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Adventures In The World Of Wine And Adjacent Amusements

Welcome to the February edition of Wine Adventure Journal's Monthly Harvest Newsletter - a recap of our most recent articles and adventures plus a splash of news and coming events.

Photo credit: Sweetie Pies Bakery display case, downtown Napa, California.

News and Comment

Coronavirus lock-downs are being lifted in California and wineries are ramping up to resume outdoor tastings, even as rain dominates weather reports in Northern California. If you're coming, bring an umbrella. Most wineries plan to re-open at least partially by February 5th. Restaurants are also re-opening, but check first before going. We've lost many food and beverage businesses over the past year. Even the Starbucks in downtown Fairfield has closed permanently.

South Africa just lifted its ban on alcohol sales, hopefully reviving the wine industry there.

This is a great time to shop wines at Costco. Many brands that refused to allow distribution to warehouse retailers have at least one label on Costco shelves. Decisions to distribute more widely into retail could be driven by lack of tasting room sales.

More than ever, read wine labels closely before buying. We're seeing more instances of well-respected brands being extended outside their usual price and quality category. For example, "Winery X" may be known for producing premium Napa Valley estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon that typically retails around $50 - $100. Those bottles are labeled with the Winery X logo and Napa Valley AVA of origin. Bottles of Winery X Cab may now appear on the market with the same basic logo, but with "California" indicated as the AVA of origin and the bottling site a few hours drive away from Winery X's production facility. The retail price per bottle is around 20% of the winery's typical Cab prices. When you go to Winery X's web site for more information, the "California" wine can't be found. Read the label and don't be fooled!

February Holidays & Events

February 9 National Pizza Day

February 12-14 Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend

Latest Articles and Adventures
Featured Destination - The Hess Collection, Napa
Our February featured destination is The Hess Collection, a unique wine and art estate atop Mt. Veeder in the western hills of Napa, California. In addition to a pleasant tasting…

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Book Of The Month - Whiskeypedia
Our February Book Of The Month is Whiskeypedia: A Compendium Of Scotch Whiskey by Charles MacLean – an excellent guide to Scotch whiskeys. If you’re facing shelves packed with strangers when…

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Two Great Beer Films Added To Our Library
We just added two more beer films to our library of Wine Adventure Films – stories from Adventures In The World Of Wine And Adjacent Amusements™. These two beer-centric films…

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Happy National Hot Chocolate Day!
Happy National Hot Chocolate Day! This annual holiday celebrates the traditional hot drink enjoyed worldwide on cold winter days. There is often confusion between hot chocolate and hot cocoa, which…

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It's National Croissant Day!
It’s National Croissant Day – a day to celebrate the tasty pastry that originated in Austria and made its way to France when Marie Antionette married into the French royal…

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Happy National Peanut Brittle Day 2021!
It’s National Peanut Brittle Day! Peanut brittle is believed to have its roots deep in Celtic history and was brought to the New World by Irish immigrants in the 1830’s.…

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Happy National Pie Day!
National Pie Day is an annual day of recognition for one of the most versatile dishes that can come out of a kitchen. Pies can be filled with meat, cheese…

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Wine Of The Week - Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014
Our Wine Of The Week is Lewis Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014. A big Napa red with deep, rich flavors of chocolate, dark berries and vanilla with a long,…

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Happy New Year 2021!
A very Happy New Year! to Wine Adventurers across the globe. 2020 was what it was, 2021 will be what we make it. At WAJ we honor the past, but…

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Book Of The Month - Wine And War
Our January Book Of The Month selection is Wine And War: The French, the Nazis, and the Battle For France’s Greatest Treasure by Donald and Petie Kladstrup. Much has been written…

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