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Preferred Napa Valley 57 Preferred Napa Valley
Tasting Room Reviews
Anderson’s Conn Valley 16
Andretti Winery 51
Arger-Martucci Vineyards 28
B Cellars 8
Baldacci Family Vineyards 44
Ballentine Vineyards 25
11 Wine Tasting Trips Beringer Vineyards 27
Black Stallion Winery 49
CALISTOGA 6 Bravante Vineyards 19
HOWELL MOUNTAIN 15 Burgess Cellars 31
Castello Di Amorosa 13
ST. HELENA 22 Chappellet Winery 36
OAKVILLE 30 Charles Krug Winery 24
Conn Creek Winery 39
RUTHERFORD 34 Cuvaison Estate Wines, Calistoga 7
STAGS LEAP/YOUNTVILLE 40 Cuvaison Estate Wines, Carneros 71
Domaine Carneros 72
OAK KNOLL 46 Envy Wines 10
MT. VEEDER 52 Etude 69
NAPA 56 Farella Vineyard 63
Fontanella Family Winery 55
COOMBSVILLE 62 Hagafen Cellars 50
LOS CARNEROS 67 Hess Collection 53
Jarvis Estate Winery 57
Judd’s Hill Winery 47
ON THE COVER: Cuvaison’s Carneros Tasting Room Kuleto Estate 35
Robert Holmes Photography Madrigal Vineyards 14
McKenzie-Mueller 70
A Publication of Napa Valley Wine Train 60
Nicholson Ranch 13
Page Wine Cellars 45
Piña Napa Valley 31
Pope Valley Winery 17
Porter Family Vineyards 65
Reynolds Family Winery 48
www.WineCountryThisWeek.com Rutherford Hill Winery 37
Rutherford Ranch Winery 38
669 Broadway, Suite B • Sonoma, CA 95476 Saddleback Cellars 32
P.O. Box 92 • El Verano, CA 95433
707-938-3494 Fax 707-938-3674
St. Clement 26
Saintsbury 68
PUBLISHER Mike Giangreco Silverado Vineyards 42
Direct (707) 938-3734
mike@winecountrythisweek.com Sodaro Estate Winery 64
MANAGING EDITOR Chandra Grant
Stags’ Leap Winery 43
Phone 707-938-1783 • Fax 707-938-3674 Steltzner Vineyards 41
chandra@winecountrythisweek.com Stonehedge 59
ADVERTISING RoseAnn Trzesniewski Summit Lake Winery 18
REPRESENTATIVE Phone 707-334-1930 • Fax 707-938-3674 Tulocay Winery 66
rmtrue@comcast.net
Turnbull Wine Cellars 33
OFFICE MANAGER Cathy Gore V. Sattui Winery 23
Phone 707-938-3494 • Fax 707-938-3674
Email cathy@winecountrythisweek.com Valley Gate Vineyards 61
Viader Vineyards 20
EDITORIAL Introductions by Abigail Zimmerman Vinoce/Twenty Rows 58
CONTRIBUTORS Brendan Conroy, Ronda Giangreco,
Charles Neave, Nan Reiley, W.H. Smith 11
Josh Stein and Sue Straight Whitehall Lane Winery 29
Wine Garage 12
LOOK FOR US ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER! Yates Family Vineyard 54
Zahtila Vineyards 9
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 ex-
perience 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 fa-
cilities, is a tasting experience where you are seated at a ery to pour the first round. Then you move to another
table and the tastings are brought to you. place within the winery to sample the next wine. This ex-
perience continues until all the wines are tasted.
Walk Around Tasting
A Walk Around Tasting is a combination of a tour and Barrel Tasting
a tasting. Your host brings along several bottles of wine on Another popular tasting experience that can be part
your tour, and may take you to a garden area of the win- 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 matur-
ing 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
One standard oak barrel of wine holds: will give you 797 gallons of juice (or thirteen-and-a-
295 bottles of wine (or 59 gallons) made from 740 pounds of grapes half barrels) which is pretty close to four thousand
which works out to almost – but not precisely - 30 cases of wine. bottles of wine.

What does all that information on a wine label mean?


The U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms regulates wine
XYZ Winery 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.
RESERVE
• Brand name
Carneros • Designation for a special wine
Napa Valley • Vineyard or appellation known for its grapes might be designated
• Location where the grapes used were grown
PINOT NOIR • Grape Variety used
2002 • Vintage year in which the grapes were picked
• Location where the wine was made and/or bottled
Produced and Bottled by
(Not to be confused with the area the grapes are grown.)
XYZ winery, Napa, California
• Alcohol content may be stated or the the label may simply say
"Table Wine”
ALCOHOL 13.6% BY VOLUME

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Calistoga
Calistoga sits in the top end of Napa Valley like a cork in a wine bottle. Flat Iron Grill
This lively, well-preserved historic small-town and surrounding region 1440 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-1220, www.flatirongrill.com
simply delights everyone. Delicious restaurants, glorious mountains, Flat Iron Grill revels in its recently restored historic space! There is nothing dusty
diverse art galleries, world-famous hot springs, eclectic bookstores and about this intimate, yet friendly restaurant. Open for dinner daily, don't miss
roadside stands, boutique shopping and happy locals combine to make the hickory smoked baby back ribs.
Calistoga a favorite of Napa Valley locals and visitors.
LODGING
FOOD Brannan Cottage Inn
Cafe Sarafornia 109 Wappo Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-4200, www.brannancottageinn.com
1413 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-0555, www.cafesarafornia.com One of the original 25 Hot Springs Resort cottages from 1860.
The best breakfast in town! Owners Madeline & Drake are the vivacious stewards Close walking proximity to famed Calistoga Hot Springs (across the street!) and
of this famed, historic diner. For more than 100 years, Cafe Sarafina has been only two blocks to downtown Calistoga, makes this charming inn a repeat hit.
serving up delicious fare and good people. Don't miss the huevos rancheros! Six rooms are available year round.
Brannan's Pink Mansion
1374 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-2233, www.brannansgrill.com 1415 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-0558, www.pinkmansion.com
Go for the winning wine list (with rare Napa and Sonoma cult labels) Escape, indulge & dream! Built in 1870 by Napa's original stage line owner,
and stay for the fine foods and great atmosphere. Brannan proudly the Pink Mansion is a lovely, private and restful destination that retains the
sponsors local, artisanal producers and their dishes are the better for it. elegance of its historic past. Rates include gourmet breakfast for two and
This summer, dine alfresco on the patio! afternoon wine and appetizers.
JoLe Solage
1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-5938, www.jolerestaurant.com 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, 1-866-942-7442, www.solagecalistoga.com
From Farm to Table. JoLe is OpenTable.com's "Diner's Choice Winner" for 2010 – Where cosmopolitan luxuries take on an enlightened, comfortable attitude!
a wonderful compliment to owners and husband-and-wife team Matt and Offering a healthy, green environment, 89 eco-friendly studios and Michelin star
Sonjita Spector. Enjoy the delicious menu and mouth-watering pastries! rated Solbar restaurant, Solage is a stylish and naturally brilliant hotel!
Calistoga Ranch
580 Lommel Road, Calistoga, 1-800-942-4220, www.calistogaranch.com
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Driving Time: 16 minutes Tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site, the
From Cuvaison Estate Wines
to B Cellars 1+ mile luxury resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature.
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ST. HELENA thousands of gallons of water high into the air, Old Faithful is a glorious
sight. Other attractions include the petting zoo and picnic grounds.

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Cuvaison’s original tasting room and historic winery
VARIETALS
in Calistoga, is on the east side of the Silverado Trail Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel,
nestled at the base of the Vaca Mountain Range. The Cabernet Sauvignon and a unique port-style dessert wine
called Espiritu.
tasting room has a contemporary take on the classic tast-
ing environment, offering an intimate experience where FUN FACT
Reserve your gourmet picnic lunch 24 hours in advance
guests can gather at the bar or enjoy a seated tasting. on Cuvaison’s website and all you have to do is show up
Tree shaded picnic grounds are a popular attraction and enjoy. Visit www.cuvaison.com for details and to
reserve your picnic today!
to visitors. Leave the fuss and muss behind by making a
reservation for a gourmet picnic lunch online! Learn CLUB BENEFITS
Access to limited releases, savings on wine and
about the Picnic Here program under “Fun Facts.”
tasting room merchandise and invitations to
Cuvaison is most prominently known for their estate member-only parties.
grown Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. They also produce
GREEN INITIATIVES
other varietals as well including Zinfandel, Sauvignon Sustainable vineyard practices, cork recycling,
Blanc, Syrah and their port style dessert wine. And don’t 1,428 solar panels, eco-friendly packaging and much
more ... it’s all part of a commitment to reducing their
forget about their rich, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon carbon footprint.
wines; particularly the award-winning Brandlin from
Cuvaison Estate Wines
Cuvaison’s fabled Mount Veeder estate vineyard located
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1200' above the valley floor.
4550 Silverado Trail North, Calistoga
If Calistoga is your destination, don’t miss visiting (707) 942-2468 • www.cuvaison.com
Cuvaison Estate Wines’ tasting room. Follow Cuvaison on Facebook and Twitter!

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Walking into the tasting room of B Cellars located on the
Silverado Trail is like walking into a party full of close friends. EXCEPTIONAL WINES TO ENJOY
The tasting room itself is adorned with high quality wood on the The Blend 23 is a mixture of Chardonnay, Viognier, and
Sauvignon Blanc. The tropical fruit notes on the nose
bar accompanied by tables and contemporary rocking chairs introduce the taster to aspects of pineapple and lemon
from which one is able to enjoy the wine tasting experience. in the primary portion of the wine. It suddenly transforms
Specializing predominantly in unique blends, B Cellars in the middle palate into creamy, buttered popcorn and
actively breaks standard practices when compared to other changes once again into the finish with a heavenly burst
Napa Valley wineries. Due to this fact, the wine itself embodies of crisp acidity.
the physical qualities of each individual vineyard from which it
Blend 25 is a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and
is sourced. This in turn creates a cornucopia of complexity and Syrah. With notes of blackberry, plum and sweet tobacco,
nuance within the wine needing to be explored. this is a luscious, round, flavorful wine. It reminds us of
B Cellars opened its doors in October of 2010 and very dried cherries and an exotic spice box!
quickly has developed a local following. In a mere six months,
its wine club has reached more than 100 members. The pri- FAMILY HISTORY
Kirk Venge is the winemaker for B Cellars and carries on a
mary reasons for the expedited expansion of the wine club are
line of family tradition in creating extraordinary wine in
due to the fact that the staff is extremely friendly, the facility Napa Valley. His father, Nils, is a legend in Napa wine so-
itself is a breath-taking venue, and the wines are nothing short cial circles as being the first grower based in California to
of outstanding. In addition, B Cellars further captivates its wine receive a perfect 100 point score from Robert Parker.
club members with a multitude of parties and tasting events. Living up to this, in 2005 Kirk Venge was voted one of the
For example, in April the winery is offering a bottling event “Top Twenty Young Winemakers in the World”by Food
exclusively for the entertainment and edification of wine club and Wine Magazine.
members. Participants will become acquainted with the meticu-
lous world of crafting top quality wines beginning with the
B CELLARS
harvesting of grapes, moving into bottling practices, and con- Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
cluding with a tasting of the wines with a new found 400 Silverado Trail, Calistoga
appreciation for all the effort that goes into the creation of such (707) 709-8787 • www.bcellars.com
unbridled decadence. by Brendan Conroy Look for B Cellars on Facebook and Twitter.

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Some people say the days of individual winemaking vision are
gone from the Napa Valley. Laura Zahtila Swanton and her husband WHAT TO TASTE
Michael Swanton, owners and operators of Zahtila Vineyards in Naturally enough, Laura says she loves all of her wines, but
Calistoga, say otherwise. Based on the amazing hand-crafted, small-lot if pressed, she recommends the Oakville“Bentley”and the
Cabernets and Zinfandels they’ve produced, they’re right. Most of the Rutherford“Georges III”Cabernet Sauvignons to see what
tasting and vineyard tours, conducted by appointment only, are owner- great Napa Valley Cabs are all about.
led. One might think that running a 2,000-case winery would be
enough for most people, but Laura believes the people who make the PLAN AHEAD
wines are the best ones to represent the time and effort that have gone The hillside tasting room also has a picnic area with
into them: “Fortunately, because we are as small as we are, I can be
southern views of the Valley from the foot of Oat Hill.
Call ahead to reserve.
actively involved in all aspects of this business.”
That philosophy of involvement extends from the wines of the
LITTLE KNOWN FACT
tasting room to the growers with whom Laura has works. While the Zahtila Vineyards just released their first ever dry rosé
tasting room is surrounded by two acres of thirty-one-year-old Zinfan- of Zinfandel – the 2010 Michael’s Muse.
del vines that produce the Oat Hill Estate Zinfandel bottling, vineyards
for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Port-style and Zinfandel VARIETALS
releases are found by Laura herself. As she notes, “Because we are so Chardonnay; multiple vineyard-designate Cabernet
small, we have the freedom to be highly selective in fruit sourcing. Sauvignons, including the flagship“Bentley,”named in
We work together to create wines that reveal great vineyard character memory of Laura’s grandparents;“Laura’s Theme”port-style
and flavor.” In addition to the estate fruit, she has worked with grow- wine;“Michael’s Muse”dry Rosé of Zinfandel; multiple
ers in Dry Creek Valley, Oakville and Rutherford, selecting vineyards vineyard-designate Zinfandels
with a proven track record for great fruit.
The results are that Zahtila wines have received plenty of praise
and high scores, but they are best appreciated with the maker herself,
Zahtila Vineyards
in the intimate tasting salon, surrounded by rose gardens and views Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
that span the southern reaches of the mid-valley. As Laura says, the 2250 Lake County Highway, Calistoga
goal is to provide owner-led tastings in a friendly, rustic atmosphere –
“No pretension allowed!” Come up to Zahtila Vineyards in Calistoga (707) 942-9251 • zahtilavineyards.com
and see for yourself that the spirit of individual vision hasn’t left Napa
after all – and Laura Zahtila Swanton will proudly show you around! Look for Zahtila at facebook.com/zahtilavineyards,
By Josh Stein Twitter: @zahtilavineyards andYelp!

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Imagine an afternoon on a sundrenched patio, laughing
WHAT TO TASTE
with friends and tasting great Napa Valley wines. From the
2007 Bee Bee’s Blend 2007 Petite Sirah Vaca Mountain
outside, you may think you‘re sitting on a Tuscan terrace. At • 93 Points Robert Parker • 92 Points Wine Enthusiast
Envy wines you are encouraged to sit and savor a bottle of • 91 Points Stephen Tanzer
2007 Petite Sirah Estate
their wine with your own picnic lunch on the patio. Better • 92 Points Stephen Tanzer • 90+ Points Robert Parker
yet, slip inside the cool tasting room and let the sultry music • 91 Points Robert Parker 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
enlighten your senses while the wines inspire your palate. 2007 Petite Sirah Nord Vineyard • 91 Points Wine Enthusiast
“Come on over, we’re waiting for you!” • 92 Points Wine Enthusiast • 90 Points Wine and Spirits
Veteran Napa winemaker, Nils Venge, teames up with • 91 Points Robert Parker 2007 Late Harvest
vintner Mark Carter, to bring you a little slice of wine coun- 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon • 94 Points Wine Enthusiast
try heaven, Napa Valley’s Envy Estate Winery. • 90+ Points Stephen Tanzer
Nils, owner and operator of Saddleback Cellars, is a leg- PLAN AHEAD
end in Napa Valley with forty-plus years of winemaking Outside of the tasting room is a wrap-around covered patio
experience. He was the first American winemaker to receive with several picnic tables to enjoy food, wine and scenery.
a 100-point rating from Robert Parker! Nils continues to re- The winery is also extremely dog friendly!
ceive great scores from Robert Parker as well as other critics
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with the Envy Wines line up. Envy Wines offers a very member friendly Wine Club. Envy
Mark’s passion for fine wine began when he started buy- Wines Club members are actually allowed to customize their
ing wines for his famous wine list at Restaurant 301. You wine shipments! Imagine receiving only the wine you want
can often find him at his hotel and restaurant Carter House from your favorite wine club!
Inns and Restaurant 301, respectively, located in Eureka,
California. His private label, Carter Cellars, has received
Envy Wines
many favorable ratings ranging from the mid to high Open Sunday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
nineties. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Envy’s friendly staff is far from pretentious and loves to 1170 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga
chat about wine-related topics with anyone who comes (707) 942-4670 • www.envywines.com
through the door. Come by the tasting room any day of the Envy Wines is on Facebook, Twitter,
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For all the Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir aficionados
residing in the Napa Valley, there is a winery that stands above WINE STANDOUTS
• The 2009 Little Billy Pinot Noir Rose is a delightful treat.
the rest. W. H. Smith, located in Calistoga, derived from very
Hints of strawberry dance around the palate with just a
humble beginnings. Bill Smith purchased vineyards in the es- slight afterthought of ripe cherry on the finish. Being so
teemed Howell Mountain appellation in 1974 and devoted his light and fruity, this wine can be paired with anything
life to pursuing his passion for wine. He and his family origi- from salmon to grilled chicken.
nally created wine in trash cans and now are producing
• The“Naked Pinot”was created so that people could buy
anywhere from 4,000 to 6,000 cases annually. W. H. Smith has an affordable, yet complex Pinot Noir. At $24 a bottle in a
made leaps and bounds since the begnning, yet the quality of valley that would normally charge $40 and up, the thrifty
the wine has remained outstanding. consumer certainly gets more than his money’s worth
The most remarkable aspect of visiting W.H. Smith is the with this wine. Only 25 cases were made and are only
fact that the tasting room offers a chance to truly appreciate available at the tasting room, so pick up a bottle quickly
wine under the tutelage of the family who created it. The before it runs out.
“Wine Sensory Experience” is set up as seven different blind SOMETHING SWEET
tasting sections. The class is held daily from 10 a.m. to noon • In addition to the exceptional Wine Sensory Experience
and costs $35, by reservation only. It lasts roughly two hours, program, W. H. Smith also offers a chocolate tasting. Cus-
but patrons will never see the time go by as they learn how to tomers are given a total of six different types of chocolate
analyze wine at an expert level. The glasses are completely and are educated in the different qualities that make
them distinct. Patrons will feel as if they are a food-and-
black so that patrons are unable to see inside, and are filled
wine professional after the vast amount of knowledge
with various wine descriptors. They range from attributes com- that they have acquired from these two classes.
monly used as blackberry, to ones that are unique and difficult
to place, such as cardamom. By the end of the seminar, you W.H. Smith
will be able to describe not only the different qualities of Amer- Sunday, Monday,Tuesday,Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ican and French oak, but also the degree to which they were Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • ClosedWednesday
toasted. The subtle nuances that were once over looked in the 1307 Lincoln Avenue, Suite B, Calistoga
wine soon become clear as day. By Josh Stein (707) 942-0930 • www.whsmithwines.com

