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Notes on Wine Tasting in The Napa Valley
It’s a good idea to plan to visit several wineries as every wine-tasting experience offered is different. With so many distinctive viticultural areas within The Napa Valley, one can easily taste many of the world’s best varietials and winemaking style without learning the region. Listed below are five basic types of tasting experiences. The experience will vary in style from winery to winery!

Wine Bar Tasting
The most common tasting experience is a Wine Bar Tasting. You step up to the bar where typically a list of wines being poured is displayed. Expect to pay a tasting fee between $10-$40. Some tasting bars will offer you the option to taste a library or reserve wine. Exercising this option increases the fee, but will allow you to taste very unique, old or rare wines.

Sit Down Tasting
A Sit Down Tasting usually requires an appointment, and there may be a slightly higher fee than a wine bar fee. Seated in an elegant room, you are poured several wines by your winery host. Expect your host to describe the unique characteristics of each wine and how it was made.

Table Service Tasting
A Table Service Tasting, popular at sparkling wine facilities, is a tasting experience where you are seated at a table and the tastings are brought to you. ery to pour the first round. Then you move to another place within the winery to sample the next wine. This experience continues until all the wines are tasted.

Walk Around Tasting
A Walk Around Tasting is a combination of a tour and a tasting. Your host brings along several bottles of wine on your tour, and may take you to a garden area of the win-

Barrel Tasting
Another popular tasting experience that can be part of a tour or a Walk Around is a Barrel Tasting. Your guide takes a “wine thief,” a special siphon placed into a hole in the top of a barrel to extract tasting samples of a maturing wine. The sample allows you to taste what the wine is like in the middle of developing its full potential.

Why make an appointment?
Some wineries are so small that they need to know when you are coming so someone will be there to greet you. Other wineries have permit restrictions that limit the number of guests that can visit each day. Others have sit-down tastings that start and end at specific times. It’s always a good idea to schedule your appointments well in advance of your visit because some of the more popular wineries fill up their appointments weeks in advance.
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Do the Math
One of the most asked questions asked when it comes to wine is how much of this does it take to make that, and so on. We won’t pretend that is simple, but here are some industry statistics that will give a pretty good answer to that query. As with anything agricultural, of course, they are all based on countless variables when it comes to acre yields, but this is a good starting point. The rest of the information varies little if at all.

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A case of wine includes:
A dozen 750 ml bottles (or 24 half bottles) or 307.2 ounces total, which comes from 30 pounds of grapes.

A single bottle contains:
750 ml of wine which is 25.6 ounces made from about 2.4 pounds of grapes (39 oz.) and is enough for four or maybe five glasses.

An acre of vineyards land can give the grower:
Five tons of grapes (though it is also less, depending on a variety of farming and winemaking practices, and on the varietal and the vineyards location) which will give you 797 gallons of juice (or thirteen-and-ahalf barrels) which is pretty close to four thousand bottles of wine.

One standard oak barrel of wine holds:
295 bottles of wine (or 59 gallons) made from 740 pounds of grapes which works out to almost – but not precisely - 30 cases of wine.

What does all that information on a wine label mean?

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The U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms regulates wine labels and requires that information be given in a straightforward way. Basically, you will want to look for the types of grapes grown, where the grapes are grown and when the grapes were picked. • Brand name • Designation for a special wine • Vineyard or appellation known for its grapes might be designated • Location where the grapes used were grown • Grape Variety used • Vintage year in which the grapes were picked • Location where the wine was made and/or bottled (Not to be confused with the area the grapes are grown.) • Alcohol content may be stated or the the label may simply say "Table Wine” WWW.LEGENDARYNAPAVALLEY.COM

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Spring Mountain
Calistoga sits in the top end of Napa Valley like a cork in a wine bottle. This lively, well-preserved historic small-town and surrounding region simply delights everyone. Delicious restaurants, glorious mountains, diverse art galleries, world-famous hot springs, eclectic bookstores and roadside stands, boutique shopping and happy locals combine to make Calistoga a favorite of Napa Valley locals and visitors. FOOD Cafe Sarafornia 1413 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-0555, www.cafesarafornia.com The best breakfast in town! Owners Madeline & Drake are the vivacious stewards of this famed, historic diner. For more than 100 years, Cafe Sarafina has been serving up delicious fare and good people. Don't miss the huevos rancheros! Brannan's 1374 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-2233, www.brannansgrill.com Go for the winning wine list (with rare Napa and Sonoma cult labels) and stay for the fine foods and great atmosphere. Brannan proudly sponsors local, artisanal producers and their dishes are the better for it. This summer, dine alfresco on the patio! JoLe 1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-5938, www.jolerestaurant.com From Farm to Table. JoLe is OpenTable.com's "Diner's Choice Winner" for 2010 – a wonderful compliment to owners and husband-and-wife team Matt and Sonjita Spector. Enjoy the delicious menu and mouth-watering pastries!

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Flat Iron Grill 1440 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-1220, www.flatirongrill.com Flat Iron Grill revels in its recently restored historic space! There is nothing dusty about this intimate, yet friendly restaurant. Open for dinner daily, don't miss the hickory smoked baby back ribs. LODGING Brannan Cottage Inn 109 Wappo Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-4200, www.brannancottageinn.com One of the original 25 Hot Springs Resort cottages from 1860. Close walking proximity to famed Calistoga Hot Springs (across the street!) and only two blocks to downtown Calistoga, makes this charming inn a repeat hit. Six rooms are available year round. Pink Mansion 1415 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-0558, www.pinkmansion.com Escape, indulge & dream! Built in 1870 by Napa's original stage line owner, the Pink Mansion is a lovely, private and restful destination that retains the elegance of its historic past. Rates include gourmet breakfast for two and afternoon wine and appetizers. Solage 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, 1-866-942-7442, www.solagecalistoga.com Where cosmopolitan luxuries take on an enlightened, comfortable attitude! Offering a healthy, green environment, 89 eco-friendly studios and Michelin star rated Solbar restaurant, Solage is a stylish and naturally brilliant hotel! Calistoga Ranch 580 Lommel Road, Calistoga, 1-800-942-4220, www.calistogaranch.com Tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site, the luxury resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature. THINGS TO DO Castello di Amorosa 4045 N. St. Helena Highway, (707) 967-6272, www.castellodiamorosa.com A tour of the incredible 13th century, 107 room, Tuscan style castle and winery – complete with chapel and torture chamber – is highly recommended! Sharpsteen Museum 1311 Washington Street, Calistoga (707) 942-5911, www.sharpsteen-museum.org This museum is a wonderful spot to learn about upper Napa Valley history and old Calistoga. Exhibit subjects include Sam Brannan, Wappo Native Americans, one-time-local Robert Louis Stevenson and artifacts from the survivors of the Donner Party. Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park 3369 Saint Helena Hwy North, St. Helena, (707) 942-4575 Once the center of social activity for Napa Valley settlers, this 1846 Grist Mill ground corn and wheat into meal or flour. This park also boasts scenic hiking trails, the site of the first Napa Valley Church and Pioneer Cemetary. Old Faithful Geyser 1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, (707) 942-6463 One of the three "Old Faithful" geysers in the world, Old Faithful of California is a delightful attraction. Bursting regularly and throwing thousands of gallons of water high into the air, Old Faithful is a glorious sight. Other attractions include the petting zoo and picnic grounds. Open daily, 9am-6pm in the summer. Admission fees vary from $3-$10.

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Bennett Lane Winery
Bennett Lane Winery is a gem in the newly created The staff is always happy to lead guests through the Calistoga AVA. The patio has just been re-landscaped and vineyard and cellar to give you an up-close peek at the includes the planting of three magnificent and mature world of winemaking at Bennett Lane Winery. Then olive trees that frame views of the vineyards surround- come to the tasting room for an incredible flight of four ing the winery and tasting room on every side. award-winning Napa Valley wines for $10 per person. They also have planted what they refer to as their The Bennett Lane wine named Maximus, after the “Petting Vineyard,” where, Roman Emperor was their first when they become seasonally bottling. In addition, their Bennett Lane Winery available, one can taste grapes wines include Los Carneros Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and learn about the varieties, Reserve Chardonnay a white about how they differ and are Maximus and the Napa Valley 3340 Highway 128, Calistoga dealt with throughout the year. Cabernet. You can sample 1-877-MAX-NAPA It was in their travels to these wines in their stylish tastwww.bennettlane.com Italy that winery founders ing room, a combination of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah Randy and Lisa Lynch began Country French and CaliforFUN The winery has garnered an incredible thirteen nia, with doors leading to the an enthusiastic love affair with FACT 90+ point scores from Wine Spectator in four fine wine. To pursue their paspatio and lawn. It is the perfect short years. sion they found a spot at the spot to sample their wines for northern end of the Napa Valthe first time, or to mingle with ley known as the “Pinnacle of the Valley.” It is the place people who have been their since the beginning. Since where the Vaca Mountains meet up with the Mayacamas. those earliest days, the plantings outside have matured, This also makes the winery ideal for picnicking. The the roster of wines has grown, but that essential mission, grounds are impeccable and you are welcome to come to make the best wines possible, and in their own style, here and relax – bring along a picnic to enjoy with the has endured. wines. A visitor to Bennett Lane affords tasters another “We pride ourselves on being one of the friendliest rarity: a likely meeting – and perhaps a barrel tasting if tasting rooms in the Napa Valley,” says Stefanie Longton, you are lucky – with the owners or a personal tour of the Bennett Lane’s retail sales manager, “and we bring towinery with one of the knowledgeable, fun and friendly gether hospitality and wine to make it a great tasting tasting room staff. experience.” BY CHARLES NEAVE

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Envy Wines
Imagine an afternoon on a sundrenched patio, laughing with Wines line up. great friends and tasting great Napa Valley wines. Come on over, Envy’s Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect summer poolside wine! we’re waiting for you. Layers of spicy crisp apple, vanilla bean and a dab of honey cream Veteran Napa winemaker, Nils Venge, teams up with vintner tempt the nose on this wine followed closely by pear and slices of Mark Carter, to bring you a little slice of wine country heaven, ripe stonefruit. On the pallet, the entry is full of melon and finNapa Valley’s Envy Estate Winery. From the outside, you may ishes with an explosion of crisp apple acidity. Texturally smooth, think you‘re sitting on a Tuscan terrace. We encourage you to sit this wine leaves your pallet clean and refreshed. and savor a bottle of our wine with The Bee Bee’s Blend, which reyour own picnic lunch on our ceived a 93 point rating and was Envy Wines patio. Our peaceful outdoor setting listed as a Top Value in Wine Adis perfect for relaxing. There’s even vocate magazine. Parker described 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday -Thursday a view of Old Faithful Geyser from it as a “blackberry and black cur11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday our backyard. Or, slip inside the rant-filled fruit bomb displaying 1170Tubbs Lane, Calistoga cool tasting room, and let the sultry surprising definition and complexmusic enlighten your senses while ity in its notes of lead pencil (707) 942-4670 • www.envywines.com our wines inspire your palate. shavings, pepper, incense and subSauvignon Blanc, Merlot, When Mark Carter and Nils tle smoke. It is a classic Napa red Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah Venge first started working together with full-bodied power as well as a in 1998, they never dreamed that sense of elegance and purity.” FUN Enjoy your own picnic lunch on the patio and one day they would partner up in The Envy Cabernet Sauvignon FACT catch the view of Old Faithful Geyser. beautiful Calistoga for a new wine is sourced straight from Envy’s venture. Estate Vineyard, most recently Mark has a passion for fine wines. His label, Carter Cellars, recieved 90 points from Stephen Tanzer. Aromas of black currant has received many favorable ratings ranging from the mid to high with notes of cinnamon, anise and toasted walnuts. On the palate nineties. You can find his Carter Cellars, as well as Envy Wines, dark chocolate, black cherry and plum. Tanzer recommends you at his hotel and restaurant Carter House Inns and Restaurant 301 enjoy this Cabernet now through the next 10 years. respectively located in Eureka, California. His passion for wine Envy's line up of Petite Sirah's has been a draw for visitors began when he started buying wines for his famous list at Restau- since they where first introduced. The Estate, Vaca Mountain and rant 301. Nord Vineyard Petite Sirahs have all recieved 90 - 92 ratings from Nils, owner and operator of Saddleback Cellars, is also a Robert Parker, Wine Enthusiast and Stephen Tanzer. consultant for many Napa Valley wineries in the valley where he Envy is proud to be part of the brand new Calistoga appelais a local legend with thirty-plus years of winemaking experi- tion, the fifteenth one in the Napa Valley. Fiffty cases of a ence. He was actually the first american winemaker to recieve Calistoga Estate Merlot were bottled to celebrate the approval. a 100-point rating from Robert Parker for his 1985 Groth Re- Sipping it has been compared to experiencing your last great kiss! serve Cabernet Sauvignon. Nils Venge continues to receive great So please come on by our tasting room any day of the week scores from Robert Parker as well as other criticis with the Envy and let us share with you what its like to be Envied!

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Castello di Amorosa
As you round the last bend in the drive and crest the a wide range of old-world Italian style wines including hill, Castello di Amorosa stands magnificent and solid, Rosato di Sangiovese, La Castellana, the “Super Tuscan” the sun on its massive shoulders, a low mist over the Blend, Il Barone, a 100% reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, moat, as though even the weather contributes to the au- Muscato Canelli, La Fantasia, a special Italian blend, Santhenticity of this place. Spanish moss drapes from ancient giovese, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco and a Red Table Blend oaks, native grasses flourish and chickens scuttle through as well as Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The the vineyard rows. Gallantry is wines are available only at the alive and well in the Napa ValCastello di Amorosa winery. Visit to taste in one of ley. Owner, Dario Sattui, is a several intimate and intriguing lifelong student of medieval arOpen daily 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. tasting areas or take a tour, well chitecture and after thirty years 4045 North St. Helena Highway, Calistoga worth the time and the modest of research and dreaming about (707) 967-6272 • www.castellodiamorosa.com fee. Castello di Amorosa and fifteen Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Chardonnay, The walking portion of the years of construction, he has Pinot Noir, Merlot, Gewurztraminer, Sangiovese, tour (during which you will created an unforgettable, splenCabernet Sauvignon, Muscato Canelli see the authentic torture chamdid castle that honors his ber), takes about an hour and Italian heritage and showcases FUN Relive the history as you meander through the tasting is an additional 30-45 his exceptional wines like no FACT vineyards in an 1800s carriage drawn by the minutes. Reservations are sugother place could. sweetest Clydesdales, Leo and Willie. gested. Tours are offered from Plan to spend several hours visiting Castello di Amorosa, or “The Castle” as it is affec- 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and from 9:30 a.m. to tionately known, exploring the 121,000-square-foot, 5 p.m. on weekends, year-round. You may also find the Reserve Tour and Chocolate Tuscan-style, 13th-century fortress. Only then, after marveling at the painstaking placement of every European Tasting an appealing option where your guided walk brick in the high defense ramparts to each brushstroke in through The Castle concludes with a private sampling of the murals of the Great Hall, after walking through the eight wines and a chocolate pairing. There are additional touring options, blending semibrick labyrinth of wine cellars and absorbing the peace of the quaint chapel where a Latin Mass is held each Sunday nars and private tasting choices including food and wine at 8:30 a.m.; only then will you begin to understand the pairing. Some are exclusive to the wine club so considerpassion and sweat and patience it took to build this place. ing joining. This remarkable place is truly a must-see and Castello di Amorosa wines reflect the same attention to the wines are memorable, stylistically crafted to compleBY DIANA GREENWOOD detail from vineyard to bottle. The Castle portfolio includes ment food.

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Keenan Winery
Hand-crafted, small-production wines produced by Set a few minutes drive into a tranquil, Redwoodlined ridge off Spring Mountain Road, a visit to Keenan solar powered, sustainably farmed vineyards, present Tasting Room is an informal affair. Because of its private, tasting opportunities of dramatic intensity thanks to the peaceful setting, guests are encouraged to take a time out super-premium fruit associated with exceptional wines from the hurried tasting room trail, wander the grounds, produced at Keenan Winery. Consultant Winemaker Nils Venge (the first Ameripicnic at leisure and make themselves at home. can winemaker to ever receive Scrappy, the Black Lab, Keenan Winery a score of “100” from Robert welcomes visitors into the Parker, Jr. of The Wine Advocool, comfortable pet- and Open by appointment only cate for one of his 1985 child-friendly tasting room. Its 3660 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignons) works century-old redwood beams 707-963-9177 with the winery’s small, dediand heavy stone walls were www.keenanwinery.com cated team on four areas of built in harmony with the eleCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay hillside that are planted with ments to house barreled wines Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel Cabernet Sauvignon, Caberlong before the days of air conditioning and temperature FUN Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the views from net Franc, Chardonnay and control. FACT their elevation of 1,700 feet above the Napa Valley Merlot grapes. By carefully controlling Having sat empty, in a state floor. Enjoy award-winning wines for sipping, enjoying and enhancing any occasion. and finessing abundant flavors of dilapidation for some forty of these hillside-grown grapes, years post-Prohibition, Robert Keenan’s pleasantly regenerated winery tasting room – wines of unparalleled complexity, richness and elegance with its imposing King Louis antique banquet table from continue to win prestigious awards with every vintage. Historic Keenan Winery is nestled high on the Maythe late 1700s – is housed in the original wine producacamas Range, at an elevation of 1,700 feet high above tion facility. Groups of up to 12 are invited to taste at a cost $10 the valley floor. With more than a dozen eclectic winerper person from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment, ies located within a four-mile stretch of Spring Mountain lured by the pull of the winery’s quintessential “big Road, a day on Spring Mountain offers a tranquil escape from the ordinary. BY FRANCES RIVETTI reds.”

