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Notes on Wine Tasting in The Napa Valley
It’s a good idea to plan to visit several wineries as every wine-tasting experience offered is different. With so many distinctive viticultural areas within The Napa Valley, one can easily taste many of the world’s best varietials and winemaking style without learning the region. Listed below are five basic types of tasting experiences. The experience will vary in style from winery to winery!

Wine Bar Tasting
The most common tasting experience is a Wine Bar Tasting. You step up to the bar where typically a list of wines being poured is displayed. Expect to pay a tasting fee between $10-$40. Some tasting bars will offer you the option to taste a library or reserve wine. Exercising this option increases the fee, but will allow you to taste very unique, old or rare wines.

Sit Down Tasting
A Sit Down Tasting usually requires an appointment, and there may be a slightly higher fee than a wine bar fee. Seated in an elegant room, you are poured several wines by your winery host. Expect your host to describe the unique characteristics of each wine and how it was made.

Table Service Tasting
A Table Service Tasting, popular at sparkling wine facilities, is a tasting experience where you are seated at a table and the tastings are brought to you. ery to pour the first round. Then you move to another place within the winery to sample the next wine. This experience continues until all the wines are tasted.

Walk Around Tasting
A Walk Around Tasting is a combination of a tour and a tasting. Your host brings along several bottles of wine on your tour, and may take you to a garden area of the win-

Barrel Tasting
Another popular tasting experience that can be part of a tour or a Walk Around is a Barrel Tasting. Your guide takes a “wine thief,” a special siphon placed into a hole in the top of a barrel to extract tasting samples of a maturing wine. The sample allows you to taste what the wine is like in the middle of developing its full potential.

Why make an appointment?
Some wineries are so small that they need to know when you are coming so someone will be there to greet you. Other wineries have permit restrictions that limit the number of guests that can visit each day. Others have sit-down tastings that start and end at specific times. It’s always a good idea to schedule your appointments well in advance of your visit because some of the more popular wineries fill up their appointments weeks in advance.
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I’ll tell you – the owner, Ray Hanson, is a real character and he’s passionate about what he does. He loves talking with all kinds of people – young people, older people, people from all around the world, etc. One could say that Ray is a real “people person.” He told me, “I meet my passengers as clients, and they leave as friends. I want to adopt them and take them home with me.” Next thing you know, Ray will own a bed & breakfast to accommodate all of his adoptees! Ray is also a firefighter, so if some sort of unfortunate incident happened to occur during your adventure, he would know exactly how to handle it. If by chance Ray isn’t your driver, his other drivers have all been through rigorous training to provide exemplary (and safe) service. Along with the wine tours, Destiny safely chauffeurs clients to the airport, concerts, shopping sprees, weddings, bachelorette parties, sporting events, proms, anniversaries and just about any kind of special event imaginable. The limo (which comfortably seats eight passengers) is a spotless black 2006 Lincoln Tiffany Town Car, and it comes fully stocked with Champagne and other adult beverages, water, sodas and more. It features a state-of-the-art sound system, which will sooth your ears or rock your world, depending on your mood. Your car is waiting – let Destiny Wine Tours take you to your travel destination! By Sue Straight, The Wine Wench

LITTLE KNOWN FAcT Destiny Wine Tours was founded in 2009 and Ray’s wife is credited with choosing the name for the company (great name, by the way!). FuN FAcT Owner/Driver Ray Hanson says“after driving a big fire truck for all those years, driving my limo is like driving a sports car!”Not to worry, though, Ray is a true professional and pilots his limo with great care. pLAN AHEAD At this point, Destiny Wine Tours has only one limo in their fleet (but they’ll be adding more soon), so make sure to book your trip well in advance! KuDOS FOR DESTINY WINE TOuRS Five Star Rating on www.yelp.com! It doesn’t get any better than that!

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Coombsville has been a hidden treasure east of downtown Napa’s Oxbow district for years. Known mostly to locals and wine buffs, this region is experiencing a renaissance, and rightly so. The proper boundaries and name for this to-be-AVA may be pending, but one thing is for certain – the grapes from this plateau under mount St. George is one of the reasons Napa Valley is world renown for big, bold reds and elegant whites. FOOD Model Bakery 644 1st Street #B, Napa (707) 259-1128, www.themodelbakery.com A fixture in downtown St. Helena for over 80 years, Model bakery specializes in artisan breads, organic stone ground flours, and a complete range of pastry products and fine coffee or teas.
Driving Time: 17 minutes From Farella to Sodaro Estate > 1 mile to Porter Family > 4 miles to Tulocay 2 miles Total 6 miles

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Kara's cupcakes 610 1st Street, Napa, (707) 258-2253 www.karascupcakes.com Batch after batch of handmade, organic cupcakes to dream about long after you leave!! Don’t think about the calories – all ingredients are sourced from local vendors and are organic.

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pica pica Maize Kitchen 610 1st Street, #5, Napa, (707) 251-3757 Explore the undiscovered cuisine of Venezuela and pair these fine dishes with the best Napa Valley wines! Try the house signature dish: the Arepa. Hog Island Oysters – Oyster Bar 641 1st Street, Napa (707) 251-8113, www.hogislandoysters.com Hog Island is a local and tourist favorite. With its simple menu, great wine list and perfect oyster bar, Hog Island is always a sure thing. Gott's Roadside cafe 644 1st Street, Napa (707) 224-6900, www.gottsroadside.com One of the best burgers in all of Napa Valley! This ’50s style eatery may look like a roadside diner but that burger or fried green tomato BLT is made with only the finest ingredients. Fabulous, every bite! LODGING Milliken creek Inn & Spa 1815 Silverado Trail, Napa (707) 255-1197, www.millikencreekinn.com One of the most coveted luxury hotel & spas in Napa! Relax on three green acres overlooking the Napa River and unwind with that special glass of wine in hand. The Westin Verasa 1314 McKinstry Street, Napa (707) 257-1800, www.strawoodhotels.com Built snugly on the banks of the Napa River, the Westin is a calm, naturally beautiful haven of luxury accommodations, stylish suites richly appointed, fine wines and cuisine. THINGS TO DO Tillerman Tea 610 1st Street, #8, Napa (707) 265-0200, www.tillermantea.com Tea lover? Do NOT miss Tillerman Tea. Applying the concept of terroir to tea, proprietor David Campbell brings a global knowledge of cultivation, craftsmanship and culture to every cup. Oxbow public Market 2180 Jefferson Street, Napa (707) 257-7878, www.oxbowpublicmarket.com Find everything you are looking for under one roof. Situated in the heart of Downtown Napa’s Oxbow District, the Public Market is a great collection of fine wines, foods & crafts purveyors.

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At first glance, this unassuming winery looks like just another charming little family winery. But don’t be fooled. The homey reception area picnic table is just the tip of the iceberg. The real grandeur of this winery lies in a 17,000-square-foot, state-of-the art cave that will leave you awestruck. The Dome Tasting Room, carved out of massive rock, is breathtaking to say the least. Nearly thirty feet high, the cave room required special sound buffers to reduce the echoing produced by the unique acoustics. Sound, however, is still amplified in the room center, creating a magical sensation that is difficult to explain. As you enter this astounding place and take your seat at the grand table, set with gleaming wine glasses for your private tasting, you know that something very special is about to happen. When the wine is poured, the enchantment is complete. The Porter family prides itself on making small lots of handcrafted wines that reflect the marvelous growing conditions available in the Coombsville area. Before a visit to the magnificent Dome Tasting Room, your hosts (always a family member) will take you for a gentle stroll through the vineyards and up a hill overlooking nearly the entire Napa Valley. From this lofty perch, you can see all of those cars weaving their way up the valley as they search for wines and wine tasting experiences that will never come close to the one you’re about to enjoy. By Ronda Giangreco

GOOD TO KNOW • Five million years ago, a small sandpiper wandered along the shore, leaving tiny tracks in the sand. Soon they were covered with sediment and fossilized. In digging out their cave, the Porter family found the large fossil that comes from either the Eiocene or Miocene period. A large photo of this amazing piece of ancient history is displayed at the entrance to their tasting room. • The Porter Family’s magnificent cave is five hundred and fifty feet long, fifty feet underground and encompasses 17,000 square feet. It houses their blending tanks, barrels and wine library. • The winery’s technical system is one of the most modern in existence, with control systems that monitor and adjust environmental conditions, control fermentation temperatures and provide immediate access to winery operations data. • Be sure to give the winery dogs – Alexander, Madison and Charlee – an ear scratch when you visit!

porter Family Vineyards
Open daily by appointment 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1189 Green Valley Road, Napa 1-888-656-7696 www.porterfamilyvineyards.com For tours & tastings: Tim Porter (707) 927-0765

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Rarely are you allowed access to one of the premiere winemakers of the Napa Valley. Most tasting rooms have you jockeying for position for a sample from someone hired to simply pour wine. A visit to Farella Vineyard allows for a much more intimate and unforgettable wine tasting experience. Very often it is winemaker Tom Farella himself who will take you on a tour of their vineyard and winery. Walking with him down the rows of vines, tasting ripe fruit as you go, or barrel tasting in the cellar, you will hear his philosophy of winemaking firsthand. There are many passionate visionaries who have made the Napa Valley what it is today. Tom Farella, however, is one of the most fascinating. A true renaissance man, this poet/winemaker has managed to produce some of the most intriguing wines on the market today while maintaining the essence of a man whose job it is to work with the earth. While he considers himself more a steward of the land rather than a winemaker, that stance understates his immense talent. “The vineyard is the boss,” says Tom and his wines agree. Tom’s father, Frank Farella, planted the vineyard in 1979 and created “Farella-Park Vineyards” in 1985. Tom Farella is a man who does not take for granted what life has handed him. “It really is a fascinating thing to take a plant, stick it in the ground, grow some luscious fruit, ferment it naturally, age it in an oak barrel, draw off the clear wine and put it in a bottle. This magic is what we offer from our little slice of a very unique spot on the planet.” By Ronda Giangreco

GOOD TO KNOW • Farella Vineyard and Farella-Park wines is located in the Coombsville area, which is named after Nathan Coombs, the founder of the city of Napa. • Tom Farella’s favorite wine is their red blend,“Alta.” As he describes,“I love Alta because it is where all the colors come together. To compose the perfect wine takes very careful attention to detail.” • 100% estate bottled Farella wines have been made exclusively by Farella family members since 1985. • Barrel tasting is one of Tom’s favorite ways to give visitors a true picture of how his wines develop and mature. • Look for Tom’s upcoming blog about winemaking on their Facebook page, and read firsthand about the intricacies and nuances of winemaking in the Napa Valley.

Farella Vineyard
Open by appointment only. 2222 North 3rd Avenue, Napa (707) 254-9489 • www.farella.com Follow Farella Vineyard on Facebook.

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If you’ve ever visited Sicily, you’d be forgiven for thinking you had been transported there when sitting at a table overlooking the magnificent vineyards of Sodaro Estate Winery. From the quintessential villa rising above the vineyards, to the rolling hills lined with vines, this is exactly why one travels to Italy. But you don’t need a passport to experience the sweeping vineyard views and fabulous wines of Sodaro Estates. A leisurely drive up a picturesque back road will deliver you to one of the most intimate and scenic wineries in Northern California. The Sodaro family is exceedingly proud of their Sicilian heritage. Their lineage of winemaking started with Giuseppe Sodaro, a craftsman who made his name as a wine barrel maker in Italy. Three generations later his grandson, Don Sodaro and his wife Felicity would take that love of the vine to its fruition and become the owners of Sodaro Estate Winery. A visit to Sodaro Estates is not like your typical wine country experience. Here you’ll be treated to a personal tour of the vineyards and escorted along the rows of vines to learn about the passionate art of growing wine grapes. Next you’ll be seated at a table under a towering oak to enjoy some of their splendid wines. Then you’re in the caves of Sodaro and their new tasting room. This magnificently appointed room is the perfect place in which to sample the craftsmanship from the winemaking team of Bill and Dawnine Dyer, the only husband and wife winemakers in the Napa Valley. In the hands of this talented duo, the grapes of the estate have produced some of the finest Cabernets and Cabernet blends in the area. A pairing with local cheeses will enhance your enjoyment of this romantic winery.

GOOD TO KNOW • Don’s grandfather, Giuseppe, with his family of eight, immigrated after a terrible drought in 1894 on a ship headed for Ellis Island. Don’s home on the estate is styled after the villas of his grandfather’s birthplace in Sicily. • Their newly built cave is styled after Don and Felicity’s personal wine cellar in their home. It features arched doorways and a stately iron gate. • Sodaro Estate’s romantic vineyards have proven to be a very popular spot for marriage proposals, with over a dozen having taken place in just the last couple of years! VARIETALS Red Bordeaux varietals and blends

Sodaro Estate Winery
Open by appointment only, closed Sundays 24 Blue Oak Lane, Napa www.SodaroWines.com For tours & tastings, contact Kari DiFabio (707) 251-8216 Become a Fan of Sodaro on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

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Bill Cadman, the owner of Tulocay Winery is a treasure of information about wine. He is also a witty, humorous and thoroughly entertaining gentleman. Well, the “gentleman” part might be a bit of a stretch. Bill is old-time Napa, with not an ounce of pretentiousness about him. His irreverent, lighthearted take on the business of winemaking, however, belies his superior skills. This is seriously good wine. Nowhere else could you sit down with someone as knowledgeable or as approachable as Bill Cadman. He simply does not have a snobbish bone in his body. But generosity is something that he has in abundance. In this day of $30 tasting fees, Bill still charges nothing to sample his fine wines. He does not maintain a pour list. He’ll just ask what you like and open bottles accordingly. In 1972, Bill brazenly bought an old chicken farm and began pestering the local wineries for a job. He started his career by operating the crushers at Charles Krug. From there he went on to enjoy a long history in the industry, working for the likes of Robert Mondavi, Joe Heitz and other giants of the winemaking world. In 1975, after consuming copious amounts of wine one evening, he made the presumptuous decision to open a winery himself. “My friends looked at the old chicken coops and declared them perfect for a winery. In my altered state, I agreed!” What ensued was the creation of a refreshingly relaxed wine country experience and a Pinot Noir that would launch his career. He has been enjoying the heck out of life ever since. By Ronda Giangreco

VARIETALS Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel and Chardonnay GOOD TO KNOW • Tulocay Winery is one of the oldest and smallest winery operations in the Napa Valley, providing the most informal and unique tasting experience in the area. • At his unassuming Tulocay Winery, Buddy, a little, yappy dog, will loudly announce your arrival. You’ll then be escorted to the deck of Bill’s home or to his kitchen table, as the weather dictates, for one of the most low-key and friendly wine tasting experiences you will ever enjoy. • Bill collects art and his home is filled with some very interesting pieces. With just a little encouragement, he’ll show them to you and tell you the stories behind them. • Check out his website, www.tulocay.com for his latest offerings of great savings on his wines!

