With its location in the heart of California wine country in St Helena, PRESS has an entirely logical and admirable goal: to celebrate “the heritage and history of the wines of the Napa Valley.” And there is a welcome inclusiveness to its approach, with the list featuring, as they say, everyone from the “founding fathers to the rock stars of the new millennium to the farmer around the corner,” and with vintages dating back to the 1950s.
A winner since the Awards’ 2014 inception, the judges were once again impressed by the sheer depth and splendor of the Californian selection at PRESS, naming it the Best Regional Wine List in North America.
With so many rare and old bottles from so many celebrated producers, it’s almost invidious to single out individual bins. Suffice to say, as we did last year: where else can you find 1956 Beaulieu Vineyards Georges de Latour Private Reserve, 1974 Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard, and 1972 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars all under one roof?
Judges of the World’s Best Wine Lists have previously called the selection “such a lovely documentation of all that is Napa!” and echoed in 2018 that it contains “an unmatchable selection of wines with vintage depths rarely seen”.