The Flame Out of Napa Valley’s Iconic Wine Country

Beset by climate change and billionaire carpetbaggers, Napa Valley, California’s legendary wine-making eden, braces for an uncertain future Framed by the Vaca and Mayacamas mountains—30 miles long and five miles across at its widest point—Napa Valley is a place of uncommon beauty: Wooded knolls and forested mountain slopes contrast with tracts of vines sprawling across the valley floor and flowing up the hillsides. The vineyards glow sun-bright with mustard flowers in springtime, turn lush green in summer, blaze yellow and red in autumn as the leaves turn and the promising perfume of… Read More

Constellation Acquires Eric Jensen’s Booker Vineyard Portfolio in Full

Constellation Brands Buys Booker Vineyards

Deal further solidifies the wine giant’s fine wine focus and its confidence in Paso Robles   Constellation is making it official. Following last year’s minority investment in California’s Booker Vineyard, the corporation is exercising an option in the agreement to acquire the collection in full. Constellation’s portfolio now includes the brands Booker Vineyard, My Favorite Neighbor and Harvey & Harriet. Constellation executives tell Wine Spectator that these brands saw double-digit growth since the company’s minority investment last year. The Paso Robles–based estate vineyard, winery and tasting room are included. The purchase price… Read More