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 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 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 Cliff Lede Vineyards, Napa Valley

Beyond the tasting room and sculpture garden, what I found really unique and interesting at Cliff Lede was the rock and roll theme that starts in the vineyard.  With plots named after rock classics like “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Born to be Wild” and “Layla”, it certainly makes it easy to remember which parts of the vineyard […]