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Tasting through Time with Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock is located in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. It was  originally established in 1980 by Hack and Stella Wilson on the site of a 185 acre golf course. Currently, t he winery  focuses on intelligent and sustainable grape farming combined with a soft touch in the cellar from winemaker, Elizabeth Vianna.  I had the opportunity to taste with Elizabeth Vianna earlier this week at a private event hosted by another Houston wine writer, Jeff Kralik, who writes under the name of  The Drunken Cyclist .  Vianna's goal is to allow the unique Stags Leap District soil and the fruit it produces to be showcased in distinctive wines that display a true sense of place.  The Stag's Leap AVA is a smaller and cooler appellation within Napa Valley that is known for creating Cabernet Sauvignon wines that combine both power and grace in the glass. The wines come from estate grown grapes which are hand harvested before being vinified in small lots from the forty distinct vineyard bl

Ten Pinot Noir Wines to Drink Now

In the December issue of Galveston Monthly magazine, I recommend some of my top scoring American Pinot Noir wines from a blind tasting hosted last month by Houston wine blogger, Jeff Kralik . The line up of American west coast Pinot Noir wines. Host and wine blogger, Jeff Kralik aka The Drunken Cyclist.