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Napa Valley Top 10 Winery Experiences part 2
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Napa Valley Top 10 Winery Experiences part 2

Napa Valley Part 2 300x200 This is part two of my Napa Valley Gastronomic Tour – Top 10 Winery Experiences. As I mentioned in part 1, I love balanced wine that pairs wells with savory food. I also love great experiences. This post will cover some wineries with awesome views, hidden gem tasting rooms, and wineries off the beaten path. I know that you may have a favorite winery that may not be represented in this post, so leave a comment on the bottom of this post and let me know your favorites.

Previous Napa Valley Gastronomic Tour Posts

Napa Valley Gastronomic Tour – Understanding Napa Valley Regions

Napa Valley Gastronomic Tour – Top 10 Winery Experiences Part 1

Wineries with a View

 

Artesa

1345 Henry Rd, Napa – Hours: 10am-5pm (last tasting at 4:30)

Tasting Fee: Starting at $15 Walk-ins welcome  http://www.artesawinery.com

Napa Valley Artesa View1 300x225 Artesa is a family winery, owned by the Raventos Family of Spain who wine making history dates back to the sixteenth century.  The property is perhaps the most beautiful of the entire Sonoma and Napa valleys, sitting at a high elevation, this modern structure is built into the hillside.

 

 

Napa Valley artesa with mr beringer 300x225 Aside from the wonderful views, I loved their wines. This winery is known for producing small, ultra-premium lots of grapes in Napa, and Carneros Appellations.  The winemaker Mark Beringer comes from a long family history of winemakers starting with his grandfather Jacob Beringer of the famous winery. His skills speak in the flavors of the wine.

My favorite wines at Artesa included the 2010 Reserve Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir is not my favorite wine, although the Pinot Noirs from Artesa was amazing. . This soft and fruit forward wine is delicious for any level of wine drinker.

Napa Valley Artesa View

 

Domaine Carneros

1240 Duhig Road, Napa, CA 94559  – 10am-6:00

Tour and Tasting: $30 – Reservations Required – Tours at 11am-1pm-3pm – http://www.domainecarneros.com/

Domaine Carneros has great wine tasting in a French Style Chateau with a patio overlooking the Carneros vineyards.  If you like sunsets, visit near the end of the day to enjoy wine and sunsets. Keep in mind that this winery works as a tour and tasting, so allow yourself sometime and be sure to make a reservation. Domaine Carneros is known for their sparkling wines and Pinot Noirs. This is the same winery that operates the Taitinger label.

Napa Valley Domaine Carneros

Come late to Domaine Carneros to enjoy the sunset

 

 

Great Tasting Rooms

 

Elizabeth Spencer Wines

1240 Duhig Road, Napa, CA 94559  -10am-6pm

Tasting: $20 in tasting room, $25 in Courtyard –  Walk-ins Welcome – http://www.elizabethspencerwines.com/

Napa Valley Elizabeth Spencer 300x225
This Winery’s tasting room is pure boutique and a great find if you are looking for something different and is located next to Cakebread Cellars. The tasting room is really small, but the greater pleasure is sitting under their covered patio in the garden.  While resting under a cool veranda, I sipped Elizabeth Spencer wine while gazing out at their garden. Life is too short for cheap wine and Elizabeth Spencer made my day.

My favorite wine was their 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The cab is produced from grapes in almost every Napa appellations. The aroma of the wine was red rose, raspberry and English flower candy. The wine has a berry flavor that was full on the palate with hints of mulling spices and chocolate.

Napa Valley Elizabeth Spencer Patio

Chill out with a wine tasting experience on the patio at Elizabeth Spencer

Tamber Bay

1234 Adams St, St Helena, CA 94574  -10am-8pm

Tasting Fee:   Cookie Pairing:  – Walk-ins welcome http://www.tamberbey.com/

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This winery was perhaps one of our favorite accidental discoveries. This place is one of the hidden gems of Napa, tucked off Highway 29 in Downtown St. Helena. I almost passed this place up, thinking that it was, “just another tasting room.”  Sometimes your instincts should be ignored.

When you visit, be sure to take them up on the Savory cookie pairing option! Your wines will be paired with cookies specifically crafted to match and enhance the wine. As we sampled the wine and tasted the cookie, the flavor characteristics of the wine changed. The savory cookies simulate how the wine would pair with a meal. What a great experience.

