a legendary source for valdiguie, tucked in the southeastern hills of Napa County. This Languedoc-Rousillon rooted varietal gave Robert Mondavi a head start on his eponymous project back in the late 1960s while he was letting his cabernet sauvignon rest in barrel he relied on the valdeguié, back then dubbed ‘Napa Gamay,’ which he used to make a rosé that proved successful. All stories aside, this wine delivers a party! Confetti, dance moves, and lively energy. Holiday spice, cranberry and plum are the driving factors.”Read More
“This week’s wine, by heritage grape-focused Wilson Foreigner, is made from a historic grape, long planted in the Napa Valley and long mistook for Beaujolais’ gamay grape (and therefore called Napa Gamay). Its tangy cherry flavors remind us of earlier wines made in the valley, and remind us to be thankful for this long history and the continued beauty of our vines and valley today.”Read More
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