Tulocay Winery
Open by appointment only 1426 Coombsville Road, Napa For tours & tastings, call Bill Cadman, (707) 255-4064

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Mt. Veeder has been producing rich, Napa Valley wines since the 1860s. Distinct mountain fruit produces wines that speak volumes about the rugged, labor-intense environments from which they spring. Steep hillsides, rugged terrain and a surprise ancient seabed, violently shoved aloft by volcanic activity eons ago result in vines that produce tiny berries and immensely intense flavors. Just a few miles south of Mt. Veeder AVA, the climate changes dramatically. “Los Carneros” (the ram in Spanish), has long been known for its cool, coastal climate, natural beauty and unparalleled Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. LODGING candlelight Inn Bed & Breakfast 1045 Easum Drive, Napa (707) 257-3717, www.candlelightinn.com This lovely B&B is located near the bustle of downtown Napa but far enough away to provide each guest with a serene, tranquil environment. Built in 1929, this Tudor mansion sits rimmed by strong redwood trees, manicured gardens and a secluded swimming pool. Decadent three course gourmet breakfasts start your day out right! carneros Inn 4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa (707) 299-4900, www.thecarnerosinn.com The Carneros Inn, a Plumpjack Resort, is a unique creation of architecture and culinary wonders. Fine foods and luxurious rooms share emphasis evenly within a long, modern compound reminiscent of the area's silos, barns and rancher's cottages. FOOD Fremont Diner 2698 Fremont Drive, Sonoma (707) 938-7370 Old-fashioned style roadside hamburger joint with updated menu. Fresh, local ingredients. Try the pulled-pork sandwich or grilled cheese with sage and be sure to splurge on the milkshakes! Boon Fly cafe 4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa (707) 299-4870, www.theboonflycafe.com The Boon Fly Cafe offers tasty beverages, breakfasts, lunch and dinner on premises or packed to go. Part of the Carneros Inn, the Boon Fly Cafe is centrally located to all of Carneros and a spot for easy, delicious, fresh foods. Try the Boon Fly Donuts at breakfast with hot coffee to start or the wine bar and appetizers after a long day. Farm at carneros Inn 4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa (707) 299-4880, www.thecarnerosinn.com Dinner at the Farm is a relaxed yet elegant affair. Enjoy the outdoor living room, cathedral ceilings, fireplaces and alfresco dining all summer long with wines from around the world and dishes made from Napa Valley bounty. Browns Valley Market 3262 Browns Valley Road, Napa (707) 253-1873 This is the best kind of locals market. Hand-written notes explain fine cheese, local breads and delicious items available for purchase. Fresh produce and local wines are sure to delight any visitor. THINGS TO DO Westwood Hills park 3107 Browns Valley Road (1 mile west of Hwy 29)Napa (707) 257-9529 Enjoy three miles of trails through beautiful oak trees and grassy meadows. The Carolyn Parr Nature Museum (near the parking lot) offers a children's nature library and exhibits on indigenous flora and fauna to Napa Valley. di Rosa 5200 Sonoma Highway, Napa (707) 226-5991, www.dirosaart.com A lyrical art and sculpture “gallery.” Join guided tours or hike the property solo and enjoy the unique metalworks juxtaposed with one of America's most lovely wine appellations. Stanly Lane Marketplace 3100 Golden Gate Drive, Napa (707) 480-4479, www.ds-produce.com A fresh-produce market revered by foodies and local tastemakers – local vegetables, fruits, flowers, cheeses and olive oils. Everything is organic. Savor an iced coffee drink and browse this great local wines and gift items inside. A local favorite pumpkin patch in October.

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A visit to The Hess Collection on Mount Veeder is a unique experience on many levels. There’s the historic building, once occupied by the Christian Brothers and built in 1903; hillside vineyards, beautifully tended grounds and an art collection that is in a league of its own. Then there are the wines available in the tasting room near one of the barrel cellars. The museum, beginning a floor above, holds part of Swiss businessman Donald Hess’s extraordinary collection of contemporary art. When it comes to the wines, The Hess Collection portfolio is comprised of Hess Collection Mount Veeder, Hess Napa Valley and Hess Select. Hess Collection wines come from the steep Mount Veeder estate vineyards and are an expression of this unique climate. They show structure, complexity and elegance. Hess Napa Valley wines come from vineyard sites handpicked for their superior climate and location. Single vineyard wines come from Napa Valley sites handpicked for their superior climate and location. Another notable achievement is that the estate vineyards are sustainably farmed in accordance with founder Donald Hess’s philosophy to “nurture the land and return what you take.” The Hess Select wines are benchmark wines from their respective regions and made for immediate enjoyment. The winery offers a wide variety of tasting options and food pairings. The art is a special treat. There are also complimentary winery and vineyard tours offered almost daily. Call for the current schedule. By charles Neave

VARIETALS Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, classic Bordeaux blends, Petite Sirah, Late Harvest Chardonnay and small-production wines sold only at the winery. Hess Small Block Series wines generate donations to 1% For The Planet, an environmental stewardship group. TOuRS Special tours are offered: Call (707) 255-1144 or go to their website to schedule an educational, wine production tour followed by a current release wine presentation paired with local artisan cheeses. FOR THE SENSES Schedule a guided tour of the Hess Collection Contemporary Art Museum, and a taste of three wines with food pairings. Call first, reservations are required. OuTDOORS & GREEN Experience the newest pairing of Mount Veeder wines with artisanal cheeses in the comfort of reclaimed teak wood tables and chairs, weather permitting.

The Hess collection
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 4411 Redwood Road, Napa (707) 255-1144 • www.hesscollection.com Look for The Hess Collection on Facebook and Twitter.

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Etude Winery was founded to be a “winegrowing” house, not a “winemaking” house. Since its inception 25 years ago, Etude has been on a quest for oenological perfection. Founder and Winemaker Jon Priest believed that great wines are grown, not made, and that “inspired grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker.” Priest sums it up best: “Etude was founded on the philosophy that winemaking begins in the vineyard long before the harvest and that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker, resulting in wine that is grown, not made. This remains our approach today as we continue to build the Etude legacy.” Working with viticulturalist Franci Ashton, Priest has developed Etude Winery from this bold philosophical cornerstone into a premier producer of coveted wines. Already known for Carneros Pinot Noir and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Etude has now introduced brilliant Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Merlot to huge reviews. Two delightful tastings are available at Etude. The Walk-In Tasting features five wines. These wines include the 2010 Etude Chardonnay Carneros (1,200 cases produced, $38 per bottle), the 2008 Etude Pinot Noir Carneros (17,000 cases produced/$42 per bottle) and the 2007 Etude GBR Estate (1,200 cases produced/$60 per bottle). The Etude Seated Reserve Tasting may be enjoyed with an appointment made in advance and features five select, top-tier wines that include the 2010 Etude Rosé Pinot Noir Carneros (2400 cases produced / $20 per bottle), 2007 Etude Deer Camp Pinot Noir (960 cases produced / $60 per bottle) and the one-of-a-kind 2006 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville (296 cases produced / $100 per bottle). By Abigail p. Zimmerman

pASSION! What began 25 years ago as a philosophical state of mind is now a state-of-the-art winemaking facility where the ancient art of winemaking is pursued with a singular passion. GREEN ALL THE WAY Etude Winery is a Napa Certified GREEN Winery. Certified Fish Friendly Farming, too! DON’T MISS THE WINE OF THE MONTH Etude’s 2006 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is a wellstructured and balanced Cabernet with solid tannic integrity and fruit ripeness. $100 per bottle VARIETALS Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Rosé (Wines are subject to availability and release.) MuST TRY: WINE & FOOD pAIRING Enjoy a private tasting experience for $35 per person. Each guest will enjoy a flight of six Etude wines paired with three savory bites. Pairings are available Friday through Sunday at 10 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. *Maximum of eight people and reservations required. ($25 for Wine Club Members.)

Etude Wines
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 1250 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa (707) 257-5300 • etudewines.com

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This family legacy is what makes tasting wine great at Michael Mondavi Family Estate. Four generations of Mondavi winemaking methodology and fruit distinctly elevate this wine house and this family to a level of oenological heritage, prestige and consistency like no other. If pigeonholed, winery staff would explain that Cabernet Sauvignon is the legendary trademark varietal attributed to the Michael Mondavi Family Estate name today. Michael’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon, “M” by Michael Mondavi, specifically offers a distinct fruit-forward flavor profile with bold tannins and the beautiful intensity from this growing region in Napa Valley. Michael Mondavi Family Estate seeks to produce wines from the Napa Valley that would “stand in the company of the world’s finest.” Mission accomplished. Taste legendary wines in the Michael Mondavi Family Estate Taste Gallery located in the heart of the Carneros region, just a stone’s throw away from the Mondavi winemaking facility. Enjoy this tranquil spot overlooking lush estate vineyards and rolling hills. Enjoy the view while savoring world-class family wines! Don’t miss the new releases just being introduced in the Taste Gallery. Specifically, Isabel Mondavi’s 2010 Chardonnay and 2010 Rosé are exquisite and a delight for all wine lovers. Also, be sure to experience Rob Mondavi, Jr.’s Petite Sirah Reserve: the ultimate expression of terroir and the lush complex quality of Napa Valley grown fruit. Enjoy! By Abigail p. Zimmerman

“Wine is our life. We look forward to sharing it with you.”
Weather permitting – and it usually does in California – you can enjoy sipping your wine on a large back porch, roofed but open to the gentle breezes and lush greenery of the Carneros hills and vineyards, with views all the way to impressive Mt. Diablo to the east. Comfy sofas and chairs invite lingering in this fortunate place. Bring a picnic! Guests are welcome to dine al-fresco from their picnic baskets in designated picnic spots throughout the property. Follow Rob Mondavi Jr. on TOUT as he works through this year’s harvest! Also check out Michael Mondavi Family Estate wines and staff on both Facebook and Twitter. FuN FAcT Michael Mondavi created his first barrel of Cabernet Sauvignon for his father in 1966. Visit Michael Mondavi Family Estate – the family’s personal and loving continuation of the family legacy!

Michael Mondavi Family Estate
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1285 Dealy Lane, Napa www.michaelmondavifamilyestate.com (707) 256-2757

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Nicholson Ranch is on a commanding hill above one of Napa and Sonoma’s most important intersections, with the foothills behind giving it a regal, almost serene bearing. The 160 acres (30 of it planted with vines) enjoys a combination of soils, hills and climate that is ideal for producing premium grapes. One thing you cannot see from the road below are the chairs and the tables with colorful market umbrellas set on trimmed grass backed by a free-form lake that is home to largemouth bass and the occasional river otter. Blue herons, white egrets and an assortment of ducks often visit, while overhead red tail hawks soar. The high-ceilinged tasting room has granite-topped bars, tile floors and doors on three sides that open to the outdoors and the lake. Plantings throughout are subtle and mature. Be sure to ask the tasting room staff about the small chapel up on the hill directly behind the winery. They will also explain the origin of the enormous lion sculpture you can spot from the road. Between the assembly of well-designed buildings are courtyards, and indoors is a commercial kitchen adjacent to an elegant room often used for weddings and special events. The scale of it all works. Whether you sit on the Redwood Terrace, gather by the Fountain Courtyard, head to the picnic area or settle into the tasting room, it is all part of a memorable wine country experience, where an extensive list of elegant, hand-crafted wines waits for you. By charles Neave

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Merlot FuN FAcT Pinot Noir is often called the“Heartache Grape.” There is even a book by that title.The reason for its difficulty is that there are few areas where it grows well and if it is over manipulated, it can lose a lot of its characteristic beauty. It is for this reason that Nicholson Ranch is built as a five-level gravity flow winery, which allows the wine to flow naturally between winemaking stages. TOuRS Cave tours are available by appointment. HuNGRY? In the tasting room is a selection of cheese, crackers and the like, and there are plenty of places to enjoy a pleasant picnic lunch... with Nicholson wines of course.

Nicholson Ranch Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 4200 Napa Road, Sonoma (707) 938-8822 • www.nicholsonranch.com Follow Nicholson Ranch Winery on Facebook.

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FOOD cole's chop House 1122 Main Street, Napa (707) 224-6328, www.coleschophouse.com Make your reservations for this classic American chop house in the heart of old town Napa. The menu features 21 dry-aged prime steaks, Certified Angus Beef, New Zealand lamb and fresh seafood. celadon 500 Main Street, Napa (707) 254-9690, www.celadonnapa.com A quasi-casual dining experience, Celadon takes the best of Napa Valley produce, wines and foods and serves them up as “Global Comfort Foods” with a casual, stylish flair. No pretensions here … just delicious lunch and dinner! Siena Restaurant at the Meritage Hotel & Spa 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa (707) 251-1900 or 1-866-370-6272 www.themeritageresort.com California-raised with Tuscan flare! Enjoy the savory foods of Italy with the killer wine list found only in Napa. Ingredients sourced locally from organic farms and artisanal cheese mongers. LODGING Avia 1450 1st Street, Napa (707) 224-3900, www.aviahotels.com A spunky hotel in downtown Napa, Avia brings fresh creative decor and modern style to this historic neighborhood. Enjoy the feel- good vibes with in-room Banana Boat Products, a $25 dining and chef-surprise cocktail credits in the lounge, and more. The Meritage Hotel & Spa 875 Bordeaux Way, Napa, (707) 251-1900 1-866-370-6272, www.themeritageresort.com Lavish guest rooms and Napa’s only underground full-service Spa is sure to soothe your weary soul. Dine at the award-winning Siena restaurant.

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Napa Valley Opera House 1030 Main Street, Napa (707) 226-5392, www.nvoh.org Celebrating 130 years of artistic excellence! Check out Ziggy Marley, Court Yard Hounds, Paula Poundstone, Jim Messina and numerous opera performances for this summer!

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On a hilltop overlooking the southern edge of Napa Valley, Reata is surrounded by more than 300 acres of rolling hillsides and immaculate vineyards. The winery invites guests from around the world to enjoy its warm hospitality and wine tasting experiences that enliven the senses. Reata’s spacious tasting room features a panorama of the winery’s picturesque vineyards and the sun-drenched hills of Napa Valley. The ambiance here is a kick-off-your-boots-and-stayawhile approach with programs and activities to support the laid back philosophy of the winery. Guests are invited to relax on the charming veranda with sweeping views of the Wine Country, unwind at the gorgeous tasting bar or relax on comfy cowhide chairs or by the fireplace. Reata’s specially tailored wine tastings showcase the winery’s latest releases for a tasting fee of $15. The wines featured during the tastings can include Estate Pinot Grigio, Estate Viognier, Estate and Napa Valley Chardonnay, Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, Estate Pinot Noir, Estate Syrah and Estate Pinot Noir. In addition to wine tasting, Reata has carefully selected various cheeses to pair with their wines. All cheese plates include locally grown and harvested accompaniments to be served with the cheese. The wide range of Reata wines captures the unique character and style of the winery’s surroundings. Long, cool days on the ranch produce grapes that have great intensity of flavor, complexity, elegance and balance. These are wines that go beyond simple pleasure and capture the true character of the land.

GOOD TO KNOW • Reata now offers unique and private barrel tastings for up to 12 guests. Tour their expansive barrel room and sample wines that are currently being crafted and learn about how their wines are made. Two unfinished wines in various stages of aging will be selected for each barrel tasting. After sampling the wines, taste the finished bottled wines and compare their scents and flavors. Barrel tastings are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. Barrel tastings can also be scheduled for private parties. Whichever tasting you choose, Reata Winery will provide you with a memorable wine tasting experience during your stay in Napa Valley. The cost of a barrel tasting is $30 and $15 will be credited to the purchase of a bottle of wine. • Reata is also available for events, up to 200 people.