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Looking to sample some of wine country’s hidden gems
that won’t break the bank? Hoping to try to some small-lot re- WHAT TO TASTE
Todd Miller recommends his 2006 Wine Garage“Hillside”
leases you’d never find anywhere else, but don’t want any
Cabernet because the fruit was such a joy to work with.
attitude as accompaniment? Then Wine Garage, with its Tasting room manager Anne Houghton suggests the 2007
motto, “Cork dorks need not apply – it’s just wine, people!” is Wine Garage“Napa Valley”Cabernet because of its ripeness
the place for you. This wine shop has wines available from and drinkability. Co-owner Joy Mesick is a fan of the 2009
around the wine country – all for less than $25 – as well as its Joy Ride:“It’s refreshing, lively and named after me!”
own Wine Garage wines sourced from some of the North Bay’s PLAN AHEAD
most distinctive vineyards. Another unique feature is Wine Garage’s ability to offer
futures pricing for cases of their wines. Ask what’s currently
Housed in a former gas station just south of Lincoln Av-
on offer to get some of the best wine deals in the Valley!
enue, Calistoga’s main street, Wine Garage was started by Todd
Miller and Joy Mesick to give the wine industry people, who LITTLE KNOWN FACT
Wine Garage also makes two proprietary red blends, one
couldn’t afford the wines they were producing, a way to enjoy Bordeaux style, one Rhône style, which it bottles in jugs
great wines and good times at affordable prices. To that end, (equal to two-and-a-half bottles) for less than $30.
they work with local winemakers and wineries to produce
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great wines without the usual pricetags, as well as going to Cabernet Sauvignon, Joy Ride white blend, Pinot Noir,
other wine regions to negotiate directly with vintners, bringing Sauvignon Blanc – wines under $25 from wine country’s
their wines to market at a fraction of the usual cost. unknown masters.
Most of the wines Wine Garage sells (and produces) are,
therefore, never available anywhere else, which is quite a rarity Wine Garage
in the retail wine business. Wines produced by Wine Garage Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
are also available through three different wine clubs, with dif- Sunday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ferent bottle combinations: All red, a combination of red and 1020 Foothill Blvd. (Hwy. 29), Calistoga
white or one which delivers nothing but “Intense Reds.” (707) 942-5332 • www.winegarage.net
Stop in and see what Napa natives won’t tell you about … Look for Wine Garage on
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Gallantry is alive and well in the Napa Valley. Owner Dario TOUR OPTIONS
Sattui is a lifelong student of medieval architecture and after PREMIUM TOUR AND TASTING – Guided tour through the
thirty years of research and dreaming about Castello di Castle and Winery followed by a tasting of five wines in one of
Amorosa and fifteen years of construction, he created an unfor- the Castle’s private tasting bars $32/$16 wine club members -
(includes entrance fee)
gettable, splendid castle that honors his Italian heritage and RESERVE TOUR AND TASTING – Guided tour followed by a
showcases his exceptional wines like no other place could. private tasting of six of wines, including Reserve Wines
The Castle, comes complete with authentic features includ- $42/$21 wine club members - (includes entrance fee)
WINE TASTING PAIRED WITH CHOCOLATE – Let the hand-
ing a chapel, drawbridge, moat, courtyard, watch tower, made Belgian chocolates enhance your Wine Tasting
torture chamber, loggia, deep-well, secret passage ways and an Experience – $4 additional per person
outdoor oven. The guided tour wends its way through four HORSE-DRAWN VINEYARD TOUR – Available by reservation
only, Saturdays, $68 per person/$54.40 wine club members
levels including a visit to the wine storage caves, courtyard, ar-
WINE AWARDS
mory and the Great Hall with hand-painted frescoes and • Bien Nacido Chardonnay – 92 points from Wine Spectator
500-year-old fireplace. Every Sunday morning, the chapel • La Castellana – 92 points from Robert Parker
holds mass at 8:30 delivered entirely in Latin. • Il Barone – 94 points from Robert Parker
Castello di Amorosa wines are only available at the tasting
room or on the website. The wines reflect the same attention to
detail from vineyard to bottle. The Castle portfolio includes a IL Barone

wide range of old-world Italian-style wines. As you visit you’ll


learn about the many varietals they source, and about highly Castello di Amorosa
rated wines like the Bien Nacido Chardonnay, La Castellana and Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Il Barone. All part of a unique, rarified and memorable Wine 4045 North St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga
Country experience. (707) 967-6272
This remarkable place is truly a must-see and the wines are www.castellodiamorosa.com
memorable, stylistically crafted to complement food. Follow Castello di Amorosa
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As they say, Madrigal Vineyards is about “fine wines since
1995, vineyard traditions since 1937,” which is when this agri- VARIETALS
All Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Cabernet
cultural saga began. Today, they enjoy being a small producer
Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc.
of all estate wines. They get to know the people who drink
their wines and are proud to show off their brand new winery, TOURS
set in the heart of vineyards that make the valley such a cov- At Madrigal Vineyards you can tour the new winery for
eted piece of winemaking land. a first-hand look at small-lot wine production.
Three generations of the Madrigal family have farmed vine-
GOOD TO KNOW
yards in the Napa Valley. Their family history is a constant The reasonable tasting fee will be covered by a purchase.
source of inspiration and something they say guides them in They are complimentary for Wine Club members.
their winemaking practices and philosophy. It is evident that
they value the long relationship they’ve had with the land and FUN FACT
Sonnet #63, one of many wines they craft, is like the
people, and they pay homage to that heritage. That deep ap-
lyrical poem that lends it its’name, and is a tribute to
preciation of these vineyards can be tasted in their wine. that passion. It showcases the eloquence of Napa Valley’s
“Sip, savor and explore in the heart of Napa Valley’s vine- most exceptional fruit in a classic blend of Cabernet Franc,
yards! Surrounded by the stunning beauty of mountains and Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. In fact each of
vineyards, you’ll discover the personal side of winemaking. We their wines has individual, personal significance.
invite you to join us for an intriguing peek into the world of ar-
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tisan wines at our new family winery.” Check the Madrigal Vineyards website for upcoming
When you visit this charming family owned and operated special events at the winery.
winery in the northern part of the Napa Valley you’ll have the
opportunity to explore Madrigal wines in their intimate tasting Madrigal Vineyards
room. You are absolutely free to picnic on the winery grounds, Open daily10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment
and happy dogs on leashes are always welcome. So stroll 3718 North St. Helena Highway, Calistoga
through the vineyards, savor the wines and enjoy a memorable, (707) 942-8619 • www.madrigalvineyards.com
relaxing visit. By Charles Neave

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On &
Around Howell Mountain

Beginning on the Silverado Trail, this trip includes Conn


Valley, Howell Mountain and Pope Valley with striking Driving Time: 50 minutes
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In 1984, Todd Anderson began staking out his vineyard's
trellis system with his father, Gus Anderson. In fact, he per- GOOD TO KNOW
sonally cleared every inch of the former hay field that would • Anderson Conn Valley will customize your wine experi-
ence to suit your tastes. You can arrange for barrel
become his world famous vineyard. Many boast of building tastings in their cave and food pairings. Todd will even
their own winery, but few can state that they actually supply you with a premium cigar to enjoy with your
pounded each post. Todd’s devotion to doing things himself glass of Cabernet!
didn’t end with construction, though. His mastery of wine-
making has earned him top accolades from some of the most • If you’re here during the week, you’ll get to witness
discriminating wine experts in the world. His Ghost Horse the winemaking process firsthand. This is a working
winery. You might even be asked to help!
wines have never been beaten in competition against some of
the most pricy and revered wines produced. Never. • There is a story behind each of their wines and it
What is truly amazing is that when you visit Anderson is an entertainment event in itself to hear them.
Conn Valley, you get to spend time with Mr. Anderson him- You won’t be bored by the usual winery babble at
self. Very rarely is such a prominent and knowledgeable Anderson’s Conn Valley.
winemaker so accessible to the public. Todd will take you
• Be sure and give an ear-scratch to one of the multiple
into his barrel room and give you a firsthand account of the winery dogs. If Kira, Todd’s Vizsla, isn’t out hunting
passion and precision behind his wines. His riveting tales be- pheasants or quail, she’ll escort you into the tasting
hind the creation of each wine are a match to the artistry in room herself. In her absence, Scout, the lovable
each glass poured. Ridgeback is happy to play the host.
While the winery is known for ultra-premium wines that
command top prices, Anderson Conn Valley has a wonderful Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards
selection of more affordable wines, as well. They have long Open by appointment,
been known for their 100% Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvi- Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
gnon, but they are fast becoming known for their outstanding Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pinot Noir, too. Don’t miss the Bordeaux-style blends which
680 Rossi Road, St. Helena
include the Éloge and Right Bank, either. These complex and
(707) 963-8600 • www.connvalleyvineyards.com
full-bodied wines are stunning examples of the genre.
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Along a winding country road, up an unpaved drive and
past Gus – a big, friendly, chocolate lab – you’ll find one of GOOD TO KNOW
the most unpretentious, down-to-earth tasting rooms around. • Pope Valley was originally called Locallomes after the
The Pope Valley Winery offers a wine tasting experience Indians who first settled the valley. The name was
changed to Pope Valley after Julian Pope was given a
far removed from the ostentatious fare to be found at some land grant to the area by the Mexican government.
of the more well-known wine country destinations. Here After the governor signed it, Julian Pope paid twenty-
you will be treated less like a visitor and more like a friend. five cents and Pope Valley became his!
Winding through picturesque fields, undulating vine- • The Pope Valley Winery was originally the Burgundy
yards and oak-studded hills, one gets the feeling of being Winery & Olive Factory and was managed by Ed Haus.
transported back in time. The Pope Valley Winery was • The cave, entirely hand-dug, took nine years to build!
founded in 1897 by Ed Haus. The original farmhouse still • Winemaker, David Eakles reports that his favorite wine
graces the property, as well as a blacksmith’s workshop is the Pope Valley Reserve Cabernet.“I love its complex-
complete with the tools of the trade. The winery itself is ity and the fruit-forward flavor.”
housed in an historic building that was designed, before • Don’t miss the incredible Zinfandel Port! This rich,
electricity was brought to the site, to utilize the slope of the luscious wine is a great finish to a meal and the perfect
hill to move the grapes through the process of becoming ending for a day in the wine country.
fine wine. • Pope Valley Winey offers a Wonderful Cheese basket
The Eakle family now runs the winery and produces that pairs beautifully with their wines. Take one with
you, along with a glass of Pope Valley wine and sit out
5,000 cases of wine a year from estate-grown fruit, with under the towering oaks that look out over miles of
some from vines that are nearly seventy years old. Pope vineyards. This is what wine tasting is all about!
Valley Winery is noted for its Cabernet Sauvignon Estate
Reserve.The 2007 vintage just received a double gold at this Pope Valley Winery
year’s San Francisco Chronicle competition. The Eakle Ranch Monday - Wednesday by appointment (please call)
Merlot is a lush, fruitful wine that will complement nearly Thursday - Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
any dish. They also produce Sangiovese, Sangiovese Rosé, 6613 Pope Valley Road, Pope Valley
Zinfandel, Zinfandel Port as well as Old Vine and Late Har- “Turn left and go back 100 years.”
vest Chenin Blanc. By Ronda Giangreco (707) 965-1246 • www.popevalleywinery.com

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If you find yourself on the back roads leading to Summit
Lake Winery, chances are you are thinking yourself seriously GOOD TO KNOW
lost. No need to worry. One of the most good- natured wine- • Summit Lake Vineyard’s very first commercial release
makers you’ll ever meet is waiting for you. He’ll also help you was their ’78 Zinfandel, and it took the coveted Double
Gold at the California State Fair. It also sold out in just
find your way back down the hill.
eight days!
Bob Brakesman of Summit Lake Vineyards personifies the
pioneer spirit that led many to this area to try their hand at • Bob, back in his college days, once bought an old VW
van and drove it all across Europe while tasting wine
winemaking. His only motivation was a love of wine, but his along the way. It eventually took him all the way to
knowledge didn’t go much further than how to extract a cork Afghanistan!
from a bottle. However Bob and his late wife, Sue, had such • When Bob and Sue first purchased their twenty-eight
warm personalities that it wasn’t long before they were able to acre vineyard, it was totally overgrown with Manzanita,
cajole their way into getting some of the most learned minds in poison oak and coyote weed. Several years later, they
the business to provide both practical information and equip- even found an old tractor that had been completely
hidden by bushes!
ment to help them build their winery.
The land at Summit Lake didn’t seem to hold very much • It took three long years and much hard work to hand-
plant their thirteen acres of vineyards. Thankfully, they
promise. It was overgrown and rugged, but had been planted
had many friends willing to help who were all rewarded
decades ago with a small vineyard. While the couple was able with fantastic wine.
to coax the vines into producing a quality wine, the old plants
• This year is the fortieth anniversary. Summit Lake Vine-
just could not produce the quantity of fruit needed. With the yards is still going strong and still one of the few
help of friends, they planted more vines and began to build wineries that can boast of being completely family
their winery. owned and operated.
Today, Bob and his family produce several wonderful wines,
each named after a grandchild. The Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Summit Lake Vineyards
Zinfandel Port and Rosé are all estate grown. Their Howell Open by appointment only
Mountain Zinfandel “put them on the map” and gave them the 2000 Summit Lake Drive, Angwin • (707) 965-2488
respect of winemakers throughout the valley. By Ronda Giangreco www.summitlakevineyards.com

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At the end of a drive that sweeps through vineyards sits
VARIETALS
Howell Mountains’ Bravante Vineyards, home to premium, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and
estate-grown wines. Here, the commitment is always, and Cabernet Sauvignon
unwaveringly, to quality. “That goal drives everything we do in BARRELS
the vineyard and in the cellar,” said founder and proprietor Humidity-constant caves are full of American, French
George Bravante, a respected grower of citrus, stone fruit and and Hungarian oak barrels.
table grapes in the Central Valley. “We’re focused on crafting TOPOGRAPHY
consistently delicious and well-made wines from our historic As removed as the winery is from the bustle of
the Valley floor, it is still barely ten minutes from the
appellation. intersection of Deer Park Road and the Silverado Trail.
“From the beginning, our philosophy has been grounded in So there it sits, remote but easily accessible and the
one word: commitment. Commitment to creating world-class result is a casual, unhurried, relaxed and informative
tasting environment.
wine and commitment to the winemaking styles that best
express the varietals. And that quality starts in the vineyard.” HARVESTING
At harvest they hand pick into small, five pound trays to
The education and enjoyment begins in the compact but keep the integrity of each individual berry prior to crush;
comfortable tasting room, just off the winemaking facility, with and they harvest in small lots, only as the unique sections
gleaming silver tanks and a modern crusher-destemmer. Doors of their vineyards ripen one-by-one.
open on each end. Outside are entrances to the naturally tem- SPECIAL
perature and humidity controlled caves, an integral part of Ask about the much-coveted Simpatico blended from the
finest barrel-selected wine from each vintage, and Trio, a
their barrel aging program. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blend.
You begin your tour and tasting with a refreshing glass of
Sauvignon Blanc. Along the way you’ll hear anecdotes and Bravante Vineyards
history inside the caves and outdoors, where the views are Open Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
spectacular. It is education at its most sublime – an hour of by appointment
learning, but mostly it’s about the enjoyment of both wine and 300 Stone Ridge Road, Angwin
place. By Charles Neave (707) 965-2552 • www.bravantevineyard.com

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The tasting room at Viader is housed in a stunning stone
building perched on a mountain rim. From the moment you GOOD TO KNOW
step in you’ll know you have arrived at a hidden gem few are • All the rocks used in the building of the tasting room,
fortunate enough to find. offices, planters and walls were collected from the lands
The panoramic views that unfold before you are some of surrounding the vineyards. Especially selected are the
the most magnificent on earth. Then the wine arrives to ones covered with moss and those with unique shapes
that represent the natural beauty of the mountain’s
complete the experience of grandeur. Viader is known for
terrain in the architectural elements of each structure.
producing high-quality, limited-production red wines.
Expertly prepared hors d’oeuvres, lunches and dinners by • There are eight different types of lavender growing
Mariela Viader, a Thomas Keller trained chef, are also served on the estate. Not only are they gorgeous flowering
for private events. plants, but they attract bees and contribute to the
Viader is the creation of one very determined and talented aromatic nature of Viader wines.
woman. Delia Viader founded the winery in 1986. Her vision
of planting a European style vineyard, with vines oriented up • The third generation of winemakers is soon to arrive
and down the steep hillside of Howell Mountain, requires in the form of Deila’s second grandchild in August!
meticulous hand farming. The result is wines that consistently
garner rave reviews from discriminating wine lovers. • Viader is 1200 feet above the Napa Valley floor on the
Her signature wine, Viader Proprietary Red Blend, features rocky slopes of Howell Mountain. The European design
of the vineyards, with the vines oriented up and down
Cabernet Sauvignon with a significant component of Cabernet
the steep hillsides, is a planting method that optimizes
Franc. Viader “V” is an exclusive Petit Verdot blend. The estate sun exposure, vine density and erosion control.
Viader Syrah is a clonal blend of Barossa and Hermitage clones
of Syrah. Starting in 2003, she began producing “Dare by Vi-
ader,” a line that focuses on single varieties from select Viader Vineyards
vineyards in the Napa Valley blended with estate fruit, includ-
Please call ahead to make an appointment
ing a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet Franc, a
Tempranillo and a Dry Rosé. 1120 Deer Park Road, Deer Park
A truly elegant winery and outstanding wines…the essence (707) 963-3816 ext. 110
of a Napa Valley experience. By Ronda Giangreco www.viader.com

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There is one very important element that truly defines
Burgess Cellars: the unique site. As Steve Burgess says, “It GOOD TO KNOW
is why our wines are different. It is why we are different.” • The original grapes were planted by Italian emigrant
Located high on Howell Mountain, and commanding a Carlo Rossini in 1891 on property originally homsteaded in
breathtaking view of the Napa Valley, Burgess can trace its the 1870’s.
origins to a winery that was established on the property in
• Tom Burgess bought his small mountain-side winery in 1972
the 1880s. That was long before cars or paved roads ex- after falling in love with wine in the 1960s while touring Europe.
isted to link the property to civilization. The vineyards
were planted with the help of mules, dynamite and the • From an open-air, mountainside porch you can see all the way
hard work of people whose vision is reflected today in the from Saint Helena to Calistoga.
fine wines of Burgess. “We’ve been sustainable since before • Their signature wine is the Cabernet Sauvignon, a big, bold
the word was invented. With us it has always been a ne- wine that represents this varietal at its best.
cessity,” relates Steve.
• Burgess Winery keeps a large selection of wines in their
For those who wish to visit the historic wine country
library, offering guests the opportunity to buy aged wines.
of the Napa Valley, an afternoon at Burgess is essential. The wines in their library program are stored in ideal condi-
The tasting room experience at Burgess is refreshingly tions until release.“If you see our‘library selection’sticker on
free of pretentiousness. Located in their barrel room, the the wine,” Mr. Burgess said,“it means that it has either never
left our cellar or it’s only been shipped from us to the retailer
tasting bar is often manned by one of the family members. at the time of its library release.”
Burgess wines are elegant and complex with purity and
balance, and include an array of Cabernet, Merlot and • Steve Burgess, the winery’s head of sales and marketing, was
Syrah. They also make a few wines that are only obtainable actually born during the winery’s first harvest!
at the winery. Their Grenache and Grenache Rosé are true
“finds” that you won’t get anywhere else. Their flagship
Burgess Cellars
wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, thrives on the western slopes Call for an appointment.
of Howell Mountain near the winery. By Ronda Giangreco 1108 Deer Park Road, St. Helena
1-800-752-9463 • www.burgesscellars.com

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St. Helena
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.