Our favorite wine was the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Yountville. This is a dark colored wine and it packs a a punch; I called this wine the velvet hammer. The flavor was cherries, currants and cola. On the back end, the flavors turn to dark chocolate, leather, and sweet cherries. This was a smooth Cabernet Sauvignon.

Napa Valley Tamber Bay cookie

 

 

Off the Beaten Path

 

Goosecross Winery

1119 State Ln, Yountville, CA 94599 10am-4:30pm

Tasting Fee: $15 Reservations Required!  http://goosecross.com/visit-us/

Located on the Silverado Trail in Yountville, Goosecross provides an experience of what Napa used to be like. With a focus on customer intimacy, you will get to enjoy a semi-private wine tasting experience.  I highly recommend that you experience their “Topflight Reserve” tasting experience, which is an intimate tasting in their barrel cellars.  This tasting includes cheese and bread sticks.

napa valley Goosecross cellars

Go off Highway 29 and explore Silverado Trail, be sure to visit Goosecross

 

Duckhorn Vineyards

1000 Lodi Ln, St Helena, CA 94574  Hours: 10:00- 4:00 (last call 3:30)

Tasting Fee: $30  – Reservations Required! http://www.duckhorn.com/

Napa Valley Duckhorn
This is one of my favorite wines and wineries in Napa.  Located off Silverado Trail  in St.Helena, Duckhorn Cellars has a pretty property with gardens, lakes and ducks. This winery provides a personalized wine tasting experience, with seated tastings from their wine educators. I recommend that you spend the extra $30 for the food accompaniment!

My favorite wine at Duckhorn was their 2009 Duckhorn Vineyward Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Patzimaro Vineyard. Although this was not a cheap wine, it was smooth and velvety. This wine is like a wild lion who has been tamed into a house cat, strong yet gentle in approach. 

Find your own favorite winery using the Winery Finder App: Read more about it on my Wife’s Blog http://danisdecadentdeals.com/2013/08/01/how-to-wine-taste-in-napa-valley-for-a-nominal-fee-winery-finder-application/

About Tom Holmberg

Tom grew up in a cultural diverse neighborhood and a culturally diverse family, so he has learned to appreciate all types of food. "I am not a Chef, nor do I play one on T.V., but I have learned to appreciate food from years of eating and cooking." Tom also spent 10 years in the restaurant industry in various roles, from Prep Cook to server.

23 comments

  1. Alexandra McAllister

    WOW! What amazing pics, Tom and description! Sure would love to be in any one of those places right now! Thanks for much for sharing! I can never get enough!

  2. Your ‘tours’ are inspiring me to travel!! Great information! Thanks!

  3. Carla J Gardiner

    Great tour of the Napa Valley wineries. From your description of the 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon at the Elizabeth Spencer winery I’d vote this my choice. Your description “The aroma of the wine was red rose, raspberry and English flower candy. The wine has a berry flavor that was full on the palate with hints of mulling spices and chocolate” made my mouth water. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  4. This is on my bucket list! i have book marked this blog for when i can get there!

  5. These wineries with a view are GORGEOUS! I want to go.

  6. Meryl Hershey Beck

    The wineries you showcased in this post are lovely. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Your images are beautiful and look like you are truly enjoying life!

    Yvonne Brown

  8. So beautiful and wonderful of you to share your experiences with us. I really want to go now :)

  9. Explode Your Business Online @Norma Doiron

    Thanks for sharing your best winery experiences Tom; however I am not a wine drinker…my favorite is grape juice !! lol :)

  10. Wine tours are so much fun – especially in Napa. Great post – now I want to go on one again!

  11. Carele Belanger

    Thank you for sharing this tour with us. Another place on my list to visit one day.

  12. What a fun trip we had! I love the one of all of us at Tamber Bey! :)

  13. Delia @ Blog Formatting

    Another great post and wonderful photos to look at, thanks for sharing!

  14. Wow, this is another great post. This is the first time I have commented, but I have to say that anything having to do with wine sparks my interest. In fact, I have been making my own wine for years. However, I can’t do it like the great wineries.

  15. Love visiting wineries! Great info and wonderful pictures!

  16. Another great reminder of my love for Napa! Love these posts!

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