The Napa Valley is home to many outstanding wine varietals and styles, but one of our favorite themes for a day of tasting is to focus on sparkling wines. After years (decades?) of honing our tour list, we have arrived at a nearly perfect day of bubbles. First stop: Domaine Carneros!
Wine tasting in Napa
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Success in one field of endeavor does not guarantee success in another. In one case, though, success in the fast-paced, high stress world of Hollywood entertainment led to equal success in the mellow, measured world of Napa wine making. We’re talking, of course, about Rich Frank and Frank Family Vineyards.
As a day of tasting sparkling wine in Napa approached dusk, we knew how to maximize our next experience: the rustic outdoor tasting service at Mumm Napa! Rolling hills, winter-dormant grape vines and the lovely bubbles of Mumm Napa. A perfect way to toast the end of an amazing day!
Our final Napa wine tasting tour of the year was going strong. We transitioned from the refined elegance of Domaine Carneros to the modern esthetic of Domaine Chandon.
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.
Our last wine tasting tour of the year aimed to ring out 2016 in style with a selection of some of Napa’s finest. Our first stop: the Artesa Winery.
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.
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!
Combine ideal Napa winegrowing conditions, a multi-generational commitment to producing fine wines, and some Jeffersonian architecture and what do you get? Monticello Vineyards, of course!
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!
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.
Upcoming EventsIn light of the COVID-19 situation, confirm event details in advance.
Las Positas Vineyards in Livermore
Indoor Concert Series
Doors open at 5:30pm, music starts at 6:00pm
No cover charge!
Wine by the bottle and by the glass
Charcuterie plates, flatbreads, and dessert plates available for purchase
February 10th: Happy Minute Band
Adelaida in Paso Robles
Join us in celebrating 25 years of the Viking Vineyard at Adelaida Vineyards and Winery on Saturday, February 11th. Enjoy an evening of fine dining in an intimate setting, with dinner provided by Chef Paul Corsentino.
A previous champion of Iron Chef America, Chef Corsentino blends California coastal ingredients with classic French techniques. Enjoy passed hors d'oeuvres and a four-course meal accompanied by current releases and library wines from the Viking Vineyard to celebrate 25 years of farming!
This event will be held in our beautiful downstairs Barrel Room on February 11th at 5:00pm. This will be an intimate dinner with only 80 seats available.
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Cedar Mountain in Livermore through Feb 12
Valentine Port and Chocolate Pairing
February 11 & 12 Noon - 3pm
Reserve Chardonnay del Sol
Late Bottled Vintage
Paired with Ghirardelli, Godiva, and ?? Chocolates
$15/person - $5/Club Member
Call 925-373-6636 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation
Russian River Vineyards in Russian River through Feb 12
Join us for a special Valentine's Day Wine & Food Pairing!
The Kitchen at RRV has lovingly handcrafted four delectable dishes to pair perfectly with four featured wines. Each course is thoughtfully created to complement its fine wine component.
This Valentine's Day Wine & Food Pairing Experience will be available as follows:
February 11th: seatings at 12:00, 2:00, & 4:00
February 12th: seatings at 12:00 & 2:00
Wine Club Members: $70 per person (discount added at checkout)
Non-Members: $85 per person
Vegetarian Option Available!
Space is limited and reservations are required.
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Harvest Moon Winery in Russian River
Sun, Feb 12, 12-4pm
RandyZin Valentine's Event
Live Harp + Piano, Special Flight + Pairing
Celebrate love (and wine) with us on Sunday, February 12th. Enjoy a special event flight with newly released wines paired with savory baked bites, sonoma county cheeses, and organic chocolate from Rainy Day Chocolates.
This romantic afternoon will be accompanied by live music with Harpist Liyanna Sadowsky and Pianist Jeremy Lipsin.
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Dobra Zemlja Winery in Amador through Mar 26
Behind the Cellar Door
Saturday, March 25th and 26th, 11am to 4:30pm
For more than 25 years, Amador Vintners’ member wineries have invited guests Behind the Cellar Door for one of the most entertaining and educational wine events anywhere.
Guests will be able to reserve experiences at 5 different wineries each day from over 40+ wineries in Amador in the beautiful Sierra Foothills. Enjoy tasting flights, behind the scene vineyard and winery tours, and an educational experience delivered by our winemakers and winery teams.
Here at Dobra Zemlja Winery, (meaning 'good earth' in Croatian) join us as we give guests a peek ‘behind the cave door’ with an educational barrel and vertical tasting experience of our signature port-style wine, Kikas, mali 'little' bites that pair perfectly with a select flight of our ‘Big Amador Reds, No Lightweights’, and fantastic wine specials. Zivili!
Tickets on sale now at https://amadorwine.com/bcd/.
Ticket Pricing -
Saturday and Sunday Passport: Pre-sale $79 / Regular $89
Sunday Only Passport: Pre-sale $54 / Regular $59
Saturday Only Passport: Pre-sale $54 / Regular $59
Designated Driver: $20 per day
Purchase your tickets before midnight on February 13th for discounted pre-sale pricing!