Napa Valley

Review: 2012 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon

This Napa Valley wine was a welcome treat after several mishaps at a hotel I was staying at in New York for work. The Dream Downtown left the half-bottle in my room after my heater broke twice and a drunk man pounded on my door at 5 a.m.

This red tickles your tongue and leaves behind a longlasting warm feeling. It’s chock full of dark cherry flavor and has soft tannins.


Also a plus: The winery is solar-powered.

Nuts and Bolts

Winery: Honig
Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin: Napa
Price: Unknown
Alcohol content: 14.5%
When to drink: Wrap yourself in a quilt and get cozy when you sip on the 2012 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon.

$300,000-worth of stolen Napa Valley wine found in North Carolina

The majority of the $300,000-worth of wine stolen from French Laundry, a very fancy and famous restaurant in Napa Valley, on Christmas has been found…in North Carolina.

Most of the 76 bottles have been accounted for, but some are still missing, local police said. The stolen loot included Burgundies from the Domaine de la Romanee Conti–some of which sells for $10,000 a bottle– Cabernet Screaming Eagle and Dom Perignon Champagne, according to The Los Angeles Times and other news reports.


Other bottles ranged in price from $3,250 to $7,950, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

The wine ended up in a private cellar, according to The Associated Press. It’s unclear if authorities have a lead on who stole the wine from the Michelin 3-star eatery as none have been made public.

Review: 2011 Dillon Vineyards Chardonnay

I tasted the 2011 Dillon Vineyards Chardonnay at Silver Lake Wines weekly Blue Mondays (a great deal!) and it made me melt.

The creamy Chardonnay swims down your tongue like it’s a slip-and-slide of butter. It’s aged in French Oak, and there’s a hint of that in there, too, but the second malolactic fermentation is really the star here and va-va-voomed this yellow beauty.


This peachy wine has a bit of a sour bite, but I thought this tart apple flavor counteracted the butteriness in a good way.

Nuts and Bolts

  • Winery: Dillon Vineyards
  • Type: Chardonnay
  • Origin: Yountville Appellation, Napa Valley
  • Price: $21
  • Alcohol content: 13.5%
  • When to drink: Go crazy with the creaminess and pair this golden Chardonnay with some brie.