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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

See Elin McCoy’s top picks from the best new Napa Valley wine producers

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