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“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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panoramic view of Robert Craig winery at the top of Howell mountain, surrounded by fall vineyards with mountains and clouds in the background

Happy Holidays from The Craig

2020 is on its way out the door, but, like an unruly guest at a holiday party, might just manage to break the lamp in the foyer before being ushered into a waiting Uber outside.

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Black Sears Vineyard, Howell Mountain

“Zinsgiving, a Black Sears Journey” Virtual Tasting Video

On Friday, November 20 2020, Elton and Special Guest Chris Jambois of Black Sears Vineyard previewed featuring three rare Zinfandels from the neighboring Black Sears Vineyard on Howell Mountain. Black Sears produces Zinfandels of remarkable structure, complexity, age-worthiness, and site expression. On this video, they covered the 2015, 2016, and 2017 editions of this superlative

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Diamond Mountain Valley View

“Diamonds are (Nearly) Forever” Virtual Tasting Video

On Friday, October 16, 2020, Elton and Special Guest vineyard owner and vintner Peter Thompson discussed three thrilling Diamond Mountain District Cabernet selections. We tasted three thrilling Diamond Mountain District Cabernet selections. Both the 2013 and the 2015 vintages from our library were featured along with our 2017 released earlier this year. All three vintages

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Affinity Vineyard, La Londe site

“Deep Roots in Napa Valley” Virtual Tasting Video

On Friday, August 14, 2020, Elton was joined by our very own Jason Price for the 6th entry in our Virtual Tasting Series. First up was the 2014 Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon from our Coombsville, La Londe Vineyard, now showing all of its power and beauty that provide the perfect kick off to a discussion of

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collage of images - syrah vineyard marker, panorama of Candlestick Vineyard, white wine in glasses with Robert Craig corks and closeup of gap's crown vineyard chardonnay

Summer Wines from The Craig

Dear Craigers, Here we are, right in the midst of summer … warm days, long evenings, flowers blooming, bees buzzing and still-warm cherry tomatoes picked from the vine. Each of us have our favorite pieces of summer, the thought or vision that comes to mind when you simply say the word. We also have our favorite

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Amentet Estate Vineyard, Mount Veeder

“Mount Veeder Masterclass” Virtual Tasting Video

On Friday, July 17, 2020, Elton was joined by master farmer Philip Coturri for a discussion and tasting of Robert Craig Winery’s long association with the Mount Veeder AVA in general, with particular focus on the northern end of the appellation. The tasting gegan with our just-released 2017 Gap’s Crown Chardonnay, which is racy, mineral laden,

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Candlestick Vineyard view with sunspot in top left corner

“It’s All About Candlestick” Virtual Tasting Video

On Friday, June 19, 2020, Elton and a special guest host examined three tremendous wines from our Candlestick Vineyard situated along the summit ridge of Howell Mountain just north of our Winery Estate Vineyard. Elton started with our 2019 Grenache Rosé before moving to the powerhouse 2016 Cabernet blend, “The Stick” and then finishing with

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