FOOD Meadowood THINGS TO DO


Anna's Cantina 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena Weekends at the Culinary Institute
1205 Main Street, St. Helena, (707) 963-4921 1-800-458-8080, www.meadowood.com of America (CIA)
A great place to meet locals and indulge in some karoake! Luxury country resort unfolds across 250 2555 Main Street, St. Helena
A must for Thursday night visitors and public-singing- lush acres with tennis courts, croquet lawns, 1-888-995-1699
fans. Anna's is a locals hangout that happily welcomes 9-hole golf course and spa. www.ciaachef.edu/enthusiasts
visitors. Vineyard Country Inn Select a cooking or wine class at the
Farmstead Restaurant
201 Main Street, St. Helena, (707) 963-1000 world-famous CIA.
www.vineyardcountryinn.com
738 Main Street, St. Helena, (707) 963-9181
A three diamond, AAA approved lodge offer- Watch bocce ball Games
www.farmsteadnapa.com
ing 21 suites with fireplaces and grand most nights at Crane Park
Housed in a former nursery barn, Farmstead showcases the
bedrooms. Using lovely old world brick, the Crane & Grayson Avenues, St. Helena
seasonal, ingredient-driven American farmhouse cooking. Local bocce teams compete on summer nights.
Vineyard Inn courtyards, pool, and lounge
Go Fish Bring that bottle of wine, a picnic blanket
areas provide a great place to 'unwind' after
641 Main Street, St. Helena that 'stressful' day of wine tasting! and watch the games.
(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!
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(707) 963-444, www.travignerestaurant.com to St. Clement > 1 mile
to Beringer 1 mile
Italian inspired cuisine, remarkable 200 count wine list to Long Meadow Ranch > 1 mile
V. Sattui Winery to V. Sattui Winery > 1 mile V. SATTUI
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Vittorio Sattui was an Italian immigrant who founded a
winery in San Francisco in 1885, and is the great-grandfather VARIETALS
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Syrah,
of Dario Sattui, who opened his own winery in St. Helena in Chardonnay, White Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Madeira,
1975. It’s like a slice of Italy, with a busy piazza of stone walls, Sparkling Wines and more.
courtyards, archways, a tower, cellars, fountain and expansive
picnic grounds. Of course, a selection of award-winning wines HUNGRY?
Enjoy food and wine pairings and pick up a snack,
is always available. As in Italy, there are lively conversations, a picnic, something to nibble on or something sweet
lots of laughter and families celebrating. (try chocolate and Zinfandel on the lawn), all from the
It all begins when you enter the Marketplace and make deli where you’ll find more than 200 cheeses and an
your way to the tasting area and a variety of tasting options. If assortment of food items and gifts.
you like white wines, V. Sattui makes up to four different and PLAN FOR IT
distinct Chardonnays. They are also one of the biggest produc- The winery has a barbecue on warm weather weekends.
ers of Riesling in both dry and off-dry styles. With the
SPECIAL EVENTS
Premium Tasting you’ll try a flight of six single-vineyard and If you’re planning a wedding or dinner, everything you
limited-release wines. need for a special event is within those stone walls.
There’s a whole list of rich Cabernets from which to choose,
SPECIAL OFFERS
and long before anyone ever made White Zinfandel, V. Sattui Consider membership to the Cellar Club, which allows
produced a rosé from Gamay grapes. Every year it’s the single year-round access to taste a portfolio of their best wines
most popular wine, which probably has something to do with and invitations to special events.
its food and picnic friendly personality.
All Sattui wines are available exclusively at the winery or V. Sattui Winery
online, making a visit to the tasting room just a little more Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
special. Gold is the metal of choice for Sattui wines: in 2010, (6 p.m. in summer)
more than100 gold medals decorated the necks of Sattui bot- 1111 White Lane, St. Helena
tles. They have also been repeatedly honored with the title of (707) 963-7774 • www.vsattui.com
“Winery of the Year” at the California State Fair. Follow V. Sattui Winery on Facebook and Twitter.

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Complimentary Classic Tasting before 11am or 2 for 1 Premium Tasting after 11am.

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Here is the history, which is as important to the lush Napa
Valley as the volcanic mountain in St. Helena and the palisades VARIETALS
north of Calistoga: In the year 1861, Charles Krug established Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Merlot,
the first winery in the Napa Valley, so this year marks the win- Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel Port.
ery’s 150th anniversary. In 1862 he opened the doors to the FUN FACT
first tasting room in the Golden State. The Peter Mondavi Fam- The Flagship Cabernet has been produced at the winery
ily purchased the winery in 1943 and have preserved its since 1944.
traditions and historic buildings for four generations while PLAN AHEAD
also introducing state-of-the-art winemaking techniques and One of the most popular events in the Napa Valley is the
technology. annual Tastings on the Lawn. This year it’s September 10th.
The Family Reserve label is the hallmark of wines produced HISTORY
with grapes harvested from specific vineyard blocks in the win- The historic Redwood Cellar, built in 1872, is across from the
ery’s prime vineyards. The reserve Generations is a tribute to the picnic area. Behind the cellar lies the Carriage House built
generations of winemaking by the Peter Mondavi Family; Vin- for Krug’s wife to house her horses, and the sprawling Great
tage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon is their Flagship Cabernet. Lawn. The original cider press is on display and the property
With grapes from 850 acres of estate land, they make some of is bisected by train tracks that recall an era when Napa Valley
Napa Valley’s most popular wines. Their Limited Release fruit was shipped east to home winemakers during Prohibi-
selections are produced in small lots from 100 to 500 cases and tion.
harvested from the finest clonal selections of Cabernet Sauvi- GREEN
gnon and blending varieties. They’re available only through the The Peter Mondavi Family uses sustainable farming methods
tasting room and online at charleskrug.com. in the vineyards.
The tasting bars inside the friendly, casual tasting room are
made from the same redwood that the Peter Mondavi Family Charles Krug Winery
used to make redwood tanks for fermentation in the Redwood Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cellar after their purchase of the property. One of those enor-
mous tanks, and the original glass transfer tubes, remains in the 2800 Main Street (Route 29), St. Helena
newly restored barrel room. In many ways that sums up the 1-800-237-0033 • www.charleskrug.com
Charles Krug experience: history, family and well-crafted wines. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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The tasting room may be new but there is a lot of history
behind this winery situated north of St. Helena. John Ballen- VARIETALS
tine emigrated in 1910 from County Tyrone, Ireland to San Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel, Old
Vine Chenin Blanc, a rare Malvasia Bianca, Cabernet
Francisco. His family estate was called Deer Park and it be-
Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc
came a major influence in his life. His son Van grew up in the
Napa Valley helping to plant vineyards, prune vines and make FOOD PAIRING
wine. Try their rich Zinfandel Port with dark chocolate after
The history of this winery involves other families and any a meal, or just as a special treat any time of day.
number of hardworking characters, many of them members of
PRODUCTION
the Pocai family from Italy. Over time their winemaking, their … about 10,000 cases a year.
families and their fortunes intertwined. Even the devastating
San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 played a part. Luck was GEOGRAPHY
also a major player, especially when it came to the acquisition The hills that create the Napa Valley and help shape
of some of the best vineyard land in the entire Napa Valley. the wines made here with their altitude also impact
climate and soil. To the east is the Vaca Range on the
Luck can never be an underestimated component when it
other side of the Valley; to the west, across Route 29
comes to successful winemaking, something that continues to from the winery, are the Mayacamas.
this day.
When you enter the tasting room at this working winery, GREEN FACT
you find a long, stylish room with pale green walls, an The winery is now 100-percent solar powered, just one of
L-shaped bar and lots of stone and wood. Windows on the their green efforts.
north side look out on vineyards, the floor is slate, the lighting
modern, and you are likely to find yourself talking to the Ballentine Vineyards
owners and their enthusiastic staff.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only.
The wines offered for tasting include wonderful examples
of what the Napa Valley is famous for, and you’ll find your own 2820 St. Helena Highway North, St. Helena
favorites as you taste your way through Ballentine’s list. (707) 963-7919
By Charles Neave www.ballentinevineyards.com

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Words hardly do justice to St. Clement Vineyards and Tast-
ing Room. Set high above the Napa Valley floor in an 1870s ONLY AT THE WINERY!
St. Clement produces 13 wines, but only five of them are
Victorian house, St. Clement is at once regal and inviting.
in distribution. The remaining eight are secret little gems
St. Clement Vineyards was a private residence until 30 that you can only find in the tasting room.
years ago when it became a winery dedicated to producing
DON’T MISS:
world-class wines. Oroppas Cabernet Sauvignon, a unique wine of Cabernet
The home itself was built in 1878 and is a remarkable piece with a splash of Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc,
of California Victorian architecture. Think period-appropriate is a Bordeaux blend from four distinct Napa mountain
paint, decor and details like carved arrows in the eaves to ward vineyards. Produced since 1991, Oroppas never rates
off evil spirits! below 90 points, including the current 2007 Oroppas,
and it’s a steal at $55 per bottle!
Today, the St. Clement Tasting Room respects the history of
the building and welcomes guests to taste a $20 flight of five VARIETALS
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc,
St. Clement wines (whites and red). You may also select the Chardonnay
Single Vineyard Tasting for $25. This exclusive tasting takes
place on the Winery Terrace and includes your choice of four A BIT OF RECENT HISTORY
In 1976, local doctor William Casey purchased the historic
of the limited-production, single-vineyard wines – appoint- property and launched the St. Clements wine label. The
ment recommended. cross of“St. Clements”was a tribute to Casey’s ancestors
St. Clement Vineyards nurtures long-term relationships who helped to found the state of Maryland.
with some of the best grape growers in Napa Valley. Instead of
owning its own acreage, St. Clement produces wine with the St. Clement Vineyard
best quality grapes sourced from diverse AVAs such as Howell Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mountain, Mount Vedeer, Rutherford and Spring Mountain. Tours are offered:
More than 33 different soil series and 100 different soil Sunday through Friday 10:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.
variations are represented in St. Clement wines. Winemaker Saturdays 10:30 a.m. by appointment only
Danielle Cyrot is able to take these exceptional grapes and 2867 St. Helena Highway North, St. Helena
produce St. Clement wines with extraordinary depth and 1-866-877-5939 • www.stclement.com
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For more than 130 years, Beringer Vineyards has reflected
FUN FACT:
the rewards of hard labor, agricultural pride and determined Beringer Vineyards has Victorian era roots and is the old-
viticultural stewardship. est continuously operating winery in all of Napa Valley! In
German emigrant Jacob Beringer followed his brother Fred- 2001, the entire winery site was designated as a Historic
erick to the New World in 1868 to begin a new life. Hearing of District on the National Register of Historic Places.
California’s warm, sunny climate, the brothers headed west to VARIETALS:
Napa Valley. Vintage cellar worker, Jacob Beringer was thrilled Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel as well as
to find Napa’s rocky, well-drained soils similar to those of his Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir
native Rhine Valley. WHAT TO TASTE:
From the beginning, the Beringer brothers were vastly The 2007 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a spe-
ahead of the oenological times. Frederick and Jacob built a cialty release wine crafted from a blend of seven premier
gravity-flow winery and steam-powered grape crusher, then Napa Valley vineyards. A blend of mountain and valley
enlisted the help of Chinese laborers to hand-dig tunnels floor fruit, this Cabernet retails for $115. It also scored 95
points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate in December
within the hills of Napa Valley.
2010.
Today, these caves still perfectly cellar and age wine in a sta-
ble 58-degree environment – one crucial key to Beringer’s CALLING ALL FOODIES!
continued success in winemaking. Find recipes to perfectly pair with Beringer wines on the
Beringer wines are world-famous for crafting classic wines winery’s website. This month? Dungeness crab cakes
with cucumber and cilantro slaw paired with the Private
from Napa’s finest appellations and vineyards. Founder Jacob’s
Reserve Chardonnay
foresight in recognizing the quality and potential of grape
growing in the Napa Valley is part of the living heritage of Beringer Vineyards
Beringer Vineyards. In its third century, Beringer is led by
Winemaker Laurie Hook who produces wines that speak elo- Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
quently of Beringer’s rich history and contemporary elegance. 2000 Main Street , St. Helena
Laurie speaks volumes when she says “you can’t make wine 1-866-708-9463 • www.beringer.com
only through science...trust your intuition as well.” It is this Follow Beringer Vineyards on Facebook and
blend of art and science that elevates Beringer wines above the learn of new releases and special events!
rest. by Abigail P. Zimmerman

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When Napa Valley is bustling and it’s time for a break, drop
by Arger-Martucci Vineyards where you can enjoy award win- VARIETALS
ning wines in a relaxing and unpretentious setting. Located Iliad (white blend), Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon,
just south of St. Helena, the winery is quaint and picturesque. Odyssey (Estate Reserve), Cabernet Franc, Petite Syrah,
The tasting room’s poolside picnic area, complete with an out- and Dulcinea (dessert wine).
door gazebo, boasts a beautiful view of the Mayacamas
FUN FACT
Mountains and offers guests the ideal atmosphere to taste ex- Although he has been making wine for over 35 years
ceptional wines away from the crowds. and has crafted many award-winning wines, Dr. Arger
Arger-Martucci is a boutique, family-owned winery that is has never taken a formal winemaking class!
more than a business venture between two owners. It is a love
and appreciation of making great wine that is shared by two VINEYARDS
families – one Greek, the other of Italian descent. Owners All red wines, with the exception of the Petite Syrah, are
Kosta Arger and Rich Martucci first met and became close estate grown on their mountainside Odyssey Vineyards,
friends through a Reno, NV wine tasting group in the ’80s. At which are located 1,400 feet above the Napa Valley floor
the time, Arger was establishing himself as an accomplished on Atlas Peak.
cardiologist and skilled home winemaker, while Martucci was FAMILY
working to build the struggling bank he had acquired. Dr. The next generation is also involved in the winery full
Arger, who learned to make wine in the ’70s from the leg- time. Anthony Arger handles the outside sales and mar-
endary Joe Heitz of Heitz Cellars, had always dreamed of keting duties, while Vince Martucci is the assistant
starting a Napa Valley winery. In 1998, both families were winemaker and oversees the tasting room.
looking for property in the Napa Valley and decided it was the
perfect time to partner and start a winery. SPECIAL OFFERS
The Arger-Martucci partnership is ideal – Rich manages the Ask about the Arger-Martucci Wine Club – it’s one of the
financial aspects of the business, while Kosta handles the wine- best deals in the Napa Valley!
making. Still a practicing cardiologist in Reno, Dr. Arger
spends his weekends, holidays and the harvest in Napa Valley. Arger-Martucci Vineyards
The winery is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and its es- Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
tate reserve, Bordeaux-style blend, the Odyssey. They also Appointments are encouraged.
produce a handful of other delicious reds, along with an ele-
gant white blend called the Iliad. Stop by and enjoy this 1455 Inglewood Avenue, St. Helena
wonderful Napa Valley secret. (707) 963-4334 • www.arger-martucci.com

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For years Whitehall Lane has been known for its wide
variety of wines, incredible Cabernets and friendly staff. VARIETALS
The Leonardini family owns and operates the winery and has Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon,
created a portfolio of limited-production wines found only at Merlot and Pinot Noir
the winery. SPECIAL OFFERS
To introduce visitors to Whitehall Lane and do some Check the website for new offers.
painless wine education, they offer daily tastings covering such
topics as the art and science of winemaking, the valley history CLUB ROOM
and just plain fun facts. They talk about varietals, sensory A seated VIP tasting experience with light fare in the
evaluations of wine and pairing wine with food. During each Club Room overlooking the Estate Vineyard and
session you’ll sample a variety of current-release wines such Barrel Room. By appointment only.
Seatings at 11am, 1pm and 2:30 pm daily.
as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and
Cabernet Sauvignon. EDUCATION
For the most discerning visitors they offer an exclusive wine The winery offers an enjoyable and informative interac-
tasting experience in their Club Room, perched atop the win- tive tour and tasting at 11 a.m. (11:30 a.m. on Saturday
ery’s newest addition. You’ll enjoy a seated tasting of Reserve and Sunday) in the winery’s Reserve Room. You’ll tour
Cabernet with a winery concierge in this beautiful setting with this state-of-the-art facility and surrounding vineyards
a sweeping view of vineyards from indoors and on the deck. on the way to tasting their wines.
A charcuterie platter is available to accompany your tasting. GREAT GIFT
An appointment is required. Allow an hour so you can relax One of the coolest gifts in Napa Valley is a compact tast-
and fully enjoy the experience. ing kit that includes six sample-sized bottles of their
Actually, there are all sorts of wine surprises in the Club wines in a sleek box with tasting notes on each wine.
Room. You may get a preview of an unreleased wine, a vertical
from the library, or a horizontal tasting of all the winery’s Whitehall Lane Winery
Cabernets. They now produce two single-vineyard Cabernet Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sauvignons: the Leonardini Vineyard Cabernet from the
St. Helena appellation, and the Millennium MM Vineyard 1563 St. Helena Highway South - St. Helena
from Rutherford. But the fact is that no matter which of the 1-800-963-9454 - www.whitehalllane.com
tasting options you choose, you can be guaranteed an experi- Look for Whitehall Lane Winery
ence you’ll long remember. on Facebook and Twitter.

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Oakville
Oakville is part of beautiful, rolling, unincorporated Napa County. Oakville began in the 1860s as a waterstop for the tourist steam trains owned by
the Napa Valley Train Company. Still known as a great tourist locale, Oakville is best known for its great little artisan grocery store, post-office
and 24 surrounding world-famous wineries.
FOOD
Oakville Grocery
7856 Highway 29, Oakville, CA 94562
(707) 944-8802, www.oakvillegrocery.com
Built in 1881, this "little country store" has sold
local, all-California sundries, deli delights, and
confections for more than 120 years... This is a
great place to find gifts!