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Charbay Winery & Distillery
It is not hard to feel like a part of the family at Charbay’s distilling heritage. This family loves distilling and pushing welcoming “Still on the Hill” – perched amidst majestic the benchmarks higher. Unfortunately, California law proredwoods and soaring vineyards high above the valley hibits Charbay from offering the tasting and sale of its floor, above St. Helena on scenic Spring Mountain Road. distilled spirits. The unique and compact Charbay Winery and DistillHere you’ll taste refreshing wine-based ready-to-drink ery is light years and 15 minutes away from the maddening cocktail aperitifs fortified with their brandy, a decadent crowd of wine tourism in the pomegranate dessert wine and Napa Valley, offering intimate Port along with their current reCharbay Winery & Distillery tastings and a fascinating inleases of the “Still-on-the-Hill’s” Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. sight into the world of distilling. excellent Chardonnay, Rosé and 4001 Spring Mountain Road, St Helena Friendliness is apparent Cabernet Sauvignon. The 1983 (707) 963-9327 • www.charbay.com upon arrival through private brandy is about to be released gates and toward a charming, and will soon be for sale at the Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ruby Port outdoor copper Alambic pot Vodka, Tequila, Whiskey, Rum, Pastis, Grappa, Brandy Still on the Hill. still flanking an open tasting “Along with our wines, we FUN Taste the Green Tea & Pomegranate room door. Standing face to pull visitors into the world of FACT cocktails you can serve tonight! face with the art and science of distilling,” says co-owner and distilling is all the more compelling while sampling wines, Charbay’s matriarch, Susan Karakasevic. “We distill the Ports and delicious, one-of-a-kind aperitifs served over ice brandies for our Ports. Alambic pot stills are magical in the with oranges or lemon zest. right hands.” Authenticity strikes a chord as the 12th and 13th genCigar-friendly, Charbay is stocked with a case of Zino eration artisan winemakers and distillers of the passionate cigars for leisurely al fresco enjoyment outside with an acKarakasevic family invite visitors off the beaten track and companying glass of the winery’s Cab or Port. What better into a rustic world of wines and Ports. way to wind down an afternoon on the mountain? Soon-to-be Grand Master Distiller Miles Karakasevic Charbay’s signature wines range from Chardonnay to just passed the mantle of Master Distiller to son Marko Rosé, Cab to Port. Visit Charbay for an enlightening step after an untraditional apprenticeship of distilling brandy, into a true artisan driven way of life. For an insider treat, whiskey, rums, pastis, vodkas and even tequila. Miles im- add the remarkable ’83 Sauvignon Blanc flight. Visits are parted his vast wealth of Yugoslavian winemaking and $20 per person. BY FRANCES RIVETTI

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FOOD Farmstead Restaurant 738 Main Street, St. Helena, (707) 963-9181 www.longmeadowranch.com/farmsteadrestaurant.com Housed in a former nursery barn, Farmstead showcases the seasonal, ingredient-driven American farmhouse cooking. Go Fish 641 Main Street, St. Helena (707) 963-0700, www.gofishrestaurant.net Go Fish has been written up consistently as one of the top fish restaurants in the nation. Make reservations for dinner! Guigni Deli 1227 Main Street, St. Helena, (707) 963-3421 An absolute must! Guigni Deli is known for their "Guigni Juice" – it makes every sandwich incredible. Model Bakery 1357 Main Street, St. Helena (707) 963-8192, www.themodelbakery.com Start your day with fresh coffee and hand-made pastry. Tra Vigne 1050 Charter Oak Street, St. Helena (707) 963-444, www.travignerestaurant.com Italian inspired cuisine, remarkable 200 count wine list V. Sattui Winery Corner of Hwy. 29 & White Lane, St. Helena (707) 963-7774, www.vsattui.com Perfect spot for a wine country picnic with cheeses, meats, salads and panini as well as BBQ fare and pizzas on weekends during spring, summer and fall. LODGING Inn at Southbridge 1020 Main Street, St. Helena 1-800-520-6800, www.innatsouthbridge.com Ideally located in the center of St. Helena. Meadowood 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena 1-800-458-8080, www.meadowood.com Luxury country resort unfolds across 250 lush acres with tennis courts, croquet lawns, 9-hole golf course and spa. THINGS TO DO Weekends at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) 2555 Main Street, St. Helena 1-888-995-1699, www.ciaachef.edu/enthusiasts Select a cooking or wine class at the world-famous CIA. Watch bocce ball games most nights at Crane Park Crane & Grayson Avenues, St. Helena Local bocce teams compete on summer nights, bring that bottle of wine, a picnic blanket and watch the games.

The special little town of St. Helena is located seven short miles south of Calistoga on Foothill Blvd/CA Hwy 29. The playground of the tres chic and tasteful, St. Helena’s one Main Street is filled to the brim with gourmet bakeries, acclaimed restaurants, couture clothes, and lavish home decor and kitchen shops.

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Long Meadow Ranch
Perhaps if you had the resources, the drive, dedication “Ultimate Flight” is a seated food and wine pairing and to the environment, sustainability and heritage, plus an includes a hosted olive oil tasting. Menus vary and are seaabiding passion for fine food and wine and the desire to sonal. Reservations are required. share all of this with others, you might come up with The “Full Circle Farming Tour” is offered daily at something close to Long Meadow Ranch, but you can be 11:30 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. complimentary with tastings. sure there would be an awful lot of time and work in- The tour explains the Long Meadow Ranch “Full Circle” volved. approach and offers a sensory Long Meadow Ranch wines experience through a visit to the Long Meadow Ranch produced include a classic wine flavor and vegetable garOpen daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m Bordeaux-style Napa Valley dens, vineyard, chicken coop 738 Main Street, St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon, the exand Whiting Nursery, and ends 707-963-4555 • www.longmeadowranch.com tremely limited E.J. Church with a tasting in the Gothic reCabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve vival Logan-Ives House. Sauvignon Blanc made from fruit sourced from Under the Long Meadow vineyards first planted in Ranch brand – or LMR – are FUN Explore the vegetable gardens, a farm stand and also historic olive orchards, the 1870s, a nicely complex FACT an organic nursery, fresh farm-to-table dining, pastures where Highland cattle Merlot and a very versatile docent lead tours, wine and olive oil tasting . Sauvignon Blanc along with the graze, chicken coops where “Peter’s Vineyard” Sangiovese organic eggs are collected, vegmade exclusively for wine club members. etable and herb gardens, vineyards, Whiting Nursery, the You have a number of wine tasting options such as the new Farmstead restaurant in St. Helena next to the tast“Essential Flight” – that also includes a sample of their or- ing room where their wines are sampled and sold. And, ganic Napa Valley Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil – or the over on the coast, is an organic dairy farm. I’m sure I’ve “Signature Flight” which includes small bites paired with left off at least one or two things, but you get the idea. the food-friendly wines of Long Meadow Ranch. This flight So, by now you can understand that anything inincludes limited-production wines and the reserve E.J. volving Long Meadow Ranch is seldom (if ever) Church Cabernet Sauvignon, plus a taste of two estate olive one-dimensional, which is what makes it so enjoyable, so oils, including their estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Prato interesting and so compelling a reason to make time in Lungo, from Napa Valley’s oldest olive orchard. The your day for a visit. BY CHARLES NEAVE

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Ballentine Vineyards
The tasting room may be new – it opened this past Me- the lowest bond number in the state: of 115. There are morial Day weekend – but there is a lot of history behind now more than 5,600 bonded wineries in the state of Calthis winery situated just two or three minutes north of the ifornia). quintessential wine country town of St. Helena. But let’s fast forward. Now when you enter the tasting John Ballentine emigrated in 1910 from his small farm- room at this working winery, which is 100-percent solar ing estate in County Tyrone, Ireland to San Francisco. His powered, you come into a long, stylish room with pale family estate was called Deer gold walls, an L-shaped bar Park and it became a major inwith lots of stone and wood Ballentine Vineyards fluence in his life. His son, Van, and a rack of first-rate glassOpen daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. grew up in the Napa Valley and ware and bottles of wine. You by appointment from the beginning has helped enter beneath a wood loggia 2820 St. Helena Highway North, St Helena out. Following in his father’s with a subtle barrel-like curve. (707) 963-7919 • www.ballentinevineyards.com footsteps he helped plant vineInside, windows on the north yards, pruned vines and made side of the room look out on Zinfandel, Chenin Blanc, Malvasia Bianca, wine, including Zinfandel, the estate Merlot vineyards. Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot, Claret, Cabernet Sauvignon, The floor is slate, the lighting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Port Riesling and Sauterne. modern. You can look out at FUN In the middle of Ballentine’s Petite Sirah The history of this winery the two sets of hills that truly FACT vineyard sits a beautiful fig tree that was involves other families as well, make this area a valley while imported from Italy by Betty Pocai-Ballentine. and any number of hardworkyou are likely to be talking to ing characters, many of them members of the Pocai family the owners and their enthusiastic staff. from Lucca, Italy. Over time, their winemaking, their famThough production hovers around 10,000 cases, the ilies and their fortunes intertwined. Even the devastating wines offered for taste and sale include three Zinfandels, an San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 played a part. Luck was Old Vine Chenin Blanc, a rarer Malvasia Bianca and their also a major player, especially when it came to the acqui- Sauvignon Blanc. There is also Syrah, Petit Sirah, Petit Versition of some of the best vineyard land in the entire Napa dot, Cabernet and a Cabernet Franc. To round it off is the Valley. Luck can never be an underestimated component rich Zinfandel Port. All-in-all it is safe to say that as you when it comes to successful winemaking, something that taste your way through parts of this list, you will soon discontinues to this day, as any winery owner will attest to cover your own favorites as you muse about the history of without reserve. (As an aside, the Pocai’s winery has one of it all. BY CHARLES NEAVE

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St. Clement
Words hardly do justice to St. Clement Winery and Located in a separate building constructed of hand hewn Tasting Room. Set high above the Napa Valley floor, in an stone walls, St. Clement’s “Winemaker’s Lounge” offers a 1870s Victorian, St. Clement is at once regal and inviting. whole tier of gorgeous single vineyard Cabernet SauviViews of Howell Mountain and gently sloping vineyards gnons for $25 per taste that are available only at the winery. St. Clement produces 13 wines but only five of them kissing valley hillsides are simply delightful. The St. Clement Winery historically has been a private are in distribution. The remaining eight are secret little gems that you can only find at residence up until 30 years ago the tasting room but never on a when it became a winery dediSt. Clement supermarket shelf. cated to producing world-class Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. One wine of special note in wines. The home was built in the lineup is the Oroppas 1878 and is a remarkable piece 2867 St. Helena Highway North, St. Helena Cabernet. A unique wine of of California Victorian architec1-800-331-8266 • www.stclement.com Cabernet Sauvignon with a ture. Period-appropriate paint, Savignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah, splash of Merlot, Petite Verdot decor and even the details of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, Oroppas is carved arrows in the eaves (to a Bordeaux blend from four disward off evil spirits) further reFUN The original 1878 cellar was made from local tinct Napa mountain vineyards. mind each guest they are tasting FACT rock and the hillside property has hundreds of Produced since 1991, Oroppas not just at one of Napa’s prelinear feet of stone walls that date back to the never rates below 90 points and mier wineries, but also enjoying late 1800s. the current iteration, the 2006 a piece of Napa history itself. Oroppas, is a 94 point wine – Today, the St. Clement Tasting Room respects the history of the building by utilizing and a steal at $55 per bottle! Winemaker Danielle Cyrot the tidy, welcoming floor plan of the original home and sure knows what she’s doing! St. Clement is a winery that welcomes picnics. There modifying slightly the two distinct rooms just off the front door for wine tasting. Guests are welcome to taste a $10 are two separate lunch spots available complete with flight of five St. Clement wines (whites and red), or a reds- Adirondack chairs and wooden picnic tables (which may only tasting room where, for $15, guests are able to enjoy be reserved in advance). Wine club members are able to a more sophisticated flight of St. Clement’s vineyard spe- enjoy their own, fenced-off patio with umbrellas and incredible valley views. Wines are available for purchase in cific and flagship reds. New to St. Clement, and memorable for wine enthusi- the tasting room to accompany your picnic. St. Clement is BY ABIGAIL ZIMMERMAN asts and newbies alike, is the Reserve Tasting Room. dog-friendly (on a leash only).

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Beringer Vineyards
For more than 130 years, Beringer Vineyards has re- potential of grape growing in the Napa Valley is part of flected the rewards of hard labor, agricultural pride and the living heritage of Beringer Vineyards. In its third cendetermined viticultural stewardship. tury, today Beringer is led by Winemaker Laurie Hook, German emigrant Jacob Beringer followed his brother who produces wines that speak eloquently of Beringer’s Frederick to the New World in 1868 to begin a new life. rich history and contemporary elegance. Hearing of California’s warm, Winemaker Laurie Hook sunny climate, the brothers speaks volumes when she says Beringer Vineyards headed west to Napa Valley. that “you can’t make wine only Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vintage cellar worker, Jacob through science...trust your in2000 Main Street , St Helena Beringer was thrilled to find tuition as well.” It is this blend 1-866-708-9463 • www.beringer.com Napa’s rocky, well-drained of art and science that elevates Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,White Zinfandel soils similar to those of his naBeringer wines above the rest. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir tive Rhine Valley. A special wine recently reFrom the beginning, the leased is the 2006 Private FUN The entire winery site was designated a historic Beringer brothers were vastly Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon FACT District on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 and is the oldest continuously ahead of the oenological times. from a blend of seven premier operating winery in the valley. Together, Frederick and Jacob Napa vineyards. A blend of built a gravity-flow winery and mountain and valley floor fruit, steam-powered grape crusher as well as enlisted the help this Cabernet retails for $115. This wine will age beautiof Chinese laborers to hand-dig tunnels within the hills fully and cellar for years. Incredible! of Napa Valley. Today, these caves still perfectly cellar More than five tastings are available to the public and and age wine in a stable 58-degree environment – one include private tastings, vineyard tours and history crucial key to Beringer’s continued success in winemak- walks. Open daily between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June ing. through October, Beringer Vineyards is located at 2000 Beringer wines are world-famous for crafting classic Main Street, St. Helena, California in the Napa Valley. wines from Napa’s finest appellations and vineyards. Please visit www.beringer.com for more details. Founder Jacob’s foresight in recognizing the quality and BY ABIGAIL P. ZIMMERMAN

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Charles Krug
To sample Charles Krug wine is to sample the history same redwood that was used to make tanks for fermentaof the Napa Valley. Charles Krug, a Prussian immigrant, tion in the Redwood Cellar after the Mondavis purchased was a 19th century wine visionary and entrepreneur who the winery in 1943. The knowledgeable staff will tell you made the first commercial wine in the Napa Valley, and the about the current releases and also about the sustainable winery he built in 1861 is where Napa wine began. Now farming methods used in the vineyards, part of their misthe winery’s long-time owners, the Peter Mondavi, Sr. sion to steward their 850 acres of prime acreage, and also Family, also represent a family to remain a family-owned winof innovators and entrepreery that is always focused on Charles Krug neurs. At this St. Helena winery quality and sustainability. Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. across from the Culinary InstiThey’ll also tell you about the 2800 Main Street Hwy 29, St Helena tute of America, you can Vintage Selection Cabernet (707) 967-2229 • www.charleskrug.com witness both the past, the presSauvignon, which is the winMark your calendars for this year’s ent and the future. ery’s flagship wine, made since Tastings on the Lawn, September 11th! Located on the original 1944. Charles Krug estate, the tasting In the tasting room you will Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir Zinfandel, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Port room is shaded by giant heralso meet Buddy, the peachitage oak trees and a very FUN In 2011, Charles Krug, the first winery in the colored cat, who defines the pleasant picnic area is behind FACT Napa Valley, will celebrate its 150th Anniversary! word “mellow.” There is also the farm house-like building. an interesting, but not overKrug’s original cider press is on display and the property whelming, selection of wine-themed merchandise, is bisected by train tracks that recall an era when Napa Val- including books, sauces, glassware and a handsome bust ley fruit was shipped to the east coast during Prohibition. of patriarch Peter Mondavi, Sr. Behind the cellar lies the newly-restored circa-1881 CarWhen you sample the wines there are any number of riage House. The Great Lawn, home of the annual Tastings options. The Bordeaux-style Cabernet, of course, but also on the Lawn, lies adjacent. It’s all about a new era at the Merlot, the signature-style Sauvignon Blanc, perhaps winery, where they are moving forward without losing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. The list goes on, all sight of the winery’s history. It is part of what they call a of it worth a try, and in the context of the history of the “New Renaissance.” property, made even more enjoyable by the surroundings. In the tasting room there are two bars, made from the BY CHARLES NEAVE

