A visit to Domaine Chandon, Napa Valley

When in Yountville, Domaine Chandon is a must see.  With legendary French parents (Moët-Hennessy), Chandon was the first investment by a French Champagne house in California, almost 40 years ago. After visiting Moët & Chandon in France I was curious to experience the tour here. I’m always looking for something different so Domaine Chandon’s Cocktail […]

A visit to Spring Mountain Vineyard

Sweeping mountain top vineyards, impressive caves, exotic gardens, a historic mansion, and superb wines; after my visit to Spring Mountain Vineyard I could completely see why Wine Spectator called this a “Must See”. I was met by Lindsay, one of the winery’s seasoned wine educators. On the day I visited I had the winery to […]

A visit to Clif Family Winery at Velo Vino

To me, Clif is a brand that speaks to anyone that wants to live a healthy lifestyle.  When you visit Clif Family Winery at Velo Vino this really comes to life.  As soon as I arrived I felt at home in the tasting room’s laid back, friendly, and unpretentious atmosphere. The tasting room design is […]

A visit to Judd’s Hill Winery, Napa Valley

I’ve never really thought deeply about percentages but I can tell you they take on a whole new meaning when you have the chance to blend your own wine.  Being a fan of Bordeaux wines, an opportunity to make my own blend was right up my alley.  Last week I visited Judd’s Hill Winery to […]

A visit to Chateau Montelena, Napa Valley

Best known for winning the Paris Tasting in 1976, and later for playing a starring role in the movie, “Bottle Shock”, Chateau Montelena is a favorite amongst visitors to the valley.   The historic, moss-covered stone castle stands today as a reminder of what put California wine on the world’s stage.  For me, a little history […]

A visit to Darioush, Napa Valley

One of the starring attractions on Napa’s Silverado Trail, is Darioush. I knew I was in for something different as I pulled into the mandatory valet parking area in front of the massive fire torch in the driveway. Valet parking, I learned is a way they can ensure the tasting room doesn’t get overcrowded, which […]

A visit to Quixote Winery, Napa Valley

Playful, quirky and artsy, Quixote Winery on the Silverado Trail, caught my attention a few years ago with its clever, yet unusual design.  There is no mistaking this winery in any picture you’ll see of it.  I was intrigued and had to see it for myself. Amongst the tussocks on a little hill in Napa’s […]

A visit to Opus One Winery

A winery I’ve long wanted to visit is Opus One.  Elegant and iconic, the low-lying, pyramid-like structure on Napa’s Highway 29 is a beacon for those that know the wines, and those that don’t. American and French flags proudly wave side by side over the entrance, symbolizing the Mondavi and Rothschild partnership.  I couldn’t wait to […]

A visit to Antica Napa Valley

After 600 years of making wine in Italy, the Antinori family expanded their Tuscan empire to Napa Valley in order to produce an Antinori wine in California. In their search for a location “like Italy” they found a spot in Napa’s Atlas Peak District, and named the winery Antica, a blend of the words Antinori […]

A visit to Round Pond Estate

As I drove down the long driveway studded with palm trees I knew I was in for something special.  It started the moment I arrived, as the friendly concierge met me and escorted me upstairs.  Round Pond is appointment only, which means your experience is generally personalized, they know who you are, it’s relaxed and […]