Rutherford Grill
1180 Rutherford Road, Rutherford
(707) 963-1792, www.hillstone.com
Located at the crossroads of Hwy 29 and Rutherford
Road, the Rutherford Grill has been serving fabulous
food to locals and tourists of Napa Valley for
decades. Don't miss the fantastic selection of appe-
tizers and entrees!

THINGS TO DO
Robert Mondavi Summer Concert Series
Highway 29, Oakville, CA94562
1-888-766-6328, www.robertmondavi.com
Enjoy cool outdoor concerts at the Napa Valley
Opera House OR under the imposing
Mayacamas.
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The four sons of John Piña Jr. and Arline (Glos) Piña work
together to continue a tradition of pride, passion and persist- GOOD TO KNOW
ence that for decades has produced some of the finest wines in • The old tractor that sits up by the winery is over 80
the valley. years old and was used by the Piña brother’s father
Piña Napa Valley’s history of growing grapes and making when he was a young man to cultivate the fields of
wine in the Napa Valley stretches back to1856 when their the valley.
ancestor, Bluford Stice, led a wagon train into the valley from
Missouri. It was their great-great-grandfather, Bluford Stice’s son, • Join the Piña Red Tilde Club and when you come to taste
Lafayette, a farmer and winemaker, who was one of the first you can use there Bocce courts and even get instructions
leaders of the wine industry in Napa Valley at the turn of the on how to play.
twentieth century, serving as the winemaker at Inglenook
Winery. • Larry Piña says his favorite wine is a toss-up
Their family has seen a lot of changes to the valley they between the Firehouse Vineyard Cabernet and the
hold so dear, but in spite of temptations to the contrary, they Buckeye Vineyard Howell Mountain Cabernet.
have remained true to the vision of their predecessors to “They’re both big, juicy Cabs!”
produce great wine and only great wine.
From the moment you spy the old tractor parked near the • The Piña Brothers are noted for their fantastic paella.
entrance of Piña Napa Valley you realize that this is not a Visit their website for upcoming events to sample this
“Hollywood” winery. This a real working winery, no fancy great dish with a fabulous Cabernet.
offices, conference rooms or neckties will be seen.
The tasting room is similarly unadorned. At Piña it is all
about the wine. While standing in a working barrel room, you Piña Napa Valley
might be asked to step aside as workers hoist hoses and tote Open daily, by appointment, 10 am to 4 pm
cases. The Piña brothers have put nearly all of their effort,
money and time into one thing…the wine. That fact will be 8060 SilveradoTrail, Rutherford
apparent from your first taste of their magnificent Cabernets. North of Skellenger Lane
They also produce a luscious Chardonnay that is a must-have. (707) 738-9328
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Saddleback Cellars is an unpretentious, small winery
VARIETALS
nestled in the heart of the Oakville District. Sitting on 17 Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc Viognier, Chardonnay, Rosé,
acres (15 of which is planted in vines), Saddleback Cel- Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon
lars is the passion of winemaker, Nils Venge who, with
three decades in the wine business, has been a major HISTORY
presence in the Napa Valley. He was, in fact, the first “I bought the property in 1976. I started the winery six
person to obtain a perfect 100 score from wine critic years later, though after the first crush I had to keep the
Robert Parker Jr. for his Cabernet Sauvignon at neighbor- barrels at neighboring Silver Oak for a year (due to the
restructuring and bonding of our building).” Today the
ing Groth Winery.
winery produces around 6,500 cases annually, made from
Saddleback is casual, fun and informal. The word
a number of different varietals.
“boutique” is as close as this winery comes to taking on
aires. One has the distinct impression that here, it is said FUN FACT
with a smile and perhaps a quiet chuckle. You leave pre- Though it says on the wine glass“Gitt Along Little
tension behind as soon as you make the turn onto Doggie,”what they really want is for you to relax, linger
Money Rd. and if there is an over-riding philosophy here and allow your taste buds to indulge.
it seems to be: “Make terrific wine and have a great
time.” The two are anything but mutually exclusive.
The tastings can be, weather dictating, indoors around
Saddleback Cellars
an antique oval wine tank top or outdoors next to the Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
by appointment
crush pad. There are picnic tables, vine-facing chairs and
market umbrellas with several wines to taste and enjoy. 7802 Money Road, Oakville
Speakers hum with good ol’ country music to match the (707) 944-1305
western atmosphere. The “floor” outside the winery is www.saddlebackcellars.com
bark and earth. “We are as close to the earth as we can Follow Saddleback Cellars
get, just as mother nature intended.” By Charles Neave on Facebook and Twitter.

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Turnbull Wine Cellars is a fabulous winery just off Highway
WORLD CLASS FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
29 in Oakville, the famed Napa Valley AVA. Turnbull Wine Cellars quietly boasts one of the finest
Known for full-bodied, well-structured wines, Turnbull also permanent photography collections on the West Coast.
boasts a world-class photography collection. Each exhibition features 60 to 90 privately owned,
When it comes to great wine, the secret is to start with the original works by master photographers including
best fruit. A key component of quality, Turnbull fruit captures Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Berenice Abbott,
the unique character of each of their four estate vineyards. Edward Striechen and Yousuf Karsh.
Don’t Miss:“Modernism – Photography after 1930”
The diversity of sourcing fruit from these four carefully farmed
ranches allows Winemaker Peter Heitz to create wines with FUN FACT
distinctive flavors that capture the personality of each site and The Turnbull name dates back to the early 1300s when a
growing season. Game Keeper of Robert the Bruce saved the king’s life by
turning away a ferocious bull that had threatened to gore
Experience Turnbull’s world-class photography collection
the king. The grateful king knighted his subject“Turnbull”
while you enjoy Turnbull wines in the Reserve Tasting Room and awarded him a crest featuring a bull’s head twisted
and Art Gallery. back that has adorned the Turnbull wines since its found-
This cavernous room holds oak wine barrels – floor to ing in 1979.
vaulted ceiling – and the label’s signature collection of privately
SIGNATURE WINES
owned fine art photography. For $20 per person, guests 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, $40
visiting the Reserve Room may personally choose four Reserve Rated 92 points (Robert Parker)
wines from Turnbull’s – usually Cabernet – single vineyard and 2007 Black Label Cabernet, $100
select releases. For a $10 tasting fee, guests may sample Rated 94 points (Robert Parker)
Turnbull Wines in Turnbull’s Tasting Room and Gift Shop. PLAN AHEAD
The winery itself is special, too. Famous American architect Private Food & Wine Education Class:
and founder William Turnbull designed many other wineries in $40 per person and well worth it!
Napa during the 1970s. However, when he set out to
design this signature winery, his vision was to create a winery Turnbull Wine Cellars
where the aesthetics implied that every drop of wine was pre- Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
cious. Today, Turnbull Cellars continues to honor the original 8210 St. Helena Hwy, Oakville
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Rutherford

FROM THE WRAPAROUND DECK AT AUBERGE DU SOLEIL BISTRO & BAR


This central, verdant quilt of Napa Valley boasts countless principal wineries that makes Napa so famous: Whitehall Lane, Grgich Hills, Mumm Napa,
Cakebread to name just a few. If you seek grandeur, striking beauty and wine country elegance, Rutherford is a great place to begin!
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Rutherford Grill
1180 Rutherford Road, Rutherford KULETO
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Located at the crossroads of Hwy 29 and Rutherford
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food to locals and tourists of Napa Valley for
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Winding through the eastern hills of the Napa Valley one
would be forgiven for believing it impossible for a winery to be GOOD TO KNOW
in such a remote setting. While snaking through the back • An accompanying cheese plate comes with the pur-
chase of a tour and tasting.
roads, a sense of anticipation builds. Something wonderful
• The winery is 1250 feet above the valley floor with
must be around the next turn. Indeed it is. Pat Kuleto has sweeping views of Lake Hennessey and the vineyards
made certain that you will be amply rewarded for undertaking of the Napa Valley.
the drive to his magnificent Kuleto Estate. • Their most unique wine is the Moscato which is
Upon arrival, you will feel transported back in time. Every- fermented dry (i.e. almost no residual sugar), making
where there is the look and feel of real California, complete it one of the few Moscatos that is not a dessert wine.
with a rustic blend of Hispanic influences and the Old West. This wine is the ideal pairing for oysters!
• The“Amalfi Coast”is a magnificent picnic area that
Once inside, visitors are greeted with a feast for the eyes in
overlooks Lake Brunello – a“Pat-made”lake and the per-
every corner. Massive one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures fashioned fect backdrop for events, picnics or private dinners.
from gnarled tree limbs illuminate classic mission-style furnish- • There are nine wood-burning ovens for making pizzas
ings. The gracious staff of Kuleto Estates will start you off with on the estate.
a “walking splash” of their refreshingly approachable Rosato, a • Make an appointment for a“Winemaker’s Whim”tasting
dry rosé. You will then head out for a tour of the grounds of that is conducted by their winemaker (when available)
this magnificent estate, passing by the “Amalfi” patio that over- and often includes barrel tasting, a blending seminar or
any other task that keeps a winemaker busy from day to
looks picturesque Lake Brunello, an awe-inspiring fountain of
day. At a cost of only $75 this is one of the best ways to
wine vessels and Mr. Kuleto’s private home, “Villa Cucina,” as really discover the passion and art behind winemaking.
you head to the jewel in the crown…the breathtaking view.
Standing at the base of the estate’s “Wedding Tree,” one will Kuleto Estate
gaze on a vista that is unparalleled in scope.
Daily tours & tasting, by appointment
Your guide will then pour some of the ultra-premium wines at 10:30, 11:45 a.m., 1 & 2:30 p.m.
that have made this winery famous. Cabernets, Syrah, Zinfan-
del, as well as Sangiovese, Chardonnay and a dry Moscato are
2470 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena
paired with artisan cheeses to create a perfect marriage of sa- (707) 302-2209 • www.kuletoestate.com
vory sensations. By Ronda Giangreco Follow Kuleto Estate on Facebook.

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A visit to enchanted Chappellet Winery is a list-topping ne-
cessity for the true wine country adventurer, for this is a place VARIETALS
of unparalleled vineyard beauty; the ultimate discovery of soli- Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot,
tary splendor at the pinnacle of an intriguing detour above and Chardonnay
beyond the valley floor.
THE SETTING
Intrepid tasting room guests arriving at Chappellet might
The experience at Chappellet is one of breathtaking
find themselves a tad disorientated at the understated exterior
scenery, educational and interactive walks through
of the winery atop Pritchard Hill. A narrow, fern-lined footpath
the vineyards and of course, extraordinary wines.
from the parking area is the only indication that you are enter-
ing the secluded winery. FAMILY
Once inside, there is no mistaking the understated level Sustainability is taken seriously at Chappellet, where
of sophistication in the production and cellaring facilities. farming has been a way of life for the family-owned
In place of a formal tasting room, visitors are treated to the winery for more than forty years. Today, Pritchard Hill
authentic experience of sampling extraordinary Cabs, cool is home to many members of the Chappellet family.
climate Chardonnay and Mountain Cuvee inside the barrel-
storage facility, complete with a banquet table, mood lighting, BIRDS
ambient heating and stylish down jackets for inclement weather. Special boxes are designed to accommodate the vineyard
The 90-minute tasting tours are all about the making of manager’s feathered friends. They, in turn, help to keep
exceptional mountain wines, as visitors are guided through the the rodents and other pests in check throughout the year.
production process and a delightfully entertaining and informa-
tive stroll with vineyard vistas. Chappellet Winery
Standing some 1,200 scenic feet above Lake Hennessy, across
Tours and tasting by appointment only
from Mount St. Helena, visitors are kept company on their tour
at 10:30 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. Monday-Friday
by the sounds of bluebirds, owls, kestrels and red tail hawks
Saturday & Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m.
drawn by the winery’s outstanding organic vineyards.
Visitors can’t help but be captivated by the rustic charm of 1581 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena
this remote, hilltop locale where one could quite happily set up (707) 963-7136 • www.chappellet.com/visit
camp and stay awhile among the vines and the sound of nature Follow Chappellet Winery
in a gloriously protected spot. on Facebook and Twitter.

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You can visit Napa Valley simply because it’s one of the
most beautiful places in the world, but you are most likely SPECIAL TOURS AND TASTINGS
there to taste some of its world-famous wines – and you have a NEW! A Bordeaux-oriented tour of the winery’s awesome
caves: taste four different varietals and then taste them all
few hundred wineries to consider. Your visit to wine country blended into the Terlato Family Vineyards Devils’Peak, an
shouldn’t feel like a frenzy to cover all the territory, so here’s homage to the St. Emilion viticulture area of the Bordeaux
how to make it easy on yourself: taste the best wine the valley region. $25 per person.
has to offer and enjoy its gorgeous views at the Terlato family’s
SPECIAL OFFER
Rutherford Hill Winery.
A six-bottle vertical (different vintages of the same wine)
The idyllic location sets this winery apart from the crowded of 2004, 2005 and 2006 Merlots (two bottles of each)
valley flatlands. It sits on the secluded eastern hillside of upper for only $129.
Napa Valley, just off the Silverado Trail. The tasting room is a
wonderfully weathered wooden barn structure with a gambrel PLAN AHEAD
The popular public tours and picnic grounds can fill up fast, so
roof, tucked into the hillside and surrounded by rows of climb- do call ahead to make a reservation. (As do all wineries with
ing roses and exuberantly vivid beds of flowers. Picnic tables picnic sites, Rutherford Hill requests that you enjoy only its
scattered among graceful olive trees offer stunning views of the wine with your lunch.)
entire valley. It’s the perfect place to spend your day tasting
VARIETALS
wine. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Zinfandel,
Rutherford Hill crafts more than 15 great wines, all excel- Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Zinfandel Port (a delicious dessert
lent values and almost all available only in the tasting room (or wine), Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and many others!
to wine club members). Rutherford Hill is one of the very few
wineries that produces all five red Bordeaux varietals as indi- Rutherford Hill Winery
vidual offerings, so it’s an unusual opportunity for you to taste A Terlato Family Property
each one and learn how wines are blended for maximal quality Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
and flavor. White wine lovers will also be delighted with two
200 Rutherford Hill Road, just off Silverado Trail
stylistically unique Chardonnays and a picnic-perfect Sauvi-
gnon Blanc. And speaking of picnics, the Terlato family warmly (707) 963-1871 • www.rutherfordhill.com
invites you to enjoy one here, with a bottle of your favorite You can also follow Rutherford Hill Winery
Rutherford Hill Wine. By Nan Reilly on Facebook & Twitter.

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2 tastings for the price of 1 (plus a 10% discount on purchase of 3 bottles or more) when you present this article.

www.WineCountryThisWeek.com Rutherford
Of the 15 sub-appellations in the Napa Valley the Rutherford
AVA may be the most renowned. Legendary winemaker André VARIETALS
Tchelistcheff said, “It takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvi-
gnon Blanc and Zinfandel
Cabernet.”
The Zaninovich family acquired the winery and estate vine- FUN FACT
yards in 2000, but have been growing grapes and crafting wines Corks are a natural and renewable resource produced from
for three generations. The winery grounds include a century-old the bark of cork oak (Quercus Suber to be exact). In Portugal
olive grove and an unpretentious, homey atmosphere makes it a during spring and summer, the thick outer bark is harvested
peaceful respite in a day of winery hopping. Visitors are welcome by hand (mechanized processes have not replaced the age-
to enjoy picnics under the oak trees. old methods) without damaging the tree. In fact, studies
Rutherford Ranch’s full line of award-winning premium Napa have shown that cork harvesting actually adds to the tree’s
health and vigor. You can see one of these amazing specimens
Valley varietals include a selection of Cabernet Sauvignons (several
at the winery.
only available at the winery), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Mer-
lot, Zinfandel and Rhiannon, a deep, rich proprietary red blend. GREEN
“Our winemaking team crafts elegant, true-to-the-varietal wines Ask about the winery’s 100% CCOF (Certified California
with fruit sourced from the two estate vineyards and other select Organic Farmers) organic estate vineyards.
vineyards throughout the valley. The cooler sites yield grapes with
bright, rich flavors and tropical fruit characteristics. Warmer sites LABELS
within the valley produce grapes with deep, intense flavors. To- The wines of Rutherford Wine Company include
Rutherford Ranch Winery, Round Hill, Scott Family Estate
gether they provide the winemakers with an unequaled palette of (Arroyo Seco), Lander-Jenkins Vineyards and Predator.
flavor and character and quality.”
All are available in the tasting room along with Scott Family Rutherford Ranch Winery
Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the family’s vineyards in
Monterey County. Visitors can also enjoy the winery’s signature Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Chocolates & Reds tasting – an instructive and delicious experi- 1680 Silverado Trail South, St. Helena
ence – and purchase family-produced olive oil and organically (707) 968-3200 • www.rutherfordranch.com
grown raisins (a visitor and staff favorite). Take the time to dis- Look for Rutherford Ranch Winery
cover these “Wines Worth Knowing.” on Facebook and Twitter.

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For the most cumulative representation of Napa Valley’s
diverse wine portfolio, visit Conn Creek located on the Silver- WINE STANDOUT
The 2008 Cabernet Franc is nothing short of breathtaking.
ado Trail. Each wine is sourced from one of almost every one
Its plush, ripe fruit soars across the palate in a symphony
of the fifteen different growing areas in Napa Valley. Before of blackberry, plum, eucalyptus and cinnamon. The mouth
each harvest, the winemakers blind taste from these areas and feel is absolutely delightful and will be enjoyed by both
focus on four with the most superior quality for the cele- wine experts and novices alike. At $25 a bottle, this wine
brated AVA series. This in turn creates a multitude of could easily sell at $50 so come in and take advance of such
decadence in a bottle.
complex wines that are distinctly unique in both style and
presentation. Each bottle is crafted to absolute perfection and ENJOY THE TOP OF THE LINE
embodies the defined nuances of each represented region. The 2006 Anthology is a Bordeaux blend comprised
In order to further edify patrons in the art of winemaking, predominately of Cabernet Sauvignon and is the flagship of
Conn Creek. The elegantly creamy mouth feel compliments
Conn Creek offers the “AVA Room Blending Experience” notes of blackberry, chocolate and thyme. The defined
twice a day which allows customers to choose from nineteen tannin structure makes this wine powerful, but not abrasive
different barrels (fifteen of which are Cabernet Sauvignon) to the palate as one internally swims in its majesty.
filled with individual Bordeaux grapes and encourages them ADDITIONAL RECOGNITION
to construct their own blend. During the seminar, the patron The AVA Room Blending Experience received further
learns about the in-depth process of creating a superior blend recognition by becoming the recipient of the internationally
and also creates their own label design and attaches it to the acclaimed“Innovative Wine Tourism Experience”by the 2011
100ml bottle that is used in the blending. It is no wonder Best of Wine Tourism Awards. The event itself has the effect
of a once in a lifetime experience so it is no wonder that it
that this event received the illustrious “Most Innovative Win- was given such a prestigious award.
ery Experience Award” from the Great Wine Capitals Global
Network. After the seminar has concluded, the newly con-
cocted blend is taken home by the freshly made wine
Conn Creek Winery
connoisseur so that one can reminisce as well as actively Sunday-Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
enjoy the time very well spent at Conn Creek with loved 8711 Silverado Trail, Napa
ones, regaling them with stories of how such an exquisite 1-800-793-7960 • www.conncreek.com
blend came into being. By Brendan Conroy Follow Conn Creek on Facebook.