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V. Sattui Winery
The “V” in V. Sattui Winery stands for Vittorio, an ItalIn the Premium Tasting you’ll try a flight of six singleian immigrant who founded the winery in San Francisco in vineyard and limited-release wines for a $10 fee. 1885, and the great-grandfather of Dario Sattui, owner of There are eleven luscious Cabernets from which to the establishment in its current location since 1975. But the choose and long before anyone ever made White Zinfan“V” could also stand for “village” as this Napa Valley winery del, V. Sattui made a rosé from the Napa Gamay grape. is a little slice of Italy much like the bustling central piazza Every year it’s the most popular single wine and that probof an Italian community. Complete with stone walls, court- ably has something to do with its food-friendly personality. yards, a museum, archways, an On weekends in warm elegant fountain, two and a half weather, aromas from the outV. Sattui Winery acres of lush picnic grounds, door kitchen waft through the Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. a gourmet deli that’s more of picnic grounds. There might be Corner Hwy. 29 &White Lane, St. Helena a well-stocked neighborhood salmon or tri-tip or smoked (707) 963-7774 • www.vsattui.com store with unexpected treats and turkey legs on the grill, or goodies, and a selection of homemade thin-crust pizzas in Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir award-winning wines that go the wood-fire oven, and you’ll Sangiovese, Grappa, Sparkling Wines, Port with food, family and friends, V. love the twice-daily pulled Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay & more! Sattui is a gathering place. Here, mozzarella with Heirloom as in Italian piazzas, there are FUN A piece-of-Italy setting – enjoy tasting with food tomatoes. This is enough for lively conversations, lots of anyone to become a V. Sattui FACT pairings, a marketplace & deli with more than laughter, children playing, famregular. 200 cheeses and picnic grounds. Full barbecue ilies celebrating and glasses When you visit, consider a on warm-weather weekends. clinking in toast. You’ll even see membership card to the Cellar a dog or two sleeping in the shade in the oak grove. Club, which allows year-round access for you and up to Your fun begins when you first enter the Marketplace, three guests to taste the full portfolio of wines in the private where a friendly face greets you with complimentary “Cellar Club.” As a member, you’re also invited to arrange cheese and food samples. Make your way to one of six tast- for focused tastings and food pairings in the “Gold Room” ing areas, all of which offer options for sampling. The cellar cave, a beautiful space where stone shelves are filled Classic Tasting is one option, a flight of six current release floor to ceiling with reserve and vintage bottles. wines for a $5 fee. If you like white wines, V. Sattui makes If you’re planning a wedding this summer, check with up to four different and distinct Chardonnays each vintage the hospitality department. Everything you need for a and is one of the biggest producers of Johannisberg Ries- lovely event is right there within those Italian walls. ling, with both dry and off-dry styles. BY DIANA GREENWOOD

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Whitehall Lane Winery
Of all the good reasons to visit Whitehall Lane Winery, a drop-in visit, Whitehall Lane is geared to satisfy all of numero uno must be its highly-acclaimed wines: Wine your wishes. You can arrange private tours and tastings for Spectator Magazine has rated its wines among the top five groups from four to a hundred in beautiful settings right in the world three times in five years. OK, that award alone here at the winery. The property expands to the west with rates a visit for sure, but there is much, much more to surprisingly private gardens with covered terraces adjoinWhitehall Lane than a casual stop at the tasting room. In ing a delightfully quaint, well-appointed bungalow that fact, Whitehall Lane may be can be reserved for dinners and unique because here you can formal wine tastings. In the Whitehall Lane Winery choose the kind of wine-tasting Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. •Tours 11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. production facility, a grand barexperience you want to have, in rel room becomes another 1563 St. Helena Hwy., St. Helena one of five different venues on impressive setting for your wine 1-800-963-9454 x19 • www.whitehalllane.com the property. tasting event. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Let’s start with the tasting Newest of these attractive Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir room itself, low key and ecooptions is the Club Room, a friendly in appearance under private, elegant second-floor FUN The Leonardini Family has created a portfolio the shade of huge, spreading tasting room with a glass wall FACT of limited production wines to be found only trees. It is small and surprisingly opening onto an open-air terat the winery. minimalist-modern in appearrace with tables and chairs and ance, yet warm and inviting at the same time. Turquoise views across the valley to the entire western range of hills. and yellow walls, polished slab tile floors, an azure-blue Even though you are right next to busy Highway 29, the painted bar and striking artwork depicting aerial views of feeling is cloistered and serene. A professional kitchen advineyards and winery are the chief décor features. joining the Club Room is a joy to the catering staff who Many wineries can lay claim to producing one superior prepares guest meals there. varietal, but Whitehall Lane’s wine awards include not only Whether you want to impress out-of-town visitors with Cabernet Sauvignon, but also Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and fine wines in a luxurious private setting, or if you are lookChardonnay. Annual case production is relatively small, ing for a venue for business meetings, or a place to and many of the wines are not readily available nationally, celebrate a special occasion with family and friends, another good reason to check in here personally. Whitehall Lane can customize the experience to fit your If you want a wine-tasting experience that goes beyond requirements. BY NAN REILEY

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Beginning on the Silverado Trail, this trip includes Conn Valley, Howell Mountain and Pope Valley with striking views from high elevations to rolling hills on the valley floor. You can see what Napa County was like in the early pioneer days. Be sure to plan a full day for this one – it’s a beautiful drive and you’ll want to take in the sites. Most of these wineries require prior appointment and watch for the addresses or you might miss them. FOOD College Market 15 Angwin Plaza, Angwin, (707) 965-6321 Here you will find plenty of options for picnicking. Other than salami (meat-free products only), this store has any other grocery items you may need. Pope Valley Market 5850 Pope Valley Road, Pope Valley, (707) 965-9922 This small market with some snack lunch items and local organic herbs. It's a great place to stop and grab an ice cream treat during your drive on a hot summer day. LODGING Camping – Bothe-Napa State Park Hwy 29 & Larkmead Road between St. Helena/Calistoga 1-800-444-PARK Vacation Rentals Look online for vacation rentals on Howell Mountain. There are some very nice private homes available . THINGS TO DO Las Posadas State Forest 5850 Pope Valley Road, Pope Valley, (707) 965-9922 Hiking trails include a 4.4 mile, full loop trail that passes a pioneer cemetary dating back to the 1800s Howell Mountain Challenge Sunday, August 8 (707) 965-6346, web2.puc.edu/Pioneers/HMC If mountain biking is your speed, this is a 10 mile circuit that’s hilly on smooth to medium-rough trails with lots of trees … a fun course!

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What is it about the wine business that seems to attract Kent backed up his zeal with a degree in enology from Uniindependent-minded mavericks with a visionary twist and versity of California at Davis, worked at wineries around the unbounded optimism? For an answer to that question, you world and ultimately founded his own in the mid ’80s. Kent makes three wines under his own label: Pinot Noir, would do well to visit the Kent Rasmussen Winery. This small, family-owned-and-operated winery is a fine example of what Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. In keeping with his unorthodox philosophy, Kent also has one couple’s dream and dedication can accomplish. Kent Rasmussen participated in a high school foreign a label called Esoterica, devoted to unusual and underutilized grape varieties such as exchange program in his teen Kent Rasmussen Winery Petite Sirah, Late Harvest dessert years with a winemaking family wines, Rousanne and Cabernet in Germany. His fascination with Open by appointment only Franc. Kent experiments with winemaking began here and has 1001 SilveradoTrail South, near St. Helena small quantities of different varicontinued throughout his life – (707) 963-5667 • www.kentrasmussenwinery.com eties constantly, so availability with some educational and occudepends on the vintage. It is pational detours along the way Estate Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah, Kent’s hope to spark wider ununtil he found the path to his Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, derstanding of these esoteric heart’s desire. Late Harvest Viognier and Chardonnay grapes, while also indulging his Even before he took the leap FUN The winery itself is a bit of Napa Valley history mad-scientist leanings. into the wine business (he was a FACT since it was, for almost 100 years, the local Kent also makes Ramsay librarian for several years), Kent slaughterhouse . wines, a name coming from his was making wine from his famwife Celia’s family name. These ily’s vineyard as early as 1979, in the now-famous but then unknown viticultural region called wines are often available in restaurants and wine shops, unCarneros, at the southern end of Napa Valley, next to the San like the much smaller production Rasmussen and Esoterica Pablo Bay. Here they planted Pinot Noir – this was an act of wines, usually sold only at the tasting room or to wine club faith at the time, because Carneros was largely an unknown members. Come to the winery for a very one-on-one, personal entity as a wine-grape-growing region. Today, of course, it is world-famous for both its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and experience. You’ll need to call ahead for an appointment Kent Rasmussen’s Pinot Noir is one of the best wines made because the winery is so small that it is not equipped with a from there – his are among the most mature and proven vines big staff, fancy tasting room or wine-related merchandise. in the whole Carneros. There’s even an official “Rasmussen” By prior arrangement, they can also arrange snack platters for Pinot Noir clone, now used widely throughout California. your group to enjoy with your wines. BY NAN REILEY

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Anderson’s Conn Valley
With its acres of vineyard rows and rustic charm set in year. Visitors learn about cultivation, fermentation, barrel the hills above St. Helena, visitors to Anderson’s Conn Val- racking and, of course, the unique “underground” tasting ley Vineyard never forget the country charm. In fact, it is experience. equal parts that and the tours and tasting in the caves that While they have long been famous for their 100% Esmake visiting Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyard a unique tate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, they are fast becoming and unforgettable experience. And the wines, of course. known for Pinot Noir as well as artfully crafted blends The wines are stellar. which include Éloge, Éloge “I think that is what makes Gold and a new Bordeaux-style Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards us stand out among the myriad blend, Right Bank. Many peoOpen Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 10am-2pm of tours and tastings you can ple are also surprised that they 680 Rossi Road, St. Helena take. You can barrel taste differalso make an excellent ent vintages next to each other. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc (707) 963-8600 • www.connvalleyvineyards.com You taste in the caves from curand a Late Harvest bottling. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, rent releases from the bottle, Ronene Anderson – director Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Blends both red and white.” of operations at the winery with Unique to Anderson’s wine FUN “Conn Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignons her husband, founder, owner making art is the extended time FACT taste like the best young Bordeaux wines in great and winemaker Todd – explains Vintages.” Robert M. Parker Jr., The Wine of barrel-aging in one of two her job simply: “I do everything Advocate. Stay at their lovely Vineyard House. underground caves. On average Todd doesn’t do and we both the Cabernet Sauvignon and give tours. We are still a family Èloge wines spend up to two years in barrels prior to bot- operation as it has been since 1983. It is what we chose to tling. do and we have been doing for quite some, which I think The two caves total just over 11,000 square feet and says something about us and the winery.” are capable of storing more than 500 barrels. Throughout A couple of other notes: They also have a picnic area, the year, young barrel-wine is tested and re-barreled regu- should you decide to bring a lunch. Depending on the sealarly to remove sediment and guide the development of son, you might consider a sweater for your time in the color, taste and smell. caves, which are maintained at a temperature of 55 to 60 Groups of wine lovers tour the Anderson’s winery degrees year round. Plan on two to four hours for a comnearly every day to discover for themselves how their ex- plete tour depending on your schedule. ceptional wines are produced so consistently year after BY CHARLES NEAVE

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Pope Valley Winery
Along a winding country road, up an unpaved drive and workshop, complete with the tools of the trade. The winpast Gus a big, friendly, chocolate lab, you’ll find one of the ery itself is housed in an historic building that was most unpretentious, down-to-earth tasting rooms around. designed, before electricity was brought to the site, to utiThe Pope Valley, one of the California wine region’s hid- lize the slope of the hill to move the grapes through the den treasures, is home to the Pope Valley Winery. This process of becoming fine wine. serene, bucolic setting offers a wine tasting experience far, The Eakle family now runs the winery and lovingly profar away from the ostentatious duces 5,000 cases a year of fare to be found at some of the some of the finest wines in the Pope Valley Winery more well-known wine country Napa Valley. All of their wines Monday -Wednesday by appointment (please call) destinations. Here you will be are from estate-grown fruit, Thursday - Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. treated less like a visitor and with some from vines that are 6613 PopeValley Road, PopeValley more like a friend. nearly seventy years old. Each “Turn left and go back 100 years.” To reach the Pope Valley member of the family gets in on (707) 965-1246 Winery requires a leisurely the act, with the newest memwww.popevalleywinery.com country drive that is, in itself, a ber, three-month-old Owen, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon significant part of the experiserving as an unofficial greeter Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Zinfandel Port ence. Winding through and “smile producer” for visipicturesque fields, undulating tors. FUN All the beams used to build the winery were vineyards and oak-studded hills, You’ll enjoy the drive, but FACT originally from the Oat Hill Quick Silver Mine one gets the feeling of being the true prize comes when you and are still in place at the winery today. transported back in time. The arrive at Pope Valley Winery. pace here is slower, more peaceful than the flurry and com- This isn’t just a pretty place, this is where some truly amazmotion found along the main thoroughfares of the Napa ing wine is made. Pope Valley Winery is noted for its Old Valley. Photo opportunities present themselves around Vine and Late Harvest Chenin Blancs from Meyercamp every bend in the road. Ranch, and the Eakle Ranch Merlot is a lush, fruitful wine The Pope Valley Winery was founded in 1897 by Ed that will complement nearly any dish. They also produce an Haus. The bubbling sounds of Haus Creek can be heard as award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Cabernet you roam the grounds of this historic winery. The original Sauvignon, as well as Sangiovese, Sangiovese Rosé, Zinfanfarmhouse still graces the property, as well as a blacksmith’s del, and Zinfandel Port. BY RONDA GIANGRECO

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Summit Lake Winery
Good wine is not hard to find, but in the hustle and and weasel their way into getting some of the most learned bustle of the tourist trade in the Napa Valley it isn’t easy to minds in the business to provide both practical information locate that laid back, “the way it used to be” experience and used equipment to help them build their winery. that many visitors seek. Sometimes you are lucky enough At first, the property at Summit Lake didn’t hold very to stumble upon it. However, if you just happened to much promise. Overgrown, rugged and looking very somehow find yourself on the back roads leading to Sum- lonely out at the back of a long dirt road, the land had mit Lake Winery, chances are nonetheless been planted you are about to consider yourdecades ago with a small vineSummit Lake Vineyards self seriously lost. No need to yard. While the couple was able Open by appointment only worry. One of the most kindto coax the vines into produc2000 Summit Lake Drive, Angwin hearted and genuinely gooding an incredible quality wine, natured winemakers you’ll ever the old plants just could not (707) 965-2488 meet is waiting for you and will produce the quantity of fruit www.summitlakevineyards.com pour you a glass of fantastic Zinneeded. With the help of their Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, fandel or Cabernet from his children and friends, the couple Zinfandel, Zinfandel Port “tasting room” located in his cleared the land, planted more yard, usher you to a weathered, FUN People enjoy Summit Lake Vineyards so much, vines and slowly began to build but amazingly comfortable their winery. FACT they once had a tasting stay for two days! chair overlooking the hillsides Today, Bob and his family and regale you with stories of produce several wonderful his life in the Napa Valley. He’ll also help you find your way wines, each named for one of his treasured grandchildren. back down the hill. The Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel Port and Rosé are all Bob Brakesman of Summit Lake Winery personifies the estate grown. It is, however, their Howell Mountain Zinpioneer spirit that led many men and women to this area fandel that “put them on the map” and gave them the to try their hand at winemaking. His only motivation was respect of winemakers throughout the valley. a love of wine and his knowledge didn’t go much further Come for the wine. Stay for the sheer joy of spending than how to extract a cork from a bottle. But Bob and his a day on a real working farm with goats, horses, friendly late wife, Sue had such warm and friendly personalities dogs…and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. that it wasn’t long before they were able to cajole, bargain BY RONDA GIANGRECO

