Domaine Carneros

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We were ringing out a great year with one last wine tasting tour through Napa. With our focus on tasting sparkling wines, we started our Tour de Champagne with the one winery that can’t be overlooked: Domaine Carneros.

Beaulieu Vineyard

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Over 100 years ago, a Frenchman showed his wife such an amazing view of Napa that she exclaimed, “beau lieu!” and a winemaking icon was born. All these years later, Beaulieu Vineyard, or BV as everyone calls it, continues to make a broad array of wines that are enjoyed worldwide.

ZD Winery

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Can you believe that rocket science can result in fine wine? Zero defects. so necessary when engineering rockets, can make a difference when making wine, too. Add in a dash of artistry, and results can be remarkable. This unusual hybrid of backgrounds and approaches came together to form ZD Winery. Blast off!

The Andretti Winery

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The Napa Valley wine region is awash with picturesque wineries. A beautiful setting and intriguing backstory has become merely the price of entry for a new winery. To rise above the noise – to catch the eye of the discerning wine taster – that requires something that is truly special. When we arrived at the Andretti Winery, we knew that we had discovered something exceptional!

Tasting a Joel Gott Cab

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We love (LOVE!) visiting wineries and tasting their wine. Meeting the winemaker and staff, learning about their point of view, understanding the journey that the wine took on its way to our glass, it all adds to our enjoyment. Only rarely do we have a wine in our home that was not purchased in a tasting room. A holiday gift of wine was an unexpected chance to break out from our pattern. It gave us a chance to taste and learn about a new winery: Joel Gott Wines.

A Day in Napa, Part 4: Cornerstone Cellars and Stepping Stone Cellars

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  Wonderful husband of mine got us reservations at Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, so we crossed the valley to Washington Street in downtown Yountville.  There we stopped at Cornerstone Cellars, sister-wine to Stepping Stone Cellars, at 6505 Washington Street.  Cornerstone Cellars offers 5 tastes for $15, which starts with their 2012 Napa Valley Riesling, Stepping Stone.  […]

A Day in Napa, Part 3: Signorello Estate

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  Down a vine- and tree-lined driveway, one comes upon a beautiful stone building that holds the tasting room and more for Signorello Estate at 4500 Silverado Trail in Napa.  The proprietor is Ray Signorello, Jr., holding to his father’s dream of quality winegrowing.  We were greeted by Nathalie, pourer extraordinaire, who has an enchanting […]

A Day in Napa, Part 2: Hagafen Cellars

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Walking into Hagafen Cellars at 4160 Silverado Trail in Napa is delightful.  The buildings are fronted by plantings of flowers and artwork, the latter created from upcycled forks, tools, etc.  The owners and vintners are Ernie and Irit Weir.  They have established a family-run, sustainable Green Winery – solar-powered, certified organic, with the handsomest of […]