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Stags Leap/Yountville
Stags Leap and Yountville AVAs are best known
for producing more restrained Cabernets than Driving Time: 10 minutes
their warmer microclimate neighbors. Both From Steltzner
regions benefit from western hills that funnel to Stags’Leap Winery > 1 mile
to Silverado Vineyards > 1 mile BALDACCI
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(707) 204-6000, www.bardessono.com THINGS TO DO Napa Valley Bike Tours
A chic hotel, restaurant and spa in the heart on V Marketplace 6795 Washington Street, Yountville
Yountville. Think perfectly made cappuccino, 6525 Washington Street, Yountville (707) 944-2953
gourmet picnics made to order, in-room mas- (707) 944-2451, www.vmarketplace.com www.napavalleybiketours.com
sages, discreet outdoor showers, rooftop pool and Find that perfect home, garden or bath accessory. Rent safe, clean, tuned-up bikes for a few hours,
winemaker dinners. Dog friendly. Discover fine art, gourmet chocolates, artisanal a whole day or even join in for a four-night
Yountville Inn wine labels, quality clothing and carefully crafted bicycling vacation! Often the best memories of
6462 Washington Street, Yountville jewelry for all ages! Dine in some of Napa's most a trip don't come home in a shopping bag; they
1-866-366-8166, www.yountvilleinn.com popular cafés and fine restaurants. are the memories you make with your loved ones.
A lovely hotel with old-world craftsmanship, large rooms, V Marketplace is a destination offering the best Guided and self-guided tours also available.
excellent customer service and creekside setting . of everything in Napa. What a great find!
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1-800-531-1133, www.villagio.com (707) 944-9211, www.rasgalleries.com (707) 944-4408, www.nvaloft.com
Wine Spectator magazine calls Villagio “the ideal An exclusive American art glass, ceramics, Soar high above the vineyards, hilltops, and
pied-a-terre for anyone intent on exploring the glo- and fine art gallery. RAS Galleries is thrilled gaze all the way to San Francisco. Guaranteed
ries of America's preeminent wine region.” Spacious to be thriving since 1990 and provides world-class single flights (not a bunch of low altitude hops),
rooms, welcome bottle of wine, daily Champagne collectors as well as new art enthusiasts a place to professional pilots and staff, and Napa Valley
breakfast buffet and afternoon tea all add the perfect explore some of the finest artisan works created lunches clearly made Napa Valley Aloft a first

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Steltzner Vineyards is, plain and simple, a “family of farm-
ers” who have done it all by themselves, during fifty years of WHAT TO TASTE:
Winemaker Tim Dolven’s favorite is the silky Merlot (prefer-
winegrowing and forty years of commercial wine production.
ably in a hot tub). Allison Steltzner is partial to the single
They’ve never waivered from their commitment to a basic vineyard Pool Block Cabernet for its purity of fruit. The man
philosophy, best summed up by daughter and General himself, Dick Steltzner, suggests the Reserve Cabernet to get
Manager/National Sales Director Allison Steltzner: “Our family a sense of how the estate’s fruit ages evolves in barrel.
believes great wine starts in the vineyard, so we do it all – grow PLAN AHEAD
it, harvest it and craft it into exceptional wine.” There is a patio with several outdoor tables for picnicking and
And that they do, and have done, since before most of the the view looking up at the mid-valley is not to be missed.
valley was Napa Valley. Dick and Christine Steltzner were the LITTLE KNOWN FACT
second people to plant Cabernet Sauvignon in the Stags Leap The only Napa Valley Pinotage – a richer, earthier wine than
District, and their first decade in business saw them growing its parent Pinot Noir – is made by Steltzner Vineyards from
fruit for many of the first post-Prohibition Napa Valley winer- its estate Stags Leap District fruit.
ies. Involvement of the next generation of Steltzners began VISIT
when Allison joined her father in 2002, and son Justin entered Tours and tastings are appointment only – one of the reasons
the vineyards alongside Dick several years before, learning the the winery is a hidden secret – but for groups of six or less,
same day appointments are usually available by calling
craft of caring for the estate vines from the man who planted (707) 252-7272 or by booking online at steltzner.com.
them. Cave tours and barrel tastings are available Fridays through
Despite this impressive pedigree, the mission-style tasting Sundays with prior appointment.
room is relaxed, allowing the wines themselves to shine. With
the variety of Stags Leap District releases available, there is Steltzner Vineyards
definitely something for every palate and experience-seeker. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment
Not only are there multiple Cabernets to try, including single- 5998 Silverado Trail, Napa
vineyard and reserves, but the winery also produces less well (707) 252-7272 • www.steltzner.com
known but no less delicious varietals that most others simply Follow Steltzner Vineyards:
can’t replicate because no one else is growing the fruit in Stags Facebook.com/steltzner.vineyards,
Leap or anywhere else. By Josh Stein Twitter: @sldwinegirl, steltzner.com

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Silverado Vineyards is located on one of the most central
peaks in the Napa Valley, a virtual island in a sea of vineyards. GOOD DO KNOW
• The winery’s name, Silverado, comes from the abandoned
Diane and Ron Miller purchased their piece of paradise in mining town at the top of the Napa Valley, where Robert
the 1970s. In 1981 they established Silverado Vineyards. Lewis Stevenson lived during the 1880s and wrote about
Today, three generations of the Miller family are involved with in his book“The Silverado Squatters”.
the winery and continue a tradition of excellence for which the
• Their Firetree Vineyard is named after a magnificent oak
wines of Silverado Vineyards are known. that is hundreds of years old. It appears to be scarred by
A visit to their mountaintop aerie involves a winding road a prehistoric fire, hence the unusual historical name of
off the Silverado Trail that leads to the majestic villa and its this picturesque vineyard.
commanding vistas. The tasting room offers a number of
• Silverado Winery has done considerable work along the
options for enjoying your visit. The Estate Tasting requires no banks of the Hopper Creek to ensure that the water is
advance reservations and offers a lovely selection of current clean and cold as it makes its way between the town of
release wines at a cost of fifteen dollars. For ten dollars more, Yountville and the salmon spawning grounds in the
you can sample their limited-production wines. Napa River, earning them recognition from both the
California State Assembly and the United States House
During the months of May through October you can enjoy of Representatives for Land Stewardship.
the Single Vineyard Tasting. This is the ultimate in affordable
luxury. You will be escorted to your table on a secluded private VARIETALS
terrace and be presented with a sampling of four single Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese,
Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay
vineyard wines, each paired with artisan cheeses. This unfor-
gettable experience is well worth the price of $35 per person.
Silverado Vineyards
For a day in the vineyards, try the Saddle Block Vineyard
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tour. This tour allows you to stroll amongst the vines and then
relax in the shade of a magnificent oak tree while sampling 6121 SilveradoTrail, Napa
wine, along with wonderful seasonal appetizers. At $75 per
(707) 257-1770 • www.silveradovineyards.com
person, this is a wine tasting adventure that you will be talking Look for the latest news about Silverado Vineyards
about for years to come. By Ronda Giangreco offerings and events on their FaceBook Page!

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Drive into the historic and world famous Stags’ Leap Win-
ery and be transported back in time. FUN FACT:
The old stone Manor House was built more than 110 years By the 1920s,“Stags’Leap Manor,” as it came to be
ago from local rock and granite quarried nearby, and the win- known, was a fashionable destination spot for vacation-
ing Hollywood elite and bootleggers, regardless of that
ery itself gave rise to the very legends that are the Napa Valley pesky federal law called Prohibition. The property played
red wines. host to legends of rum-runners, painted ladies, gangsters,
Located seven miles north of downtown Napa, Stags’ Leap gypsies, and even today, rumored ghosts.
is a fabled 240-acre estate and one of California’s first wineries.
Grapes have been farmed here continuously since the 1880s. DON’T MISS:
Stags’ Leap Winery is the namesake for Stags Leap AVA and Be sure to see the pool – one of the first swimming pools
the idealized Napa Valley. in all of California!
Unique terroir and succinct microclimate support Stags’
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Leap’s classic approach to winemaking, vineyard management, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Viognier
and viticulture practices. As a result, the wines produced are and Rose
rich and show remarkable finesse and intensity. It’s no wonder
Stags’ Leap continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the na- HOW TO VISIT:
tion’s most critically acclaimed wineries. Indeed, Stags’ Leap Make an appointment well in advance!
wines embody the very expression of Napa’s finest grapes, soil The Historical Tour and Tasting takes you through the his-
and climate. tory, property, and a tasting of five wines (red and white).
$45 per person. Tours are daily at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Winemaker Christophe Paubert likes to say that “We didn’t
Porch Tasting (no tour) – book your seat on the Manor
invent winemaking, we just work hard at it.” And the label’s House Porch every day on the half hour between 11 a.m.
current releases certainly benefit from this ethic. and 3 p.m. and taste through four wines. $20 per person.
Be sure to try the 2006 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon (Seasonal)
called “The Leap” ($75). This is Stags’ Leap most distinctive
Cabernet, made year after year from the block of vines located Stags’ Leap Winery
at the doorstep to the Manor House in exceptionally well- By advance appointment only
drained volcanic soil. “The Leap” was created to showcase this
intimate vineyard block and to offer wine lovers and collectors 6150 Silverado Trail, Napa
a long-lived Cabernet. By Abigail P. Zimmerman 1-800-395-2441 • www.stagsleap.com

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Baldacci Family Vineyards, started in 1997 when Tom and
Brenda Baldacci purchased this sweet 17-acre parcel with ample WHAT TO TASTE
hills and vales to provide the ideal setting to grow great Caber- Winemaker Rolando Herrera recommends the Brenda’s Vine-
net Sauvignon. In 2001, the Baldaccis added a 7,000-square-foot yard Cabernet for its display of fruit from a very special
wine production cave in the hillside behind the tasting room. vineyard block. Sales Manager Fran Leach praises the
Mathilde Pinot Noir because it delivers,“spring in a glass!”
The estate vineyard now produces classic Stags Leap District
Naturally enough, owners Thomas and Brenda commend the
Cabernet Sauvignon – silky-textured with ripe black fruit fla-
IV Sons Cab, named in honor of their four sons: Kevin,
vors and refined tannins, ready to enjoy now or ageworthy up to Michael, Tommy and Matthew.
10 years.
That eye for the viticultural best is reflected enologically in PLAN AHEAD
every bottling of Baldacci wines. Known best for affordably ex- The Cellar Reserve Tasting in the 1923 Farm House requires
cellent Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignons – there are advance reservations for this very rare small-group experi-
three, the single-block Brenda’s Vineyard, the Black Label blend ence. Make sure not to miss your opportunity!
of various estate Cabernet blocks, and the IV Sons, which has
LITTLE KNOWN FACT
estate Cabernet Franc blended in to create a more rounded
The Stags Leap District is Cabernet Country, but the Elizabeth
Cabernet expression – Baldacci Vineyards also produces the Pinot Noir from the estate property in the southern Carneros
Ruppert Cabernet from Coombsville and a range of Carneros district has a justly earned cult following.
wines, including the Sorelle Chardonnay, the Elizabeth Pinot
Noir and the Frederich Gewürztraminer. VARIETALS
The new Cellar Reserve Tasting in the 1923 Farm House pres- Three different SLD Cabernet Sauvignons, Chardonnay,
ents a rare opportunity to enjoy reserve and limited production Pinot Noir and other“frequently changing”limited-
wines in a setting that evokes a time many decades ago before the production wines, including Gewürztraminer and Syrah.
valley was Napa Valley and wine was simply about the best the
land could give. Come see for yourself what one family’s vision Baldacci Family Vineyards
has produced along the eastern side of the Stags Leap District! Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by prior appointment
Baldacci’s winery permit requires that visitors have a prior ap-
pointment. It’s easy to get an appointment, often on the same
6236 Silverado Trail, Napa • (707) 944-9261
day, by calling (707) 944-9261. The staff will be genuinely happy Look for Baldacci Family Vineyards on Facebook,
to see you, and quite proud to show you their wares. Twitter: @BaldacciWinery and Yelp!

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If you’ve been searching for that one-of-a-kind, hand-
crafted Napa wine, visit Page Wine Cellars and Revolver Wine SPECIALS IN THE TASTING ROOM
Co. in Yountville. Their tasting room is one of the coolest, most For $10 you get an intimate tasting experience in a room
eclectic and unique in the Napa Valley. Their small production that is as unique as the wines! Open daily from 10 to 6 for
wines are so delicious, the wine club members are “groupies.” walk-ins and available by appointment for groups of up to
12 people. Larger groups can also be arranged.
Perhaps Business Owner/Winemaker Bryan Page says it best.
“Our goal is to create the most food friendly, artisanal wines in SPECIAL WINERY — AKA “GARAGE” TOURS & TASTINGS
the Napa Valley, while surrounding ourselves with wonderful Visit the“Garage”, a 2,400 square foot warehouse, where
the winery is located in Downtown Napa. This is“where
people who wish to share in our passion!” Groupies go crazy all of the craziness happens”says Page, "and you’ll get to
over “The Stash” (no, that’s not a singer); it’s a rockin’ good experience the most intimate side of Page Wine Cellars &
Cabernet Sauvignon from Page Wine Cellars. They also scream the Revolver Wine Co." Relax and enjoy current releases
for the “The Fury” Cabernet Franc, from The Revolver Wine and barrel samples of tasty treats in the cellar. The fee is
Co. Page’s enthusiasm is contagious. He calls the Tasting $25 per person and advanced appointments are required.
Room, “Our Saloon” (the stools display iconic rock logos). The LITTLE KNOWN FACT
place has a certain pizzazz you don’t see in the Napa Valley Winemaker's mum went to same High School as
very often. There’s even a lit up, spinning disco ball. “You Martha Stewart in West Nutley, New Jersey
might walk home with a lava lamp or an electric guitar signed VARIETALS
by Carlos Santana,” adds Tasting Room Director of Sales and Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah,
Hospitality Trent Ghiringhelli. “We also have an incredible Petit Verdot, Merlot, Bordeaux Blend, Sauvignon Blanc,
chocolate truffle and wine pairing all year – not just on Valen- Dessert Zinfandel
tine’s Day.”
In 1997, Bryan and brother Chris Page began Page Wine Page Wine Cellars & Revolver Wine Co.
Cellars and the Revolver Wine Co. in a small garage, but with Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
big dreams. Bryan started on his path as a winemaker as a
culinary school student. “I’ve been lucky to have worked in al- 6505 Washington Street, Yountville
most every role in the food and wine business, from bar back (707) 944-2339 • www.pagewinecellars.com
to executive chef, server to sommelier.” by Ronda Giangreco Look for them on Facebook, Twitter and Yelp!

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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!

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Oak Knoll Inn
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2200 E. Oak Knoll Avenue, Napa
Driving Time: 8 minutes JUDD’S HILL
From Judd’s Hill Winery (707) 255-2200, www.oakknollinn.com
to Reynolds Family 1.5 miles WINERY Wine Spectator Magazine reviewed the Oak Knoll Inn as
to Black Stallion Winery > 1 mile
"One of the most luxurious B&Bs in all of Napa Valley."
to Hagafen Cellars
to Andretti
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vineyards, the Inn's old stone building, graceful sweep of
Cyprus trees and exquisite service make Oak Knoll Inn
a perfect retreat.

Michelin Guide Recommended


The Cottages of Napa Valley
1012 Darms Lane, Napa
(707) 252-7810, www.napacottages.com
Welcome to your own private cottage in Wine Country!
Cottages come with gardens and tubs – the perfect place
to indulge in a glass (or two) of wine at any time of the day.
The basket of fresh pastries from Bouchon every morning
doesn't hurt either!
cocktails•fine food•wine
Open Daily at 5:00pm
THINGS TO DO
Picnic at Soda Canyon Store
4006 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
(707) 252-0825, www.sodacanyonstore.com
Purchase your picnic or boxed lunch inside and then enjoy it
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out in a creekside vineyard setting. Both shaded and sunny
picnic options are available. Open daily, year-round.