Reata Winery
Open daily, by appointent, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For appointments, call (707) 254-8673 x119 1 Kirkland Ranch Road, Napa (707) 254-8673 • www.reatawines.com Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Reata-Wines/251016731604437 Follow them on Twitter: twitter.com/reatawines

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crafting the Benchmark in Single Vineyard chardonnays and pinot Noirs Patz & Hall was founded in 1988 by four friends who shared the vision to create single-vineyard Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Today, Patz & Hall has blossomed into one of the most acclaimed artisan wineries in North America. Though Patz & Hall was not the first California winery to make vineyard-designate Chardonnays and Pinots, they were one of the first to focus on introducing these wines to a broader audience. Uniquely, winemaking at Patz & Hall focuses on only two varietals (Pinot and Chardonnay) and places the spotlight on their growers. People like Charlie Chenoweth, Larry Hyde and the Pisoni family. “We have always been proud of our collaborative relationships,” says Anne Moses, one of the founding four. “Showcasing the growers to our customers is very important for us. At a time when there are so many vineyard-designate wines on the shelves, people want to know what they are buying is special – that it represents more than just the name of a vineyard. We have been talking about our growers and our love affairs with their vineyards for years. Those are the narratives that weave through every vintage of our wines.” Working consistently for years with a core group of acclaimed vineyards has given an elegant legacy to many of the releases in the Patz & Hall portfolio. By Abigail p. Zimmerman

GOOD TO KNOW Patz & Hall just released their new fall wines including the 2009 Hyde Vineyard Carneros Chardonnay, 2010 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and 2009 Chenoweth Ranch Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. For a limited time, the Patz & Hall Salon will offer an exclusive wine on this fall tasting line-up. Come be surprised! VISIT THE SALON Patz & Hall offers seated, private tastings by prior appointment, Wednesday through Sunday. Three seating times are available each day: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For a more casual Salon experience, Patz & Hall offers a seated tasting at the Salon Bar, Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., without prior reservation. Advanced notice for groups of eight or more is appreciated; phone the Salon at (707) 265-7700 ahead of your arrival.

patz & Hall
Open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 851 Napa Valley Corporate Way, Suite A in Napa (707) 265-7700 • info@patzhall.com www.patzhall.com Follow Patz & Hall on Facebook and Twitter!

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From the beginning, Ca’ Momi chose to make their great wines from the finest grapes in Napa Valley. They wanted people to be able to drink their wines every night for dinner and decided that in order to do that, they would not build an extravagant tasting room, but rather showcase all of their delicacies in a perfect downtown Napa setting in the Oxbow Public Market. Their focus has always been “Obsessively Authentic Italian” and this view is realized at their Enoteca. Owners Dario De Conti, Valentina Guolo-Migotto and Stefano Migotto want guests to experience a little slice of Italy. Ca’ Momi Enoteca is proud to offer authentic Italian food, including Neapolitan-style pizzas from their wood-fired brick oven made with organic, local and Italian ingredients. In Italy, food and wine are a part of life, and one needs the other. An Enoteca is a place to taste and buy wines and grab a quick bite. “We want this Enoteca to bring the real Italy straight to Napa,” says winemaker and certified trained Pizzaiolo Dario De Conti. They were recently voted “Napa Valley’s Best Wood Oven Pizza” at the Silver Oak Pizza Competition so this is one place that should be on your list to visit! If you like sweets, their pastry case is sure to tempt you. They offer authentic Italian sweets that can be enjoyed there with a glass of wine or a cappuccino. To complement their menu, they feature a unique wine list of Ca’ Momi wines and a selection of artisanal Italian producers. Their knowledgeable staff will help you choose the right wine for either a sweet or savory pairing to complete your meal. By Alexandra charsley

GOOD TO KNOW • While they do not offer a winery tasting room, you can visit the Ca’ Momi Enoteca in the Oxbow Public Market to taste and purchase their fine wines, gourmet pizzas and sweets. • Ca’ Momi makes seriously good wine made at a reasonable price so you can enjoy daily! • Ca’ Momi offers full service breakfast, lunch and dinner and reservations are accepted online through OpenTable or by calling in advance.

ca’ Momi Winery & Enoteca
Open daily at the Oxbow Public Market from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. 610 First Street, Napa (707) 257-4992 • www.camomi.com Make a reservation at Ca’ Momi with OpenTable: www.opentable.com/ca-momi-enoteca Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/camomiwinesnapavalley Read Reviews onYelp: www.yelp.com/biz/ca-momi-napa

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A Bold, New Kind of Wine Destination in Downtown Napa! Beautiful, intimate and sophisticated, but not the least bit stuffy, 1313 Main wine bar and lounge, located in downtown Napa, is a place where friends can meet to relax and enjoy fine wine, craft beers and tasty, artisanal plates in a chic, urban ambiance amidst supremely comfortable furnishings. Featuring more than 1,300 rotating wine labels on a daily basis, guests can sample 13 reds and 13 whites by the taste, glass, flight or bottle. Owner Al Jabarin and his top notch team of wine experts are on hand to offer suggestions and to encourage guests to step outside the box and discover new varietals and producers. Join them on Facebook and Twitter and receive invitations to spontaneous tastings of often difficult, sometimes impossible to procure cult wines from Al’s secret stash of old and unique vintages. In addition to the established producers and well-known winemakers that are featured in tastings and dinners, 1313 Main also showcases “garage wines” made by young and talented new winemakers that offer fresh ideas and products. Although there’s plenty of wine knowledge/talk swirling around, the emphasis at 1313 Main is on the pleasures surrounding wine – including…every Friday and Saturday, Bubbles & Beats offers a selection of 13 Champagnes and sparkling wines from around the world, plus local DJ Triphop and Lounge music.

WINES BY THE TASTE, GLASS, FLIGHT OR BOTTLE Guests can sample a daily offering of 13 white and red wines by the taste, glass, flight or bottle. cRAFTED BEERS Daily offerings of 13 brews. ARTISANAL SMALL pLATES Small plates featuring local and artisanal cheeses, charcuterie, breads and olives are paired with the daily white and red wine lists. Plus, daily house-made sweets. HAppY HOuR Sunday through Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m. Two-for-one menu, including wines by the glass, bottled beers and artisan plates. INDuSTRY/HOSpITALITY pOLIcY Monday and Tuesday, industry and hospitality members can enjoy wines by the bottle onsite at retail shelf prices. WEEKEND BuBBLES & BEATS Every Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. to midnight 13 selections of Champagne/sparkling wines from around the world; plus DJ Triphop and lounge music. WINEMAKER WEDNESDAY Every Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m. Meet the winemaker, taste the wines and receive a discount on bottle purchases.

1313 Main
fine wine | retail | tasting bar Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to Midnight Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 1313 Main Street, Napa www.1313main.com • (707) 258-1313

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“This place is unique, that’s for sure,” said Tim Nuss, part of the family that owns Vinoce and Twenty Rows in Napa. Twenty Rows is not just in the Napa Valley but within city limits. The “place” he is talking about is the tasting room and winery on Vallejo Street, a five-minute walk from the center of the city. “We’ve been here for about eight years,” Tim said. “And we really are the only family owned and operated winery in the city.” The subtle cream and rust red colored front with flower boxes, a heavy metal Bordeaux-red door, black awning with gold letters and a café table with two chairs, belie the fact that inside is a handsome tasting room with wood table and chairs and polished tile floor. But this a working winery with oak barrels, tall stainless steel tanks, stacked cases and a loading dock. Off to one side is a compact laboratory. The facility is owned by Brian and Lori Nuss who, for about three decades, have developed an intimate knowledge of growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes on Mount Veeder. Today they’re dedicated to creating wines that reflect the true expression of that appellation. Total annual output is a very respectable 10,000 cases a year, all in a building that was once a brewery. The name Vinoce, is a play on the Nuss Family name and Brian’s German-Italian heritage. “Nuss” means nut in German and “noce” is nut in Italian. When intermingled with “vin” for wine, Vinoce means Wine Nut. Which, for anyone involved in making first-rate wine, is probably a fairly accurate description. But for the visitor, what it means is a fun, one-of-a-kind experience. By charles Neave

VARIETALS Vinoce: Cabernet Franc blend, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc Twenty Rows: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a Zinfandel blend FAMILY Any day of the week you can run into one or all four of the Nuss family generations working, tasting and of course playing at the winery. WHAT THEY’RE SAYING “Twenty Rows has a posh tasting room and top-notch wines but without the hoity-toity vibe.” – Ian White, 7x7 Magazine SpEcIALS Be sure to check their website for offers and for upcoming special events held at the winery.

Vinoce and Twenty Rows
Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. also by appointment on Monday 880 Vallejo Street, Napa www.twentyrows.com For tours and tasting, call Tim Nuss (707) 287-1063 Follow them on Facebook.

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Only one wine tasting bar in Napa County is literally on rails and located in a historic Pullman car almost a century old. The Wine Train’s wine bar reflects a time of luxurious passenger travel served with the exciting addition of today’s sophisticated pastimes – sipping wine, learning about wine and enjoying the graciousness of life. Vineyards roll past and, depending upon the time of year, you can watch the vineyards as they move slowly through their life cycle. At any given time, the wine bar will sport 40 to 50 bottles of wine available to taste. Flights can be suggested and selected by the wine educator staffing the bar, or you can pick and choose whatever flight you might fancy. A stroll through this amazing vintage train with a wonderful lunch or dinner and a stop at the wine bar, is a chance to revisit American history and renew your own personal connections with friends, family and life. Dedicated to preserving a luxurious way of life, the Napa Valley Wine Train is instrumental in maintaining and using historic rail cars that are very rare on the American landscape. In Napa, they also preserve an important transportation corridor that would have been abandoned decades ago. They layer this with a unique and award-wining restaurant, and an opportunity to explore the wine country in a relaxed and pampered manner that takes place outside your windows as you roll along these historic rail tracks, removed from both traffic and care. By charles Neave

VARIETALS You name it, they might very well have it from a carefully considered list. pLAN AHEAD The Napa Valley Wine Train runs year ’round with lunch trains boarding at 10:50 a.m. Dinner trains open one to five nights a week boarding at 5:50 p.m. Be sure to check the website. FuN FAcT The Wine Train is the first and only locomotive in the United States to convert to compressed natural gas. HOW HEAVY? Each of the 1915-1917 Pullman-made rail cars weigh approximately 80 tons.. SpIcES Chef Kelly Macdonald is one of the masters when it comes to the use of spices – not to necessarily provide heat but a depth of flavor. SpEcIAL OFFERS Be sure to check their informative website.

Napa Valley Wine Train
1275 McKinstry Street, Napa (707) 253-2111 • winetrain.com Look for the Wine Train on Facebook and Twitter.

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FOOD Soda canyon Store 4006 Silverado Trail, Napa (707) 252-0825, www.sodacanyonstore.com The perfect place to begin or end your day in Napa Valley. Known year round for its delicatessen, espresso bar, boxed lunches, fine wine and gourmet cheese selection, this is a fun, insiders' favorite. Fumé Bistro 4050 Byway East, Napa (707) 257-1999, www.fumebistro.com Always seasonally correct, great service and comfortable seating. An American bistro with fare spiced with Italian, Mediteranean and French influences, Fumé Bistro's dishes are simple, honest and straightforwardly delicious. Bistro Don Giovanni 4110 Howard Lane, Napa (707) 224-3300, www.bistrodongiovanni.com From the outdoor terrace to the candlelight to crackling, wood-burning fireplace, Bistro Don Giovanni invites you to savor all things delicious from Napa Valley. LODGING Oak Knoll Inn 2200 E. Oak Knoll Avenue, Napa (707) 255-2200, www.oakknollinn.com Wine Spectator Magazine reviewed the Oak Knoll Inn as "One of the most luxurious B&Bs in all of Napa Valley." It is easy to see why. Set within 600 acres of Chardonnay vineyards, the Inn's old stone building, graceful sweep of Cyprus trees and exquisite service make Oak Knoll Inn a perfect retreat. The cottages of Napa Valley 1012 Darms Lane, Napa (707) 252-7810, www.napacottages.com Welcome to your own private cottage in Wine Country! Cottages come with gardens and tubs – the perfect place to indulge in a glass (or two) of wine at any time of the day. The basket of fresh pastries from Bouchon every morning doesn't hurt either! THINGS TO DO picnic at Soda canyon Store 4006 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558 (707) 252-0825, www.sodacanyonstore.com Purchase your picnic or boxed lunch inside and then enjoy it out in a creekside vineyard setting. Both shaded and sunny picnic options are available. Open daily, year-round.

Spanning the width of central Napa Valley and encompassing both the Silverado Trail and Highway 29, Oak Knoll may be a bit less known to distant visitors, but in no way is it less mighty than its neighboring AVAs! Filled with manicured vineyards and many new wineries, Oak Knoll is an adventure in wine cultivation. Oak Knoll is known for its elegant Merlots, Chardonnays, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. Stags Leap AVA, situated along the southern end of the Silverado Trail just north of Oak Knoll, was the first AVA in the U.S. to be determined by the unique soil and terrain. Stags Leap produces world renowned Cabernet Sauvignon as well as other Bordeaux varietals. Napa Valley Bike Tours 6795 Washington Street, Yountville (707) 944-2953 www.napavalleybiketours.com Rent safe, clean bikes for a few hours, a whole day or even join in for a four-night bicycling vacation! Guided and self-guided tours also available. What a great find!
Driving Time: 23 minutes From Jarvis Winery to Andretti Winery 7 miles to Black Stallion Winery 2+ miles to Reynolds Family Winery -1 mile to Stags’Leap Winery 4.5 miles to Silverado Vineyards -.5 mile Total 16 miles

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A visit to Jarvis Estate Winery is indeed an underground experience. And, what an experience it is. For years it’s been a given that many of the finest wines come from caves. Due to the high humidity level and constant temperature, wineries have used caves for the barrel aging of wines. However, Jarvis was the first winery in the United States to tunnel a cave so large that it could hold an entire winemaking operation. Even large fermentation tanks are underground and out of sight, preserving the beauty of the property. The facility is completely contained within 45,000 square feet of caves tunneled into the Vacas Mountains above the town of Napa. They accurately refer to it as “not only a visual masterpiece, but also a technical masterpiece.” They’ve capitalized on the natural underground stream and waterfall running through the center of the cave to maintain the humidity at an ideal level for barrel aging wine in 100-percent new oak barrels, an integral part of what goes into making their fabled wines. This cascading water also provides a beautifully calming feature that visitors to this unique facility will discover as soon as they pass through the iron gates and enter the subterranean winery. Throughout, artisans have crafted cast bronze doors, brass wall sconces, arched alcoves and fiber optic chandeliers to add to the mystique and beauty. There are large amethyst crystals, a minstrel gallery in the Crystal Chamber – all in all, a truly magical setting to sample those exceptional wines. By charles Neave

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and a variety of fascinating special blends. TOuRS The Vintage Tasting offers a tour of the unique underground winery facility followed by a sit-down tasting. On the Vintage Tasting Tour you’ll enjoy six wines, including a Reserve bottling. Cheese and crackers accompany the tasting. Tours are often offered at 10, 10:30, and 11 a.m., 1:15, 2, 2:30, 3:30 and 4 p.m. Plan approximately 1.25 hours to enjoy the complete experience. SpEcIAL OFFERS Members of the Jarvis wine club have access to wines not often available to the general public and receive an invitation to either the Grand Ball or the Harvest Tasting in alternate years.