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Viader Vineyards
There is seldom one word that will accurately describe thwarted the ambitions of many, but Delia is not a woman a winery, but in the case of Viader it is possible…elegance. who backs down from a challenge. After obtaining her PhD From the moment you step into the tasting room housed and raising four children on her own, creating a unique in a stunning stone building that is perched on a mountain estate vineyard property, creating a wine blend and a super rim, you will know that you have arrived at a hidden gem premium brand was hardly a daunting task for her. where few are fortunate enough to find themselves. Her signature wine, Viader Proprietary Red Blend, feaAs you and your friends are tures Cabernet Sauvignon with seated at one of only two tables a significant component of Viader Vineyards overlooking one of the most Cabernet Franc. Viader “V” is Please call ahead to make an appointment magnificent sights on earth, it an exclusive Petit Verdot blend. 1120 Deer Park Road, Deer Park dawns on you that you must The estate Viader Syrah is a (707) 963-3816 ext. 110 have done a few things very clonal blend of Barossa and www.viader.com right in life to have landed here. Hermitage clones of Syrah. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, PetitVerdot, Then wine arrives. Viader is Starting in 2003, she began Syrah,Tempranillo, Rosé known worldwide for producproducing “Dare by Viader,” a ing some of the highest quality, FUN Ask about our educational Food & Wine pairing line that focuses on single varivery limited production red eties from select vineyards in FACT options! Cheese pairings are available for wines. This is truly superbly the Napa Valley blended with $5/person if you request this option in advance. handcrafted wine. Expertly preestate fruit, including a wonpared hors d’oeuvres, lunches and dinners by Mariela derful Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet Franc, a Viader, a Thomas Keller trained chef, are also served for pri- Tempranillo and a Dry Rosé. All of the wines are simply vate events and paired with Viader wines. Now you know wonderful and available for sampling depending on the you have found the ultimate wine tasting experience. tasting menu from which you choose. Viader is the brainchild of one very determined and talAppointments are necessary and limited, so call early to ented woman. Delia Viader founded the winery in 1986. obtain your seat for one of the most sophisticated and exHer vision of planting a European style vineyard, with clusive tasting experiences available anywhere. Viader vines oriented up and down the steep hillside of Howell accommodates visits Monday through Sunday. Tastings Mountain requires, to this day, meticulous hand farming. are available between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Such intensive labor and attention to detail would have BY RONDA GIANGRECO

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Burgess Cellars
There is one very important element that truly defines property could have fallen into less principled hands, but forBurgess Cellars…the unique site. As Steve Burgess says, “It is tunately the Burgess family has worked hard to maintain the distinct quality of the vineyards and the result is some of the why our wines are different. It is why we are different.” Located high on Howell Mountain and commanding a very best handcrafted wine to be found. The tasting room experience at Burgess is also refreshingly breathtaking view of the Napa Valley, Burgess can trace its origins to a winery that was established on the property in the free of pretentiousness and unnecessary frills. Located in their barrel room, the tasting bar is 1880s. That was long before cars often manned by one of the famor paved roads existed to link the Burgess Cellars ily members. If you are lucky, property to civilization. The vineBy appointment only Steve Burgess might be behind yards were planted with the help the bar. A big guy with a big smile of mules, dynamite and with the 1108 Deer Park Road, St. Helena and a warm welcoming manner. long, hard labor of people whose 1-800-752-9463 • www.burgesscellars.com The house style of Burgess vision is reflected today in the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah wines are elegant and complex fine wines of Burgess. “We’ve Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Grenache, Grenache Rosé with purity and balance and inbeen sustainable since before the (Some are rare or seasonal and are not always available.) clude an array of Cabs, Merlots word was invented. With us it FUN Burgess Cellars has an incredible selection and Syrah. They also make a few has always been a necessity,” reFACT of older vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon. wines that are only obtainable at lates Steve. In addition to Vintages go back to 1979 – a great way to the winery. Their Grenache and sustainable farming, some of the celebrate birth years, anniversaries, etc. Grenache Rosé are true “finds” Burgess Cellars vineyards are curthat you won’t get anywhere else. While you’re there, Steve rently in the process of CCOF certification. For those who wish to visit the historical wine country of might even open a library wine or two for you to taste. Their flagship wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, thrives on the the Napa Valley, an afternoon at Burgess is essential. Not everyone finds this magnificent winery, but for those who do, western slopes of Howell Mountain near the winery; Merlot is ideally suited to the Triere Vineyard on the Napa Valley floor a “real Napa” experience awaits them. Since 1972, Napa Valley pioneer Tom Burgess and his in the Oak Knoll AVA just south of Yountville; Syrah is perfamily, along with gifted winemaker Bill Sorenson, have fol- fectly matched to conditions in the estate vineyard site on the lowed the belief that it is vital to grow only those varieties eastern slope of Howell Mountain. If you find yourself at their door without an appointment, ideally suited to a particular vineyard’s soil composition, sun and wind exposure, and overall micro-climate. The family acts feel free to request an “on-site” appointment. If possible, they as stewards of the land, rather than owners. This amazing will be pleased to accommodate you. BY RONDA GIANGRECO

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Piña Napa Valley
There are many choices when it comes to selecting The tasting room is similarly unadorned. At Piña it your perfect Napa Valley experience, but if you want to is all about the wine. The entire retail department conunderstand what winemaking really means to the fam- sists of a few t-shirts hung on the wall. There are no ilies who have lived and worked in the region for decorative decanters, whimsical wine stoppers or Napa centuries, a visit to Piña Napa Valley on the Silverado Valley snow globes available for purchase. While standTrail is essential. ing in a working barrel room, you might be asked to Their history of making step aside as workers hoist and growing wine in the Napa hoses and tote cases. The Piña Piña Napa Valley Valley stretches back to the brothers have put nearly all of Open daily, by appointment, 10 am to 4 pm 1850s. The four sons of John their effort, money and time 8060 SilveradoTrail, Rutherford Piña Jr. and Arline (Glos) Piña into one thing…the wine. North of Skellenger Lane work together to continue a That fact will be succulently (707) 738-9328 tradition of pride, passion and apparent from your first taste www.pinanapavalley.com persistence that for decades of their magnificent CaberChardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon has produced some of the nets. They also produce an finest wines in the valley. award-winning Chardonnay FUN A newly installed bocce court and picnic deck John, Larry, Ranndy and Davie that is a must-have for a disFACT looks out over an expansive view of the valley know and love this business as criminating cellar. below. only those who have lived and But all work and no play is breathed it all their lives can. not their motto. A newly inTheir family has seen a lot of changes to the valley they stalled bocce court and picnic deck looks out over an hold so dear, but in spite of temptations to the contrary, expansive view of the valley below. they have remained true to the vision of their ancestors Piña Napa Valley is an appointment only winery, but to produce great wine and only great wine. if you find yourself at their doorstep without one, feel From the moment you spy the old tractor parked free to ask for an “on-site” appointment. If there is room near the entrance of Piña Napa Valley you realize that for another guest, they’ll welcome you and chances are this is not a “Hollywood” winery. This is a real working that one of the Piña brothers will be there to pour for farm where the company’s meetings are held around the you and even show you some photos of an original BY RONDA GIANGRECO kitchen table and there is not a necktie in sight. Napa family.

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Chappellet Winery
A visit to enchanted Chappellet Winery is a list-topping heating and a supply of stylish down jackets for inclement necessity for the true wine country adventurer. For this is weather! a quest of unparalleled vineyard beauty – the ultimate, dis90-minute tasting tours are all about the nuts and bolts covery of solitary splendor at the pinnacle of an intriguing of making the exceptional mountain wines, as visitors are detour above and beyond the secluded Silverado Trail. guided through the production process and into a delightImagine a fairyland of lichen and moss, an elevated eco- fully entertaining and informative group amble through system where oak and fern and vineyard vistas. wildlife flourish in a protected Standing some 1,200 scenic Chappellet Winery region of tranquility and cool, feet above Lake Hennessy Tours and tasting by appointment only mountain breezes. across from monumental at 10:30 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. Monday-Friday Intrepid tasting room guests Mount St. Helena, tasting visiSaturday & Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. arriving to taste at Chappellet tors are kept company on their 1581 Sage Canyon Road, St Helena might find themselves a tad distour by a cacophony of blue(707) 963-7136 • www.chappellet.com orientated at the understated birds, owls, kestrels and red tail exterior of the Pritchard Hill-top Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc , Merlot, Chardonnay hawks enticed to the winery’s winery. For a narrow, fern-lined, FUN The experience at Chappellet is one of breathtaking outstanding organic vineyards natural footpath from an inforFACT scenery, educational & interactive walks through by boxes designed to accommal parking area is the only the vineyards and of course, extraordinary wines. modate the vineyard manager’s indication of a port of entry into feathered friends. the secluded winery’s inner sanctum. Sustainability is taken seriously at Chappellet, where Though once inside, there is no mistaking an under- farming has been a way of life for the family-owned winstated level of sophistication in the top-notch production ery more than forty years. Pritchard Hill is home to and cellaring facilities of the winery’s first-class wines. multiple members of the Chappellet family. Visitors can’t What you see is what you get at Chappellet, in place of help but be captivated by the rustic charm of this remote, a formal tasting room, visitors are treated to the authentic hilltop locale where one could quite happily set up camp experience of sampling extraordinary Cabs, Napa Valley and stay awhile amidst the vines and the breeze and the cool climate Chardonnay and Mountain Cuvee right inside sound of nature in its gloriously protected element. an up-scale, barrel-storage facility, complete with an exChappellet welcomes guests for tours and tastings at a clusive corner banquet table, mood lighting, ambient cost of $25, by reservation. BY FRANCES RIVETTI

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Rutherford Ranch Winery
There are 15 sub-appellations in the Napa Valley and gnons (several only available at the winery), Sauvignon the Rutherford AVA (American Viticultural Area) may be its Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel and Rhiannon, a lusmost renowned. Legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff cious proprietary red blend. remarked, “It takes Rutherford dust to grow great CaberOur winemaking team crafts elegant, true-to-the- varietal net,” and we have five different Cabernets to choose from; wines with fruit sourced from the two estate vineyards and including three from our 100% CCOF (Certified Califor- other select vineyards sites throughout the valley. The cooler nia Organic Farmers) certified sites yield grapes with bright, organic estate vineyards. rich flavors and tropical fruit Rutherford Ranch Winery The Zaninovich family accharacteristics. Warmer sites Open daily from 10 am to 4:30 pm quired the winery and estate within the valley produce grapes 1680 SilveradoTrail South, St. Helena vineyards in 2000, but have with deep, intense flavors. To1-707-968-3200 www.rutherfordranch.com been growing and crafting wines gether they provide the for three generations. winemakers with an unequaled Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Morgan Zaninovich over-sees palette of flavor and character Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel the day-to-day operations and, at quality. FUN Corks are a natural and renewable resource produced andAll are available in the tasting times, can be seen at the winery FACT from the bark of cork oak (Quercus suber). with one of the newest members room along with Scott Family EsIn Portugal, during spring and summer, the thick outer of the family (the fourth generatate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay bark is harvested by hand (mechanized processes have not tion!) in tow. Rutherford Ranch from the family’s vineyards in Arreplaced the age-old methods) without damaging the tree. Winery is located off the Silverroyo Seco (Monterey County). In fact, studies have shown that cork harvesting actually adds to the tree’s health and vigor. You can see one of these ado Trail, just below Auberge du Visitors can also enjoy the amazing oaks at the winery. Soleil, Napa’s exclusive resort, winery’s signature Chocolates & restaurant and spa. Reds tasting – an instructive and The winery grounds include a century-old olive grove delicious experience – and purchase family produced olive and the unpretentious, homey atomsphere offers a peace- oil and organically grown raisins (a visitor and staff ful respite in a day of winery hopping and visitors are favorite). welcome to enjoy picnic at tables under the oak trees. For a listing of upcoming winery events, visit us on Rutherford Ranch’s full line of award-winning premium Facebook, and our website at rutherfordranch.com, and Napa Valley varietals include a selection of Cabernet Sauvi- discover why we create “Wines Worth Knowing.”

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Rutherford Hill Winery
Rutherford Hill Winery sits on the eastern hillside of ery. The tasting room staff can sometimes be the make-orupper Napa Valley, just off the Silverado Trail. The road break part of your experience, and here you’ll find friendly winds upward through oak and eucalyptus groves, past professionals who let you enjoy your visit the way you some of the valley’s most exclusive homes, just beyond want to, not the way they want you to. And they are pourAuberge du Soleil, one of the valley’s most luxurious inns. ing excellent wines, so what’s not to like? As you enter the winery’s secluded driveway, you may well Rutherford Hill is most famous for its Merlot, which it feel a curious mixture of awe at has been making since the winthe beauty of the surroundings ery was founded in 1972. The Rutherford Hill Winery and relaxed comfort as if you winery also features ChardonOpen daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. just came home. Part of the nay, a lovely dry rosé of Merlot 200 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford hominess comes from the and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet t a s t ing room itself, a big Sauvignon and a Reserve Mer(707) 963-1871 • www.rutherfordhill.com weather-beaten wooden barn lot. But that’s not all. The Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon structure with a gambrel roof, winery has been owned by the Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot, tucked onto the hillside and Terlato family of the Terlato Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, surrounded by rows of climbWine Group since 1996. Syrah, Zinfandel Port ing roses and exuberantly vivid Under its auspices, Rutherford FUN This is a very popular location, beds of flowers. A few steps Hill has expanded its offering FACT call ahead to reserve a picnic table. down lead to a wide paved to several exciting tasting patio shadowed by the overroom-only, limited-edition hanging roof. Here, comfortable benches and an outdoor wines like Malbec, Syrah and other lesser-known but exbar invite guests to linger in the outdoor beauty. cellent grape varieties. But you’re here for the wine, too, so pass through the The winery offers tours of its famous caves and cellars huge double wooden doors and into Rutherford Hill’s by reservation every day at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30. For a fee, handsome, two-story tasting room. One wall, mostly of you can have a cave tour that includes wine tasting as well. glass, looks out onto the patio, retaining the outdoor- Outside, a delightful picnic area in an olive tree grove overindoor feeling, and another set of double glass doors opens looks stunning views to the eastern side of Napa Valley. into the production facility, where you can see neat rows of Don’t miss the chance to enjoy your lunch here with a botstainless steel fermenting tanks leading back into the win- tle of delicious Rutherford Hill wine. BY NAN REILEY

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FOOD Hurley’s Restaurant & Bar 6518 Washington Street, Yountville (707) 944-2345, www.hurleysrestaurant.com A lively bar, popular with locals and winemakers, plus fresh, seasonal foods inspired by the Mediterranean... what's not to love? Try the two course fixed menu for only $18! Bottega 6525 Washington Street, Yountville (707) 945-1050, www.botteganapavalley.com Welcome to celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello's Bottega Ristorante. Named by Zagat 2009 as the “Top Newcomer” to the Bay Area. LODGING Bardessono 6526 Yount Street, Yountville (707) 204-6000, www.bardessono.com A chic hotel, restaurant and spa in the heart on Yountville. Think perfectly made cappuccino, gourmet picnics made to order, in-room massages, discreet outdoor showers, rooftop pool and winemaker dinners. Dog friendly. Yountville Inn 6462 Washington Street, Yountville 1-866-366-8166, www.yountvilleinn.com A lovely hotel with old-world craftsmanship, large rooms, excellent customer service and creekside setting . Villagio Inn & Spa 6481 Washington Street, Yountville 1-800-531-1133, www.villagio.com Wine Spectator magazine calls Villagio “the ideal pied-a-terre for anyone intent on exploring the glories of America's preeminent wine region.” Spacious rooms, welcome bottle of wine, daily Champagne breakfast buffet and afternoon tea all add the perfect touches to your day.

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THINGS TO DO V Marketplace 6525 Washington Street, Yountville (707) 944-2451, www.vmarketplace.com Find that perfect home, garden or bath accessory. Discover fine art, gourmet chocolates, artisanal wine labels, quality clothing and carefully crafted jewelry for all ages! Dine in some of Napa's most popular cafés and fine restaurants. V Marketplace is a destination offering the best of everything in Napa. RAS Galleries 6540 Washington Street, Yountville (707) 944-9211, www.rasgalleries.com An exclusive American art glass, ceramics, and fine art gallery. RAS Galleries is thrilled to be thriving since 1990 and provides world-class collectors as well as new art enthusiasts a place to explore some of the finest artisan works created today.