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Bunnie, Judd and Holly Finkelstein represent two genera-
tions of Napa vintners. Their philosophy is one that focuses on WHAT TO TASTE
an “intimate and personal approach,” which is why they have Judd recommends the 2007 Founder’s Art Reserve
limited their annual production to less than three thousand Cabernet, featuring artwork created by the founder of
cases – a literal drop in the bucket of Napa Valley wine. Their Judd’s Hill, Art Finkelstein. Director of Sales and Marketing
Devin Joshua suggests the 2003 Estate Cabernet and the
new southern Silverado Trail-based winery, completed in 2006,
2007 Petite Sirah. Both are luscious in the glass.
was one of the first Napa Valley Vintners certified “Green
Wineries” because of the incorporation of environmentally effi- PLAN AHEAD
cient drainage, solar lightning and an uncompromising An outside patio is perfect for small groups to picnic. The art
recycling and composting program. of Judd’s father is hung throughout the winery.
The proof is in the glass, of course, and that’s where the
Finklesteins, first Art and now Judd, have been winning rave LITTLE KNOWN FACT
reviews for forty years. As Judd says, “Our idea is that great Napa Valley MicroCrush is another of Judd’s Hill’s enterprises,
including their Bottle Blending Day Camp, in which you are
fruit makes fine wine, and we want that fact to show through. guided through a personal tasting, education and blending
To that end, we use oak subtly, keep alcohol at moderate levels session as you choose your perfect Bordeaux-style blend from
and blend carefully. We let the grape shine.” among barrel samples.
Since 1992, Judd’s Hill MicroCrush has been making the
finest in handcrafted and personally-created custom wines for VARIETALS
grape growers and wine enthusiasts around the world, allow- Cabernet Sauvignon – five in current release – Founder’s Art
ing them to realize the dream of having their own wine made Reserve Cabernet, Magic red wine blend, Merlot, Petite Sirah,
for them without having to own a winery. Literally, hundreds Pinot Noir, Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel
of different wines have been crafted by the Judd’s Hill team.
Not everyone wants that level of involvement, of course, so Judd’s Hill Winery
Judd’s Hill also has a fantastic tasting room and a wine club Open daily, by appointment, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
with lots of free member events, including invitations to wine- 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa
and-food gigs featuring Judd’s ukulele band, The Makai Gents (707) 255-2332 • www.juddshill.com
Featuring the Mysterious Miss Mauna Loa. The tasting room
and wine club give access to wines no else gets – like the 2003 Look for Judd's Hill on Facebook, Twitter,YouTube,
Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, which was cellared for five years Foursquare andYelp! Check out Judd’s Enormous
before release. By Josh Stein Wine Show, juddsenormouswineshow.com

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Steve Reynolds’ hospitality philosophy is simple: “We al-
ways try to do the right thing when people visit ... to give our VARIETALS
guests what we’d like if we were visiting.” He’s the founder Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay
and winemaker of Reynolds Family Winery, a true Silverado and Sauvignon Blanc
Trail gem.
“My father and I dreamt of building a winery together, THE VINES
and our vision became a reality in 1994.” It took some time, Steve Reynolds works with 20 different vineyards and
but as you’ll see when you visit, it was certainly worth it, growers. In their own vineyard they are close to being certi-
from the pristine rows of vines and the winding drive to the fied organic, and they’re also working on being as green as
Tuscan-style winery and tasting room. Very much a hands-on possible.
person, Steve lives with his wife Suzie and their children on
the property. FUN FACT
In the very friendly tasting room French doors open onto The winery is Tuscan style and surrounded by 10 acres of
a terrace facing the pond. Inside there’s dark wood, iron Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1996. A lifelong love of wine,
chandeliers, a long tasting bar and vineyard views. For pri- shared with his father, has led to truly well-crafted wines.
vate tastings there’s also an intimate, sun-filled room.
STEVE’S LIMO
When you’re at the winery, ask about a limited edition
Did you know that Steve’s“other car”is a Pinzgauer?
blend made from grapes grown in each Valley appellation.
The vintage Swiss Army truck is narrow enough to carry
Then sample, among other offerings, their exceptional
tours through the vineyards. Pinzgauer tours are available
Carneros Chardonnay, Carneros Pinot Noir, Estate Cabernet,
for $30 per person, weather permitting. Call ahead.
Persistence (a special red blend) and the Stags Leap Cab. All
are first rate and will delight any winelover’s palate.
Some winery owners revel in the agricultural side of the
Reynolds Family Winery
business, the technology, or maybe the hospitality side of the Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
business. But Reynolds loves all of it, and it shows. He’s by appointment only
happy to talk about every bit of the process and art with an 3266 Silverado Trail, Napa
enthusiasm that is both refreshing and infectious. (707) 258-2558
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Black Stallion Winery is located in the Oak Knoll District, a
grape-growing region in the southern half of the Napa Valley. VARIETALS
The name Black Stallion pays homage to the rich history of the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc,
32-acre estate which was once home to the Silverado Horseman’s Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Rosé,
Center. The equestrian center featured an indoor riding track, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Zinfandel, Syrah, Bucephalus
numerous training rings, breeding facilities and an outdoor
(Napa Valley red blend) and Mus-
arena that seated 3,000 spectators. After more than two years of cat.
construction, Black Stallion Winery opened its doors in 2007.
The indoor track now houses winemaking production but rem-
FUN FACTS
nants of the original 36 horse stalls are still visible today. In • The original outdoor arena
2010, Black Stallion Winery was purchased by the Indelicato was featured in a movie scene
Family, one of the leading family-owned wine producers in the from Francis Ford Coppola’s
country with the third generation active in continuing the tradi- Apocalypse Now.
tion of producing fine wines.
• In the summer months, the
The interior of the winery is breathtaking with high ceilings, winery opens its outdoor terrace
stone fireplace, wine club suite and private rooms for events. for group tours, tastings and
The warm and welcoming visitor center is spacious with ample special events.
room for wine tasting at the expansive circular tasting bar or a
private, seated tasting may be arranged in advance. Black Stal-
lion Winery has a casual atmosphere and prides itself on Black Stallion Winery
providing guests with friendly and gracious hospitality.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Black Stallion Winery offers a perfect balance of white wines
No appointment necessary.
and red wines as well as Rosé and Muscat. Most of the wines at
Black Stallion Winery are crafted in very small case lots and are 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa
available only at the Winery. Black Stallion also produces a 707-227-3250
Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that are available prima- www.blackstallionwinery.com
rily in wine shops and fine restaurants across the country. In info@blackstallionwinery.com
addition to a balanced selection of wines in the tasting room,
Look for them on Facebook and Twitter.
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In the words of Hagafen Cellars founder and winemaker
Ernie Weir about wine: “Passion, soul and enjoyment – without VARIETALS
all three, you don’t have a fine wine.” This Napa Valley winery Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot,
at the southern end of the Silverado Trail has carved out an en- Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine, Syrah, Roussanne, Riesling,
vious niche for itself. Their wines have been served at the White Zinfandel and a luscious Late Harvest Sauvignon blanc for
House since Ronald Reagan’s first term, proving that wine is dessert or any time with fruit and cheese.
apolitical. In fact, the wines of this acclaimed winery have been
on the menu card at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue more than two FUN FACT
dozen times. Their wines have been served at the White House two
The wines this family-owned winery makes are exceptional, dozen times. As proof of this, on two walls of the
including the Bordeaux-style blend, the Prix Mélange. Founded comfortable tasting room there are impressive framed
more than thirty years ago by Ernie and Iris Weir, it’s situated letters and menus from the White House.
between two of the valley’s most respected appellations –Stags
Leap and Oak Knoll. As you drive up the gravel drive many of WELCOME
the vines that produce their wines are on either side. Pets and children are both welcome at the winery.
An impressive list of bottlings include the gold-winning
TOURS
Sauvignon Blanc, a Chardonnay plus Zinfandel, Cabernet
Tours are available every day except Saturday by appoint-
Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Don
ment, and begin at 11 a.m.
Ernesto Vin Gris Rosé, surprising Rieslings, a Roussanne and
Brut Cuvee Sparkling Wine.
GREEN
In the intimate tasting room, surrounded by vines and
At the far end of the al fresco tasting room is an organic
backed up to the winery, is a small bar with a stave-like front.
vegetable garden.
On many days Lola, the winery cat, will watch lazily as people
become acquainted with one of the treasures of the Valley. Be-
tween the winery and the tasting room is a comfortable picnic Hagafen Cellars
area.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
As the founder said, “I never seek to change what nature has
provided. My goal is to showcase the best that our land has pro- 4160 Silverado Trail, Napa
duced.” And so he does. By Charles Neave 1-888-424-2336 • www.hagafen.com

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

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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
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Candlelight Inn Bed & Breakfast
1045 Easum Drive, Napa Driving Time: 15 minutes
(707) 257-3717, www.candlelightinn.com From Hess Collection
to Yates Family 3 miles OLD SONOMA ROAD
This lovely B&B is located near the bustle of downtown Napa to Fontanella 3.5 miles
but far enough away to provide each guest with a serene, Total 6.5 miles
tranquil environment. Built in 1929, this Tudor mansion
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sits rimmed by strong redwood trees, manicured gardens
and a secluded swimming pool. Decadent three course gour-
met 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.

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A visit to The Hess Collection on Mount Veeder is a unique
experience on many levels. There’s the historic building, once VARIETALS
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, clas-
occupied by the Christian Brothers and built in 1903; hillside
sic Bordeaux blends, Petite Sirah, Late Harvest
vineyards, beautifully tended grounds and an art collection that Chardonnay and small-production wines sold only at the
is in a league of its own. Then there are the wines available in winery
the tasting room near one of the barrel cellars. The museum,
beginning a floor above, holds part of Swiss businessman Don- TOURS
Special tours are offered: Call (707) 255-1144 or go to
ald Hess’s extraordinary collection of contemporary art.
their website to schedule an educational, wine produc-
When it comes to the wines, The Hess Collection portfolio tion tour followed by a current release wine presentation
is comprised of Hess Collection Mount Veeder, Hess Napa Val- paired with local artisan cheeses.
ley and Hess Select.
Hess Collection wines come from the steep Mount Veeder FOR THE SENSES
Schedule a guided tour of the Hess Collection Contempo-
estate vineyards and are an expression of this unique climate.
rary Art Museum, and a taste of three wines with food
They show structure, complexity and elegance. Hess Napa Val- pairings.
ley wines come from vineyard sites handpicked for their
superior climate and location. Single vineyard wines come OUTDOORS & GREEN
from Napa Valley sites handpicked for their superior climate Experience the newest pairing of Mount Veeder wines
with artisanal cheeses in the comfort of reclaimed teak
and location. Another notable achievement is that the estate
wood tables and chairs.
vineyards are sustainably farmed in accordance with founder
Donald Hess’s philosophy to “nurture the land and return what
you take.” The Hess Select wines are benchmark wines from The Hess Collection
their respective regions and made for immediate enjoyment. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The winery offers a wide variety of tasting options and food 4411 Redwood Road, Napa
pairings. The art is a special treat. There are also complimen- (707) 255-1144 • www.hesscollection.com
tary winery and vineyard tours offered daily between 10:30
Look for The Hess Collection
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There would really be no point to having winery tours Sauvignon. They also bottle a 100 percent Cabernet
at the Yates Family Vineyard tasting room. As you stand Sauvignon and the “White Horse,” which is completely
at the small wood-topped tasting bar, your back is to the Cabernet Franc, a noble grape not often found as a stand-
bottling line. Behind the bar are barrels and cases of Yates alone wine since it is so often used in blends. As long as
wine, and to the left is lab equipment and other bits and the wine has not sold out, it is all available for an infor-
pieces of winemaking. You are not near the winery – you mal and enjoyable tasting in a fascinating setting.
are in the middle of it, in the second floor barrel room of Since you taste in a winery, or outside on the crush
Hendry Ranch, from whom the Yates family leases space pad on the other side of big sliding wood doors, there is
so you can come and taste. always the possibility you might have the chance to help
Yates Family Vineyard is owned by Michael and out. During crush it might be removing leaves from clus-
Lynn Yates, with the winery and vineyard staffed by ters. Or, maybe you can help “punch down.” No
their two daughters, Whitney and Mary. Whitney and promises, but throughout the year there are always things
Michael form what they refer to as the Yates “father and happening, and it is all part of the Yates experience.
daughter winemaking team.” One important note: Since most of the Yates opera-
All of the wines they produce use estate grapes from tion is at the end of the road, calling ahead to taste is an
their 275-acre property (35 of it planted in hand-farmed absolute necessity, but you will find that is well worth it.
vines, at up to 1,200 feet elevation) at the end of Red- BY CHARLES NEAVE
wood Road. The property has been in the family for more
than 60 years. In fact, they have been grape growers since VARIETALS
1950, but it wasn’t until 1999 that they made their first Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
wine meant for more than home consumption.
Yates Family Vineyard
Many of the varieties they tend at their vineyard go
Open daily by appointment only
into their wines, including the Viognier, a “Mount Veeder
Estate” Merlot and the Alden Perry Reserve – a classic
3104 Redwood Road, Napa
Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet (707) 226-1800 • www.yatesfamilyvineyard.com

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It’s only ten minutes from town, but suddenly you’re in an-
other world. Fontanella Family Winery is a small gem that VARIETALS
opened in 2008 on the steep hills of Mount Veeder. It is faced Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay
on one side by vines and is the home and realized dream of
FUN FACT
winemaker Jeff Fontanella and his wife, Karen. When you visit,
Fontanella Family Winery, the newest winery on Mt. Veeder,
it is almost inevitable that you will meet one or perhaps both of
produces just 1,800 cases of wine annually – making it a true
them. “micro-boutique winery.”
Today they create small-lot, limited-production artisan
Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon made by Jeff, PLAN FOR IT
who over the years honed his craft at such iconic wineries as If you decide to try your hand at creating your own wine,
Saddleback Cellars and Opus. try to imagine anything better than having some of your
You can sample the results in the intimate tasting room or special Cabernet Sauvignon to share with family and friends.
outdoors, where the spectacular views of hill and vine seem to The wine will be shipped to you in the fall, just in time for
stretch out forever. They are both memorable venues. You the holidays.
might even get to take a look at the immaculate barrel room on
INQUIRING MINDS
the other side of the tasting room door, near the cozy tasting
Ask about the history of Mt. Veeder and the area around
bar.
the winery, and why it is so special for vineyards and for
If you have dreamed of having your own wine, there is even the wines produced from those clusters.
a program where your own blend will be bottled. All it takes is
a blending kit and some creativity, and you can buy a case or
Fontanella Family Winery
more of your own private blend with your name on it.
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Whether you visit and sample, or create a special blend, the
by appointment only.
result will be the same: you’ll have a memorable experience
and leave touched by the friendliness, thrilled with the wines, 1721 Partrick Road, Napa
and have a glimpse of what the Napa Valley used to be, and (707) 252-1017
where its future may lie. By Charles Neave www.fontanellawinery.com

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Napa Driving Time: 27 minutes
From Jarvis Estate Winery
to Vinoce/Twenty Rows
to Stonehedge
6 miles
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demonstrations, wine and micro-brew tast-
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1122 Main Street, Napa
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Make your reservations for this classic American
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and serves them up as “Global Comfort Foods” STONEHEDGE CLINT Opera House ST
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with a casual, stylish flair. No pretensions here …
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just delicious lunch and dinner! CHOP HOUSE
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only in Napa. Ingredients sourced locally from
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organic farms and artisanal cheese mongers.
12 29 MERITAGE
LODGING RESORT & SPA
Avia
1450 1st Street, Napa VALLEY GATE
(707) 224-3900, www.aviahotels.com VINEYARDS
A spunky hotel in downtown Napa, Avia brings JAMESO
N CANY
fresh creative decor and modern style to this historic ON To
neighborhood. Enjoy the feel- good vibes with in-room Map Not to Scale 29
I-80
Sacramento
Banana Boat Products, a $25 dining and chef-sur-
prise cocktail credits in the lounge, and more.
The Meritage Hotel & Spa THINGS TO DO Napa Valley Opera House
875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, (707) 251-1900 Oxbow Public Market 1030 Main Street, Napa
1-866-370-6272, www.themeritageresort.com 644 1st Street, Napa, (707) 226-6529 (707) 226-5392, www.nvoh.org
Lavish guest rooms and Napa’s only under- www.oxbowpublicmarket.com Celebrating 130 years of artistic excellence!
ground full-service Spa is sure to soothe your One-of-a-kind foods, picnics, wines and unique Check out Ziggy Marley, Court Yard Hounds,
weary soul. Dine at the award-winning Siena shopping all under one roof. Friday night music Paula Poundstone, Jim Messina and numerous

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A visit to Jarvis Estate Winery is indeed an underground
experience. And, what an experience it is. VARIETALS
For years it’s been a given that many of the finest wines Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc,
come from caves. Due to the high humidity level and constant Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and a variety of
temperature, wineries have used caves for the barrel aging of fascinating special blends.
wines. However, Jarvis was the first winery in the United States
TOURS
to tunnel a cave so large that it could hold an entire winemak- The Vintage Tasting offers a tour of the unique under-
ing operation. Even large fermentation tanks are underground ground winery facility followed by a sit-down tasting.
and out of sight, preserving the beauty of the property. On the Vintage Tasting Tour you’ll enjoy six wines,
The facility is completely contained within 45,000 square including a Reserve bottling. Cheese and crackers accom-
feet of caves tunneled into the Vacas Mountains above the pany the tasting. Tours are often offered at 10, 10:30, and
town of Napa. They accurately refer to it as “not only a visual 11 a.m., 1:15, 2, 2:30, 3:30 and 4 p.m. Plan approximately
masterpiece, but also a technical masterpiece.” They’ve capi- 1.25 hours to enjoy the complete experience.
talized on the natural underground stream and waterfall
running through the center of the cave to maintain the hu- SPECIAL OFFERS
midity at an ideal level for barrel aging wine in 100-percent Members of the Jarvis wine club have access to wines
new oak barrels, an integral part of what goes into making not often available to the general public and receive an
their fabled wines. invitation to either the Grand Ball or the Harvest Tasting
This cascading water also provides a beautifully calming in alternate years.
feature that visitors to this unique facility will discover as soon
as they pass through the iron gates and enter the subterranean
winery.
Jarvis Estate Winery
Throughout, artisans have crafted cast bronze doors, brass Open daily by reservation only
wall sconces, arched alcoves and fiber optic chandeliers to add 2970 Monticello Road, Napa
to the mystique and beauty. There are large amethyst crystals, 1-800-255-5280
a minstrel gallery in the Crystal Chamber – all in all, a truly www.jarviswines.com
magical setting to sample those exceptional wines. Follow Jarvis on Facebook.
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Ask about the effect the parabola shape has on the design of the winery.

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“This place is unique, that’s for sure,” said Tim Nuss, part of
the family that owns Vinoce and Twenty Rows in Napa. Twenty VARIETALS
Rows is not just in the Napa Valley but within city limits. The Vinoce: Cabernet Franc blend, Cabernet Sauvignon
“place” he is talking about is the tasting room and winery on and Sauvignon Blanc
Vallejo Street, a five-minute walk from the center of the city. Twenty Rows: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a
Zinfandel blend
“We’ve been here for about eight years,” Tim said. “And we re-
ally are the only family owned and operated winery in the city.”
FAMILY
The subtle cream and rust red colored front with flower Any day of the week you can run into one or
boxes, a heavy metal Bordeaux-red door, black awning with all four of the Nuss family generations working,
gold letters and a café table with two chairs, belie the fact that tasting and of course playing at the winery.
inside is a handsome tasting room with wood table and chairs
and polished tile floor. But this a working winery with oak bar- SPECIALS
rels, tall stainless steel tanks, stacked cases and a loading dock. Be sure to check their website for offers and for
Off to one side is a compact laboratory. upcoming special events held at the winery.
The facility is owned by Brian and Lori Nuss who, for about
three decades, have developed an intimate knowledge of grow- SUDS
ing Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes on Mount At one time Napa was a major supplier of beer to
Veeder. Today they’re dedicated to creating wines that reflect the San Francisco.
true expression of that appellation. Total annual output is a very
respectable 15,000 cases a year, all in a building that was once a Vinoce and Twenty Rows
brewery. Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The name Vinoce, is a play on the Nuss Family name and also by appointment on Sunday and Monday
Brian’s German-Italian heritage. “Nuss” means nut in German 880 Vallejo Street, Napa
and “noce” is nut in Italian. When intermingled with “vin” for www.twentyrows.com
wine, Vinoce means Wine Nut. Which, for anyone involved in
For tours and tasting,
making first-rate wine, is probably a fairly accurate description.
call Tim Nuss (707) 287-1063
But for the visitor, what it means is a fun, one-of-a-kind experi-
ence. By Charles Neave Follow them on Facebook.

