|Frequently Asked Questions
Wine is one of my passions and several years ago I started outsourcing phone
calls for my Internet company which freed up a lot of my time to explore in
greater detail things I love to do, and turn these passions into
financially self sustaining businesses yet at the same time benefit others. I strive to incorporate my passions into
my day to day and professional life comprising what Michael Polenske of Napa's
own Blackbird Vineyards eloquently calls, "the business of leisure", or more
simply put - invest in what you love.
To the best of my knowledge a project of this magnitude has never been conducted
in Napa. I am aware of the authors of A Moveable Thirst who visited 141 mostly
walk-in Napa wineries, blogger Carolyn Tillie who has visited at least 130 Napa
wineries, several websites that list Napa winery provided information, select
tour guides, and
probably a number of select wine tasters and wine writers who have tasted a large
number of Napa wines. But, no one who on this scale, has personally taken the time to
meet with representatives from each winery, visit the
winery if there is one, include photos if applicable, taste the wine and then
compile all this information into individual winery reviews.
If you have corrections or updates to make to any of the winery listings on this
site, please either email
firstname.lastname@example.org (include the winery name and the
type of correction or update) or use the Post Comments link next to every winery
review on this site. We greatly appreciate any updates. Because of scope of this project and the rapidly changing wine
industry, updating is a major part of our work on this site. Things change so fast in
regards to wineries in the Napa Valley that it is often hard to keep up. We make
our best effort to discover changes: revisiting wineries, subscribing to winery
mailing lists, attending trade, educational & wine tasting events including
select release and harvest parties, talking to
people in the industry, reviewing many related blogs & websites, watching
wine related videos, reviewing restaurant wine lists both online and in person, as well as spending
considerable time in the Napa Valley (this is where the osmosis kicks in).
We have never and will never take advertising from wineries. We do offer
advertising opportunities for non winery businesses on a limited basis. If
interested in more details and pricing, email
Have you broken any wine glasses on this project?
The answer is 2. We are averaging one
broken glass per every 346 visits (including revisits). Our apologies to Quixote and Toquade.
How to Link a review to my own website?
You can link individual reviews to your
Go to this page and click on any of the links - the URL that shows in your
address bar is the direct link to any review listed on this site.
How do you publicize this site?
We want to make it worthwhile for the wineries listed on this site. I have
several local and national media contacts from my travel site,
Dave's Travel Corner and
and several recent interviews have also helped promote the site. There are a
plethora of a wine community sites which we use to publicize this project. I have experience with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and continue
to work on this aspect of the project. Any printed material will cross promote
this site including color printed postcards (selectively being distributed in
How do you handle reviews of collectives?
We have written individual reviews of all
collectives currently open in the Napa Valley. Collectives taste wines from
multiple vintners. We do not just show up and taste through each wineries wine
at the collective and then do the review based on this - rather we contact each
vintner directly for a private tasting - then we write a separate review for
that particular winery. As an absolute last resort, if we are unable to taste
with a representative from the winery, we will taste and conduct our review in
the physical collective facility.
How about tastings?
We attend a variety of trade and
consumer tastings. We tried doing several initial reviews of wineries at these
tastings however tastings are definitely not conducive to this purpose.
As a result, we soon learned to exclusively use tastings to follow up with
previously visited wineries and to make new connections. Most people who go to
tastings try labels they are familiar with. Not us, when we attend tastings we
seek out new labels and or wines we have never tried. Over time we are
revisiting on a one on one basis the very few producers who we initially wrote
our review based on public or private tasting events.
How do you contact wineries?
We call the winery directly to discuss our project and then setup an appointment
for a meeting and tasting. If we are unable to contact the winery via phone, we
will send an email or personal postal letter. As a result, all businesses in
Napa Valley producing wine commercially will have been contacted by us.
Is your Napa winery not yet listed?
We are continuously looking for Napa wineries to interview who are not listed on this
Please email email@example.com to setup a mutual
time where we can meet and taste. The more information you can offer during our
meeting, the more detailed and resourceful the review will be.
Their are two requirements
for any review on this website; 1. I meet a representative from the winery in
person and 2. I taste the wines. Meetings usually take place at the physical
winery, the owner or winemakers home, winery office or in the vineyards. A typical meeting takes about an hour.
How many commercial wine producers are there in Napa?
We have identified over 880 unique
commercial wine producers in Napa County. We know there are more that
we are not even yet aware of! Note that several hundred of these are "virtual"
producers and do not have a
Type 02 license. We have personally visited and tasted with
commercial wine producers to date. More information and the entire very often updated
database of total commercial Napa wine producers is found the bottom of our
Project Notes Page.
There are about 250 commercial Napa wine producers
we have not yet visited - indicated by the absence of an "X" in the NWP column
in the aforementioned database. Can you get us an appointment with any of these
producers who we have not yet tasted with? Are you a Napa winery owner who we
have not yet met with? We would be very grateful for any
help - email: firstname.lastname@example.org