by Fred McMillin
The Knights Valley Mystery
It has no town. It has no large winery. What and where is Knights Valley?
Prof. Baxevanis Answers The Question
...from Wine Regions of America by my friend, John Baxevanis
If it's so good, then where has it been? Here's the tale.
Thomas Knight is the first permanent settler in this high valley in the l850s. By 1860 he is making a 1,000 gallons of wine a year from facilties in St. Helena in Napa County.
1861—Charles Krug makes the first commercial wine in Napa County, but his grapes come from Knights Valley!
1973—Beringer launches a modernization of its grape sources and grape-growing practices. They plant Bordeaux varietals in Knights Valley. By 1979 the Cab is looking great. Soon, they plant another 800 or so acres, in spite of the fact that it is judged the most susceptible location in all of Somoma County to spring frost damage. and my panel is very happy that they did. In blind tastings, the Knights Valley Beringer reds repeatedly score well. Here's the latest.
1995 "Alluvium" Red Table Wine
Thomas Knight didn't have a lot of competition when he made his non-commercial wine. How many other farmers were reported as making wine at St. Helena in 1860? Only eight.
Credits: Wlm. Heintz, Wine Country;
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