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Napa Valley Bike Tours 6795 Washington Street, Yountville (707) 944-2953 www.napavalleybiketours.com Rent safe, clean, tuned-up bikes for a few hours, a whole day or even join in for a four-night bicycling vacation! Often the best memories of a trip don't come home in a shopping bag; they are the memories you make with your loved ones. Guided and self-guided tours also available. What a great find! Napa Valley Aloft: Hot Air Ballooning 6525 Washington Street, Yountville (707) 944-4408, www.nvaloft.com Soar high above the vineyards, hilltops, and gaze all the way to San Francisco. Guaranteed single flights (not a bunch of low altitude hops), professional pilots and staff, and Napa Valley lunches clearly made Napa Valley Aloft a first choice among astute locals and visiting guests!

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Clos Du Val - Napa Valley
For some reason, whenever I visit Clos Du Val Win- Cabernet Sauvignon, plus two specialty wines, the ery in the Napa Valley’s fabled Stags Leap District, I am Pinot Rosé and an Unoaked Chardonnay. There is also reminded of one of those pristine Swiss hotels situated Ariadne, a proprietary blend of Semillon and Sauvion a lake. But instead of water there are rose bushes, gnon Blanc. Rich, elegant and intense, it excels in food long rows of vineyards and immaculate landscaping pairings. All are made from fruit sourced from the area’s while behind me is the long winery with its ivy-cov- premium vineyards, then carefully created by masters. ered walls. The spacious The scale of the tasting picnic area on perfectly room where you can try these Clos Du Val - Napa Valley trimmed lawn stretches to wines is such that when there Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. one side. It is all part of Clos are just a dozen people inside 5330 SilveradoTrail, Napa Du Val’s 38-year tradition of it does not feel at all empty, 1-800-993-9463 • www.closduval.com producing classic, estate-style and when ten times that Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot wines of balance, complexity number are there it does not Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and elegance. feel crowded. Tall glassFour decades ago, Amerifronted wood doors look into FUN Dusty Bottle Club members have exclusive rights the winery itself. can businessman John Goelet FACT to purchase Clos Du Val's older vintage Cabs and sent French winemaker Outdoors, whether in the are invited to attend special library tastings Bernard Portet on a mission picnic area out front, or in the throughout the year. to find new territory with the intimate Olive Grove to the potential to produce worldside, visitors find the winery class wines. Two years and five continents later, Portet the perfect spot to enjoy a bottle of Clos Du Val wine, landed in California. Goelet acquired 150 acres of paired with a picnic as simple or as elaborate as they land and founded Clos Du Val, a “small estate of a might want. The courts for the French version of bocce small valley,” in 1972. The first vintage of Cabernet ball – pétanque – are open to anyone who’s game. The Sauvignon in 1972 was one of only six California tasting room staff can furnish a set of boules, and also Cabernets selected for the now-legendary 1976 Paris tell you about the demonstration vineyard out front, Tasting. which is both fascinating and educational. All in all a The wines they are known for today include a se- visit to this iconic winery on the Silverado Trail is well lection of Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and worth an extended visit. BY CHARLES NEAVE

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Chimney Rock
It’s a simple philosophy at Chimney Rock: great wine fermenting it. The resulting free-run juice is barrel-aged in starts in the vineyard. Of course, it sure helps if the vineyard the finest new and one-year-old French Oak, then bottle is in the greatest sub-appellation in one of the greatest wine aged without any filtering or fining. This gives the wineregions in the world. making team the opportunity to select only the best lots for Mother Nature has graced the tiny Stags Leap District of Chimney Rock’s reknowned Bordeaux-style blend Elevage Napa Valley with a near perfect environment for producing and to showcase certain specific blocks on the estate as sinworld-class Cabernet Sauvignon gle bottlings. and Bordeaux-style blends. What’s great for visitors is Chimney Rock When grapevines are allowed to that Chimney Rock offers three Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. express themselves here they unique tastings available when5350 SilveradoTrail, Napa produce silky, elegant and ever you drop by (that’s right, no 1-800-257-2641 • www.chimneyrock.com refined wines that drink beautiappointment for groups up to Cabernet Sauvignon, A Bordeaux Red and fully now but also reward a six people). You can get to know White Blend and a limited Cab Franc Rose collector’s patience. Stags Leap District right at the It’s hard to imagine that what tasting bar, where you can try FUN There are a variety of Tours and Tastings to is now Chimney Rock Winery FACT please any palate. The Vineyard Walk includes some of Chimney Rock’s limited was once the 18-hole Chimney production and library wines. an alfresco lunch and an opportunity to taste the wines Rock Golf Course. The winery Stop in between your other winwhich originated in the vineyards surrounding you. was started in 1980, when the ery appointments, or make it a Offered by appointment only. then-owners converted nine of first stop or last stop for the day. the 18 holes to vineyards. In 2000, the Terlato Family purWith just a little advance planning, you open yourself chased Chimney Rock and converted the rest of the golf up to some incredible in-depth tasting and touring course to vineyards. opportunities at Chimney Rock. Take a tour of this Now the sprawling, 117-acre Chimney Rock estate magnificent estate, including the vineyard and cellar; enjoy vineyard has 27 separate blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon, a tasting of Reserve or single-block Cabernets presented as plus a smattering of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit a vertical (several different vintages) paired with a selecVerdot. The winemaking team at Chimney Rock tion of cheeses; or splurge for the ultimate Vineyard Tour processes this precious fruit as minimally as possible and Tasting which includes an alfresco lunch served in the by hand-harvesting, gently destemming and whole-berry vineyard. BY MICHELLE J. BAKER

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Stags’ Leap Winery
Stags Leap AVA is the valley within Napa Valley – at The Historical Tour and Tasting is a 90-minute tour once picturesque and storied in its history and beauty as and tasting that takes you around the property, through it is renoknwned for exquisite wines. Stags’ Leap Winery the history and a tasting of five wines, $45 per person. is, and always will be, the namesake for this idealized val- Wines tasted include: the 2008 Reserve Chardonnay ley. ($40), 2008 Viognier ($25), 2006 Napa Valley Cabernet Stags’ Leap’s stone Manor House was built in 1892 Sauvignon ($49), 2005 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, The from local rock and granite Leap ($75), 2007 Ne Cede quarried nearby. By the 1920s, Malis ($75). Tours leave daily Stags’ Leap Winery “Stags’ Leap Manor,” as it came at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. By advance appointment only to be known, was a fashionable Manor House Tasting is a 6150 SilveradoTrail, Napa destination spot for vacationing 60-minute sit-down tasting of 1-800-640-5327 • www.stagsleap.com Hollywood elite and bootlegfive wines (no tour but does Viognier, Chardonnay, Merlot gers regardless of that pesky include a brief history of the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Rose federal law called Prohibition. property). Tasting includes the The property played host to 2008 Viognier ($25), Napa FUN During your visit, be sure to go upstairs and legends of rum-runners, Valley Merlot ($32), 2006 FACT see the historical photos of the property and gangsters, rumored ghosts Napa Valley Cabernet Sauviresort menus. Outside, see the swimming pool and gypsies. gnon ($49), 2005 Estate … one of the first in California. Since 1970, Stags’ Leap Cabernet Sauvignon ($75), benefitted from a thorough renovation and enjoys more The Leap, 2006 Napa Valley Petite Syrah ($38). Tastings than a sterling reputation as one of the nation’s finest, are at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m daily, $30 per person. most critically acclaimed wineries. Stags’ Leap wines emPorch Tasting (no tour) – book your seat on the body the unique terroir and microclimate of Napa. Manor House Porch every day on the half hour between Traditional winemaking is prominent at Stags’ Leap and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., $20 per person. Taste through four focuses on the pure expression of the land. Wines are wines while enjoying the view from the patio. Wines curmade beyond well and are delicious, showing finesse and rently featured are the 2009 Amparo Rosé ($20), 2008 integrity. Napa Valley Chardonnay ($28), 2006 Napa Valley Stags’ Leap Winery has three visiting options. All re- Cabernet Sauvignon ($49), 2006 Napa Valley Petite quire an appointment made in advance. Syrah ($38). BY ABIGAIL ZIMMERMAN

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Pine Ridge Winery
The Pine Ridge Demonstration Vineyard will teach you Pine Ridge Winery enjoys a place of prominence just abreast of the Stags Leap District palisades. If the views not only about varietal characteristics of Cabernet Sauviaren’t breathtaking enough, just try their wines! Pine Ridge gnon, Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot red wines, whites and the recently released rosé are sure but also give you insight into the more nuanced world of clonal selections and various root stocks. Only half of an to impress. Pine Ridge specializes in producing wines that embody acre, this vineyard sits adjacent to the tasting room and is easily accessible for all visitors. the unique characteristics of the Each tour traces the develNapa Valley Appellation in Pine Ridge Winery opment of a bottle of wine – which its 220 acres of estate Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from vines, to grapes, fermenvineyards are located. An intertation to barrel aging in the esting blend of critically 5901 SilveradoTrail, Napa caves. Guests will begin in the acclaimed vino and educational (707) 253-7500 • www.pineridgewinery.com vineyard before heading to the tours, Pine Ridge Winery offers Chardonnay, Merlot, Malbec Fermentation Cellar and finally the very best of Napa Valley. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon end with a private wine and Tour the Acclaimed “Le Petite Clos” FUN Extensive tours begin in the vineyard, then cheese pairing at the very back and Demonstration Vineyards FACT to wine production, before delving into the of the Pine Ridge 4,600 barrel Without a doubt, one of the 37,000 square feet caves for a barrel tasting. The tour wine cave. finest ways to learn more or be concludes with a seated wine and cheese pairings in Wine served includes a introduced to the exceptional the stunning caves, 120 feet below ground! chilled Viognier or Dijon clone world of wine is to take a tour Chardonnay, the Carneros Merof Pine Ridge vineyards any day starting at 10 a.m., noon lot, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Stags Leap District and 2 p.m. Cabernet Sauvignon and the Fortis, the proprietary blend For a $25 fee, you will follow a trained wine profes- from only Pine Ridge’s finest barrels. sional through one of two vineyards: Pine Ridge recently expanded its critically acclaimed Le Petite Clos Vineyard is a fully enclosed, 1.7-acre red wine and Chardonnay portfolio to produce a simply vineyard. As a guest, learning an appellation, let alone its superb rosé. Created in the saignee method, this rosé is a microclimate may seem daunting. But with this easy-to- blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. follow tour and one-of-a-kind lesson vineyards, each visitor Pine Ridge produced only 425 cases and just released this will see, learn of, and literally feel the classic microclimate marvelous wine in time for summer. Available at $20 per of famed Napa Valley. bottle. BY ABIGAIL P. ZIMMERMAN

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Baldacci Family Vineyards
This is what I imagine Stags Leap District to be like vineyard (planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, about 30 years ago. An unpretentious, slightly askew win- Gewurztraminer and Merlot). ery sign along the road. A dirt and gravel driveway leading Baldacci produces three Stags Leap District Cabernets through the vineyard. A cozy tasting room just a bit larger in all. Their flagship wine is the Brenda’s Vineyard Caberthan a breadbox. And a few people genuinely happy you net Sauvignon, which is tough to get your hands on at just found them and quite proud to show you their wares. 180 cases produced annually. Brenda’s Vineyard represents Welcome to Baldacci Family “the best of the best” – the best Vineyards, started in 1997 seven barrels from the best Baldacci Family Vineyards when Tom and Brenda Baldacci vineyard block on the estate. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. purchased this sweet 17-acre The Black Label Estate Caberby prior appointment parcel with ample hills and net Sauvignon is the Baldacci’s 6236 SilveradoTrail, Napa vales to provide the ideal setting “ambassador” wine, represent(707) 944-9261 to grow great Cabernet Sauviing the best fruit from different gnon. In 2000, the Baldaccis blocks of the estate vineyard. Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir added a 7,000-square-foot wine Not to be missed, there’s the IV Syrah, Gerwurtztraminer production cave in the hillside Sons Cabernet Sauvignon, a FUN Baldacci seems to inspire that drop-in, homey behind the tasting room. The supple and full-bodied Stags FACT feeling. There’s a simple indoor tasting room estate vineyard now produces Leap District Cabernet that’s and an outdoor patio with umbrellas. classic Stags Leap District ready to be enjoyed now. A rare find ~ don’t miss it! Cabernet Sauvignon – silkyThe Baldacci’s Carneros textured with ripe black fruit flavors and refined tannins, vineyard just came on line in 2008, and now the tasting ready to enjoy now or ageworthy up to 10 years. room offers a couple of wines from the Carneros estate: the The highly acclaimed wines at Baldacci are the handi- 2008 Elizabeth Pinot Noir (named after Tom’s mother) and work of renowned winemaker Rolando Herrera, who got the 2009 Frederich Gewürztraminer (named after Tom’s his start down the trail at Stag’s Leap Cellars. Herrera went grandfather). on to make wine at Chateau Potelle, Vine Cliff and Paul Baldacci’s winery permit requires that visitors have a Hobbs before returning to the Stags Leap District to work prior appointment. It’s easy to get an appointment, often with the Baldaccis. Herrera also makes his own wine under on the same day, by calling (707) 944-9261. The staff will his own label, Mi Sueño, and has a vineyard management be genuinely happy to see you, and quite proud to show company that manages the Baldaccis’ 22-acre Carneros you their wares. BY MICHELLE J. BAKER

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Cornerstone Cellars
First of all, let it be said that Cornerstone Cellars is a percent Cabernet Sauvignon offering, made from grapes winery founded for Cabernet Sauvignon. Then, let it be said from three different valley vineyards. It’s a fruit-forward that Cornerstone also makes several other delicious wines wine with silky tannins and great balance between fruit and under its Stepping Stone label, so there need be no dis- oak. The second is from Howell Mountain (a sub-appellaagreements about whether or not to visit. Cornerstone has tion of Napa), famous for its high-elevation, low-vigor a very small case production of wines that cannot be widely vineyards that produce intensely flavored grapes with great backbone and longevity in the distributed because of their bottle. Both wines are bound to scarcity, so you owe it to yourCornerstone Cellars make a favorable impression on self to stop in and taste some of Open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. you. A real bonus is that Corthe best award-winning Napa nerstone Cellars has an Valley Cabernets. Period. 6505Washington Street,Yountville outstanding library of its CaberLocated in the heart of tiny (707) 945-0388 • www.cornerstonecellars.com nets, and you can buy older downtown Yountville, the winSauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Cabernet vintages of the Howell Mounery’s tasting room is just a few Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache tain Cabernet (going back to the steps away from some of the FUN Cornerstone Cellars is located just steps from initial vintage of 1991) that most famous restaurants in the FACT great restaurants like The French Laundry, beautifully reflect the true reanation. Why not work up an apBouchon, Ad Hoc, Bistro Jeanty, Redd, Hurley's and sons why we cellar some wines petite or walk off a big feast by Bottega. Exceptional wines make the stop worthwhile. for additional bottle aging. strolling along Washington Cornerstone is gradually exStreet to the Cornerstone Cellars tasting room which occupies part of a one-story farmhouse- panding its portfolio of wines to include a Napa Valley style building surrounded by white railings and exuberant Sauvignon Blanc, a crisp yet rich white wine with deep flavors of pear and melon. One soon-to-come additional flower boxes at the windows. Inside, you’ll find a large living room-tasting bar with Cornerstone offering is a Pinot Noir from the famed blonde hardwood floors, black leather couches and several Willamette Valley of Oregon. Watch for this one! The Stepping Stone wines are designed for comfortable, small bistro-like tables with stools so you can perch for a while if you like and take your time with the tasting. The every-day quaffing, and include a delightful dry rosé that walls have an excellent display of local photographers’ and will be perfect for summer picnics and patio barbecues. A spicy red Grenache from Lake County and a deep, dark artists’ works for sale. The Cornerstone Cellars label now features two Caber- Cabernet Franc round out the Stepping Stones offerings. BY NAN REILEY net Sauvignons, both from Napa Valley. The first is a 100-

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Oak Knoll District
Spanning the width of central Napa Valley and encompassing both the Silverado Trail and Highway 29, Oak Knoll may be a bit less known to distant visitors, but in no way is it less mighty than its neighboring AVAs! Filled with manicured vineyards and many new wineries, Oak Knoll is an adventure in wine cultivation!

