The Craig Blog

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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The new Robert Craig Winery Tasting Salon on 2nd Street in Downtown Napa.

Welcome Back! A Message to the Craig Community

To our Craig community and wine community at large: It is with great pleasure that I announce that our little mountain winery is again open for in-person tastings in both of our locations; the Howell Mountain Winery on Summit Lake Drive, and our Tasting Salon in Downtown Napa. We’re Open for Tastings! The fact that

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Tasting Room at Robert Craig

A Message to the Craig Community

To our Craig community and wine community at large: In order to ensure the safety of our employees and guests during the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, we are suspending hosted tastings at our salon in downtown Napa and at our winery on Howell Mountain until we receive the green light from our governor, Gavin Newsom, to

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Jami, KC and Scott in winter Candlestick ridge vineyard

Elton’s Howell Mountain Seminar

You can’t teach talent: I spent last Thursday doing something that I love to do most in the world (alongside drinking aged Barolo, talking about bicycles and consuming tacos) and that is walking through our vineyards and speaking about them following a tasting of the wines from each separate section. Howell Mountain was the school

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Elton Slone with faded background

New Year’s Greetings from Howell Mountain

Without doubt, New Year’s Day is my favorite day of the year. No religious subtext, no family obligations, or rampant consumerism, or grocery store aggression (aisle or parking lot). Rather, it is a celebration of new beginnings and a world of possibilities. On January 1st of 2020 there is still a book to be written

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Robert Craig in the winery cellar at harvest

Farewell to Bob Craig

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Bob Craig passed away on Sunday afternoon with Lynn at his side in Tucson, Arizona. He suffered from Parkinson’s over the last 10 years, but it never dampened his spirit, his lust for life, or his all-pervasive sense of humor. Bob founded Robert Craig

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Hollywood hills sign

Southern Exposure: The City of Angels

I’ve just returned to the cool, breezy, perfumed summer days of my home in Sausalito following our annual preview launch of the Craig Howell Mountain wines on the roof of the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in the center of Hollywood, CA. Shelly and I are glad to be home after four days of hauling wine,

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La Londe "Affinity" Vineyard, Napa Valley

Spring 2019: 2016 Affinity Cab

2016 marks the fourth vintage that the ever-popular Affinity release has been offered as an estate-grown wine – and the response from Craig fans has been remarkable. Harvested from the La Londe Vineyard in the Mt. George Foothills just south of Stag’s Leap, this single-vineyard release captures the expression of this extraordinary vineyard site. The

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