Jarvis Estate Winery
Open daily by reservation only 2970 Monticello Road, Napa 1-800-255-5280 www.jarviswines.com Follow Jarvis on Facebook.

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As the world famous race car driver Mario Andretti has often said, “I want people that visit my winery to feel at home. It’s probably my Italian nature – to want to make people feel welcome, to be a good host, to treat people like family.” And what better place to do that than at a winery in the heart of the Napa Valley? The year was 1996 when Mario saw his dream become reality. That’s when he opened the doors to the Andretti Winery in the fabled Oak Knoll district of Napa. Today, this stylish Tuscan-style villa receives visitors from around the world. They are drawn by both the name and the wines produced by Bob Pepi himself, famous as another generation of renowned winemakers. His philosophy is that great wines are made in the vineyards. Bob’s wines are well recognized by their descriptive fruity character, complexity and balance. Well over a decade since the winery was founded, with Mario’s friend and partner, Joe Antonini, former chairman and CEO of K-Mart Corporation, the varietals that Andretti Winery uses include Sauvignon Blanc (a perennial favorite), Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese, a Pinot Noir, Merlot, their classic Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, among others. When you drive into the winery, the plantings of trees and flowers, the carefully aged look of the villa itself, the fountain in the courtyard that you pass by as you walk toward the tasting room, the wrought iron of the balconies, all lend a certain and well-executed Old World feel to the experience that a visit brings. The fountains, the artwork, the thoughtful and skilled

landscaping, they all create an environment far removed from the hectic pace that many visitors inhabit. It is, if only for an hour or so, a vacation in itself. A short trip to Italy and to the hillsides there that are so rich in viticultural history and tradition, pageantry and heritage. From a tasting of selected Andretti Wines to a custom experience that includes wine and a tour of the estate and vineyard, you can tailor your visit to your schedule and desires. Vineyard tours are offered seasonally. The winery’s friendly and knowledgeable staff, and the villa itself, make for a welcome stop for all visitors. The property is also available for corporate and family events. So, there really is no reason not to stop at Andretti Winery. When you do, remember the words of Mario: “Grazie molto!” By charles Neave VARIETALS Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Chardonnay, Dolcetto, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Moscato, Port FuN FAcT Modeled after a rambling Italian village, the winery conjures up the boyhood home of its namesake, Mario Andretti, one of the finest race car drivers of all time.

Andretti Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4162 Big Ranch Road, Napa 1-877-386-5070 • www.andrettiwinery.com

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Black Stallion Winery is located in the Oak Knoll District, a grape-growing region in the southern half of the Napa Valley. The name Black Stallion pays homage to the rich history of the 32acre estate which was once home to the Silverado Horseman’s Center. The equestrian center featured an indoor riding track, numerous training rings, breeding facilities and an outdoor arena that seated 3,000 spectators. After more than two years of construction, Black Stallion Winery opened its doors in 2007. The indoor track now houses winemaking production but remnants of the original 36 horse stalls are still visible today. In 2010, Black Stallion Winery was purchased by the Indelicato Family, one of the leading family-owned wine producers in the country with the third generation active in continuing the tradition of producing fine wines. The interior of the winery is breathtaking with high ceilings, stone fireplace, wine club suite and private rooms for events. The warm and welcoming visitor center is spacious with ample room for wine tasting at the expansive circular tasting bar or a private, seated tasting may be arranged in advance. Black Stallion Winery has a casual atmosphere and prides itself on providing guests with friendly and gracious hospitality. Black Stallion Winery offers a perfect balance of white wines and red wines as well as Rosé and Muscat. Most of the wines at Black Stallion Winery are crafted in very small case lots and are available only at the Winery. Black Stallion also produces a Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon that are available primarily in wine shops and fine restaurants across the country. In addition to a balanced selection of wines in the tasting room, Black Stallion offers unique displays of gift items as well.

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Bucephalus (Napa Valley red blend) and Muscat. FuN FAcTS • The original outdoor arena was featured in a movie scene from Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. • In the summer months, the winery opens its outdoor terrace for group tours, tastings and special events.

Black Stallion Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment necessary. 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa 707-227-3250 www.blackstallionwinery.com info@blackstallionwinery.com Look for them on Facebook and Twitter.

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Steve Reynolds’ hospitality philosophy is simple: “We always try to do the right thing when people visit ... to give our guests what we’d like if we were visiting.” He’s the founder and winemaker of Reynolds Family Winery, a true Silverado Trail gem. “My father and I dreamt of building a winery together, and our vision became a reality in 1994.” It took some time, but as you’ll see when you visit, it was certainly worth it, from the pristine rows of vines and the winding drive to the Tuscan-style winery and tasting room. Very much a hands-on person, Steve lives with his wife Suzie and their children on the property. In the very friendly tasting room French doors open onto a terrace facing the pond. Inside there’s dark wood, iron chandeliers, a long tasting bar and vineyard views. For private tastings there’s also an intimate, sun-filled room. When you’re at the winery, ask about a limited edition blend made from grapes grown in each Valley appellation. Then sample, among other offerings, their exceptional Carneros Chardonnay, Carneros Pinot Noir, Estate Cabernet, Persistence (a special red blend) and the Stags Leap Cab. All are first rate and will delight any winelover’s palate. Some winery owners revel in the agricultural side of the business, the technology, or maybe the hospitality side of the business. But Reynolds loves all of it, and it shows. He’s happy to talk about every bit of the process and art with an enthusiasm that is both refreshing and infectious. By charles Neave

VARIETALS Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc THE VINES Steve Reynolds works with 20 different vineyards and growers. In their own vineyard they are close to being certified organic, and they’re also working on being as green as possible. FuN FAcT The winery is Tuscan style and surrounded by 10 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1996. A lifelong love of wine, shared with his father, has led to truly well-crafted wines. GET A LITTLE NAuGHTY AT REYNOLDS The Reynolds Family recently introduced Naughty wines. “These wines were created with the idea that we do not want to take ourselves too seriously…it is just wine after all, and we like to have fun with it.”

Reynolds Family Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment only 3266 Silverado Trail, Napa (707) 258-2558 www.reynoldsfamilywinery.com

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In the words of Hagafen Cellars founder and winemaker Ernie Weir about wine: “Passion, soul and enjoyment – without all three, you don’t have a fine wine.” This Napa Valley winery at the southern end of the Silverado Trail has carved out an envious niche for itself. Their wines have been served at the White House since Ronald Reagan’s first term, proving that wine is apolitical. In fact, the wines of this acclaimed winery have been on the menu card at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue more than two dozen times. The wines this family-owned winery makes are exceptional, including the Bordeaux-style blend, the Prix Mélange. Founded more than thirty years ago by Ernie and Iris Weir, it’s situated between two of the valley’s most respected appellations –Stags Leap and Oak Knoll. As you drive up the gravel drive many of the vines that produce their wines are on either side. An impressive list of bottlings include the gold-winning Sauvignon Blanc, a Chardonnay plus Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Don Ernesto Vin Gris Rosé, surprising Rieslings, a Roussanne and Brut Cuvee Sparkling Wine. In the intimate tasting room, surrounded by vines and backed up to the winery, is a small bar with a stave-like front. On many days Lola, the winery cat, will watch lazily as people become acquainted with one of the treasures of the Valley. Between the winery and the tasting room is a comfortable picnic area. As the founder said, “I never seek to change what nature has provided. My goal is to showcase the best that our land has produced.” And so he does. By charles Neave

VARIETALS Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine, Syrah, Roussanne, Riesling, Zinfandel and a luscious Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc for dessert or any time with fruit and cheese. FuN FAcT Their wines have been served at the White House two dozen times. As proof of this, on two walls of the comfortable tasting room there are impressive framed letters and menus from the White House. WELcOME Pets and children are both welcome at the winery. TOuRS Tours are available every day except Saturday by appointment, and begin at 11 a.m. GREEN At the far end of the al fresco tasting room is an organic vegetable garden. All vineyards are organically and Fish Friendly certified. Solar electricity produced onsite from rooftop photovoltaic panels.

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Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4160 Silverado Trail, Napa 1-888-424-2336 • www.hagafen.com Follow Hagafen Cellars on Facebook and Twitter

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Drive into the historic and world famous Stags’ Leap Winery and be transported back in time. The old stone Manor House was built more than 110 years ago from local rock and granite quarried nearby, and the winery itself gave rise to the very legends that are the Napa Valley red wines. Located seven miles north of downtown Napa, Stags’ Leap is a fabled 240-acre estate and one of California’s first wineries. Grapes have been farmed here continuously since the 1880s. Stags’ Leap Winery is the namesake for Stags Leap AVA and the idealized Napa Valley. Unique terroir and succinct microclimate support Stags’ Leap’s classic approach to winemaking, vineyard management, and viticulture practices. As a result, the wines produced are rich and show remarkable finesse and intensity. It’s no wonder Stags’ Leap continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the nation’s most critically acclaimed wineries. Indeed, Stags’ Leap wines embody the very expression of Napa’s finest grapes, soil and climate. Winemaker Christophe Paubert likes to say that “We didn’t invent winemaking, we just work hard at it.” And the label’s current releases certainly benefit from this ethic. Be sure to try the 2006 Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon called “The Leap” ($75). This is Stags’ Leap most distinctive Cabernet, made year after year from the block of vines located at the doorstep to the Manor House in exceptionally well-drained volcanic soil. “The Leap” was created to showcase this intimate vineyard block and to offer wine lovers and collectors a longlived Cabernet. By Abigail p. Zimmerman

FuN FAcT: By the 1920s,“Stags’Leap Manor,” as it came to be known, was a fashionable destination spot for vacationing Hollywood elite and bootleggers, regardless of that pesky federal law called Prohibition. The property played host to legends of rum-runners, painted ladies, gangsters, gypsies, and even today, rumored ghosts. DON’T MISS: Be sure to see the pool – one of the first swimming pools in all of California! VARIETALS: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Viognier and Rosé HOW TO VISIT: Make an appointment well in advance! The Historical Tour and Tasting takes you through the history, property, and a tasting of five wines (red and white). $45 per person. Tours are daily at 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Porch Tasting (no tour) – book your seat on the Manor House Porch every day on the half hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and taste through four wines. $20 per person. (Seasonal)

Stags’ Leap Winery
By advance appointment only 6150 Silverado Trail, Napa 1-800-395-2441 • www.stagsleap.com

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Silverado Vineyards is located on one of the most central peaks in the Napa Valley, a virtual island in a sea of vineyards. Diane and Ron Miller purchased their piece of paradise in the 1970s. In 1981 they established Silverado Vineyards. Today, three generations of the Miller family are involved with the winery and continue a tradition of excellence for which the wines of Silverado Vineyards are known. A visit to their mountaintop aerie involves a winding road off the Silverado Trail that leads to the majestic villa and its commanding vistas. The tasting room offers a number of options for enjoying your visit. The Estate Tasting requires no advance reservations and offers a lovely selection of current release wines at a cost of fifteen dollars. For ten dollars more, you can sample their limited-production wines. During the months of May through October you can enjoy the Single Vineyard Tasting. This is the ultimate in affordable luxury. You will be escorted to your table on a secluded private terrace and be presented with a sampling of four single vineyard wines, each paired with artisan cheeses. This unforgettable experience is well worth the price of $35 per person. For a day in the vineyards, try the Saddle Block Vineyard Tour. This tour allows you to stroll amongst the vines and then relax in the shade of a magnificent oak tree while sampling wine, along with wonderful seasonal appetizers. At $75 per person, this is a wine tasting adventure that you will be talking about for years to come. By Ronda Giangreco

GOOD DO KNOW • The winery’s name, Silverado, comes from the abandoned mining town at the top of the Napa Valley, where Robert Lewis Stevenson lived during the 1880s and wrote about in his book“The Silverado Squatters”. • Silverado’s Stags Leap vineyard helped establish the reputation of the Stags Leap District. In this vineyard a special field selection of Cabernet, which UC Davis later designated as a“Heritage”Clone, was identified and propagated. • Silverado Winery has done considerable work along the banks of the Hopper Creek to ensure that the water is clean and cold as it makes its way between the town of Yountville and the salmon spawning grounds in the Napa River, earning them recognition from both the California State Assembly and the United States House of Representatives for Land Stewardship. VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay

Silverado Vineyards
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6121 SilveradoTrail, Napa (707) 257-1770 • www.silveradovineyards.com Look for the latest news about Silverado Vineyards offerings and events on their Facebook Page!
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This central, verdant quilt of Napa Valley boasts countless principal wineries that makes Napa so famous: Whitehall Lane, Grgich Hills, Mumm Napa, Cakebread to name just a few. If you seek grandeur, striking beauty and wine country elegance, Rutherford is a great place to begin! FOOD Rutherford Grill 1180 Rutherford Road, Rutherford (707) 963-1792, www.hillstone.com Located at the crossroads of Hwy 29 and Rutherford Road, the Rutherford Grill has been serving fabulous food to locals and tourists of Napa Valley for decades. Don't miss the fantastic selection of appetizers and entrees! LODGING Rancho caymus Inn 1140 Rutherford Road, Rutherford 1-800-845-1777, www.ranchocaymus.com Rustic elegance at its most charming. Surrounded by the all-consuming fragrance and visual splendor of Napa Valley, the Rancho Caymus Inn is a tranquil, petite 26-room Inn that is designed and decorated to capture the simpler times of early California. Auberge du Soleil 180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford (707) 963-1211, www.aubergedusoleil.com The discreet entrance off the Silverado Trail is your first clue of the refined, uber chic elegance awaiting (guests only) at this exclusive creme-de-la-creme hotel in premier Napa Valley. Entrance to Auberge is very restricted to guests only though the discerning public is welcome to dine at the Micheline star restaurant or sip that $130 per glass of vintage Champagne on the Terrace.

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A visit to enchanted Chappellet Winery is a list-topping necessity for the true wine country adventurer, for this is a place of unparalleled vineyard beauty; the ultimate discovery of solitary splendor at the pinnacle of an intriguing detour above and beyond the valley floor. Intrepid tasting room guests arriving at Chappellet might find themselves a tad disorientated at the understated exterior of the winery atop Pritchard Hill. A narrow, fern-lined footpath from the parking area is the only indication that you are entering the secluded winery. Once inside, there is no mistaking the understated level of sophistication in the production and cellaring facilities. In place of a formal tasting room, visitors are treated to the authentic experience of sampling extraordinary Cabs, cool climate Chardonnay and Mountain Cuvee inside the barrelstorage facility, complete with a banquet table, mood lighting, ambient heating and stylish down jackets for inclement weather. The 90-minute tasting tours are all about the making of exceptional mountain wines, as visitors are guided through the production process and a delightfully entertaining and informative stroll with vineyard vistas. Standing some 1,200 scenic feet above Lake Hennessy, across from Mount St. Helena, visitors are kept company on their tour by the sounds of bluebirds, owls, kestrels and red tail hawks drawn by the winery’s outstanding organic vineyards. Visitors can’t help but be captivated by the rustic charm of this remote, hilltop locale where one could quite happily set up camp and stay awhile among the vines and the sound of nature in a gloriously protected spot.

VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chenin Blanc, Malbec, Zinfandel, Bordeaux Blend, Chardonnay THE SETTING The experience at Chappellet is one of breathtaking scenery, educational and interactive walks through the vineyards and of course, extraordinary wines. FAMILY Sustainability is taken seriously at Chappellet, where farming has been a way of life for the family-owned winery for more than forty years. Today, Pritchard Hill is home to many members of the Chappellet family. SuSTAINABILITY Chappellet’s vineyards are organically certified. The winery employs sustainable practices in all facets of its operation.

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Tours & tastings daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tasting only appointments available at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. 1581 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena (707) 286-4219 • www.chappellet.com/visit Follow Chappellet Winery on Facebook and Twitter.
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Winding through the eastern hills of the Napa Valley one would be forgiven for believing it impossible for a winery to be in such a remote setting. While snaking through the back roads, a sense of anticipation builds. Something wonderful must be around the next turn. Indeed it is. Pat Kuleto has made certain that you will be amply rewarded for undertaking the drive to his magnificent Kuleto Estate. Upon arrival, you will feel transported back in time. Everywhere there is the look and feel of real California, complete with a rustic blend of Hispanic influences and the Old West. Once inside, visitors are greeted with a feast for the eyes in every corner. Massive one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures fashioned from gnarled tree limbs illuminate classic mission-style furnishings. The gracious staff of Kuleto Estates will start you off with a “walking splash” of their refreshingly approachable Rosato, a dry rosé. You will then head out for a tour of the grounds of this magnificent estate, passing by the “Amalfi” patio that overlooks picturesque Lake Brunello, an awe-inspiring fountain of wine vessels and Mr. Kuleto’s private home, “Villa Cucina,” as you head to the jewel in the crown…the breathtaking view. Standing at the base of the estate’s “Wedding Tree,” one will gaze on a vista that is unparalleled in scope. Your guide will then pour some of the ultra-premium wines that have made this winery famous. Cabernets, Syrah, Zinfandel, as well as Sangiovese, Chardonnay and a dry Moscato are paired with artisan cheeses to create a perfect marriage of savory sensations. By Ronda Giangreco

GOOD TO KNOW • An accompanying cheese plate comes with the purchase of a tour and tasting. • The winery is 1250 feet above the valley floor with sweeping views of Lake Hennessey and the vineyards of the Napa Valley. • Their most unique wine is the Moscato which is fermented dry (i.e. almost no residual sugar), making it one of the few Moscatos that is not a dessert wine. This wine is the ideal pairing for oysters! • The“Amalfi Coast”is a magnificent picnic area that overlooks Lake Brunello – a“Pat-made”lake and the perfect backdrop for events, picnics or private dinners. • There are nine wood-burning ovens for making pizzas on the estate. • Make an appointment for a“Winemaker’s Whim”tasting that is conducted by their winemaker (when available) and often includes barrel tasting, a blending seminar or any other task that keeps a winemaker busy from day to day. At a cost of only $75 this is one of the best ways to really discover the passion and art behind winemaking.

Kuleto Estate
Daily tours & tasting, by appointment at 10:30, 11:45 a.m., 1 & 2:30 p.m. 2470 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena (707) 302-2209 • www.kuletoestate.com Follow Kuleto Estate on Facebook.

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The oldest family-owned winery in the Napa Valley, Nichelini was established in the Chiles Valley District by Italian-Swiss pioneer winemaker Anton Nichelini in 1890. Anton planted many of the sites still in use by the current generations of this family enterprise. Not only is this one of the longest continuous winemaking families in the United States, but the scenic drive to Chiles Valley will take you back, mile by mile, to a simpler time. With the exception of the road, much of what surrounds looks as it did one hundred years ago during the first heyday of winemaking in the North Coast. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by a snapshot of Napa winemaking circa 1900, including a gigantic Roman-style wine press which was used commercially until 1955. The vineyards are nearby and range in age from two-decades to nearly ten decades – that’s what comes of caretaking the same set of rows generation after generation. Inside the 1895 seven-bedroom farmhouse, the bottom floor is now a tasting room, and outside are picnic tables and a bocce court. No reservations are required for groups of up to a dozen, and the winery does offer tours of the facility and barrel chai. Another benefit of being in the wine business as a family for so long is the ability to make wines which speak from the winemaker’s passion rather than for large commercial distribution. The tasting room is generally the only place to taste and purchase these fifty- to one hundred-case lots, and not many other locations anywhere, let alone in Napa, can give you access to heritage bottlings of old world reds like Petite Sirah and Primitivo. What’s most impressive, though, is the guiding philosophy the family will share with you while you are there, tasting the wines and enjoying the locale: “We encourage you to take steps back in time and let us take care of you.” By Josh Stein Absolutely!

WHAT TO TASTE The family is justifiably proud of all of their releases, but if pressed and asked when unaccompanied by other family members, universal praise was heaped upon the white Old Vine Muscadelle de Bordelais, made from Sauvignon Vert vines planted in 1946, and the Old Vine Zinfandel, made from vines planted in 1928 by Anton Nichelini himself. pLAN AHEAD Many of the winery’s bottlings are made in such small quantities that only club members gain access to them. The same goes for barrel tastings, wine-and-food events and vineyard tours: consider joining the wine club when you visit to have total access to winery life. LITTLE KNOWN FAcT Anton Nichelini was the first Swiss settler in Chiles Valley, establishing his homestead in 1884. A number of his vines are still producing! VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Old Vine Muscadelle (Sauvignon Vert), Petite Sirah, Primitivo, Rosè of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Old Vine Zinfandel.

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Open Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday by appointment 2950 Sage Canyon Road, St. Helena (707) 963-0717 www.nicheliniwinery.com

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There are not many places left that still look and feel like the Napa Valley of the early 1900s. RustRidge Ranch, Winery and B & B is one such place. It is well worth the fifteen-minute drive from the Silverado Trail as each turn and twist takes you further away from modern life, back to a simpler connection with the land. Since the 1950s, the ranch has been a breeding and training facility for racing thoroughbreds, and since the 1970s, it has been a source of excellent grapes; it has only been since 1985 that wine has been made on site. Lying 1,000 feet above the valley floor, this is a special microclimate perfect for premium winegrowing, yielding later-starting and longer-hanging grapes. Equally, the land itself is organically dry-farmed and the ranch is home to a variety of four-footed creatures from deer to fox to bobcats, as well as more than eighty species of birds. The RustRidge tasting room is virtually in the vineyards. Tastings need to be scheduled ahead of time. Visitors have choices at 11 a.m., 1 or 3 p.m. of a sit-down tasting of current releases, a reserve and library tasting of aged reds, a Wine and Herb food and wine pairing from the gardens, or a Wine and Chocolate tasting. Additionally, the bed and breakfast has several comfortable bedrooms, wonderful views, a tennis court and miles of hiking trails through the vineyards and hills. The ranch Labradors will be your guides. The wines are the ultimate stars, though, and they don’t disappoint. Everything the winery makes has won many golds and received high scores. In additon to Cabernet Sauvignon, two different Chardonnays, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc and several Zinfandels, the fun and delicious Racehorse Red, a Cab/Zin blend, is not to be missed. Few winegrowers produce wines that speak so directly of the vineyard and of the varietal character of the grape. RustRidge wines are true to their Chiles Valley appellation with distinctive fruit aromas and flavors and Chiles Valley spice.

VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Petite Sirah, Racehorse Red and White, Sauvignon Blanc WHAT TO TASTE To enjoy best what the estate has to offer and the unique microclimate of Chiles Valley, owners Susan Meyer and Jim Fresquez proudly recommend their many-times-gold winning Chardonnay and Zinfandel. pLAN AHEAD While this estate allows for all kinds of unique experiences, they are by appointment only – and same-day appointments are often accommodated. LITTLE KNOWN FAcT RustRidge Ranch is just one 600-acre piece of the 10,000-acre Spanish land grant, named Rancho Catacoula, granted to Colonel Joseph B. Chiles in 1844.

RustRidge Ranch & Winery
2910 Lower Chiles Valley Road, St. Helena (707) 965-9353 • rustridge.com Tripadvisor, Facebook, Twitter, Yelp!, rustridge.blogspot.com

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Rutherford Grill 1180 Rutherford Road, Rutherford (707) 963-1792, www.hillstone.com Located at the crossroads of Hwy 29 and Rutherford Road, the Rutherford Grill has been serving fabulous food to locals and tourists of Napa Valley for decades. Don't miss the fantastic selection of appetizers and entrees! THINGS TO DO Robert Mondavi Summer concert Series Highway 29, Oakville, CA94562 1-888-766-6328, www.robertmondavi.com Enjoy cool outdoor concerts at the Napa Valley Opera House OR under the imposing Mayacamas. LODGING Rancho caymus Inn 1140 Rutherford Road, Rutherford 1-800-845-1777, www.ranchocaymus.com Rustic elegance at its most charming. Surrounded by the all-consuming fragrance and visual splendor of Napa Valley, the Rancho Caymus Inn is a tranquil, petite 26-room Inn that is designed and decorated to capture the simpler times of early California. Auberge du Soleil 180 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford (707) 963-1211, www.aubergedusoleil.com The discreet entrance off the Silverado Trail is your first clue of the refined, uber chic elegance awaiting (guests only) at this exclusive cremede-la-creme hotel in premier Napa Valley. Entrance to Auberge is very restricted to guests only though the discerning public is welcome to dine at the Micheline star restaurant or sip that $130 per glass of vintage Champagne on the Terrace.

Oakville is part of beautiful, rolling, unincorporated Napa County. Oakville began in the 1860s as a waterstop for the tourist steam trains owned by the Napa Valley Train Company. Still known as a great tourist locale, Oakville is best known for its great little artisan grocery store, post-office and 24 surrounding world-famous wineries. FOOD Oakville Grocery 7856 Highway 29, Oakville, CA 94562 (707) 944-8802, www.oakvillegrocery.com Built in 1881, this "little country store" has sold local, all-California sundries, deli delights, and confections for more than 120 years... This is a great place to find gifts!

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Turnbull Wine Cellars is a fabulous winery just off Highway 29 in Oakville, the famed Napa Valley AVA. Known for full-bodied, well-structured wines, Turnbull also boasts a world-class photography collection. When it comes to great wine, the secret is to start with the best fruit. A key component of quality, Turnbull fruit captures the unique character of each of their four estate vineyards. The diversity of sourcing fruit from these four carefully farmed ranches allows Winemaker Peter Heitz to create wines with distinctive flavors that capture the personality of each site and growing season. Experience Turnbull’s world-class photography collection while you enjoy Turnbull wines in the Reserve Tasting Room and Art Gallery. This cavernous room holds oak wine barrels – floor to vaulted ceiling – and the label’s signature collection of privately owned fine art photography. For $20 per person, guests visiting the Reserve Room may personally choose four Reserve wines from Turnbull’s – usually Cabernet – single vineyard and select releases. For a $10 tasting fee, guests may sample Turnbull Wines in Turnbull’s Tasting Room and Gift Shop. The winery itself is special, too. Famous American architect and founder William Turnbull designed many other wineries in Napa during the 1970s. However, when he set out to design this signature winery, his vision was to create a winery where the aesthetics implied that every drop of wine was precious. Today, Turnbull Cellars continues to honor the original design and intention of the property. By Abigail Zimmerman

WORLD cLASS FINE ART pHOTOGRApHY Turnbull Wine Cellars quietly boasts one of the finest permanent photography collections on the West Coast. Each exhibition features 60 to 90 privately owned, original works by master photographers including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Berenice Abbott, Edward Striechen and Yousuf Karsh. Don’t miss the current exhibit: Abstract Visions – A Brett Weston Retrospective, running now through March 30, 2012. Admission to the gallery is complimentary. FuN FAcT The Turnbull name dates back to the early 1300s when a Game Keeper of Robert the Bruce saved the king’s life by turning away a ferocious bull that had threatened to gore the king. The grateful king knighted his subject“Turnbull” and awarded him a crest featuring a bull’s head twisted back that has adorned the Turnbull wines since its founding in 1979. VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Red Blend, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc.

Turnbull Wine cellars
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 8210 St. Helena Highway, Oakville 1-800-887-6285 www.turnbullwines.com

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Saddleback Cellars is an unpretentious, small winery nestled in the heart of the Oakville District. Sitting on 17 acres (15 of which is planted in vines), Saddleback Cellars is the passion of winemaker, Nils Venge who, with three decades in the wine business, has been a major presence in the Napa Valley. He was, in fact, the first person to obtain a perfect 100 score from wine critic Robert Parker Jr. for his Cabernet Sauvignon at neighboring Groth Winery. Saddleback is casual, fun and informal. The word “boutique” is as close as this winery comes to taking on aires. One has the distinct impression that here, it is said with a smile and perhaps a quiet chuckle. You leave pretension behind as soon as you make the turn onto Money Rd. and if there is an over-riding philosophy here it seems to be: “Make terrific wine and have a great time.” The two are anything but mutually exclusive. The tastings can be, weather dictating, indoors around an antique oval wine tank top or outdoors next to the crush pad. There are picnic tables, vine-facing chairs and market umbrellas with several wines to taste and enjoy. Speakers hum with good ol’ country music to match the western atmosphere. The “floor” outside the winery is bark and earth. “We are as close to the earth as we can By charles Neave get, just as mother nature intended.”

VARIETALS Pinot Grigio, Pinot Blanc Viognier, Chardonnay, Rosé, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon HISTORY “I bought the property in 1976. I started the winery six years later, though after the first crush I had to keep the barrels at neighboring Silver Oak for a year (due to the restructuring and bonding of our building).” Today the winery produces around 6,500 cases annually, made from a number of different varietals. FuN FAcT Known as "The King of Cab," Nils Venge can be seen on any given day tasting with new friends that come to visit him at the winery. Who knows, you just may be the lucky first to try the upcoming release of his greatest wine yet – the 2007 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon!

Saddleback cellars
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment 7802 Money Road, Oakville (707) 944-1305 www.saddlebackcellars.com Follow Saddleback Cellars on Facebook and Twitter.

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Of the 15 sub-appellations in the Napa Valley the Rutherford AVA may be the most renowned. Legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff said, “It takes Rutherford dust to grow great Cabernet.” The Zaninovich family acquired the winery and estate vineyards in 2000, but have been growing grapes and crafting wines for three generations. The winery grounds include a century-old olive grove and an unpretentious, homey atmosphere makes it a peaceful respite in a day of winery hopping. Visitors are welcome to enjoy picnics under the oak trees. Rutherford Ranch’s full line of award-winning premium Napa Valley varietals include a selection of Cabernet Sauvignons (several only available at the winery), Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel and Rhiannon, a deep, rich proprietary red blend. “Our winemaking team crafts elegant, true-to-the-varietal wines with fruit sourced from the two estate vineyards and other select vineyards throughout the valley. The cooler sites yield grapes with bright, rich flavors and tropical fruit characteristics. Warmer sites within the valley produce grapes with deep, intense flavors. Together they provide the winemakers with an unequaled palette of flavor and character and quality.” All are available in the tasting room along with Scott Family Estate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the family’s vineyards in Monterey County. Visitors can also enjoy the winery’s signature Chocolates & Reds tasting – an instructive and delicious experience – and purchase family-produced olive oil and organically grown raisins (a visitor and staff favorite). Take the time to discover these “Wines Worth Knowing.”

VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel FuN FAcT Corks are a natural and renewable resource produced from the bark of cork oak (Quercus Suber to be exact). In Portugal during spring and summer, the thick outer bark is harvested by hand (mechanized processes have not replaced the age-old methods) without damaging the tree. In fact, studies have shown that cork harvesting actually adds to the tree’s health and vigor. You can see one of these amazing specimens at the winery. GREEN Ask about the winery’s 100% CCOF (Certified California Organic Farmers) organic estate vineyards. LABELS The wines of Rutherford Wine Company include Rutherford Ranch Winery, Round Hill, Scott Family Estate (Arroyo Seco), Lander-Jenkins Vineyards and Predator.

Rutherford Ranch Winery
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 1680 Silverado Trail South, St. Helena (707) 968-3200 • www.rutherfordranch.com Look for Rutherford Ranch Winery on Facebook and Twitter.

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People visit Napa Valley simply because it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. However, most of the several thousand people who travel here annually are on a mission to taste and purchase Napa Valley’s world famous wines. The savvy visitor seeking superb wines served in a pleasant and relaxing setting heads straight to the Terlato family’s Rutherford Hill Winery. The idyllic woodsy location sets this winery apart from the crowded valley flatlands. Rutherford Hill sits on the secluded eastern hillside of the Napa Valley, just off the Silverado Trail. The well-appointed tasting room is inside the handsome wooden winery. Climbing roses and vivid, well-tended gardens add to the property’s charm. Picnic tables scattered among graceful olive trees offer stunning views of the Napa Valley. An expansive courtyard area is the setting for outdoor wine tasting. Rutherford Hill crafts more than 15 excellent wines, all hailing 100% from vineyards inside the Napa Valley. Winery visitors are delighted to encounter wines they have enjoyed in fine restaurants and to discover other interesting and delicious wines only sold at the winery. Rutherford Hill is one of the few Napa Valley wineries that bottles all five classic Bordeaux red varietals as individual offerings. Along with an engaging collection of red wines, Rutherford Hill offers beautiful interpretations of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Showing its creativity Rutherford Hill also produces a gorgeous dry rosé, several impressive red wine blends and a fortified wine, Zinfandel Port. Visit Rutherford Hill and see why the phrase “Life looks better from Rutherford Hill” summarizes the guest experience perfectly. By Nan Reilly

DAILY GuIDED TOuR WITH WINE TASTING A guided tour of the winery, that includes the tasting of five Napa Valley red wines, launches daily at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Tour guests are escorted through the winery’s cellars and magnificent cave system with stops to taste wines along the way. Winemaking techniques, Napa Valley information and Rutherford Hill’s history are all discussed. Groups are limited to 20 guests, $25 per person. SpEcIAL OFFER The tasting room always has an interesting special offer for guests. Vertical boxed sets are one example. Large format bottles and rare library wines are also available. pLAN AHEAD The popular public tours and picnic grounds fill up fast. Call ahead to reserve a picnic table or to purchase tour passes. When picnicking, Rutherford Hill requests that you only enjoy wines purchased in its tasting room. VARIETALS Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Sangiovese, dry Rosé, Syrah, Zinfandel Port, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc among many others!

Rutherford Hill Winery
A Terlato Family Property Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 200 Rutherford Hill Road, just off SilveradoTrail (707) 963-1871 • www.rutherfordhill.com You can also follow Rutherford Hill Winery on Facebook

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St. Helena
FOOD Anna's cantina 1205 Main Street, St. Helena, (707) 963-4921 A great place to meet locals and indulge in some karoake! A must for Thursday night visitors and public-singingfans. Anna's is a locals hangout that happily welcomes visitors. Farmstead Restaurant 738 Main Street, St. Helena, (707) 963-9181 www.farmsteadnapa.com Housed in a former nursery barn, Farmstead showcases the seasonal, ingredient-driven American farmhouse cooking. Gott's Roadside "Tray Gourmet" 933 Main Street, St. Helena (707) 963-3486, www.gottsroadside.com "Mighty Fine Eats!" indeed. Keeping alive the traditions of handmade American food. Artisanal ingredients in traditional recipes combine for a refreshing take on old roadside favorites. Don't miss the burgers and fries! Guigni Deli 1227 Main Street, St. Helena, (707) 963-3421 An absolute must! Guigni Deli is known for their "Guigni Juice" – it makes every sandwich incredible. Model Bakery 1357 Main Street, St. Helena (707) 963-8192, www.themodelbakery.com Start your day with fresh coffee and hand-made pastry. Tra Vigne 1050 Charter Oak Street, St. Helena (707) 963-444, www.travignerestaurant.com Italian inspired cuisine, remarkable 200 count wine list V. Sattui Winery Corner of Hwy. 29 & White Lane, St. Helena (707) 963-7774, www.vsattui.com Perfect spot for a wine country picnic with cheeses, meats, salads and panini as well as BBQ fare and pizzas on weekends during spring, summer and fall. LODGING Inn at Southbridge 1020 Main Street, St. Helena 1-800-520-6800, www.innatsouthbridge.com Ideally located in the center of St. Helena. Meadowood 900 Meadowood Lane, St. Helena 1-800-458-8080, www.meadowood.com Luxury country resort unfolds across 250 lush acres with tennis courts, croquet lawns, 9-hole golf course and spa.

The special little town of St. Helena is located seven short miles south of Calistoga on Foothill Blvd/CA Hwy 29. The playground of the tres chic and tasteful, St. Helena’s one Main Street is filled to the brim with gourmet bakeries, acclaimed restaurants, couture clothes, and lavish home decor and kitchen shops. Vineyard country Inn 201 Main Street, St. Helena, (707) 963-1000 www.vineyardcountryinn.com A three diamond, AAA approved lodge offering 21 suites with fireplaces. Using lovely old world brick, the Vineyard Inn courtyards, pool, and lounge areas provide a great place to unwind after that busy day of wine tasting! THINGS TO DO Weekends at the culinary Institute of America (cIA) 2555 Main Street, St. Helena 1-888-995-1699 www.ciaachef.edu/enthusiasts Select a cooking or wine class at the world-famous CIA.

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For years Whitehall Lane has been known for its wide variety of wines, incredible Cabernets and friendly staff. The Leonardini family owns and operates the winery and has created a portfolio of limited-production wines found only at the winery. To introduce visitors to Whitehall Lane and do some painless wine education, they offer daily tastings covering such topics as the art and science of winemaking, the valley history and just plain fun facts. They talk about varietals, sensory evaluations of wine and pairing wine with food. During each session you’ll sample a variety of current-release wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. For the most discerning visitors they offer an exclusive wine tasting experience in their Club Room, perched atop the winery’s newest addition. You’ll enjoy a seated tasting of Reserve Cabernet with a winery concierge in this beautiful setting with a sweeping view of vineyards from indoors and on the deck. A charcuterie platter is available to accompany your tasting. An appointment is required. Allow an hour so you can relax and fully enjoy the experience. Actually, there are all sorts of wine surprises in the Club Room. You may get a preview of an unreleased wine, a vertical from the library, or a horizontal tasting of all the winery’s Cabernets. They now produce two single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignons: the Leonardini Vineyard Cabernet from the St. Helena appellation, and the Millennium MM Vineyard from Rutherford. But the fact is that no matter which of the tasting options you choose, you can be guaranteed an experience you’ll long remember.

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir SpEcIAL OFFERS Check the website for new offers. cLuB ROOM A seated VIP tasting experience with light fare in the Club Room overlooking the Estate Vineyard and Barrel Room. By appointment only. Seatings at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:30 p.m. daily. EDucATION Public tours are conducted that are fun, educational and provide a behind-the-scenes look at a family-owned working winery. They can also set one up especially for you! Please call for daily times and options. GREAT GIFT Indulge yourself with the gift of being part of their extended family – join the wine club! Whether for yourself or for someone special, it’s like getting the Napa Valley’s finest delivered to your doorstep three times a year. There is a reds-only option. Visit whitehalllane.com for details.

Whitehall Lane Winery
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1563 St. Helena Highway South, St. Helena 1-800-963-9454 x19 • www.whitehalllane.com Look for Whitehall Lane Winery on Facebook and Twitter

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Raymond Vineyards offers many different tasting options, but a favorite is the Crystal Cellar, where you will find yourself surrounded by Baccarat crystal chandeliers and decanters, stainless steel wine tanks and mirrored tasting bars. In France, wine tastings were historically done by candelight in dark wine caves, which focused the tasters senses on the flavors and aromatics rather than the color of the wine. The Crystal Cellar, inspired by this traditional approach to tasting, unveils an entirely new wine experience. Many wineries offer bottle blending camps but here at Raymond, where everything is so grand, their blending class sets them apart. You are in a lab and not like the one from fifth grade biology, but a futuristic style lab complete with blue lights and space age fashioned gear to protect your clothes. Not only do you get to blend and take home your special bottle, but they keep your exclusive blend on file so you can order additional bottles or cases at a later date. Raymond Vineyards has taken wine education to the next level with a series of programs developed exclusively for them by Karen MacNeil, America’s preeminent wine educator, wine consultant and author of The Wine Bible.Classes are offered daily and reservations are required. The Red Room, a members-only private club, was just completed. Its red velvet walls, plush furniture, billiard table and classic arcade and pinball machines recall a vintage speak-easy of exceptional luxury. Raymond Vineyards has truly created a destination winery that will enhance your knowledge about wine in an exciting atmosphere. By Alexandra charsley

Jean-Charles Boisset has transformed Raymond into a destination winery where you will want to devote an entire afternoon. Upon entering the grounds, there is the “Theater of Nature”which is a self-guided walking tour with educational displays explaining every aspect of the winemaking process and why their organic and Biodynamic farming practices are important. There is something here for everyone and their main focus is wine education but in an updated, fun and hands-on manner. Their main tasting room has a traditional Napa Valley feel but after that, everything is so unique. It’s like a theatrical production that induces a sensory exploration while educating you about wine. Check out their“Corridor of the Senses”which focuses on touch, aroma and color all of which are used to describe the wines themselves. No tasting reservations required Tours, specialty tastings and classes require reservations

Raymond Vineyards
Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena (707) 963-6929 • www.raymondvineyards.com Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/ raymondvineyards Follow them on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ RaymondVineyard Check them out on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/RaymondVineyards

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Vittorio Sattui was an Italian immigrant who founded a winery in San Francisco in 1885, and is the great-grandfather of Dario Sattui, who opened his own winery in St. Helena in 1975. It’s like a slice of Italy, with a busy piazza of stone walls, courtyards, archways, a tower, cellars, fountain and expansive picnic grounds. Of course, a selection of award-winning wines is always available. As in Italy, there are lively conversations, lots of laughter and families celebrating. It all begins when you enter the Marketplace and make your way to the tasting area and a variety of tasting options. There’s a whole list of rich Cabernets, Pinot Noirs and Zinfandels from which to choose, and if you like white wines, V. Sattui makes up to four different and distinct Chardonnays. They are also one of the biggest producers of Riesling in both dry and off-dry styles. With the Premium Tasting you’ll try a flight of six single-vineyard and limited-release wines. All Sattui wines are available exclusively at the winery or online at www.vsattui.com, making a visit to the tasting room just a little more special. 2011 has been a banner year for the winery. In addition to receiving high-praise and accolades for their wines – including a premium, proprietary Bordeaux blend named Paradiso (Pahr-a DEEZ-Oh) which earned a 90 point rating in Wine Spectator – V. Sattui was named 2011 Winery of The Year at the Monterey Wine Competition and voted the Best Winery in the 2011 San Francisco Bay Guardian’s 37th annual Best of the Bay Readers Poll. If that were not enough, their 2008 Pilgrim Vineyard Zinfandel was named Wine of the Year at the 2011 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. The list goes on and on…with more than 60 gold medals earned in 2011 alone, V. Sattui wines are worth their weight in gold!

VARIETALS Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay,White Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Madeira, Sparkling Wines, Muscat and more HuNGRY? Enjoy food and wine pairings and pick up a snack, a picnic, something savory or sweet to nibble on all from the deli where you’ll find more than 200 cheeses and an assortment of food items and gifts. pLAN FOR IT The winery has a BBQ on warm weather weekends. SpEcIAL EVENTS If you’re planning a wedding or dinner, everything you need for a special event is within those stone walls. SpEcIAL OFFERS Consider membership to the Cellar Club or Wine of The Month Club, which allows year-round access to taste a portfolio of their best wines and invitations to special events.

V. Sattui Winery
Open daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. in winter) 1111 White Lane, St. Helena (707) 963-7774 • www.vsattui.com Follow V. Sattui Winery on Facebook and Twitter @vsattui1885.

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When Napa Valley is bustling and it’s time for a break, drop by Arger-Martucci Vineyards where you can enjoy award winning wines in a relaxing and unpretentious setting. Located just south of St. Helena, the winery is quaint and picturesque. The tasting room’s poolside picnic area, complete with an outdoor gazebo, boasts a beautiful view of the Mayacamas Mountains and offers guests the ideal atmosphere to taste exceptional wines away from the crowds. Arger-Martucci is a boutique, family-owned winery that is more than a business venture between two owners. It is a love and appreciation of making great wine that is shared by two families – one Greek, the other of Italian descent. Owners Kosta Arger and Rich Martucci first met and became close friends through a Reno, NV wine tasting group in the ’80s. At the time, Arger was establishing himself as an accomplished cardiologist and skilled home winemaker, while Martucci was working to build the struggling bank he had acquired. Dr. Arger, who learned to make wine in the ’70s from the legendary Joe Heitz of Heitz Cellars, had always dreamed of starting a Napa Valley winery. In 1998, both families were looking for property in the Napa Valley and decided it was the perfect time to partner and start a winery. The Arger-Martucci partnership is ideal – Rich manages the financial aspects of the business, while Kosta handles the winemaking. Still a practicing cardiologist in Reno, Dr. Arger spends his weekends, holidays and the harvest in Napa Valley. The winery is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and its estate reserve, Bordeaux-style blend, the Odyssey. They also produce a handful of other delicious reds, along with an elegant white blend called the Iliad. Stop by and enjoy this wonderful Napa Valley secret.

VARIETALS Iliad (white blend), Pinot Noir, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Odyssey (Estate Reserve), Cabernet Franc, Petite Syrah, and Dulcinea (dessert wine). FuN FAcT Although he has been making wine for over 35 years and has crafted many award-winning wines, Dr. Arger has never taken a formal winemaking class! VINEYARDS All red wines, with the exception of the Petite Syrah, are estate grown on their mountainside Odyssey Vineyards, which are located 1,400 feet above the Napa Valley floor on Atlas Peak. FAMILY The next generation is also involved in the winery full time. Anthony Arger handles the outside sales and marketing duties, while Vince Martucci is the assistant winemaker and oversees the tasting room. SpEcIAL OFFERS Ask about the Arger-Martucci Wine Club – it’s one of the best deals in the Napa Valley!