FOOD Soda Canyon Store 4006 Silverado Trail, Napa (707) 252-0825, www.sodacanyonstore.com The perfect place to begin or end your day in Napa Valley. Known year round for its delicatessen, espresso bar, boxed lunches, fine wine and gourmet cheese selection, Soda Canyon Store is a fun, insiders' favorite. Fumé Bistro 4050 Byway East, Napa (707) 257-1999, www.fumebistro.com Always seasonally correct, great service and comfortable seating. An American bistro with fare spiced with Italian, Mediteranean and French influences, Fumé Bistro's dishes are simple, honest and straight-forwardly delicious. Bistro Don Giovanni 4110 Howard Lane, Napa (707) 224-3300, www.bistrodongiovanni.com From the outdoor terrace to the candlelight to crackling, wood-burning fireplace, Bistro Don Giovanni invites you to savor all things delicious from Napa Valley.

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Razi Winery
Razi Winery came to life about two decades ago with of eco-friendly bamboo. the production of Chardonnay, and has grown over the Settle into the leather cushioned stools at the metal years to include a barrel room and a beautiful tasting topped tasting bar and begin the Razi experience. You room. The enterprise also includes a modern custom might even get a barrel sample. It is always a treat to be crush facility, where small production winemakers and able to sample a wine even before it is bottled because growers can make their own wines. it gives you a reference point; an idea of what is to come When architect Fred Razi in the year or years ahead. first acquired the property he Since the owner lives on Razi Winery replanted the vineyards. This the property there is a good Open daily by appointment 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. has paid off in the wine he chance that the person pouring 3108 SilveradoTrail, Napa now makes. The vines as well will be Fred Razi, or perhaps (707) 224-4299 as location, climate and the the winemaker. Chardonnay and a Red Blend of soil are crucial in making The wines available are the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah great wine, no matter the variRazi Chardonnay and the FUN Vineyards are everywhere, the towering old trees newest of the two wines bearetal. FACT majestic, the tasting room sleek but welcoming. ing the Razi Winery label, a The winery, on the east Since the owner lives on the property there is a side of the Silverado Trail classic red blend comprised of good chance that the person pouring your tastes north of Napa, includes not three components: Cabernet will be the owner or perhaps the winemaker. just the trappings of a busy Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, boutique winery, but also the Razi home, pavilion, pool all with fruit sourced entirely from Napa Valley vineand grounds. yards. Vineyards are everywhere, the towering trees are maBecause Razi Winery does custom crush work, they jestic, the tasting room is sleek and modern but very also pour wines from those smaller labels. Think of it as welcoming with its adroit use of woods, lighting and just one more reason to pull off the Silverado Trail and high ceiling. Mahogany doors open to the vineyard at take the time to savor, not just the wine, but the whole the rear. Finished barely two years ago, it also includes thoroughly enjoyable tasting experience. a new barrel room and the structure is fronted by a stand BY CHARLES NEAVE

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Reynolds Family Winery
There are winery owners who get caught up in the They produced their first vintage in 1999 and today technology or the agriculture, the science or the hospital- offer seven carefully crafted wines: Chardonnay, an excepity end of things. Then you have people like Steve tionally food-friendly Merlot, two Pinot Noirs plus an Reynolds, owner and winemaker of Reynolds Family Win- Estate Cabernet. Then there is the Reserve Stags Leap Cab ery on the Silverado Trail. He loves it all, and it shows. He and an exciting red wine blend named “Persistence.” Peris happy to talk about every bit of the process with an en- haps most unusual of all is the captivating and complex thusiasm both infectious and bottling that includes fruit from all Reynolds Family Winery refreshing. of the appellations in the Napa Open daily by appointment 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “We own 14 acres here at Valley and is called simply “Four3266 SilveradoTrail, Napa the winery, ten of it planted teen.” (707) 258-2558 with Cabernet Sauvignon To sample some of these www.reynoldsfamilywinery.com vines,” Reynolds says. He wines, stop by their Tuscan-style Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon lives on the property with his tasting room – which also houses Merlot, Chardonnay wife Suzie and their three the barrel room and the winery children. “We also work with FUN The winery is Tuscan style and is surrounded proper – and enjoy. This hand20 different vineyards and FACT by 10 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in some room has doors opening growers. In our own vineonto a long terrace facing the 1996. A lifelong love of wine, shared with his father, has led to truly well-crafted wines. yard we are a year or two pond. Inside, it has iron chandeaway from being certified orliers, dark wood, a long tasting ganic, and we’re also working on being as green as bar, high ceilings, views of the vineyards and the Vaca possible.” Range, and an intimate, sun-filled private tasting room. “My interest in wine started when I was living in Ger- All-in-all it is a wonderful place to try the Reynolds wines many as a teenager,” he explains. “Wine was always part of and to say hello to Bert, the winery’s resident and beloved our daily life and my father often took the family on wine feline. tasting trips through Europe. My father and I dreamt of “We’re always trying to do the right thing when people building a winery together, and our vision became a real- visit. To give our guests what we would like if we were the ity in 1994.” ones visiting the winery.” BY CHARLES NEAVE

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“Passion, soul and enjoyment – without all three, you bottled, include a multiple-gold-winning Napa Valley don’t have a fine wine.” Those are the words of Hagafen Sauvignon Blanc, a food-friendly Chardonnay, Cabernet Cellars founder and winemaker, Ernie Weir. Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir The Napa Valley’s Hagafen Cellars, at the southern end and Syrah, the perfect-for-summer Don Ernesto Vin Gris of the Silverado Trail, has carved out an envious niche for Rosé, some surprising Rieslings, a Roussanne and the Napa itself. Their wines have been served at the White House Valley Brut Cuvee Sparkling Wine. And that’s only a samunder both parties, since pling. Ronald Reagan’s first term, In the intimate tasting Hagafen Cellars proving that wine is apolitical. room, surrounded on three Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In fact, the wines of this small, sides by vines and backed up 4160 SilveradoTrail, Napa acclaimed winery have been on by the winery itself, is a small 1-888-424-2336 the menu card at 1600 Penntasting bar with a stave-like www.hagafen.com sylvania Avenue more than two front. On many days the windozen times. ery cat, Lola will watch lazily as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, The wines this familymore people become acLate Harvest White Riesling, Merlot, Pinot Noir, quainted with one of the owned winery makes are Sparkling Wine, Syrah, White Riesling, Zinfandel bottled treasures of the Valley, exceptional examples of the FUN Their wines have been served at the White House where kids and pets are welwinemaker’s craft, including FACT two dozen times. As proof of this, on two walls come. Between the winery and their Bordeaux-style blend, of the comfortable tasting room are framed the tasting room is the comthe much-sought-after Prix letters and menus from the White House. fortable picnic area and a spot Mélange. to simply sit and taste al fresco. Founded more than three decades ago by Ernie and Irit Weir, their first vintage was At the far end is an organic vegetable garden. “I never seek to change what nature has provided. My the 1980. The property is situated between two of the valley’s most respected appellations – the Stags Leap and Oak goal is to showcase the best that our land has produced.” Knoll districts. As you drive up the gravel drive lined with Tours are available everyday except Saturday, by apolive trees, many of the vines that produce their wines are pointment, and begin at 11 a.m. Visit the website at www.hagafen.com for recipes and free tasting passes. close on either side. BY CHARLES NEAVE Their impressive list of bottlings, many of them estate-

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Monticello Vineyards
Jay Corley came to the Napa Valley more than forty Not as large and sprawling as the original perhaps, but years ago, with a goal both simple-sounding and also overall faithful in spirit and heritage. Situated across from daunting. It was to make wines that would stand up the working winery and the public tasting room, it is suragainst any wine made anywhere in the world. Today, rounded by carefully tended lawns, hedges, trees and Monticello Vineyards – the winery he founded – produces flower gardens, with a shaded picnic area just beyond. about 15,000 cases a year from their handsome facility on The tasting room staff is always friendly and wellBig Ranch Road north of the informed and the room itself City of Napa, on a parcel of has been designed and furMonticello Vineyards - Corley Family land literally surrounded by nished to make visitors feel at Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. hundreds of acres of prime home, whether they arrive by 4242 Big Ranch Road, Napa vineyards. Using grapes from bicycle, rental car or Ferrari. (707) 253-2802 • www.corleyfamilynapavalley.com five estate vineyards, the wine The walls and ceiling are made Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah they produce bears three labels: of wood, and the tasting bar Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot Monticello Vineyards, Corley that extends the length of the and Corley Reserve. room on the left is wood as FUN At Monticello Vineyards what you find is The Corley family decided well. At the back of the comFACT Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Not as large and pact but comfortable room, to devote their time, resources sprawling as the original perhaps, but overall and considerable energy to glass-paned double doors open faithful in spirit and heritage. focus on the classic varietals: into the temperature- and huChardonnay, Cabernet Sauvimidity-controlled barrel room. gnon and their Bordeaux varietal blend, Corley, (utilizing Which, depending on when you visit, can be an oasis of Cabernet Sauvignon and their Merlot and Cabernet Franc), calm or a beehive of frenzied activity. with smaller amounts of Syrah and Pinot Noir included in A real experience is to be hosted by the staff or family the short but succinct roster. All of them, it should be for a sit-down tasting in the Reserve Room or the Library noted, are estate grown. of the Jefferson House. It is in here where you’ll symboliTo sample these wines, a visit to the winery is in order, cally cast your vote as to whether or not Jay Corley and here things once again differ from other wineries in achieved his dream of more than three decades ago. And, the Valley. At Monticello Vineyards what you find is, to be it must be said, it is the perfect place for you to visit and simplistic, Monticello… Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. cast that vote.

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As the world famous race car driver Mario Andretti has and flowers, the carefully aged look of the villa itself, the often said, “I want people that visit my winery to feel at fountain in the courtyard that you pass by as you walk tohome. It’s probably my Italian nature – to want to make ward the tasting room, the wrought iron of the balconies, people feel welcome, to be a good host, to treat people all lend a certain and well-executed Old World feel to the like family.” And what better place to do that than at a experience that a visit brings. winery in the heart of the Napa Valley? The fountains, the artwork, the thoughtful and skilled The year was 1996 when landscaping, it all creates an enMario saw his dream become vironment far removed from Andretti Winery reality. That’s when he opened the hectic pace that many visiOpen daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the doors to the Andretti Wintors inhabit. It is, if only for an 4162 Big Ranch Road, Napa ery in the fabled Oak Knoll hour or so, a vacation in itself. 1-877-386-5070 • www.andrettiwinery.com district of Napa. A short trip to Italy and to the Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Today, this stylish Tuscanhillsides there that are so rich in Merlot, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Syrah, style villa receives visitors from viticultural history and tradiCabernet Sauvignon, Port around the world, drawn by tion, pageantry and heritage. both the name, as well as the From a simple but satisfying FUN Modeled after a rambling Italian village, the wines produced by Bob Pepi sampling of five Andretti WinFACT winery conjures up the boyhood home of its himself, famous as another ery wines in the tasting room to namesake, Mario Andretti, one of the finest generation of renowned winea custom experience that inrace car drivers of all time. makers. His philosophy is that cludes wine and food pairing or great wines are made in the vineyards. Bob’s wines are well a tour of the winery and vineyard. They can tailor your recognized by their descriptive fruity character, complex- visit to your schedule and your desires. Vineyard tours are ity and balance. offered seasonally. Well over a decade since the winery was founded, the The winery’s friendly and knowledgeable staff, and the varietals that Andretti Winery uses includes Sauvignon villa itself, make for a welcome stop for all visitors. The Blanc (a perennial favorite), Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, property is also available for corporate and family events. Sangiovese, a Pinot Noir, Merlot, their classic Cabernet So, there really is no reason not to stop at Andretti Winery. Sauvignon and Zinfandel-Primitivo, among others. When you do, remember the words of Mario: “Grazie When you drive into the winery, the plantings of trees molto!” BY CHARLES NEAVE

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Mount Veeder
Mt. Veeder has been producing rich, distinct Napa Valley wines since the 1860s. Distinct mountain fruit produces wines that speak volumes about the rugged, labor-intense environments from which they spring. Steep hillsides, rugged terrain and a surprise ancient seabed, violently shoved aloft by volcanic activity eons ago result in vines that produce tiny berries and immensely intense flavors. This same sense of independence, local flavor and wild ruggedness pervades the uniquely memorable and delightful accommodations throughout this Napa Valley AVA. FOOD Browns Valley Market 3262 Browns Valley Road, Napa, (707) 253-1873 Browns Valley Market is the best kind of locals market. Hand-written notes explain fine cheese, local breads and delicious items available for purchase. Fresh produce and local wines are sure to delight any visitor. La Taquiza Fish Tacos 2007 Redwood Road, Napa, (707) 224-2320 Open weekdays 10:30am-8:30pm; Sat 10:30am-7pm A ittle hole in the wall that serves a variety of fish tacos for lunch or dinner...fresh ingredients, great salsa! LODGING Candlelight Inn Bed & Breakfast 1045 Easum Drive, Napa (707) 257-3717, www.candlelightinn.com This lovely B&B is located near the bustle of downtown Napa but far enough away to provide each guest with a serene, tranquil environment. Built in 1929, this Tudor mansion sits rimmed by strong redwood trees, manicured gardens and a secluded swimming pool. Decadent three course gourmet breakfasts start your day out right! THINGS TO DO Westwood Hills Park 3107 Browns Valley Road (1 mile west of Hwy 29)Napa (707) 257-9529 Enjoy three miles of trails through beautiful oak trees and grassy meadows. The Carolyn Parr Nature Museum (near the parking lot) offers a children's nature library and exhibits on indigenous flora and fauna to Napa Valley. Mount Veeder Magic Mt. Veeder, Napa, (707) 866-750-2091 Dream of being a winemaker? Be the envy of all your friends with your own Cabernet Sauvignon made with the help of their highly skilled winemaker using premium grapes. Quantities are limited!
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The Hess Collection
A visit to The Hess Collection on Mount Veeder is a turn what you take.” The Hess Select wines are benchmark multi-tiered experience, and that may be an understate- wines from their respective regions made for immediate enment. There is the historic building, once occupied by the joyment. In addition to the standard tasting room option, the Christian Brothers and built in 1903, plus hillside vineyards, the beautifully tended grounds and an art collection winery also offers a “Tour, Wine and Cheese Pairing” posthat is in a lofty league of its own. Then there are the wines sibility, with an educational wine production tour followed available for tasting and purby a current release wine paired chase in their first floor tasting with local artisan cheeses. The Hess Collection room near one of the barrel celThere is also a longer option Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. lars. The museum, beginning on that begins with a taste of the 4411 Redwood Road, Napa the second floor, holds part of “Wine of the Day” and a visit to (707) 255-1144 ext. 226 • www.hesscollection.com Swiss businessman Donald an historic vineyard, continuing Hess’s extraordinary collection of Hess Collection Mount Veeder wines, Napa Valley wines on to the winery/barrel room contemporary art. before it moves on to the Execand small-production wines sold only at the winery When it comes to the wines, utive Dining Room looking out FUN Special Tours Offered: Call (707) 255-1144 ext. 226 on the scenic hills, where five The Hess Collection portfolio is FACT TOUR, WINE & CHEESE PAIRING – Enjoy an comprised of Hess Collection wines are tasted. “Tours of the educational, wine production tour followed by a current release Palate” is a guided tour of The Mount Veeder, Hess Napa Valley wine presentation paired with local artisan cheeses and Hess Select. Hess Collection Contemporary TOUR OF THE PALATE – Guided tour of Hess Collection Contemporary Art Museum, taste of three wines and food pairings Hess Collection wines come Art Museum followed by a tastOUTDOOR TASTINGS – Come experience the newest pairing of from the steep Mount Veeder esing of three current release Mount Veeder wines with artisanal cheeses in the comfort of the tate vineyards and are an wines paired with creations newly created reclaimed teak wood tables and chairs expression of this unique mounfrom the winery’s executive chef. tain climate and show structure, complexity and elegance. Reservations are required for these three tastings, but there Hess Napa Valley wines come from vineyard sites hand- are also complimentary winery and vineyard tours offered picked for their superior climate and location. daily between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Single vineyard wines come from Napa Valley singleThere are also pairings of Mount Veeder wines with arvineyard sites handpicked for their superior climate and lo- tisanal cheeses in the gardens, where reclaimed teak tables cation. Another notable achievement is that the estate and chairs are new additions, available by reservation. It is vineyards are sustainably farmed in accordance with the perfect way to decompress, revel in nature and to enjoy founder Donald Hess’s philosophy to “nurture the land, re- some of the Valley’s best wines. BY CHARLES NEAVE

