California in pictures: Napa and Lodi

Staying in a haunted cottage at Black Stallion Winery (previous guests have seen suitcases moved and sensed a strong smell of leather in the air), the following morning we were given a tour of the estate by winemaker Ralf Holdenried, who was born in the Rhienhessen in Germany. A longtime Napa resident, he revealed to db that Delicato is building a boutique winery for a new icon wine – Sam Jasper – an Anglicised nod to the company’s Sicilian founder, Gaspare Indelicato. Designed by an Italian architect, just one wine will be produced in the space – a small production Cabernet Sauvignon benefitting from consultancy from Thomas Rivers Brown.

That evening, Delicato’s ebullient operations director, Elizabeth Rice, talked us through the Delicato range, which includes Bucephalus, a red blend crafted from Cabernet, Petit Verdot and Syrah named after Alexander the Great’s horse; and Poseidon Chardonnay from Carneros.

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