Best wineries to visit in winter

If you’re on the fence about visiting Napa and Sonoma during winter, I can assure you that this is actually a great time to visit.  Not only can you cozy up in front of the fire at many wineries, but you’ll avoid the crowds, get personalized attention and even save on hotels.  Napa and Sonoma […]

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 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 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 […]

A visit to CADE Estate Winery, Napa Valley

Sleek and modern, CADE Estate Winery on Napa’s Howell Mountain may be off the beaten path for most, but for the true wine enthusiasts out there, this is a superb example of a winery leading the way in sustainable architecture, organic farming and fine wines. As one of the newer members of the PlumpJack group, […]

A visit to Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley

Visiting Castello di Amorosa (Castle of Love) last month made me wonder why I waited so long.  Built with such authenticity and attention to detail, the castle-winery could easily be in Tuscany.  It is no wonder the winery is used as a set and concert venue (Bon Jovi has performed here, and recently it was […]