Arger-Martucci Vineyards
Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are encouraged. 1455 Inglewood Avenue, St. Helena (707) 963-4334 • www.arger-martucci.com

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Savour St. Helena is St. Helena’s first co-operative wine tasting boutique. The proud home to nine of the Napa Valley’s finest boutique wineries, Savour is a comfortable and inviting tasting room where guests can sample from more than 25 wines or sit back and enjoy any one of the wines by the glass. Here you will find gorgeous wines from the likes of Richard Partridge, Spotted Owl Vineyards, Burly Wines, Veedercrest Estate, Terroir Napa Valley, Houdini Wines, Areté Wines and Mario Bazan Wines, with more soon to come. Savour is the place to find these hand crafted wines, made by people who really pour their hearts and souls into the cultivation and art of winemaking. All of the wines are hard to find, small productions with big personalities. Most of the wines are productions of 500 cases or less. Here you will find wines that you will not find anywhere else. Forget spending hours driving around the dusty backroads of Napa Valley seeking out hard-to-find wineries. At Savour, the winery comes to you. Come to Savour and let them take care of you. They have all the best that the Napa Valley has to offer. As if all this weren’t enough reason to visit Savour St. Helena, one more especially fabulous feature of Savour St. Helena is the fact that it is open until eight o’clock every evening. Later hours and easy walking access from all of St. Helena’s exquisite shops, delectable dining and charming accommodations makes Savour St. Helena a convenient and desirable place to relax for locals and tourists alike.

FuN FAcTS Savour St. Helena was created to give the public a chance to find and taste some of the Napa Valley’s best small production wines in one convenient place. Stationed in the former home of Tesoro and the Napa Soap Company, Savour St. Helena has a spacious, airy feel. Warm inviting colors mixed with eclectic, modern decor and a funky twist gives the tasting room a fun and approachable atmosphere.

Savour St. Helena
Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. 649 Main Street, St. Helena (707) 968-5445 www.savoursthelena.com

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For more than 130 years, Beringer Vineyards has reflected the rewards of hard labor, agricultural pride and determined viticultural stewardship. German emigrant Jacob Beringer followed his brother Frederick to the New World in 1868 to begin a new life. Hearing of California’s warm, sunny climate, the brothers headed west to Napa Valley. Vintage cellar worker, Jacob Beringer was thrilled to find Napa’s rocky, well-drained soils similar to those of his native Rhine Valley. From the beginning, the Beringer brothers were vastly ahead of the oenological times. Frederick and Jacob built a gravityflow winery and steam-powered grape crusher, then enlisted the help of Chinese laborers to hand-dig tunnels within the hills of Napa Valley. Today, these caves still perfectly cellar and age wine in a stable 58-degree environment – one crucial key to Beringer’s continued success in winemaking. Beringer wines are world-famous for crafting classic wines from Napa’s finest appellations and vineyards. Founder Jacob’s foresight in recognizing the quality and potential of grape growing in the Napa Valley is part of the living heritage of Beringer Vineyards. In its third century, Beringer is led by Winemaker Laurie Hook who produces wines that speak eloquently of Beringer’s rich history and contemporary elegance. Laurie speaks volumes when she says “you can’t make wine only through science...trust your intuition as well.” It is this blend of art and science that elevates Beringer wines above the rest. By Abigail p. Zimmerman

FuN FAcT: Beringer Vineyards has Victorian era roots and is the oldest continuously operating winery in all of Napa Valley! In 2001, the entire winery site was designated as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places. VARIETALS: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, White Zinfandel as well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir WHAT TO TASTE: The 2007 Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a specialty release wine crafted from a blend of seven premier Napa Valley vineyards. A blend of mountain and valley floor fruit, this Cabernet retails for $115. It also scored 95 points in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate in December 2010. cALLING ALL FOODIES! Find recipes to perfectly pair with Beringer wines on the winery’s website. This month? Dungeness crab cakes with cucumber and cilantro slaw paired with the Private Reserve Chardonnay

Beringer Vineyards
Open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2000 Main Street , St. Helena 1-866-708-9463 • www.beringer.com Follow Beringer Vineyards on Facebook and learn of new releases and special events! *Terms and conditions apply – see winery for details.

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Words hardly do justice to St. Clement Vineyards and Tasting Room. Set high above the Napa Valley floor in an 1870s Victorian house, St. Clement is at once regal and inviting. St. Clement Vineyards was a private residence until 30 years ago when it became a winery dedicated to producing worldclass wines. The home itself was built in 1878 and is a remarkable piece of California Victorian architecture. Think period-appropriate paint, decor and details like carved arrows in the eaves to ward off evil spirits! Today, the St. Clement Tasting Room respects the history of the building and welcomes guests to taste a $20 flight of five St. Clement wines (whites and red). You may also select the Single Vineyard Tasting for $25. This exclusive tasting takes place on the Winery Terrace and includes your choice of four of the limited-production, single-vineyard wines – appointment recommended. St. Clement Vineyards nurtures long-term relationships with some of the best grape growers in Napa Valley. Instead of owning its own acreage, St. Clement produces wine with the best quality grapes sourced from diverse AVAs such as Howell Mountain, Mount Vedeer, Rutherford and Spring Mountain. More than 33 different soil series and 100 different soil variations are represented in St. Clement wines. Winemaker Danielle Cyrot is able to take these exceptional grapes and produce St. Clement wines with extraordinary depth and complexity. By Abigail Zimmerman

ONLY AT THE WINERY! St. Clement produces 13 wines, but only five of them are in distribution. The remaining eight are secret little gems that you can only find in the tasting room. DON’T MISS: Oroppas Cabernet Sauvignon, a unique wine of Cabernet with a splash of Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc, is a Bordeaux blend from four distinct Napa mountain vineyards. Produced since 1991, Oroppas never rates below 90 points, including the current 2007 Oroppas, and it’s a steal at $55 per bottle! VARIETALS Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay A BIT OF REcENT HISTORY In 1976, local doctor William Casey purchased the historic property and launched the St. Clements wine label. The cross of“St. Clements”was a tribute to Casey’s ancestors who helped to found the state of Maryland.

St. clement Vineyard
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The tasting room may be new but there is a lot of history behind this winery situated north of St. Helena. John Ballentine emigrated in 1910 from County Tyrone, Ireland to San Francisco. His family estate was called Deer Park and it became a major influence in his life. His son Van grew up in the Napa Valley helping to plant vineyards, prune vines and make wine. The history of this winery involves other families and any number of hardworking characters, many of them members of the Pocai family from Italy. Over time their winemaking, their families and their fortunes intertwined. Even the devastating San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 played a part. Luck was also a major player, especially when it came to the acquisition of some of the best vineyard land in the entire Napa Valley. Luck can never be an underestimated component when it comes to successful winemaking, something that continues to this day. When you enter the tasting room at this working winery, you find a long, stylish room with pale green walls, an L-shaped bar and lots of stone and wood. Windows on the north side look out on vineyards, the floor is slate, the lighting modern, and you are likely to find yourself talking to the owners and their enthusiastic staff. The wines offered for tasting include wonderful examples of what the Napa Valley is famous for, and you’ll find your own favorites as you taste your way through Ballentine’s list. By charles Neave

VARIETALS Merlot, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Zinfandel, Old Vine Chenin Blanc, a rare Malvasia Bianca, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay FOOD pAIRING Try their rich Zinfandel Port with dark chocolate after a meal, or just as a special treat any time of day. pRODucTION … about 10,000 cases a year. GEOGRApHY The hills that create the Napa Valley and help shape the wines made here with their altitude also impact climate and soil. To the east is the Vaca Range on the other side of the Valley; to the west, across Route 29 from the winery, are the Mayacamas. GREEN FAcT The winery is now 100-percent solar powered, just one of their green efforts.

Ballentine Vineyards
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment only. 2820 St. Helena Highway North, St. Helena (707) 963-7919 www.ballentinevineyards.com

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Imagine an estate in the traditional sense, where forty-two contiguous acres are laid out such that no part of the vineyard is more than six hundred yards from the central winery, a classical European design little-seen in the United States. Imagine that vineyard divided into five blocks by soil type, and then subdivided into twenty-five sub-blocks, including eleven sub-blocks – twenty-five acres! – of six different Cabernet Sauvignon clones, seven sub-blocks of Merlot and four of Cabernet Franc. Now imagine that this special place is nestled at the top of the Napa Valley in the narrow space between the Mayacamas and Vaca mountain ranges, creating a unique microclimate of morning fog but full afternoon sun accompanied by heat-alleviating breezes which has also been certified organic by CCOF and Biodynamic by Demeter. Lastly, imagine that it’s run by a non-profit foundation, guaranteeing that one hundred percent of the proceeds go to international cardiovascular research. Now stop imagining: it’s all genuine at Ehlers Estate, where the goal is “making great wines while making a difference.” What visitors are greeted by is a Mediterranean-inspired retreat caretaken via organic and Biodynamic principles of sustainability, and what awaits inside is as inspiring as the surroundings. The winery is justly well known for the 120 Over 80 Cab-based blend and the Cabernet Sauvignon 1886, but other releases are quite exclusive and well worth the trip. Tasting room-only bottlings include the Cabernet Franc, Rosè of Cab Franc, and Petite Verdot. Very few wineries in Napa have direct control over the range of Bordeaux varieties, and so few are able offer bottlings like these. People often wonder what true commitment to a better way of life would be like. Come visit Ehlers Estate and wonder no more. Enjoy! By Josh Stein

WHAT TO TASTE The limited production estate Cabernet Franc and the ultra-low production estate Petite Verdot, made from one single acre. These are wines you will find nowhere else – don’t miss them! pLAN AHEAD Private tastings, including the“Perfectly Paired”wine and hand-made chocolate pairing, barrel samples and sitdown experiences, as well as picnic seating in the Olive Grove, are all available by appointment. LITTLE KNOWN FAcT Winemaker Kevin Morrisey and his family hold dual American-French citizenship, in keeping with the winery’s philosophy of age-old European technique in proven California soil. VARIETALS Cabernet Franc, multiple Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Rosè of Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc – all estate fruit!

Ehlers Estate
Open daily, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds benefit cardiovascular research. 3222 Ehlers Lane, St. Helena For reservations, call (707) 963-5972 ehlersestate.com

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The wineries of the Napa Valley have many level of enjoyment to offer, but if you’re in the mood for a day of pure pleasure, when you want to enjoy the beauty of your surroundings and exceptional wine, head to Rombauer Vineyards, located at the secluded, northeastern edge of the valley on the Silverado Trail. In a serene wooded setting, the entrance to the tasting room offers a broad porch with benches, flowers and breathtaking views. Inside, the trio of small bars are staffed by friendly folks who want you to enjoy your visit and their great wines. Many of them have been with Rombauer for years, and they know almost everything there is to know about the wines, as well local history, restaurants and inns. Rombauer Vineyards is over 30 years in the making (since 1982), and reflects the passion of Koerner Rombauer. Today, this family owned and operated winery includes second-generation Rombauer’s; sister and brother Sheana and Koerner, every one dedicated to maintaining the standards of excellence the family has built up through the years. It is a testimony to their dedication that the name Rombauer on a label has instilled such loyalty from wine-lovers across the country and around the world. That is why so any of them make the trip to this hilltop aerie, not just to sample, but to fill their cellar, or simply take a bottle home for a special occasion, or to go no further than a picnic lunch. For many it has become an annual tradition, and after one visit you will understand why. By charles Neave

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. ONLY AT THE WINERY Tasting room only wines that you’ll want to take home with you include the Block 9 Merlot, a rich Cabernet Sauvignon from Stags Leap and an amazing proprietary red Bordeaux blend called Le Meilleur du Chai. There is also a Late Harvest Chardonnay called‘Joy’. AVAILABLE TASTING OpTIONS Classic Flight $10, Zinfandel Flight $20, Propietary Flight $25 FOOD & WINE The iconic and incredibly popular‘Joy of Cooking’ cookbook was written by Koerner Rombauer’s great aunt, Irma Rombauer. To this day it remains a staple for cooks everywhere. IN THE AIR Koerner’s first career was in the air, first as a pilot in the military and then for the airlines.

Rombauer Vineyards
Open daily 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 3522 SilveradoTrail, St. Helena (707) 963-5170 • www.rombauer.com Follow them on Facebook & Twitter

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Beginning on the Silverado Trail, this trip includes Conn Valley, Howell Mountain and Pope Valley with striking views from high elevations to rolling hills on the valley floor. You can see what Napa County was like in the early pioneer days. Be sure to plan a full day for this one – it’s a beautiful drive and you’ll want to take in the sites. Most of these wineries require prior appointment and watch for the addresses or you might miss them. FOOD college Market 15 Angwin Plaza, Angwin, (707) 965-6321 Here you will find plenty of options for picnicking. Other than salami (meat-free products only), this store has any other grocery items you may need. pope Valley Market 5850 Pope Valley Road, Pope Valley, (707) 965-9922 This small market with some snack lunch items and local organic herbs. It's a great place to stop and grab an ice cream treat during your drive on a hot summer day. LODGING camping – Bothe-Napa State park Hwy 29 & Larkmead Road between St. Helena/Calistoga 1-800-444-PARK Vacation Rentals Look online for vacation rentals on Howell Mountain. There are some very nice private homes available . THINGS TO DO Las posadas State Forest 5850 Pope Valley Road, Pope Valley, (707) 965-9922 Hiking trails include a 4.4 mile, full loop trail that passes a pioneer cemetary dating back to the 1800s Howell Mountain challenge Sunday, August 8 (707) 965-6346, web2.puc.edu/Pioneers/HMC If mountain biking is your speed, this is a 10 mile circuit that’s hilly on smooth to medium-rough trails with lots of trees … a fun course!

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In 1984, Todd Anderson began staking out his vineyard's trellis system with his father, Gus Anderson. In fact, he personally cleared every inch of the former hay field that would become his world famous vineyard. Many boast of building their own winery, but few can state that they actually pounded each post. Todd’s devotion to doing things himself didn’t end with construction, though. His mastery of winemaking has earned him top accolades from some of the most discriminating wine experts in the world. His Ghost Horse wines have never been beaten in competition against some of the most pricy and revered wines produced. Never. What is truly amazing is that when you visit Anderson Conn Valley, you get to spend time with Mr. Anderson himself. Very rarely is such a prominent and knowledgeable winemaker so accessible to the public. Todd will take you into his barrel room and give you a firsthand account of the passion and precision behind his wines. His riveting tales behind the creation of each wine are a match to the artistry in each glass poured. While the winery is known for ultra-premium wines that command top prices, Anderson Conn Valley has a wonderful selection of more affordable wines, as well. They have long been known for their 100% Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, but they are fast becoming known for their outstanding Pinot Noir, too. Don’t miss the Bordeaux-style blends which include the Éloge and Right Bank, either. These complex and full-bodied wines are stunning examples of the genre. By Ronda Giangreco

GOOD TO KNOW • Anderson Conn Valley will customize your wine experience to suit your tastes. You can arrange for barrel tastings in their cave and food pairings. Todd will even supply you with a premium cigar to enjoy with your glass of Cabernet! • If you’re here during the week, you’ll get to witness the winemaking process firsthand. This is a working winery. You might even be asked to help! • There is a story behind each of their wines and it is an entertainment event in itself to hear them. You won’t be bored by the usual winery babble at Anderson’s Conn Valley. • Be sure and give an ear-scratch to one of the multiple winery dogs. If Kira, Todd’s Vizsla, isn’t out hunting pheasants or quail, she’ll escort you into the tasting room herself. In her absence, Scout, the lovable Ridgeback is happy to play the host.

