Before Napa, There was Carne Humana

Prior to Napa becoming a county and even before California was a state, a vast rancho called Carne Humana encompassed the stretch of Napa Valley from Rutherford north to Calistoga. Present-day maps exclude any lines or other references to it, but there remains indisputable logic to its historic boundaries.

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The days in Calistoga are warm to hot, with temperatures that drop dramatically overnight. The heat contributes vivid color and vibrant flavor, while cool nights ensure bright acidity and structure. The most common grape varieties grown here are heat-loving reds including Zinfandel and Syrah.

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Heat reflecting off hillsides bordering St. Helena—along with less fog and wind—result in warm days.  Elevations span 150 to 500 feet.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel are the most prevalent grape types, with wines characterized by rich, deep flavors and firm tannins.

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Though Rutherford can be influenced by cool morning fog from San Pablo Bay, its climate is moderately warm. Elevations extend from 100 to 500 feet. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel are widely planted. Wines are ripe, full and firm, with supple tannins.

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Corn Tortillas

Impress your friends with home-made corn tortillas. Easy to make and so much better than store-bought, especially when filled with spicy beans or grilled fish and a home-made salsa!

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Sweet-and-Sour Tomato Relish

Step back to the bygone era before kitchens had freezers, vegetables from the family garden that couldn’t be eaten fresh were often jarred as relish.

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Chile Con Carne

This recipe is perfect for a hungry crowd of family or friends! If you like your chili hot, just add more cayenne pepper and don’t forget to garnish with your favorite toppings like grated Monterey Jack or Cheddar Cheeses, Cilantro or Sour Cream.

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Grilled Fish Tacos

These warm Indian Summer days in Napa call for lunch or dinner outside with friends. What better way to enjoy, than grilling some fish, cracking a bottle of chilled white wine and enjoying a taco or three.

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Barbecued Pork Spareribs

This simple sauce is sweet and mildly spicy. Slather it on barbecued pork spareribs or other grilled meats and pair with Carne Humana Red Wine for a match made in heaven!

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History Preserved

History is important us at Carne Humana. It defines who we are and where we came from. Over the years our winemaker, Joe, and his family have collected maps of California as a symbol of our heritage. Take a look at our collection – you might see something new.

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“The practice of co-fermentation is what makes Carne Humana wines really special.”

Derek Beitler