Irresistible Wine Tasting Experiences in Napa Valley
Napa Valley- Synonymous with incredible wine tasting experiences, Napa Valley always welcomes the curious and adventurous for new wine tasting experiences. An easy drive from the Sacramento and Roseville region makes Napa an irresistible destination for wine lovers and foodies of all kinds.
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The Hess Collection’s Vineyard Excursions begins with a guided ATV vineyard ride through the historic Mont La Salle vineyard, exploring a range of Napa Green sustainable practices. Guests will learn different trellising practices, spacing and viticulture approaches to mountain farming, followed by a three-course lunch incorporating items from the winery’s culinary gardens, or an estate wine presentation paired with Artisan cheeses served with seasonal fruits and nuts, complemented by current release Mount Veeder wines. Offered through Fall. www.hesscollection.com/visit-us/exclusive-experiences
Signorello Estate has opened a temporary tasting space and introduced a new Estate Experience at the Silverado Trail estate property. The experience begins with a vineyard tour and an overview of Signorello Estate’s history. Following the tour, guests are welcomed into the Estate Room for semi-private tastings for up to eight guests which features four wines paired with small bites. Signorello Estate also offers Savor Signorello, a five-course lunch at Meadowood Napa Valley, paired with Signorello wines. The semi-private lunch may be reserved for two to eight guests and is offered daily at noon, year-round, in the indoor/outdoor Madrone Room at Meadowood. Reservations for the Estate Room are only accepted over the phone, and prior reservations are required. For reservations, please call 707.255.5990. https://signorelloestate.com
K. LAZ is now open at the CIA at Copia, offering appointment-only tastings of highly coveted wines procured by proprietor Kerrin Laz, former wine director of Dean & DeLuca. The tastings are held in the tasting salon at Copia and may be paired with food upon request. http://www.ciaatcopia.com/experiences/#k-laz-wine-collection
The Cellarius Kitchen Experience at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars showcases dishes that complement and contrast the unique flavors and aromas of the wine by winery Chef Travis Westrope. This experience is offered Monday through Thursday from noon to 2:30 p.m. through December 2018. Advance reservations required. http://www.cask23.com
The Ashes & Diamonds Vintage Experience immerses guests in the mid-century history and ethos that inspired Ashes & Diamonds. During the two-hour experience, guests are led through the winemaking process from grape to bottle, which includes a walking tour of the vineyards and production facility, followed by a private vintage tasting alongside the current release of Ashes & Diamonds wines, paired with a locally-sourced multi-course meal. https://ashesdiamonds.com/visit
The Village Tasting Rooms at Vista Collina Resort bring eight hand-selected boutique wines and microbrews, each with its own unique style and history, under one roof. Featured tasting rooms include Trinitas Cellars, Foley Food & Wine Society, Gen7 Wines, The Wine Foundry, Napa Smith Brewery, Cornerstone Cellars, Jayson by Pahlmeyer, Mi Sueno Winery and Luna Vineyards. Food pairings by Chef Vincent Lesage are also available.
Trefethen Family Vineyards offers a new Anniversary Tasting which focusses on aged offerings, including three vintages of Chardonnay and three vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon. Upon arrival, guests are escorted through gardens to the Villa, the former family residence, and seated in the dining room, where they are led through the wine flight. The Anniversary Tasting is semi-private, with a maximum of 10 guests, and is offered daily at 10:30 a.m. Advance reservations are required. http://www.trefethen.com
Through the summer, Rutherford Hill Winery offers a selection of wines by the bottle to enjoy while lounging in the picnic grove, every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening 5 to 8 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic or may purchase a cheese and charcuterie plate prepared by Dean & Deluca. Reservations required for groups of eight or more.
The Whitehall Lane Winery Estate Vineyard Tour & Tasting offers views of the Mayacamas Mountain Range and Rutherford Appellation AVA on a guided tour through the 25-acre estate vineyard. Guests will see first-hand the different cycles of the estate vines, how a grape cluster grows on the vines, and the process it goes through to become wine. The experience concludes with a tour in the estate Barrel Room where guests learn about the aging process, the final stage before bottling.
HALL and WALT Wines have launched a new California Zinfandel brand, BACA Wines, led by winemaker Alison Frichtl Hollister. The new BACA Lounge at HALL St. Helena offers a flight of four BACA wines or select bottle service, as well as lawn games including oversized Jenga and Cornhole, and a Trivia Wheel to test wine knowledge. The lounge is open throughout Summer 2018, Friday through Sunday only. http://www.bacawines.com/visit
Conn Creek Winery offers a seasonal Garden Tasting in the winery’s outdoor garden patio, which includes a selection of wines from Conn Creek’s Napa Valley Collection and the AVA Cabernet Sauvignon series. Garden tastings are available Fridays through Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and feature live music every Sunday through July. http://www.conncreek.com
Fairwinds Estate Winery offers two unique tasting options. The Paint & Sip Party includes an afternoon of wine and painting on the grapevine terrace overlooking the Mayacamas Mountains July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 15 and Oct. 6, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. The Art of Wine Tasting & Flower Arrangement teaches guests the art of wine tasting and flower arranging inside the wine cave July 14, Aug. 11, Sept. 8 and Oct. 13, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m. Each class includes a flight of three wines, light snacks, and a handmade floral centerpiece or painting to take home. http://www.fairwindsestatewinery.com
Amici Cellars offers a new Grapes to Glass harvest experience featuring an opportunity to explore Napa’s historic vineyards while tasting site-specific wines. The half-day immersion experience features tours and tastings from Napa’s Beckstoffer Heritage Missouri Hopper and To Kalon Vineyards, as well as a visit to Amici Cellars’ Calistoga winery where lunch is paired with estate wines. http://www.amicicellars.com
Tamber Bey Vineyards offers a chance to get up close and personal with the crush crew at the Crush Crew BBQ’s with Vintner Barry Waitte and Winemaker Andy Jones manning the grill. Guests will unwind with the team after their long day of processing the day’s grape harvest, enjoy summer barbeque fare, and a selection of Tamber Bey wines. This educational and entertaining get-together will launch with the first pick of the season and will be scheduled weekly or biweekly throughout harvest, depending on the winery’s pick schedule. http://www.tamberbey.com