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“Get Your Urban On” ~ in *Napa*? Welcome to the Crusher Wine District!

I'm with Barb and Timothy Spelletetich, in their barrel room, at Spelletich Family Wine Company.

I’m with Barb and Timothy Spelletetich, in their barrel room, at Spelletich Family Wine Company.

Welcome back, my friends! Ready for a Wine Country party in Napa? Great. Me too. (Always!)

First, a question. When you think about the Napa Valley, what comes to mind?

Elegant beauty. (Check.) Lush, green vineyards. (Check again.) Stunning, world-renowned wineries, straight out of Architectural Digest. (Check. Absolutely!)

Office park. HUHHH??? Well ~ sure. Why not!!!

Betsy Busch, proprietor with husband Garrett of Trinitas Cellars, pours me a taste of their rich 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Betsy Busch, proprietor with husband Garrett of Trinitas Cellars, pours a taste of their rich 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon. I loved their Pinot, too!

In a trend that’s sweeping the wine world, many wineries are stretching the definition of “Wine Country” beyond, well, “the country.”

Since it isn’t necessary for a winery to grow its own grapes next to its winery building (or at all, for that matter!), many have set up shop in the suburbs ~ and even in big cities.

Some fly solo. (Check out the cool “Urban Sip” event at Shauna and Kent Rosenblum’s Rock Wall Wine Cellars in Alameda, on San Francisco Bay, which sources premium grapes from all over the place!)

Others are banding together to create brand-new destinations for wine tasting, such as the Crusher Wine District in the outskirts of Napa.

Let's "Get Our Urban On" at the Crusher Wine District kickoff party, in this Napa industrial park.

Let’s “Get Our Urban On” at the Crusher Wine District kickoff party, in this Napa office park, with 9 wineries pouring.

So, jump in the ‘vertible ~ and let’s go party with the Crushers!

It’s the Crusher District’s grand kickoff event, and its member wineries are pouring some pretty fantastic stuff. They’re mostly small-production, family-run operations. And they all have unique stories.

Come meet our hosts for the evening ~ the charming and dynamic Barb and Timothy Spelletich. (See top pic.) Along with daughter Kristen, they’re the owner/founders of Spelletich Family Wine Company, and the party’s in their barrel room.

The family offers three different brands ~ Spelletich Cellars (for their premium wines), SPELLwine (popular-priced varietals and blends, aka “Rock & Roll in a Bottle” ;) ) and 3 Spells (glad you liked the fresh, juicy Merlot-Cabernet rosé we just tasted as much as I did).

Thanks, Timothy, for pouring us your Zin. I *;ove* that chocolate-and-berries aroma!

Thanks, Timothy, for pouring us that beautiful, single-vineyard Zin. I *love* that chocolate-berry-spice aroma!

Because they can source their grapes from anywhere, Barb, Timothy and Kristen produce an incredible range of wines: everything from several different Chardonnays to red blends dubbed SPELLonU, Bodog and Severed Head (from the family crest!), to varietal Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah, to a white SWEETspell blend and a Zin-based SPELLport.

Quite a mouthful. In every way!

Let’s enjoy our Spelletich Zin with some cheese from the buffet, then we’ll go meet some more of the “Crushers”…

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Partner/co-founder (with Lorin Brambila) Dan Dexter of Avinodos pours a smooth Malbec.

Dan Dexter, partner/co-founder (with Lorin Brambila) of Avinodos, pours us all a smooth, silky Malbec.

Here's Neal Fasula of The Wine Foundry. Lovely Syrah, don't you think?

Here’s Neal Fasula of Foundry. Lovely Syrah, don’t you think? (Fun “Crusher Games” demo, too!)

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Yep, you read it right: Bung Stacking. (What's a bung? A plug for a wine barrel!)

Yep, you read it right: Bung Stacking. (What’s a bung? A plug for a wine barrel!)

Just one of the "Crusher Games" events. (Wow. You *really* got a great stack going!)

An event at this summer’s “Crusher Games.” (Wow. You’ve *really* got a great bung stack going there!)

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A cool-climate Russian River Pinot Noir from Mi Sueño.

A complex, cool-climate Pinot Noir from Mi Sueño, thanks to Meg Shea-Chiles.

A real treat: watching (and smelling!) a barrel-toasting demo.

A real treat: watching (and smelling!) a barrel-toasting demo. Great toasty aromas!

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And another taste, courtesy of Betsy at Trinitas. (Cool glass logo, too!)

One last taste, courtesy of Betsy Busch at Trinitas. (Cool wineglass logo, too!)

Well, my friends, looks like that’s it for tonight. Hope you’ve had as much fun as I have, here in the new Crusher Wine District!

It was a real treat to meet the winemakers and winery owners themselves, and get a taste of their new slice of “Wine Country.”

In the Crushers’ own words: “…Our location in the industrial area of South Napa says it all about us: authentic, stripped down, and a little funky …the Napa Valley you didn’t expect, but will ultimately always remember!”

Sounds good to me. And *tastes* even better!

Come back soon, and we’ll enjoy more Wine, Food and Fun ~

Until then,
Cheers and happy tastings,
Rosina

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Cheers once again,
Rosina

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