The Craig Blog

Summer View of Robert Craig Winery atop Howell Mountain

Spring 2022 Release Wines

A Note from Elton Slone | It is hard for me to articulate how much I am looking forward to the Spring here at Robert Craig Winery. Our 2019 wines are the finest we have ever produced, we have finally found a brand-compatible tasting salon space downtown (where the furniture has finally arrived), and we

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Truffle Shuffle's Mushroom Gnocchi featured at the Robert Craig Feb 11, 2022, Virtual Tasting

Valentine’s Virtual Tasting Video

On Friday, February 11, 2022, the Craig’s own Elton Slone was joined by Truffle Shuffle Chef Connie McGuire to celebrate Valentine’s weekend with a special interactive Robert Craig Winery Virtual Tasting & Dinner, featuring our library treasures paired alongside Wild Mushroom Gnocchi with black truffles, brown butter and sage from “Truffle Shuffle.” Featuring 2019 Gap’s

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Robert Craig Winery Howell Mountain View

A Note From Elton

Welcome to the New Year: 2022 Dear Craiger, I’m writing this New Year’s note wearing slippers and a flannel while considering the addition of a warm hat in the wee morning hours here in San Rafael. As opposed to last year at this time when my usual day uniform included shorts, t-shirt and good sunglasses.

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Robert Craig Winery Estate - fog amid the vines

“A Grateful Craigsgiving” Virtual Tasting Video

On Friday, November 19, 2021, Elton Slone & Scott Johnson welcomed Craig members & guests for a Thanksgiving-themed return to Zoom Webinar, warmth and wines! The tasting covered four wines from two vintages that provide a perfect complement to your holiday meals whether the primary protein is turkey, ham, beef or vegetable based. Featuring 2017

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Beautiful fall vineyard row from the ground

Fall 2021 Release Wines Coming Soon

Dear Craigers, As we release our noteworthy 2018 wines from Howell Mountain and Mount Veeder to our best customers (this is you), I can’t help but think of all the love and work and community that we have built up around our high-quality mountain produce over the last 30 years at Robert Craig Winery. The ability

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Candlestick Vineyard at dusk

“Scratching the 7 Year Itch” Virtual Tasting Video

On Friday, July 30, 2021, Elton Slone was joined by Special Guest Jack Edwards — Owner of Jack Edwards Collection — at this special Virtual Tasting featuring the ideal 2014 vintage from the top mountain AVAs of the Napa Valley. They tasted through and discussed our Spring Mountain, Mount Veeder, and Howell Mountain 2014 Cabernets,

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Close up of barrel in the Robert Craig cellar

“Turn It Up to 11” Virtual Tasting Video

On Friday, April 30, 2021, Elton and special guest Tom Altemus of Redcap wine for a look at the beautiful wines from one of the most underrated vintages to occur in the Napa Valley in recent memory. After a decade in our library, the Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder and Spring Mountain District Cabernets from the

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Glass catching fress cabernet juice from the grape press

“The Great ’18s” Virtual Tasting Video

On Friday, January 29, 2021, Elton and Special Guest Keith Emerson previewed three rare gems from the Robert Craig Winery portfolio. The hype from the press is not just hyperbole on the 2018 vintage in the Napa Valley. After the classic, but reticent, 2017s, the 2018 vintage wines are powerful, dark and bursting out of

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