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Yates Family Vineyard
There would really be no point to having winery tours Many of the varieties they tend at their vineyard go into at the Yates Family Vineyard tasting room. As you stand at their wines, including the Viognier, a “Mount Veeder Esthe small wood-topped tasting bar, your back is to the bot- tate” Merlot and the Alden Perry Reserve – a classic tling line, behind the bar are barrels and cases of Yates Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet wine, and to the left is lab equipment and the other bits Sauvignon. They also bottle a 100 percent Cabernet Sauviand pieces of winemaking. You are not near the winery – gnon and the Yates “White Horse” which is completely you are in the middle of it, in Cabernet Franc, a noble grape the second floor barrel room of not often found as a standYates Family Vineyard Hendry Ranch, from whom the alone wine since it is so often Open daily by appointment only Yates family leases space so you used in blends. As long as the 4723 Redwood Road, Napa can come and taste. wine has not sold out, it is all (707) 226-1800 Yates Family Vineyard is available for an informal and www.yatesfamilyvineyard.com owned by Michael and Lynn enjoyable tasting in a fascinatYates, with the winery and ing setting. Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, vineyard staffed by their two Since you taste in a winery, Cabernet Franc daughters, Whitney and Mary. or outside on the crush pad on FUN Mention your interest in a barrel sample Whitney and Michael form the other side of big sliding FACT and the family will probably love to share. what they refer to as the Yates wood doors, there is always the “father and daughter winemakpossibility you might have the ing team.” chance to help out. During crush it might be removing All of the wines they produce use estate grapes from leaves from clusters. Or, maybe you can help punch down. their 275-acre property (35 of it planted to hand-farmed No promises, but throughout the year there are always vines, at up to 1,200 feet elevation) at the end of Redwood things happening, and it is all part of the Yates experience. Road. The property has been in the family for more than One important note: Since most of the Yates operation 60 years. In fact, they have been grape growers since 1950, is at the end of the road, calling ahead to taste is an abbut it wasn’t until 1999 that they made their first wine that solute necessity, but you will find that is well worth it. was meant for more than home consumption. BY CHARLES NEAVE

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Fontanella Family Winery
It is only a short distance from the city of Napa, per- stretch forever. They are both memorable venues. You haps ten minutes, but when you head west out of town might even get to see the spotless barrel room, which after suddenly you are in another world, another country even, all, is just on the other side of the door. or so it seems. This small, pristine winery, which opened If you have dreamed of having your own unique wine, in 2008, is set in the increasingly steep hills of the famous there is even a program where you can have your own wine wine growing region known made, using your blending inaround the world as Mount structions. All it takes is Fontanella Family Winery Veeder. It is faced on one side membership in their wine club, Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment by vines, and is the home and an inexpensive blending kit, 1721 Partrick Road, Napa domain of winemaker Jeff and the urge to be creative. (707) 252-1017 Fontanella and his wife, Karen. Your only commitment is to www.fontanellawinery.com In fact, on your visit, it is albuy a case (a dozen 750 ml botCabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay most inevitable that you will tles or six magnums) of “your” meet one or perhaps both of wine at the member price. If FUN Fontanella Family Winery, the newest them. you want more, that is entirely FACT winery on Mt. Veeder, produces only 1,400 cases of wine annually – making them a The young couple are the up to you. But try to imagine true "micro-boutique winery." first to admit that they are livanything better then having ing the wine country dream some of your special Cabernet that takes root in so many. In their case, they took it to Sauvignon to share with family and friends. The wine will heart and now welcome visitors to sample their small-lot, be shipped to you in the fall, just in time for the holidays. limited-production artisan Chardonnay, Zinfandel and No matter what you decide – to visit and sample or to Cabernet Sauvignon made by Jeff, who over the years have a special wine blended for you – the result will be honed his craft at such icons as Saddleback Cellars and the same. You will have a relaxing, enjoyable experience Opus. … that much is guaranteed. And, you will also see what You can sample the results in the intimate tasting the Napa Valley used to be, and where it’s future may lie. room, or outdoors, where views of hill and vine seem to BY CHARLES NEAVE

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Downtown Napa is the first stop as you enter Napa Valley. Just an hour north of San Francisco, downtown Napa is an essential stop for any visitor. This charming old town is filled with great shops, wine tasting venues, fine dining, inns and all sorts of special events happening along the recently restored waterfront and trees-lined avenues. If you are lucky to be there on Thursday evening, try the Chef's Market with four venues of live music, chef's demonstrations, wine and micro-brew tastings, arts & crafts vendors and merchants. www.napadowntown.com
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The Downtown Napa Tasting Room Association known as “BUZZ” is a collaboration of 14 winery tasting rooms located in the heart of the historic town of Napa. Independently owned, each of the winery participants strive to produce unique, artisanal wines of the highest quality for Napa Valley. Together we provide fun, memorable and educational experiences for all of our guests. Our mission is to encourage economic growth of the community and city of Napa, while allowing wine lovers to discover some of the very best wines Napa has to offer. Ceja Vineyards is an ultra-premium, Latino familyowned winery in the Napa Valley, founded by MexicanAmerican immigrants. The Ceja’s dedication to sustainable agriculture and the gentle handling of the grapes in the cellar can be tasted in every sip of their award-winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and two Vino de Casa blends. 1248 First Street, Napa (707) 226-6445 Gustavo Thrace is a boutique winery currently producing Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Barbera, Pinot Noir, Petite Sirah and a very unique Bordeaux blend that are co-grown and co-fermented. With the blockbuster independent film “Bottle Shock” having been created after partner Gustavo Brambila, on most days you’ll be able to catch Gustavo and partner Thrace hanging out in the tasting room…pop in for a glass! 1021 McKinstry Street, Napa (707) 257-6796 John Anthony Vineyards is a boutique winery producing high-quality, small-lot wines. This tasting room offers classic casual elegance in the new heart of downtown Napa Valley. Taste a selection of their highly acclaimed wines and if you are lucky you’ll be able to join their JAV waiting list for special future bottlings! 1440 First Street, Napa (707) 265-7711 Join us at Mason Cellars Oxbow Tasting Room where you will taste some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc produced by winemaker, Randy Mason. In addition to producing award-winning Sauvignon Blanc (Mason and Pomelo), Mason produces small quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Grigio. Stop by and enjoy the charming, country-styled tasting room that also features local artist paintings, creations and unique home giftware. Tastings are complimentary at Mason Cellars Oxbow Tasting Room. 714 First Street, Napa (707) 255-0658 At OLABISI you can now taste craftsman winemaker Ted Osborne’s rare vineyard-designated wines while browsing the town’s charming central district. He shares the cozy space with Trahan Winery, for whom he consults, which means this spot promises double the pleasure, double the vino. “...when you’re drinking wines with friends you can pull out a bottle of Olabisi and tell them the story about this hot new winery…They are ripe, rich wines that are remarkably elegant and graceful. Osborne…shows a deft hand for crafting wines of subtlety and finesse.” – James Laube, Wine Spectator Magazine 974 Franklin Street, Napa (707) 257-7477 Robert Craig offers a down-home atmosphere as you enjoy your tasting in the peaceful, park-like setting adjacent to the Napa River while sipping Robert Craig’s silky-smooth mountain Cabernets. Just minutes from Oxbow Market, Napa Valley Wine Train Depot and the Napa Town Center, this casual yet eclectic

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room is a must visit! 625 Imperial Way, Napa (707) 252-2250 Stonehedge Winery brings affordable handcrafted wines to Downtown Napa. Stonehedge Winery offers unique wine varietals in a casual and fun atmosphere. Our friendly hosts at our Wine Tasting Lounge promise to tantalize your senses with winery knowledge to enhance every moment you are with us during you tasting experience. 1004 Clinton Street, Napa (707) 256-4444 TASTE AT OXBOW wine tasting salon in downtown Napa offers an elegant, relaxed wine tasting experience featuring wines from Mahoney Vineyards and Waterstone Winery. TASTE AT OXBOW offers a truly memorable, one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience in a luxurious lounge with wines by the glass and a wine tasting menu offering a wide range of tasting selections. 708 First Street, Napa (707) 265-9500 Arrive as visitors but leave as friends at Toolbox Wine Co. The ladies behind the brand want you to enjoy great wines at an affordable price, with the mission “building houses & good will, one bottle at a time,” which is supported by donating $1/case to their charitable partner Habitat for Humanity. You may even be challenged to a game of darts or “corn hole” as you sip on great wines and learn about their passion and story driving their fun brand! 1021 McKinstry Street, Napa (707) 257-6796 Trahan Winery is a small, family winery dedicated to creating incredible wines from only the highest quality grapes. The vineyards we choose to work with are hand farmed by small growers dedicated in their own right to producing exceptional fruit. Our passion is to bring joy into our lives and others through our offering of fine wines. 974 Franklin Street, Napa (707) 257-7477 Twenty Rows is family owned and operated tasting room and winery located in Downtown Napa. At Twenty Rows, we pride ourselves on producing a Napa Valley wine you can drink every day. We make wonderful wines at an incredible value, crafted from carefully selected grapes to reflect the distinctions on the varietal. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11-5. 880 Vallejo Street, Napa (707) 265-7750 Come get Uncorked at Oxbow, a restored historic home turned tasting room pouring the wines of Ahnfelt and Carducci. Wine, art, entertainment and fun set this salon apart from many other valley tasting experiences. The grand salon welcomes guests for tastings, barrel blendings and event music fare during the week. Come enjoy getting uncorked! 605 First Street, Napa (707) 927-5864 Spend more time enjoying wine and less time traveling between tastings by experiencing several hand-selected Napa wineries in one location! Wineries of Napa Valley collective offers a warm and friendly atmosphere with a wide selection of wines from several Napa Valley producers. A truly great selection with wonderful hospitality. 1285 Napa Town Center, Napa (707) 253-9450 X Winery strives for the continuous improvement of our products, our relationships and ourselves. Our company is focused on innovation, efficiency, service and imagination; and we have a deep desire to satisfy wine lovers the world over. Our goal is to please, spark conversation and bring reward to all that find our wines. 1405 Second Street, Napa (707) 204-9522

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In the plethora of wine tasting bars that dot the charm- Napa Valley Wine Train. Locals treat themselves to an afing countryside of Napa County, it is hard to find one more ternoon on the Silverado Car (train fare: $49.50), purchase unique than the tasting bar on the Napa Valley Wine Train. an amazing cheese plate ($22) and then wander down to Located in a historic Pullman rail car that is almost 100 the tasting bar for wine, conversation, and vineyard views. years old, the Wine Train’s wine bar reflects a time of lux- Favorites among visitors to the valley are the lunch options urious passenger travel served with the exciting addition of of the Gourmet Express ($94) or Vista Dome ($124). today’s sophisticated pastimes – sipping wine, learning Either way, a stroll through this amazing vintage train about wine and enjoying the with a wonderful lunch and a Napa Valley Wine Train graciousness of life. stop at the wine bar, is a 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa Nowhere else will you be chance to revisit American (707) 253-2111 • winetrain.com able to view vineyards gently history and renew your own FUN The Napa Valley Wine Train is the first and only rolling past as you sip some of personal connections with FACT locomotive in the United States to convert to compressed natural gas. Each of the 1915-1917 the world’s most amazing vinfriends, family and life. Pullman rail cars weigh 80 tons. tages. Depending upon the time Dedicated to preserving a of year, you can watch the vineyards as they move slowly past way of life, the Napa Valley Wine Train is instrumenthrough their life cycle – from the barren vines being caned tal in maintaining and using historic rail cars that no longer in wet vineyards to the pregnant purple fruit hanging pen- exist elsewhere on the American landscape. For Napa, we dulant under full canopies of green. also preserve an important transportation corridor that At any given time, the wine bar will sport 40 to 50 bot- would have been abandoned decades ago. We layer this tles of wine available to taste. The cost is $10 for four tastes with a unique and award-wining restaurant and an opof wine. Flights can be suggested and selected by the wine portunity to explore the wine country in an inimitable educator staffing the bar, or you can pick and choose what- manner. Please join us for lunch or dinner. We are the Iron ever flight you might fancy. Start with a sparkling, proceed Horse. to a Grenache Blanc, find a delightful red (maybe a famous The Wine Train runs year round with lunch trains Napa Valley Cab?), and finish with a sticky Port or a late boarding at 10:50 a.m. and dinner trains boarding at 5:50 harvest treat. You decide; because it is all about you. p.m. For more information, visit winetrain.com or call The wine tasting bar is only open to passengers of the 1-800-427-4124.

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Dominari
Dominari is thrilled to unveil their brand new tasting Dominari wines are hand-sorted and hand made. A rarity room in an excellent location right at the foot of the Napa in today’s overly commercialized wine industry. Indeed, Valley. Dominari Winery provides a unique venue for tast- the Schutz’s wines can be truly described as among the ing wine as well as private finest in all of Napa. events. Depending on what you Although in Italian, the word Dominari are in the mood for, the big Dominari can mean protected Open by appointment comfy sofas, the beautiful marfarm house, its origin is from 620 Trancas Street, Napa ble bar or the more formal the Latin verb meaning “to (707) 226-1600 • www.dominari.com sit-down tasting room for a practice superiority.” Dominari Chardonnay, Petite Syrah, Zinfandel wine and food pairing provide a is committed to doing just so, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon variety of locales that fit your producing only the best of the FUN personality and palate. Come best. FACT Dominari is Napa Valley’s newest tasting room. see for yourself! Directions: From Highway Jurgen and Marie Schutz 29, take the Trancas exit. have been making wines and cultivating vineyards for 18 Travel east on Trancas for about one mile, just past the Big years. Working with high mountain vineyards on famed Ranch Road intersection. The winery is on the north side Atlas Peak and valley floor fruit in small-lot productions, of the street. BY ABIGAIL ZIMMERMAM Dominari’s delicious lineup of current releases include: • 2007 Chardonnay: This beautiful little fruit-driven white was fermented in stainless steel. Rich over tones of crisp apple balance nicely with the perfect amount of acidity and body, ($25). • 2007 Petite Syrah: Definitely Dominari’s best seller right now! Earthy, spicy, and rich with balanced tones of ripe, red fruit, ($35). • 2007 Zinfandel: From the Nichelini Ranch vineyards in Chiles Valley, jammy, as well as spicy, ($35). • 2006 Merlot: A strong, but subtle expression of this varietal, elegant and sophisticated, ($45). • 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon: A Napa Valley classic! Big and bold, this is Atlas Peak fruit at its finest. Long on finish and smooth on tannins, ($75).

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Vintners Collective
Set in the oldest stone building in all of Napa, this in- wine today! The Pfieffer has been many things, most colnovative tasting room features close to 20 exceptional orfully a brothel filled with painted ladies of ill repute, a winemakers in Napa Valley. Created by wine-lover Garret rowdy saloon and a late 19th-century brewery. ProhibiMurphy, the Vintners Collective is a one-stop shop where tion tamed this sandstone giant but thanks to creator wine lovers can taste (and buy) some of the best small Garret Murphy, a return to the more sensuous arts of wine, wineries in Northern California today. seems quite fitting for such a once-colorful property! Some of the Vintners CollecThe creator behind the Vinttive wines are the most sought ner’s Collective, Garret Murphy, Vintners Colective after in the world! came to the United States from Open Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Today, the Las Bonitas 2006 Paris, France as a consultant for 1245 Main Street, Napa Cabernet Sauvignon is certainly restaurants at Napa resorts (707) 225-7150 • www.vintnerscollective.com turning-heads. For only $60 per Auberge du Soleil and Meadbottle, this Cabernet throbs owood. Having been raised in FUN Housed in the historical Pfeiffer Building, with smoky, spicy, dark cherry France by an Irish-American faFACT c. 1875, once housed a brothel, a saloon notes. Composed of entirely ther and a French mother, his and a brewery Coombsville fruit – a new, soonpassion for food and wine, “If you had to pick just one … Vintners Collective. to-be appellation in the Napa matched only by his love and It’s all about great wine here…” Valley – this new release is an interest in people, led Murphy – FRENCH LAUNDRY SOMMELIER, KEITH FERGEL exciting blend of Cabernet to embrace a new career path (76%) and Syrah (24%). in the sale and marketing of the Vintners Collective is pleased to currently showcase the finest wines. following, artisan (and often “cult”) labels: Ancien Wines, As the tasting room for fifteen amazing wineries, the Buancristiani Family Winery, Chiarello Family Vineyards, winemakers often drop in to say hello or to pour their Clark-Claudon, D Cubed Cellars, JC Cellars, Las Bonitas, wines. You never know whom you might meet! Longfellow, Melka Wines, Mi Sueno Winery, Parallel Directions: From Highway 29 take the First Street exit Wines, Phelan Vineyards, Richard Perry, Showket Vine- east. Veer onto Second Street (going east). Take a left on yards and Vinoce Vineyards. Main Street and the Collective is located on the left at 1245 Building of Note: For history lovers (like me), the land- Main Street, about four minutes from Highway 29. mark Pfieffer Building is rich in local lore as exciting as the BY ABIGAIL P. ZIMMERMAN

