Wines Grown in Napa Valley

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Napa Valley Wine Country
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A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a PhD in information technology management, Antoine Chaya serves as senior director of strategic accounts at Oracle Corporation. In his free time, Antoine Chaya enjoys sampling wines in California’s Napa Valley Wine Country.

One of the most well-known wine regions in the United States, Napa Valley offers a number of high-quality wines to try. The following are just a few of the most popular.

1. Cabernet Sauvignon. The most widely grown grape variety in Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon grows well in the valley’s warm, dry climate. The Cabernet Sauvignons produced in the valley are recognized as some of the best in the world.

2. Merlot. Although Merlot now serves as a varietal wine itself, in the past winemakers typically blended it with other wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon. Merlot is the second most common wine produced in Napa Valley.

3. Pinot Noir. Grown in the cool Los Carneros district of Napa Valley, Pinot Noir is the third most common wine grown in the valley and stands out as one of few reds that go well with seafood.

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The Napa Valley’s Oldest Winery

Beringer, Napa Valley Image: beringer.com
Beringer, Napa Valley
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As senior director of strategic accounts at Oracle, Antoine Chaya brings to bear extensive experience in information technology and management. In his spare time, Antoine Chaya enjoys exploring the wines of the Napa Valley.

The Napa Valley is a popular region for producing New World wines, and Beringer is the oldest winery in the region. Brothers Frederick and Jacob Beringer completed their first year of wine production in 1876.

The winery offers tours to their guests to explore the Old Winery’s historic wine tunnels or the Rhine House mansion, constructed in 1884 for Frederick Beringer. Rhine House now houses a tasting room where guests can try wines paired with cheese or chocolate. Guests may also wish to explore the large collection of handcrafted Victorian stained glass windows in Rhine House, impressive even for the 1880s, when homes might only have one or two such windows. Each year on Founder’s Day, the winery features tastings, live music, and wine seminars.