New names to know on the Napa wine scene

New names to know on the Napa wine scene

Here are eight up-and-coming winemaking projects in Napa Valley that we believe deserve your attention, plus tasting notes on the wines, in this in-depth report by Elin McCoy.

Every time I’m in the Napa Valley, I play the ‘What’s new?’ game.

I pick up hot tips from winemakers, whether I’m hanging about in wine bars, at the annual Premiere Napa Valley barrel auction, at a dinner party to which someone brings a new discovery or by checking the by-the-glass list at Press Restaurant in St Helena, which has its finger on the valley’s pulse.

Starting a new label in a region where the prices of top grapes and vineyard land keep skyrocketing isn’t an easy proposition, unless you have millions to spare.

That’s why high-priced Cabernet, which can promise the best return on investment, has taken over.

Scroll down for Elin McCoy’s top picks from the best new Napa Valley wine producers

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