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Los Carneros
One of the most unique appellations, Los Carneros bridges the southernmost ends of both Napa and Sonoma counties. Colloquially known as simply “Carneros” (for ram in Spanish), Carneros has long been known for its cool, coastal climate, natural beauty and unparalleled Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Syrahs and sparkling wines. FOOD Boon Fly Cafe 4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa (707) 299-4870, www.theboonflycafe.com The Boon Fly Cafe offers tasty beverages, breakfasts, lunch and dinner on premises or packed to go. Part of the Carneros Inn, the Boon Fly Cafe is centrally located to all of Carneros and a spot for easy, delicious, fresh foods. Try the Boon Fly Donuts at breakfast with hot coffee to start or the wine bar and appetizers after a long day. Farm at Carneros Inn 4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa (707) 299-4880, www.thecarnerosinn.com Dinner at the Farm is a relaxed yet elegant affair. Enjoy the outdoor living room, cathedral ceilings, fireplaces and alfresco dining all summer long with wines from around the world and dishes made from Napa Valley bounty. Domaine Carneros 1240 Duhig Road, Napa (707) 257-0101, www.domainecarneros.com Perched high on a hill, the Chateau is at once lovely and imposing. Open daily for tastings, Domaine Carneros is the California expression for famed wine house, Champagne Taittinger. For a light meal, flights

of wine matched with bites of artisan cheese and other nibbles are available in the salon or on the terrace overlooking the vineyards from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. LODGING Carneros Inn 4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa (707) 299-4900, www.thecarnerosinn.com The Carneros Inn, a Plumpjack Resort, is a unique creation of architecture and culinary wonders. Fine foods and luxurious rooms share emphasis evenly within a long, modern compound reminiscent of the area's silos, barns and rancher's cottages. THINGS TO DO di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature 5200 Sonoma Highway, Napa (707) 226-5991, www.dirosaart.com A lyrical art and sculpture “gallery” set under the big, blue sky and within the rolling hills and vineyards of Carneros. Join guided tours or hike the property solo and enjoy the unique metalworks juxtaposed with one of America's most lovely wine appellations. Stanly Lane Marketplace 3100 Golden Gate Drive, Napa (707) 480-4479, www.ds-produce.com A fresh-produce market revered by foodies and local tastemakers. Look for the 1,200-foot green and white tent filled with bins and baskets of only the freshest, most local of locally produced vegetables, fruits, flowers, cheeses and olive oils. Everything is organic. Savor an iced coffee drink and browse this great local wines and gift items inside.

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Saintsbury
The last time I was at Saintsbury in Los Carneros (“The Noir, and it is still among the best in the nation in that reRam” in Spanish, when sheep vastly outnumbered vines gard. An important part of the success of Saintsbury has in this part of southern Napa County) the small group been its unwavering commitment not just to demonstratthat was leaving were all smiles. One mentioned that ing that world-class Pinot Noir could be a California while you have to know where you are going to find the mainstay, but also the founders’ commitment to the vinewinery – though in all honesty it is not really very difficult yards of Carneros as a source of outstanding grapes. – they agreed that it was well The wines they offer inworth it. The fact that between clude the seven famous Pinot Saintsbury them they had two cases of Noirs (we told you they were Tasting by appointment wine to load into their rental very serious about this vari1500 Los Carneros Avenue, Napa SUV confirmed it. ety), two outstanding Syrahs (707) 252-0592 • www.saintsbury.com A tasting at this very rural and two artfully crafted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Vin Gris winery might be inside – in a Chardonnays, plus their fanciFUN According to the Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer, fully named Vincent Vin Gris. compact room with a high, FACT Saintsbury “single-handedly demolished the sloping ceiling, tile floors and Vin Gris is the name used in old assertion that California cannot create wood tasting table with bottle Burgundy for a delicate, rePinot Noirs of a Burgundian standard of green chairs – or outdoors, freshing pink wine made from delicacy and finesse.” Saintsbury remains at where lush plantings of every Pinot Noir. Saintsbury’s is a vin the front of the Pinot Noir revolution. sort fill in every space that the gris saigné, made from juice gravel walkways and tasting area do not. Blooms change bled from the Pinot Noir tanks before fermentation bewith the seasons, in fact, they often change weekly or even gins. In other words, a wonderful wine for the warmer overnight, and at certain times it seems to be a butterfly months in particular; a wine that makes you smile with sanctuary, watched over by the winery’s two cats, Ralph that first sip. (the sweet gold one) and Beau. Views stretch across hunAs to tastings, they are the first to say that, “We’re very dreds of acres of vineyards to the low hills beyond. flexible in what we do and in what we pour.” A wine Established in 1981 by Dick Ward and David Graves, lover’s paradise in other words, and in every way. Saintsbury set the standard for modern California Pinot BY CHARLES NEAVE

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Etude Wines
Etude Winery was founded to be a “winegrowing” cases produced/$42 per bottle), 2006 Etude Deer Camp house, not a “winemaking” house. Since inception 25 Pinot Noir (960 cases produced/60 per bottle) and the years ago, Etude has been on a quest for oenological per- 2006 Etude GBR Estate (1,200 cases produced/$60 per fection. Founders, and Winemaker Jon Priest, believe that bottle). great wines are grown, not made and that “inspired grape Second, the Etude Seated Reserve Tasting may be engrowing diminishes the need for intervention by the wine- joyed with an appointment (made in advance) and also maker.” features five top-tier wines: Priest sums it up best, 2008 Etude Rosé Pinot Noir Etude Wines “Etude was founded on the phiCarneros (2400 cases produced Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. losophy that winemaking / $20 per bottle), 2006 Etude 1250 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa begins in the vineyard long beDeer Camp Pinot Noir (960 (707) 257-5300 • www.etudewines.com fore the harvest and that cases produced / $60 per botPinot Noir, Chardonney, Merlot, Pinot Gris superior grape growing dimintle), 2007 Etude Heirloom Pinot Pinot Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Rosé ishes the need for intervention Noir915 Cases Produced / $90 FUN What began twenty five years ago as a philoby the winemaker, resulting in per bottle), 2006 Etude CaberFACT sophical state of mind is now a state-of-the-art wine that is grown, not made. net Sauvignon Rutherford200 winemaking facility where the ancient art of This remains our approach cases produced / $100 per botwinemaking is pursued with a singular passion. today as we continue to build tle), and the one-of-a-kind 2005 Worth a trip to the Carneros region! the Etude legacy.” Etude Cabernet Sauvignon Working with viticulturalist Franci Ashton, Priest has Oakville (296 cases produced / $100 per bottle). developed Etude Winery from this bold philosophical corEtude also offers a Wine & Food Pairing for the most nerstone into a premier producer of coveted wine. Already discerning of visitors. This pairing introduces a private tastknown for Carneros Pinot Noir and Napa Valley Cabernet ing experience and explores the subtle nuances that make Sauvignon, Etude has now introduced brilliant Pinot Etude wine and select foods such a great pairing. For $35 Blanc, Pinot Gris and Merlot to huge reviews. per person, each guest will enjoy a flight of six Etude wines Two delightful tastings are available at Etude. First, the paired with three savory bites. ($25 for Edification MemWalk-In Tasting features five wines. These wines are: 2007 bers). Pairings are available Friday through Sunday at 10 Etude Chardonnay Carneros (1,200 cases produced, $38 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. (Maximum of eight people and Reserper bottle), the 2007 Etude Pinot Noir Carneros (17,000 vations required.) BY ABIGAIL P. ZIMMERMAN

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McKenzie-Mueller
McKenzie-Mueller is a boutique winery based on 50 This unique winery presents wines that are only estate acres in prime Napa Valley. Family owned and operated, grown and produced from their two vineyards. First, the McKenzie-Mueller prides itself on being a small, hands-on, Big Ranch Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District grows their food-friendly little wine label that just happens to also be Cabernet and Cabernet Franc in deep, rich, loamy soils. the “Estate of the Year” in Wine & Spirits magazine in 2000. Second, the Los Carneros Vineyard produces Pinot Noir, Producing just 2,500 cases, McKenzie-Mueller Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Malbec in the cooler temperatures represents some of the finest and shallow topsoils. Everyvineyards in the Carneros reMcKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery thing is done by hand and boy, gion. McKenzie-Mueller owners can you taste it! Open by appointment only Bob and Karen produce their McKenzie-Mueller’s tasting 2530 Las Amigas Road, Napa wines from scratch. They are fee is a nominal $10 and in(707) 252-0186 • www.mckenziemueller.com both the grape growers and the cludes: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec winemakers! 2006 Pinot Noir: An inCabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon Napa locals from the start, tense, fruit-driven, full-bodied Bob and Karen met over a vat of FUN All of our wines are Estate produced and bottled Pinot fermented with native Zinfandel grapes and its been yeast, $35. FACT and come from our two vineyards: Big Ranch love, wine and kids ever since! 2006 Chardonnay: A classic Road in Oak Knoll and Los Carneros. Enjoy a Of course, the outstanding eduwhite barrel fermented on navisit in the rolling hills north of the San cational degrees in winemaking tive yeast in French Oak, $35. Francisco Bay. from UC Davis and decades of 2005 Merlot: McKenzieexperience doesn’t hurt! Mueller prides itself on having several Bordeaux varietals Since 1990, Bob and Karen began as growers and wine- produced from estate vineyards in Carneros. Karen explains makers and have since expanded their winery from a small that fruit ripens more evenly given the cooler but longer 500-case production into a more sizeable enterprise that re- growing season in Carneros and that this Merlot realizes flects their commitment to quality, harmony with nature that ripeness, $35. and exquisite wines. To say that they did it alone would be All tastings and tours are by appointment only. Please a lie... All five kids help out in winery operations as do the call (707) 252-0186 or visit mckenziemueller.com for more handful of employees this wine family has embraced into information. McKenzie-Mueller is located at 2530 Las Amitheir clan. gas Road in Napa. BY ABIGAIL P. ZIMMERMAN

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Acacia Vineyard
Located just two miles north of the San Pablo some 150 acres of gorgeous estate vineyards. Bay in the heart of the Carneros region, Acacia Today, guests visiting Acacia will taste handVineyard boasts beautiful views of the Bay and es- crafted wines that begin long before juice ever fills tate vineyards. a single bottle. Vineyards are meticulously mainSimilar to famed Burgundy wine-growing region tained with careful canopy and cluster in France, Carneros is reknown for Pinot Noir and management. Fruits are only picked once Matthew Chardonnays. Thanks to a and his skilled staff detercooler microclimate than mine the Pinot and Acacia Vineyard other parts of Napa or Chardonnay fruits are ripe By appointment only (due to permitting) Sonoma Valley, fruits grown and have the proper balMonday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m in Carneros benefit from ance of acid and flavor. Sunday 12 to 4 p.m. temperate days and coastal Acacia Vineyard is 2750 Las Amigas Road, Napa fog from the Pacific Ocean. thrilled to announce the (707) 226-9991 Under the stewardship release of the 2008 www.acaciavineyard.com of Senior Winemaker Chardonnay from the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier, Syrah Matthew Glynn, Acacia Sangiacomo Vineyards in wines are pure and stylistic Carneros. This new vintage FUN Just two miles from San Francisco’s wines of the Burgundian FACT San Pablo Bay with stellar views of vineyards of Acacia’s most flavorful varietals, Pinot Noir and white wine is 100% barrel and the bay. Founded in 1979, they are a pioneer in the Carneros appellation. Chardonnays, grown here fermented and features rich in Carneros. aromas and flavors of pear Acacia Vineyard began in 1979 when the found- tart and white peach as well as bright acidity and ing owners (and pioneers of winemaking in the long-lasting flavor, ($40 per bottle, $480 per case). Carneros region) began producing boutique, vineAcacia wines may be tasted for a $15 fee. This yard-designate Pinot Noirs. Today, Acacia makes fee will be applied toward a purchase. For wine undeniably distinctive Pinots from the St. Clair club members, the tasting is free for a total of four Vineyards as well as the Lone Tree Estate Vineyard. people. Single-vineyard and winery-exclusive Expanding in the mid 1990s, Acacia began to pur- wines are both offered during a tasting at Acacia. BY ABIGAIL P. ZIMMERMAN chase property surrounding their winery, amassing

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Cuvaison Estate Wines
The year-old Cuvaison tasting room, in the Carneros outside in, and wide doors and minimalist shelving region of Napa, is a spot that appeals on many levels. To crafted from recycled redwood, visitors do not stand at begin with it is an architectural gem, one with a list of a tasting bar to taste. They are served by a knowledge“green” credentials that extends from insulation made of able and friendly staff who can supply information on recycled denim through indigenous low-water plantings, the wines as well as on the region and winemaking. a program to recycle cork and Cuvaison has long been faglass, and a recaptured water mous for their estate grown Cuvaison Estate Wines source, plus a solar array of alwines, most prominently Open by appointment only 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily most 1,500 panels that Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, 1221 Duhig Road, Napa supplies 85 percent of the tastbut also stellar Carneros Syrah (707) 942-2455 ing room and winery’s and Merlot, plus some labelwww.cuvaison.com electricity. Geese, duck, egrets ings available only to wine Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and other species frequent the club members. The rich, fullMerlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, property’s ponds in every seabodied yet accessible Cabernet son, especially this year, when Sauvignons – particularly the FUN Call 707-942-2455 to schedule a 20-minute, unusual spring rains has kept award-winning Brandlin from FACT educational walk through the vineyards and a tasting of Cuvaison’s Carneros flight of wines them fuller than normal. their fabled Mount Veeder available 9:30 a.m., Friday-Monday. Cuvaison Estate Wines, vineyard high above the valley now in its 41st year, has long floor – are popular offerings, as been a winemaking and grape growing innovator as well is their dessert wine, Espiritu. as a steward of the land. To sum up, a visit to Cuvaison is more than one diSet in the middle of the extensive vineyards, it is mensional. It satisfies true wine lovers, people who want unique on other levels as well. In addition to the sublime to experience wine country and who want to be nursetting, it is, without a doubt, visually stunning. Perfect tured and maybe learn a little more about this part of lighting, a tasteful decor (including a special tasting the world. You go for a taste or two or three, you relax, room for wine club members and private tastings), a and you inevitably leave with a smile on your face. What wrap-around deck, glass walls that open to bring the could be better than that? BY CHARLES NEAVE

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Nicholson Ranch
The winery sits in a commanding spot above one of ceiling and both a U-shaped tasting bar in the center and a Napa and Sonoma’s most important intersections, but its smaller, curved bar to one side. Bars are topped with a speelevation, and the foothills behind, give it the regal, almost cially sourced granite, the floors are tile and doors on three serene bearing. sides open to the outdoors – two onto the courtyard where Set in one of the world’s prime grape growing regions, you can also taste. Plantings throughout are subtle and mathe 160 acres (30 of it planted, mainly to equal parts ture, and you can ask the helpful tasting room staff about Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the small chapel that you see up two varieties the area is famous on the hill directly behind the Nicholson Ranch Winery for) enjoys a combination of winery. They can also explain Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. soils, sloping hills and climate the origin of the enormous lion 4200 Napa Road, Sonoma that is ideal for producing presculpture you can spot from the (707) 938-8822 mium grapes. This includes not road. www.nicholsonranch.com just the Chardonnay and Pinot Between the collection of Noir, but also Syrah and Merlot. well-designed buildings are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Merlot One thing you cannot see courtyards, and indoors, next FUN Pinot Noir is often called the “Heartache Grape.” to the commercial kitchen, is from the road below are the FACT There are few areas where it grows well and if it an elegant room often used for chairs and the tables with their is over manipulated, it can lose a lot of its characteristic colorful market umbrellas set on the many weddings and special beauty. It is for this reason that Nicholson Ranch is trimmed grass backed by a freeevents held at this spacious built as a five-level gravity flow winery, which allows form pond complete with lily hillside property. There are the wine to flow naturally between winemaking stages. pads, where you can take a botalso cave tours available by tle of Nicholson Ranch wines appointment. And somehow and picnic. Forget the picnic? In the tasting room is a se- the scale of it all works, whether your group numbers six lection of cheese, crackers and the like. The pond is home or eight, or goes into the hundreds. Whether you sit on to largemouth bass and the occasional river otter. Blue the Redwood Terrace, gather by the Fountain Courtyard, herons, white egrets and an assortment of ducks often visit, head to the picnic area or adjourn to the tasting room, while overhead red tail hawks soar. it is all part of a memorable wine country experience, The tasting room, which faces the pond through a tow- where an extensive list of elegant, hand-crafted wines ering window that faces east/southeast, has a high wood waits for you. BY CHARLES NEAVE

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