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Stonehedge Winery’s Tasting Room is located in Napa’s
hip new neighborhood and is the perfect place to end your PHILOSOPHY
Stonehedge’s philosophy is to produce affordable,
afternoon or start your evening early. Unwind with a glass of
elegantly handcrafted wines.
Stonehedge wine in a comfortable, casual and fun atmos-
phere. Lounge in a comfy couch and linger over a glass of VARIETALS
one of their lovely wines. Chat with the friendly and knowl- Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir,
Muscat Canelli, Grenache, Malbec, Chardonnay and
edgeable hosts at the elegant tasting bar, or sit at the big Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon
wooden table with a group of friends. The Tuscan-style tast-
ing room is warm and inviting, just like the staff, who will WINE PROFILES
tantalize your taste buds with anywhere from six to twelve Stonehedge produces wines in three distinct profiles:
1) The California Appellation wines offer a fruit forward,
wines for a small $15 tasting fee. “We are dedicated to pro- supple and soft flavor profile with a light touch of oak in
ducing exciting, delicious, multi-dimensional wines that are most wines. 2) The Terrior Select Series are limited production
not only available to a few, but to everyone,” adds Hospital- wines that truely reflect soil character and the climate
ity Director TJ Danser. in which a particular grape shows best.
“We just released our ‘Noble Red.’ It is a Napa Valley 3) The Reserve Napa Valley Wines are produced from
specifically selected blocs of famous vineyards embodying
blend, which everybody loves!” the best a varietal has to offer.
Since 1992, when the winery was started by the Shahabi
brothers, the gentle care of the grapes from vine to bottle has IN THE NEWS
Stonehedge Winemaker, Jon Alexander-Hills recently
always been priority one. The small family-operated Stone-
appeared on ABC Channel 7. Check the website to watch the
hedge continues to be at the forefront of California video clip.
winemaking for exceptional quality. Winemaker Jon Alexan-
der-Hills got his masters at UC Davis and worked at Stonehedge Winery
Mondavi as a cellar worker. “I wanted to learn how wine was Open Tuesday - Thursday 12 to 6 p.m.
really made, not just what they taught in the University.” Friday-Saturday 12 to 8 p.m. & Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.
And the wines at Stonehedge are truly artisanal wines, hand- 1004 Clinton Street, Napa
made with care. (707) 256-4444 • www.stonehedgewinery.com

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Only one wine tasting bar in Napa County is literally on
rails and located in a historic Pullman car almost a century VARIETALS
You name it, they might very well have it from a carefully
old. The Wine Train’s wine bar reflects a time of luxurious pas-
considered list.
senger travel served with the exciting addition of today’s
sophisticated pastimes – sipping wine, learning about wine and PLAN AHEAD
enjoying the graciousness of life. The Napa Valley Wine Train runs year ’round with lunch
Vineyards roll past and, depending upon the time of year, trains boarding at 10:50 a.m. Dinner trains open one to
five nights a week boarding at 5:50 p.m. Be sure to check
you can watch the vineyards as they move slowly through their the website.
life cycle.
At any given time, the wine bar will sport 40 to 50 bottles FUN FACT
of wine available to taste. Flights can be suggested and selected The Wine Train is the first and only locomotive in the
by the wine educator staffing the bar, or you can pick and United States to convert to compressed natural gas.
choose whatever flight you might fancy. HOW HEAVY?
A stroll through this amazing vintage train with a wonderful Each of the 1915-1917 Pullman-made rail cars weigh
lunch or dinner and a stop at the wine bar, is a chance to re- approximately 80 tons..
visit American history and renew your own personal
connections with friends, family and life. SPICES
Chef Kelly Macdonald is one of the masters when
Dedicated to preserving a luxurious way of life, the Napa it comes to the use of spices – not to necessarily provide
Valley Wine Train is instrumental in maintaining and using his- heat but a depth of flavor.
toric rail cars that are very rare on the American landscape. In
Napa, they also preserve an important transportation corridor SPECIAL OFFERS
Be sure to check their informative website.
that would have been abandoned decades ago. They layer this
with a unique and award-wining restaurant, and an opportu-
nity to explore the wine country in a relaxed and pampered Napa Valley Wine Train
manner that takes place outside your windows as you roll 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa
along these historic rail tracks, removed from both traffic and (707) 253-2111 • winetrain.com
care. By Charles Neave Look for the Wine Train on Facebook and Twitter.

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Depending on your route, it could be the first Napa winery
you see. VARIETALS
Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir,
Part modern winemaking facility, part venue for memorable
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier,
dinners and receptions, you enter Valley Gate Vineyards many of them award-winners.
through decorative gates and leave the world behind. Sur-
rounding you are rows of vines and above is plenty of grazing HISTORY
land going into the hills that once helped define the ranch The land at Valley Gate Vineyards was once part
when cattle were dominant. of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo’s famous
Soscol Rancho.
The building that houses the winery, barrel storage and tast-
ing room is log construction above, stone below. Wood is the OUTDOORS
key word here. The floor is made of wide, aged-wood planks. As you enter there are waterfalls constructed of
The wainscoting below the almost ochre walls is another vari- polished stone to each side, with a variety of plantings
ety of stained wood, done in the old style. Look up and you and trees framing the building.
see wood and the half-dozen tree trunk columns in the tasting
room are functional (not just decorative) and about a foot-and- THE WILD WEST
Check out the cowhide chairs and sofa by the fireplace,
a-half across. and the club chairs made of Pinot Noir-hued leather.
In keeping with the Western theme, the chandelier is made
of antlers, and to emphasize the fact that this winery really is THE BAR
dog friendly, a dog bed, usually occupied by Otto, a friendly The three-sided tasting bar is wood as well, polished
cream-colored bulldog, sits beneath one of the many windows. to a high sheen. Be sure to ask about the wood it is
Or, you’ll find him outside on the wraparound porch enjoying made from – it’s an interesting tale.
the views of the vineyards. Children are also welcome.
At the bar six wines are usually poured; the atmosphere is Valley Gate Vineyards
relaxed. As tasting room manager Lessly VanHoutan said, “One Open daily, by appointment, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
couple came in a few days ago, and they said we were the 1 Kirkland Ranch Road, Napa
friendliest place they’d visited.” So visit and experience it for (707) 254-8673
yourself. By Charles Neave www.valleygatevineyards.com

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Coombsville
Coombsville has been a hidden treasure east of downtown Napa’s Oxbow district for years. Known mostly to Pica Pica Maize Kitchen
locals and wine buffs, this region is experiencing a renaissance, and rightly so. The proper boundaries and 610 1st Street, #5, Napa, (707) 251-3757
name for this to-be-AVA may be pending, but one thing is for certain – the grapes from this plateau under Explore the undiscovered cuisine of Venezuela and
mount St. George is one of the reasons Napa Valley is world renown for big, bold reds and elegant whites. pair these fine dishes with the best Napa Valley
wines! Try the house signature dish: the Arepa.
FOOD Kara's Cupcakes Hog Island Oysters – Oyster Bar
Model Bakery 610 1st Street, Napa, (707) 258-2253 641 1st Street, Napa
644 1st Street #B, Napa www.karascupcakes.com (707) 251-8113, www.hogislandoysters.com
(707) 259-1128, www.themodelbakery.com Batch after batch of handmade, Hog Island is a local and tourist favorite. With
A fixture in downtown St. Helena for over 80 organic cupcakes to dream about long after its simple menu, great wine list and perfect
years, Model bakery specializes in artisan breads, you leave!! Don’t think about the calories – oyster bar, Hog Island is always a sure thing.
organic stone ground flours, and a complete all ingredients are sourced from local vendors Gott's Roadside Cafe
range of pastry products and fine coffee or teas. and are organic. 644 1st Street, Napa
(707) 224-6900, www.gottsroadside.com
Driving Time: 17 minutes Map Not to Scale One of the best burgers in all of Napa Valley!
From Farella HAGEN ROAD This ’50s style eatery may look like a roadside
to Sodaro Estate
to Porter Family
> 1 mile
> 4 miles diner but that burger or fried green tomato BLT is
to Tulocay 2 miles made with only the finest ingredients. Fabulous,
Total 6 miles
every bite!
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THINGS TO DO
Tillerman Tea
610 1st Street, #8, Napa

Enjoy Celadon’s award-winning


(707) 265-0200, www.tillermantea.com

‘Global Comfort Food’


Tea lover? Do NOT miss Tillerman Tea. Apply-
ing the concept of terroir to tea, proprietor David

in our beautiful dining room


Campbell brings a global knowledge of cultiva-
tion, craftsmanship and culture to every cup.

or on the lovely courtyard.


Oxbow Public Market
2180 Jefferson Street, Napa
The seasonally influenced menu features flavors
from the Mediterranean, Asia and the Americas.
(707) 257-7878, www.oxbowpublicmarket.com
Find everything you are looking for under one
500 Main St, Ste G, Napa - In the Historic Napa Mill
roof. Situated in the heart of Downtown Napa’s
707-254-9690 • www.celadonnapa.com
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Rarely are you allowed access to one of the premiere wine-
makers of the Napa Valley. Most tasting rooms have you GOOD TO KNOW
jockeying for position for a sample from someone hired to sim-
• Farella Vineyard and Farella-Park wines is located in the
ply pour wine. A visit to Farella Vineyard allows for a much Coombsville area, which is named after Nathan Coombs,
more intimate and unforgettable wine tasting experience. Very the founder of the city of Napa.
often it is winemaker Tom Farella himself who will take you on
a tour of their vineyard and winery. Walking with him down • Tom Farella’s favorite wine is their red blend,“Alta.”
the rows of vines, tasting ripe fruit as you go, or barrel tasting As he describes,“I love Alta because it is where all
in the cellar, you will hear his philosophy of winemaking first- the colors come together. To compose the perfect
hand. There are many passionate visionaries who have made wine takes very careful attention to detail.”
the Napa Valley what it is today. Tom Farella, however, is one
of the most fascinating. A true renaissance man, this poet/wine- • 100% estate bottled Farella wines have been made
exclusively by Farella family members since 1985.
maker has managed to produce some of the most intriguing
wines on the market today while maintaining the essence of a
• Barrel tasting is one of Tom’s favorite ways to give visi-
man whose job it is to work with the earth. While he considers tors a true picture of how his wines develop and mature.
himself more a steward of the land rather than a winemaker,
that stance understates his immense talent. “The vineyard is the • Look for Tom’s upcoming blog about winemaking on
boss,” says Tom and his wines agree. their Facebook page, and read firsthand about the intri-
Tom’s father, Frank Farella, planted the vineyard in 1979 cacies and nuances of winemaking in the Napa Valley.
and created “Farella-Park Vineyards” in 1985. Tom Farella is a
man who does not take for granted what life has handed him.
Farella Vineyard
“It really is a fascinating thing to take a plant, stick it in the
Open by appointment only.
ground, grow some luscious fruit, ferment it naturally, age it in
an oak barrel, draw off the clear wine and put it in a bottle. 2222 North 3rd Avenue, Napa
This magic is what we offer from our little slice of a very (707) 254-9489 • www.farella.com
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If you’ve ever visited Sicily, you’d be forgiven for thinking you
had been transported there when sitting at a table overlooking the GOOD TO KNOW
magnificent vineyards of Sodaro Estate Winery. From the quintes- • Don’s grandfather, Giuseppe, with his family of eight,
sential villa rising above the vineyards, to the rolling hills lined immigrated after a terrible drought in 1894 on a ship
with vines, this is exactly why one travels to Italy. But you don’t headed for Ellis Island. Don’s home on the estate is
need a passport to experience the sweeping vineyard views and styled after the villas of his grandfather’s birthplace in
fabulous wines of Sodaro Estates. A leisurely drive up a pictur- Sicily.
esque back road will deliver you to one of the most intimate and
scenic wineries in Northern California. • Their newly built cave is styled after Don and Felicity’s
The Sodaro family is exceedingly proud of their Sicilian her- personal wine cellar in their home. It features arched
itage. Their lineage of winemaking started with Giuseppe Sodaro, doorways and a stately iron gate.
a craftsman who made his name as a wine barrel maker in Italy.
Three generations later his grandson, Don Sodaro and his wife • Sodaro Estate’s romantic vineyards have proven to
Felicity would take that love of the vine to its fruition and become be a very popular spot for marriage proposals, with
the owners of Sodaro Estate Winery. over a dozen having taken place in just the last couple
A visit to Sodaro Estates is not like your typical wine country of years!
experience. Here you’ll be treated to a personal tour of the vine-
yards and escorted along the rows of vines to learn about the VARIETALS
Red Bordeaux varietals and blends
passionate art of growing wine grapes. Next you’ll be seated at a
table under a towering oak to enjoy some of their splendid wines.
Then you’re in the caves of Sodaro and their new tasting room. Sodaro Estate Winery
This magnificently appointed room is the perfect place in which to Open by appointment only, closed Sundays
sample the craftsmanship from the winemaking team of Bill and
Dawnine Dyer, the only husband and wife winemakers in the 24 Blue Oak Lane, Napa
Napa Valley. In the hands of this talented duo, the grapes of the www.SodaroWines.com
estate have produced some of the finest Cabernets and Cabernet For tours & tastings, contact
blends in the area. A pairing with local cheeses will enhance your Kari DiFabio (707) 251-8216
enjoyment of this romantic winery.
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At first glance, this unassuming winery looks like just
another charming little family winery. But don’t be fooled. The GOOD TO KNOW
• Five million years ago, a small sandpiper wandered along
homey reception area picnic table is just the tip of the iceberg. the shore, leaving tiny tracks in the sand. Soon they were
The real grandeur of this winery lies in a 17,000-square-foot, covered with sediment and fossilized. In digging out
state-of-the art cave that will leave you awestruck. their cave, the Porter family found the large fossil that
comes from either the Eiocene or Miocene period.
The Dome Tasting Room, carved out of massive rock, is A large photo of this amazing piece of ancient history is
breathtaking to say the least. Nearly thirty feet high, the cave displayed at the entrance to their tasting room.
room required special sound buffers to reduce the echoing
• The Porter Family’s magnificent cave is five hundred
produced by the unique acoustics. Sound, however, is still and fifty feet long, fifty feet underground and encom-
amplified in the room center, creating a magical sensation passes 17,000 square feet. It houses their blending
that is difficult to explain. As you enter this astounding place tanks, barrels and wine library.
and take your seat at the grand table, set with gleaming wine • The winery’s technical system is one of the most
glasses for your private tasting, you know that something modern in existence, with control systems that monitor
very special is about to happen. When the wine is poured, and adjust environmental conditions, control fermenta-
tion temperatures and provide immediate access to
the enchantment is complete. The Porter family prides itself winery operations data.
on making small lots of handcrafted wines that reflect the
marvelous growing conditions available in the Coombsville • Be sure to give the winery dogs – Alexander, Madison
and Charlee – an ear scratch when you visit!
area.
Before a visit to the magnificent Dome Tasting Room, your
hosts (always a family member) will take you for a gentle
Porter Family Vineyards
stroll through the vineyards and up a hill overlooking nearly Open daily by appointment 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
the entire Napa Valley. From this lofty perch, you can see all of 1189 Green Valley Road, Napa
those cars weaving their way up the valley as they search for 1-888-656-7696
wines and wine tasting experiences that will never come close www.porterfamilyvineyards.com
to the one you’re about to enjoy. By Ronda Giangreco For tours & tastings: Tim Porter (707) 927-0765

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Bill Cadman, the owner of Tulocay Winery is a treasure of
information about wine. He is also a witty, humorous and VARIETALS
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
thoroughly entertaining gentleman. Well, the “gentleman” part
Syrah, Zinfandel and Chardonnay
might be a bit of a stretch. Bill is old-time Napa, with not an
ounce of pretentiousness about him. His irreverent, light- GOOD TO KNOW
hearted take on the business of winemaking, however, belies • Tulocay Winery is one of the oldest and smallest
his superior skills. This is seriously good wine. winery operations in the Napa Valley, providing the
Nowhere else could you sit down with someone as knowl- most informal and unique tasting experience in the
edgeable or as approachable as Bill Cadman. He simply does area.
not have a snobbish bone in his body. But generosity is some- • At his unassuming Tulocay Winery, Buddy, a little,
yappy dog, will loudly announce your arrival. You’ll
thing that he has in abundance. In this day of $30 tasting fees, then be escorted to the deck of Bill’s home or to his
Bill still charges nothing to sample his fine wines. He does not kitchen table, as the weather dictates, for one of the
maintain a pour list. He’ll just ask what you like and open bot- most low-key and friendly wine tasting experiences
tles accordingly. you will ever enjoy.
In 1972, Bill brazenly bought an old chicken farm and • Bill collects art and his home is filled with some very
began pestering the local wineries for a job. He started his ca- interesting pieces. With just a little encouragement,
reer by operating the crushers at Charles Krug. From there he he’ll show them to you and tell you the stories behind
them.
went on to enjoy a long history in the industry, working for the
• Check out his website, www.tulocay.com for his latest
likes of Robert Mondavi, Joe Heitz and other giants of the
offerings of great savings on his wines!
winemaking world. In 1975, after consuming copious amounts
of wine one evening, he made the presumptuous decision to
open a winery himself. “My friends looked at the old chicken Tulocay Winery
coops and declared them perfect for a winery. In my altered
Open by appointment only
state, I agreed!” What ensued was the creation of a refreshingly
relaxed wine country experience and a Pinot Noir that would 1426 Coombsville Road, Napa
launch his career. He has been enjoying the heck out of life For tours & tastings, call
ever since. By Ronda Giangreco Bill Cadman, (707) 255-4064

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natural beauty and to Domaine Carneros 3.5 miles
to Cuvaison Estate >1 mile
unparalleled to McKenzie-Mueller
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Chardonnays, Syrahs
and sparkling wines.
LAS AMIGAS
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LODGING FOOD to go. Part of the Carneros Inn, the Boon Fly Cafe
Carneros Inn Fremont Diner is centrally located to all of Carneros and a spot for
4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa 2698 Fremont Drive, Sonoma easy, delicious, fresh foods. Try the Boon Fly Donuts
(707) 299-4900, www.thecarnerosinn.com (707) 938-7370 at breakfast with hot coffee to start or the wine bar
The Carneros Inn, a Plumpjack Resort, is a unique Old-fashioned style roadside hamburger joint and appetizers after a long day.
creation of architecture and culinary wonders. Fine with updated menu. Fresh, local ingredients. Farm at Carneros Inn
foods and luxurious rooms share emphasis evenly Try the pulled-pork sandwich or grilled cheese with 4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa
within a long, modern compound reminiscent of the sage and be sure to splurge on the milkshakes! (707) 299-4880, www.thecarnerosinn.com
area's silos, barns and rancher's cottages. Boon Fly Cafe Dinner at the Farm is a relaxed yet elegant affair.
4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa Enjoy the outdoor living room, cathedral ceilings,
THINGS TO DO (707) 299-4870, www.theboonflycafe.com fireplaces and alfresco dining all summer long with
di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature The Boon Fly Cafe offers tasty beverages, wines from around the world and dishes made from
5200 Sonoma Highway, Napa breakfasts, lunch and dinner on premises or packed Napa Valley bounty.
(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.
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The last time I was at Saintsbury in Los Carneros (“The
Rams” in Spanish, when sheep vastly outnumbered vines in VARIETALS
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Vin Gris
this part of southern Napa County) the small group that was
ACCLAIM
leaving were all smiles. One mentioned that while you have to According to the respected Wine Spectator writer Matt
know where you are going to find the winery (though in all Kramer, Saintsbury“single-handedly demolished the old
honesty it is not really very difficult) they agreed that it was assertion that California cannot create Pinot Noirs of a
Burgundian standard of delicacy and finesse.” Saintsbury
well worth it. remains at the front of the Pinot Noir revolution.
A tasting at this very rural winery might be inside – in a OUTDOORS
compact room with a high, sloping ceiling, tile floors and Blooms change with the seasons. They often change
wood tasting table with bottle green chairs – or outdoors, weekly or even overnight, and at certain times it seems to
where lush plantings of every sort fill in every space that the be a butterfly sanctuary.
gravel walkways and tasting area do not. Views stretch across FUN FACT
Vin Gris is the name used in Burgundy for a refreshing
hundreds of acres of vineyards to the hills in the distance. rosé wine made from Pinot Noir. Saintsbury first em-
Established in 1981 by Dick Ward and David Graves, braced the tradition of this saigné style wine in 1989
Saintsbury set the standard for California Pinot Noir, and is still when, as they say back at the winery …”if life hands you
lemons make lemonade!”Its popularity has since de-
among the best. Part of their success has been the founders’ manded an annual repeat performance.
commitment to the vineyards of Carneros as a source of out- NOTE
standing grapes. The entrance to Saintsbury is on Withers Road between
The wines they offer include their very famous Pinot Noirs Los Carneros Avenue and Cuttings Wharf Road.
(we told you they were very serious about this varietal), out-
standing Syrahs, two artfully crafted Chardonnays and their
Saintsbury
fancifully named Vincent Vin Gris. Tours and tastings daily (except Sunday)
As to tastings, they are the first ones to say that, “We’re very by appointment (no tours on Saturday)
flexible in what we do and in what we pour.” A wine lover’s 1500 Los Carneros Avenue, Napa
paradise in other words, and in every way. (707) 252-0592 • www.saintsbury.com
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Etude Winery was founded to be a “winegrowing” house, not a
“winemaking” house. Since its inception 25 years ago, Etude has PASSION!
been on a quest for oenological perfection. What began 25 years ago as a philosophical state of mind
Founder and Winemaker Jon Priest believed that great wines are is now a state-of-the-art winemaking facility where the
grown, not made, and that “inspired grape growing diminishes the ancient art of winemaking is pursued with a singular pas-
need for intervention by the winemaker.”
sion.
Priest sums it up best: “Etude was founded on the philosophy GREEN ALL THE WAY
that winemaking begins in the vineyard long before the harvest and Etude Winery is a Napa Certified GREEN Winery.
that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by Certified Fish Friendly Farming, too!
the winemaker, resulting in wine that is grown, not made. This re-
mains our approach today as we continue to build the Etude legacy.”
DON’T MISS THE WINE OF THE MONTH
Etude’s 2006 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is a well-
Working with viticulturalist Franci Ashton, Priest has developed
structured and balanced Cabernet with solid tannic
Etude Winery from this bold philosophical cornerstone into a pre- integrity and fruit ripeness. $100 per bottle
mier producer of coveted wines.
Already known for Carneros Pinot Noir and Napa Valley Caber- VARIETALS
net Sauvignon, Etude has now introduced brilliant Pinot Blanc, Pinot Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc,
Gris and Merlot to huge reviews. Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Rosé (Wines are subject
Two delightful tastings are available at Etude. The Walk-In Tast-
to availability and release.)
ing features five wines. These wines include the 2010 Etude MUST TRY: WINE & FOOD PAIRING
Chardonnay Carneros (1,200 cases produced, $38 per bottle), the Enjoy a private tasting experience for $35 per person.
2008 Etude Pinot Noir Carneros (17,000 cases produced/$42 per Each guest will enjoy a flight of six Etude wines paired
bottle) and the 2007 Etude GBR Estate (1,200 cases produced/$60 with three savory bites. Pairings are available Friday
per bottle). through Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.
The Etude Seated Reserve Tasting may be enjoyed with an ap-
*Maximum of eight people and reservations required.
($25 for Wine Club Members.)
pointment made in advance and features five select, top-tier wines
that include the 2010 Etude Rosé Pinot Noir Carneros (2400 cases
produced / $20 per bottle), 2007 Etude Deer Camp Pinot Noir (960
Etude Wines
cases produced / $60 per bottle) and the one-of-a-kind 2006 Etude Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville (296 cases produced / $100 per bottle). 1250 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa
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Family owned and operated, McKenzie-Mueller prides
itself on being a small, hands-on, food-friendly little wine A FAMILY AFFAIR
label that was named “Estate of the Year” in 2000 by Wine & To say owners Bob and Karen built McKenzie-Mueller
Spirits magazine. alone would be a lie. All five kids help out in winery
McKenzie-Mueller owners Bob and Karen produce their operations as do the handful of employees this wine
wines quite literally from scratch. They are both the grape family has embraced into their clan.
growers and the winemakers. SMALL BUT MIGHTY
Napa locals from the start, Bob and Karen met over a vat of Producing just 2,500 cases, McKenzie-Mueller represents
Zinfandel grapes and it’s been love, wine and kids ever since! some of the finest vineyards in the Carneros region.
The couple has expanded their winery from a small 500- FUN FACT!
case production in 1990, into a more sizeable enterprise that All of the wines are Estate produced and bottled and come
reflects their commitment to quality, harmony with nature and from two vineyards: Los Carneros and Oak Knoll.
exquisite wines. BE SURE TO TASTE
This unique winery presents wines that are only estate The McKenzie-Mueller 2005 Merlot is a source of pride
grown, produced from their two vineyards. First, the for the family. They don’t just produce Pinot Noir but also
Big Ranch Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District grows their several Bordeaux varietals on their estate vineyards in
Cabernet and Cabernet Franc in deep, rich, loamy soils. Carneros. Karen explains that fruit ripens more evenly
Second, the Los Carneros Vineyard produces Pinot Noir, given the cooler but longer growing season in Carneros,
Pinot Grigio, Merlot and Malbec in the cooler temperatures and that this Merlot realizes that ripeness, $35 per bottle.
and shallow top soils. Everything is done by hand and boy, VARIETALS
can you taste it! Pinot Noir, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and
McKenzie-Mueller’s tasting fee is a nominal $10 and in- Cabernet Sauvignon
cludes the 2007 Pinot Noir and the 2005 Cabernet Franc. The
2007 Pinot Noir is intense, fruit-driven and full-bodied, fer- McKenzie-Mueller Vineyards & Winery
mented with native yeast. $35 per bottle.
Open by appointment only.
McKenzie-Mueller’s Cabernet Franc is a wine so rich with
aromatics that you can practically taste before it reaches your 2530 Las Amigas Road, Napa
mouth. It is deep, rich, concentrated and exciting. $32 per (707) 252-0186 • www.mckenziemueller.com
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The Cuvaison tasting room in the Carneros region of
VARIETALS
Napa is a spot that appeals on many levels. Their visu-
Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Zinfandel,
ally stunning tasting room is situated in the middle of Cabernet Sauvignon and a unique port-style dessert wine
estate vineyards and offers perfect lighting, modern called Espiritu.
décor and a wrap-around deck with magnificent glass
walls opening to the vineyards. FUN FACT
A Vineyard Walk and Tasting experience is offered Friday
They are also unique in that they offer seated tastings through Monday, and starts at 9:30 a.m. Visit the website
where guests are catered to by friendly staff who are ex- at www.cuvaison.com for more details and to reserve your
perts in Cuvaison wine and knowledgeable about what spot today!
makes Napa Valley such a diverse area for winegrowing. CLUB BENEFITS
Most prominently known for their Chardonnay and Access to limited releases, savings on wine and tasting room
Pinot Noir, Cuvaison also produces limited quantities of merchandise and invitations to member-only parties.
Zinfandel, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and their port style
GREEN INITIATIVES
dessert wine for club members to taste and purchase. Sustainable vineyard practices, cork recycling, 1,428 solar
And don’t forget about their rich, full-bodied Caber- panels, eco-friendly packaging and much more ... it’s all part
net Sauvignon wines; particularly the award-winning of a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint.
Brandlin from Cuvaison’s fabled Mount Veeder estate
vineyard located 1200’ above the valley floor. Cuvaison Estate Wines
Go, taste, relax and leave with a smile. What could Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment
be better than that? Cuvaison’s Carneros tasting room 1221 Duhig Road, Napa
should be on your “must see” list. Make a reservation (707) 942-2455 • www.cuvaison.com
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Domaine Carneros, located in the heart of the southern
region of the Napa Valley, is owned by Champagne Taittinger, GOOD TO KNOW
a name known far and wide for excellence. This is the perfect • The Domaine Carneros château is a landmark of
spot in which to begin any journey to the Napa Valley. The the Carneros region. Completed in 1989, the classic
exquisite wines offered here are matched only by the breath- 18th century château-style building was architec-
taking views that announce your entrance to the Napa Valley turally inspired by the historic Taittinger-owned
wine tasting experience. Château de la Marquetterie in Champagne, France.
Upon your arrival at Domaine Carneros, weather permit- • The Pinot Noir Facility sits just behind the main
ting, you’ll be seated on the chateau’s expansive terrace and château and was styled after a French carriage
offered an array of tasting options. Food pairings with caviar, house. When completed in 2003, this state-of-the-art
charcuterie, smoked salmon and artisan cheeses enhance the facility housed the largest solar collection system of
tasting experience and offer visitors a means of luxuriating a any winery in the world.
little longer in this graceful setting. If there is a bit of a chill in • In April 2008, Domaine Carneros received organic
the air, the salon provides an equally extraordinary setting in certification of all its estate vineyards by
which to appreciate the wines. California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). The
With the iconic Eileen Crane as winemaker, the winery certification gave the winery the distinction of
has achieved a status as one of the finest producers of award becoming the first sparkling winery in the United
winning wines in the region. Her magnificent sparkling wines States with all estate vineyards certified.
have graced the tables of many fine restaurants, as well as • Le Rêve, which translates to “the dream” in French,
helped in the celebration of countless weddings and elite is a luxury Blanc de Blancs sparkling cuvee.
events. But one needn’t wait for a special occasion to enjoy Blanc de Blancs means “white of whites” or white
bubbles. A perfect, sun-drenched Napa afternoon is exactly wine made from white grapes.
the right reason in which to raise a glass and offer a toast.
While the winery is famous for its sparkling wines, there Domaine Carneros
are a number of excellent still wines to enjoy as well. Their by Taittinger
Pinot Noir, added to the wine list in 1992, is a marvelous ex- Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
ample of the famous Carneros appellation. 1240 Duhig Road, Napa (off Hwy12/121)
Enjoying a flight of wine is the best way to sample different
(707) 257-0101 • www.domainecarneros.com

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styles of their exceptional Sparkling or Pinot Noir wines.
Look for Domaine Carneros on Facebook.
By Ronda Giangreco

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Nicholson Ranch is on a commanding hill above one of
Napa and Sonoma’s most important intersections, with the VARIETALS
foothills behind giving it a regal, almost serene bearing. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot
The 160 acres (30 of it planted with vines) enjoys a combi-
nation of soils, hills and climate that is ideal for producing FUN FACT
premium grapes. Pinot Noir is often called the“Heartache Grape.”
There is even a book by that title.The reason for its
One thing you cannot see from the road below are the
difficulty is that there are few areas where it grows
chairs and the tables with colorful market umbrellas set on
well and if it is over manipulated, it can lose a lot of its
trimmed grass backed by a free-form lake that is home to large-
characteristic beauty. It is for this reason that Nicholson
mouth bass and the occasional river otter. Blue herons, white
Ranch is built as a five-level gravity flow winery, which
egrets and an assortment of ducks often visit, while overhead allows the wine to flow naturally between winemaking
red tail hawks soar. stages.
The high-ceilinged tasting room has granite-topped bars,
tile floors and doors on three sides that open to the outdoors TOURS
and the lake. Plantings throughout are subtle and mature. Be Cave tours are available by appointment.
sure to ask the tasting room staff about the small chapel up on
the hill directly behind the winery. They will also explain the HUNGRY?
origin of the enormous lion sculpture you can spot from the In the tasting room is a selection of cheese, crackers
road. and the like, and there are plenty of places to enjoy a
Between the assembly of well-designed buildings are pleasant picnic lunch... with Nicholson wines of course.
courtyards, and indoors is a commercial kitchen adjacent to an
elegant room often used for weddings and special events. The Nicholson Ranch Winery
scale of it all works. Whether you sit on the Redwood Terrace,
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
gather by the Fountain Courtyard, head to the picnic area or
settle into the tasting room, it is all part of a memorable wine 4200 Napa Road, Sonoma
country experience, where an extensive list of elegant, hand- (707) 938-8822 • www.nicholsonranch.com
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Anderson’s Conn Valley – St. Helena, by appt: Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat 10-2; 707-963-8600 P16

Andretti Winery – Napa, daily 10am-5pm, 707-259-6777 x227 P51 ✘ ✘ ✘

Arger-Martucci – St. Helena, daily 10am-5pm (appt. encouraged), 707-963-4334 P28

Baldacci Family Vineyards – Napa, by prior appt: daily 10am-4pm, 707-944-9261 P44 ✘ ✘

Ballentine – St. Helena, by appt. only: daily 10am-5pm, 707-963-7919 P25 ✘ ✘

B Cellars – Calistoga, daily 10am-5pm, 707-709-8787 P8

Beringer – St. Helena, daily 10am-6pm, 1-866-708-9463 P27 ✘ ✘

Black Stallion Winery – Napa, daily 10am-5pm, 707-253-1400 P49 ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘

Bravante – Angwin, by appt: Wed-Sun 11am-4pm, 707-965-2552 P19 ✘

Burgess Cellars – St. Helena, by appointment only, 1-800-752-9463 P21

Castello di Amorosa – Calistoga, daily 9:30am-6pm, 707-967-6272 P13 ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘

Chappellet – St. Helena, by appointment only, 707-963-7136 P32 ✘

Charles Krug – St. Helena, daily 10:30am-5pm, 1-800-237-0033 P24 ✘ ✘

Conn Creek Winery – Napa, Sun-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat 11am-5pm; 1-800-793-7960 P39 ✘

Cuvaison Estate – Calistoga 707-942-2468 P7 / Carneros 707-942-2455, daily 10am-5pm P71 ✘ ✘

Domaine Carneros – Napa, daily 10am-5:45pm, 707-257-0101 P72 ✘

Envy Wines – Calistoga, Sun-Thu 10:30am-4:30pm, Fri-Sat 11am-5:30pm, 707-942-4670 P10 ✘

Etude Wines – Napa, daily 10am-4:30pm, 707-257-5300 P69 ✘ ✘ ✘

Farella Winery – Napa, by appointment only, 707-254-9489 P63 ✘

Fontanella – Napa, by appt: daily 10am-4pm, 707-252-1017 P55 ✘

Hagafen Cellars – Napa, daily 10am-5pm, 1-888-424-2336 P50 ✘ ✘ ✘

Hess Collection – Napa, daily 10am-5pm, 707-255-1144 P53 ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘

Jarvis Estate Winery – Napa, by appointment only, 1-800-255-5280 P57 ✘

Judd’s Hill Winery – Napa, by appt: daily 10am-4pm, 707-255-2332 P47 ✘

Kuleto Estate – St. Helena, by appointment only, 707-302-2209 P31 ✘

Madrigal Vineyards – Calistoga, daily10am-4pm by appt, 707-942-8619 P14 ✘

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McKenzie-Mueller – Napa, by appointment only, 707-252-0186 P18 ✘

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Nicholson Ranch – Sonoma, daily 10am-6pm, 707-938-8822 P73 ✘
Page Wine Cellars – Yountville, daily 10am-6pm, 707-944-2339 P45 ✘
Piña Napa Valley – Rutherford, by appt: daily 10am-4pm, 707-738-9328 P33 ✘
Pope Valley Winery – Pope Valley, Thu-Sun 11am-5pm or by appt; 707-965-1246 P17 ✘ ✘
Porter Family Winery – Napa, by appt: daily 9am-5pm, 1-888-656-7696 P65 ✘
RevolverWine Co. – Yountville, daily 10am-6pm, 707-944-2339 P45

Reynolds Family Winery – Napa, by appt: daily 10am-4:30pm, 707-258-2558 P48 ✘


Rutherford Hill Winery – Rutherford, daily 10am-5pm, (707) 963-1861 P37 ✘ ✘
Rutherford Ranch Winery – St. Helena, daily 10am-4:30pm, 707-963-3200 P38 ✘ ✘
Saddleback – Oakville, by appt: daily 10am-4pm, 707-944-1305 P34 ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘
St. Clement Vineyard – St. Helena, daily 10am-5pm, 1-866-877-5939 P26

Saintsbury – Napa, by appointment, 707-252-0592 P68 ✘


Silverado Vineyards – Napa, daily 10am-5pm, 707-257-1770 P42 ✘ ✘
Sodaro Family – Napa, by appointment only, closed Sundays; 707-251-8216 P64

Stags’ Leap Winery – Napa, by advance appointment only, 1-800-395-2441 P43 ✘ ✘


Steltzner Vineyards – Napa, by appt: daily 10am-4pm, 707-252-7272 P41 ✘
Stonehedge – Napa,Tue-Thu 12-6pm, Fri-Sat 12-8pm, Sun 1-5pm, 707-256-4444 P59 ✘ ✘
Summit Lake – Angwin, by appointment only, 707-965-2488 P18

Tulocay – Napa, by appointment only, 707-255-4064 P66 ✘


Turnbull Wine Cellars – Oakville, daily 10am-4:30pm, 1-800-887-6285 P35 ✘ ✘
Twenty Rows – Napa,Tue-Sat 11am-5pm or by appt, 707-287-1063 P58 ✘
Valley Gate Vineyards – Napa, by appt: daily 10am-5pm, 707-254-8673 P61 ✘ ✘ ✘ ✘
Viader Vineyards – Deer Park, by appointment only, 707-963-3816 x110 P20

Vinoce – Napa,Tue-Sat 11am-5pm or by appt, 707-287-1063 P58 ✘


V. Sattui – St. Helena, daily 9am-5pm (summer 9am-6pm), 707-963-7774 P23 ✘ ✘ ✘
Whitehall Lane – St. Helena, daily 10am-6pm, 1-800-963-9454 P29 ✘ ✘
W.H. Smith – Calistoga, Sun-Thu 10am-5pm, Fri-Sat 10am-6pm; 707-942-0930 P11

Wine Garage – Calistoga, Mon-Sat 11am-6:30pm, Sun 11am-4:30pm; 606-942-5332 P12 ✘

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Yates Family – Napa, by appointment only, 707-226-1800 P54 ✘
Zahtila – Calistoga, daily 10am-4:30pm, 707-942-9251 P9 ✘

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