Anderson’s conn Valley Vineyards
Open by appointment, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 680 Rossi Road, St. Helena (707) 963-8600 • www.connvalleyvineyards.com Look for them on Facebook and become a fan.

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There is one very important element that truly defines Burgess Cellars: the unique site. As Steve Burgess says, “It is why our wines are different. It is why we are different.” Located high on Howell Mountain, and commanding a breathtaking view of the Napa Valley, Burgess can trace its origins to a winery that was established on the property in the 1880s. That was long before cars or paved roads existed to link the property to civilization. The vineyards were planted with the help of mules, dynamite and the hard work of people whose vision is reflected today in the fine wines of Burgess. “We’ve been sustainable since before the word was invented. With us it has always been a necessity,” relates Steve. For those who wish to visit the historic wine country of the Napa Valley, an afternoon at Burgess is essential. The tasting room experience at Burgess is refreshingly free of pretentiousness. Located in their barrel room, the tasting bar is often manned by one of the family members. Burgess wines are elegant and complex with purity and balance, and include an array of Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah. They also make a few wines that are only available at the winery. Their Grenache and Petite Sirah are true “finds” that you won’t get anywhere else. Their flagship wine, Cabernet Sauvignon, thrives on the western slopes of Howell Mountain near the winery. By Ronda Giangreco

GOOD TO KNOW • The original grapes were planted by Italian emigrant Carlo Rossini in 1891 on property originally homsteaded in the 1870s. • Tom Burgess bought his small mountain-side winery in 1972 after falling in love with wine in the 1960s while touring Europe. • From an open-air, mountainside porch you can see all the way from Saint Helena to Calistoga. • Their signature wine is the Cabernet Sauvignon, a big, bold wine that represents this varietal at its best. • Burgess Winery keeps a large selection of wines in their library, offering guests the opportunity to buy aged wines. The wines in their library program are stored in ideal conditions until release. “If you see our ‘library selection’ sticker on the wine,” Mr. Burgess said, “it means that it has either never left our cellar or it’s only been shipped from us to the retailer at the time of its library release.” • Steve Burgess, the winery’s head of sales and marketing, was actually born during the winery’s first harvest!

Burgess cellars
Call for an appointment. 1108 Deer Park Road, St. Helena email: customerservice@burgesscellars.com 1-800-752-9463 • www.burgesscellars.com

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The tasting room at Viader is housed in a stunning stone building perched on a mountain rim. From the moment you step in you’ll know you have arrived at a hidden gem few are fortunate enough to find. The panoramic views that unfold before you are some of the most magnificent on earth. Then the wine arrives to complete the experience of grandeur. Viader is known for producing high-quality, limited-production red wines. Expertly prepared hors d’oeuvres, lunches and dinners by Mariela Viader, a Thomas Keller trained chef, are also served for private events. Viader is the creation of one very determined and talented woman. Delia Viader founded the winery in 1986. Her vision of planting a European style vineyard, with vines oriented up and down the steep hillside of Howell Mountain, requires meticulous hand farming. The result is wines that consistently garner rave reviews from discriminating wine lovers. Her signature wine, Viader Proprietary Red Blend, features Cabernet Sauvignon with a significant component of Cabernet Franc. Viader “V” is an exclusive Petit Verdot blend. The estate Viader Syrah is a clonal blend of Barossa and Hermitage clones of Syrah. Starting in 2003, she began producing “Dare by Viader,” a line that focuses on single varieties from select vineyards in the Napa Valley blended with estate fruit, including a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon, a Cabernet Franc, a Tempranillo and a Dry Rosé. A truly elegant winery and outstanding wines…the essence of a Napa Valley experience. By Ronda Giangreco

GOOD TO KNOW • All the rocks used in the building of the tasting room, offices, planters and walls were collected from the lands surrounding the vineyards. Especially selected are the ones covered with moss and those with unique shapes that represent the natural beauty of the mountain’s terrain in the architectural elements of each structure. • There are eight different types of lavender growing on the estate. Not only are they gorgeous flowering plants, but they attract bees and contribute to the aromatic nature of Viader wines. • The third generation of winemakers is soon to arrive in the form of Deila’s second grandchild in August! • Viader is 1200 feet above the Napa Valley floor on the rocky slopes of Howell Mountain. The European design of the vineyards, with the vines oriented up and down the steep hillsides, is a planting method that optimizes sun exposure, vine density and erosion control.

Viader Vineyards
Please call ahead to make an appointment 1120 Deer Park Road, Deer Park (707) 963-3816 ext. 110 www.viader.com

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At the end of a drive that sweeps through vineyards sits Howell Mountains’ Bravante Vineyards, home to premium, estate-grown wines. Here, the commitment is always, and unwaveringly, to quality. “That goal drives everything we do in the vineyard and in the cellar,” said founder and proprietor George Bravante, a respected grower of citrus, stone fruit and table grapes in the Central Valley. “We’re focused on crafting consistently delicious and well-made wines from our historic appellation. “From the beginning, our philosophy has been grounded in one word: commitment. Commitment to creating world-class wine and commitment to the winemaking styles that best express the varietals. And that quality starts in the vineyard.” The education and enjoyment begins in the compact but comfortable tasting room, just off the winemaking facility, with gleaming silver tanks and a modern crusher-destemmer. Doors open on each end. Outside are entrances to the naturally temperature and humidity controlled caves, an integral part of their barrel aging program. You begin your tour and tasting with a refreshing glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Along the way you’ll hear anecdotes and history inside the caves and outdoors, where the views are spectacular. It is education at its most sublime – an hour of learning, but mostly it’s about the enjoyment of both wine and place. By charles Neave

VARIETALS Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon BARRELS Humidity-constant caves are full of American, French and Hungarian oak barrels. TOpOGRApHY As removed as the winery is from the bustle of the Valley floor, it is still barely ten minutes from the intersection of Deer Park Road and the Silverado Trail. So there it sits, remote but easily accessible and the result is a casual, unhurried, relaxed and informative tasting environment. HARVESTING At harvest they hand pick into small, five pound trays to keep the integrity of each individual berry prior to crush; and they harvest in small lots, only as the unique sections of their vineyards ripen one-by-one. SpEcIAL Ask about the much-coveted Simpatico blended from the finest barrel-selected wine from each vintage, and Trio, a Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

Bravante Vineyards
Open Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. by appointment 300 Stone Ridge Road, Angwin (707) 965-2552 • www.bravantevineyard.com

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Along a winding country road, up an unpaved drive and past Gus – a big, friendly, chocolate lab – you’ll find one of the most unpretentious, down-to-earth tasting rooms around. The Pope Valley Winery offers a wine tasting experience far removed from the ostentatious fare to be found at some of the more well-known wine country destinations. Here you will be treated less like a visitor and more like a friend. Winding through picturesque fields, undulating vineyards and oak-studded hills, one gets the feeling of being transported back in time. The Pope Valley Winery was founded in 1897 by Ed Haus. The original farmhouse still graces the property, as well as a blacksmith’s workshop complete with the tools of the trade. The winery itself is housed in an historic building that was designed, before electricity was brought to the site, to utilize the slope of the hill to move the grapes through the process of becoming fine wine. The Eakle family now runs the winery and produces 5,000 cases of wine a year from estate-grown fruit, with some from vines that are nearly seventy years old. Pope Valley Winery is noted for its Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve.The 2007 vintage just received a double gold at this year’s San Francisco Chronicle competition. The Eakle Ranch Merlot is a lush, fruitful wine that will complement nearly any dish. They also produce Sangiovese, Sangiovese Rosé, Zinfandel, Zinfandel Port as well as Old Vine and Late Harvest Chenin Blanc. By Ronda Giangreco

GOOD TO KNOW • Pope Valley was originally called Locallomes after the Indians who first settled the valley. The name was changed to Pope Valley after Julian Pope was given a land grant to the area by the Mexican government. After the governor signed it, Julian Pope paid twenty-five cents and Pope Valley became his! • The Pope Valley Winery was originally the Burgundy Winery & Olive Factory and was managed by Ed Haus. • The cave, entirely hand-dug, took nine years to build! • Winemaker, David Eakles reports that his favorite wine is the Pope Valley Reserve Cabernet.“I love its complexity and the fruit-forward flavor.” • Don’t miss the incredible Zinfandel Port! This rich, luscious wine is a great finish to a meal and the perfect ending for a day in the wine country. • Pope Valley Winey offers a wonderful cheese basket that pairs beautifully with their wines. Take one with you, along with a glass of Pope Valley wine and sit out under the towering oaks that look out over miles of vineyards. This is what wine tasting is all about!

pope Valley Winery
Open daily 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 6613 Pope Valley Road, Pope Valley “Turn left and go back 100 years.” (707) 965-1246 • www.popevalleywinery.com

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If you find yourself on the back roads leading to Summit Lake Winery, chances are you are thinking yourself seriously lost. No need to worry. One of the most good- natured winemakers you’ll ever meet is waiting for you. He’ll also help you find your way back down the hill. Bob Brakesman of Summit Lake Vineyards personifies the pioneer spirit that led many to this area to try their hand at winemaking. His only motivation was a love of wine, but his knowledge didn’t go much further than how to extract a cork from a bottle. However Bob and his late wife, Sue, had such warm personalities that it wasn’t long before they were able to cajole their way into getting some of the most learned minds in the business to provide both practical information and equipment to help them build their winery. The land at Summit Lake didn’t seem to hold very much promise. It was overgrown and rugged, but had been planted decades ago with a small vineyard. While the couple was able to coax the vines into producing a quality wine, the old plants just could not produce the quantity of fruit needed. With the help of friends, they planted more vines and began to build their winery. Today, Bob and his family produce several wonderful wines, each named after a grandchild. The Cabernet, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel Port and Rosé are all estate grown. Their Howell Mountain Zinfandel “put them on the map” and gave them the respect of winemakers throughout the valley. By Ronda Giangreco

GOOD TO KNOW • Summit Lake Vineyard’s very first commercial release was their ’78 Zinfandel, and it took the coveted Double Gold at the California State Fair. It also sold out in just eight days! • Bob, back in his college days, once bought an old VW van and drove it all across Europe while tasting wine along the way. It eventually took him all the way to Afghanistan! • When Bob and Sue first purchased their twenty-eight acre vineyard, it was totally overgrown with Manzanita, poison oak and coyote weed. Several years later, they even found an old tractor that had been completely hidden by bushes! • It took three long years and much hard work to handplant their thirteen acres of vineyards. Thankfully, they had many friends willing to help who were all rewarded with fantastic wine. • This year is the fortieth anniversary. Summit Lake Vineyards is still going strong and still one of the few wineries that can boast of being completely family owned and operated.

Summit Lake Vineyards
Open by appointment only 2000 Summit Lake Drive, Angwin • (707) 965-2488 www.summitlakevineyards.com

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Calistoga sits in the top end of Napa Valley like a cork in a wine bottle. This lively, well-preserved historic small-town and surrounding region simply delights everyone. Delicious restaurants, glorious mountains, diverse art galleries, world-famous hot springs, eclectic bookstores and roadside stands, boutique shopping and happy locals combine to make Calistoga a favorite of Napa Valley locals and visitors. FOOD cafe Sarafornia 1413 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-0555, www.cafesarafornia.com The best breakfast in town! Owners Madeline & Drake are the vivacious stewards of this famed, historic diner. For more than 100 years, Cafe Sarafina has been serving up delicious fare and good people. Don't miss the huevos rancheros! Brannan's 1374 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-2233, www.brannansgrill.com Go for the winning wine list (with rare Napa and Sonoma cult labels) and stay for the fine foods and great atmosphere. Brannan proudly sponsors local, artisanal producers and their dishes are the better for it. This summer, dine alfresco on the patio! JoLe 1457 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-5938, www.jolerestaurant.com From Farm to Table. JoLe is OpenTable.com's "Diner's Choice Winner" for 2010 – a wonderful compliment to owners and husband-and-wife team Matt and Sonjita Spector. Enjoy the delicious menu and mouth-watering pastries!
Driving Time: 9 minutes From Frank Family Vineyards to Castello di Amorosa 1 mile to Twomey Cellars 1+ miles to Calistoga Wine Stop 2 miles to Up Valley Vintners -.5 mile to B Cellars 1.5 miles Total 6 miles

Flat Iron Grill 1440 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-1220, www.flatirongrill.com Flat Iron Grill revels in its recently restored historic space! There is nothing dusty about this intimate, yet friendly restaurant. Open for dinner daily, don't miss the hickory smoked baby back ribs. LODGING Brannan cottage Inn 109 Wappo Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-4200, www.brannancottageinn.com One of the original 25 Hot Springs Resort cottages from 1860. Close walking proximity to famed Calistoga Hot Springs (across the street!) and only two blocks to downtown Calistoga, makes this charming inn a repeat hit. Six rooms are available year round. pink Mansion 1415 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga, (707) 942-0558, www.pinkmansion.com Escape, indulge & dream! Built in 1870 by Napa's original stage line owner, the Pink Mansion is a lovely, private and restful destination that retains the elegance of its historic past. Rates include gourmet breakfast for two and afternoon wine and appetizers. Solage 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, 1-866-942-7442, www.solagecalistoga.com Where cosmopolitan luxuries take on an enlightened, comfortable attitude! Offering a healthy, green environment, 89 eco-friendly studios and Michelin star rated Solbar restaurant, Solage is a stylish and naturally brilliant hotel! calistoga Ranch 580 Lommel Road, Calistoga, 1-800-942-4220, www.calistogaranch.com Tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site, the luxury resort captures the rich culture of food, wine and nature. THINGS TO DO castello di Amorosa 4045 N. St. Helena Highway, (707) 967-6272, www.castellodiamorosa.com A tour of the incredible 13th century, 107 room, Tuscan style castle and winery – complete with chapel and torture chamber – is highly recommended! Sharpsteen Museum 1311 Washington Street, Calistoga (707) 942-5911, www.sharpsteen-museum.org This museum is a wonderful spot to learn about upper Napa Valley history and old Calistoga. Exhibit subjects include Sam Brannan, Wappo Native Americans, one-time-local Robert Louis Stevenson and artifacts from the survivors of the Donner Party. Bale Grist Mill State Historic park 3369 Saint Helena Hwy North, St. Helena, (707) 942-4575 Once the center of social activity for Napa Valley settlers, this 1846 Grist Mill ground corn and wheat into meal or flour. This park also boasts scenic hiking trails, the site of the first Napa Valley Church and Pioneer Cemetary. Old Faithful Geyser 1299 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, (707) 942-6463 One of the three "Old Faithful" geysers in the world, Old Faithful of California is a delightful attraction. Bursting regularly and throwing thousands of gallons of water high into the air, Old Faithful is a glorious sight. Other attractions include the petting zoo and picnic grounds. Open daily, 9am-6pm in the summer. Admission fees vary from $3-$10.

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If there ever was a benign cult, it would be that centered around Napa Valley’s Frank Family Vineyards. Mention their Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, any of their Cabernets or other wines to someone who loves the grape and their eyes will brighten showing their desire for a taste. Yes, their wine is that good, and a visit to their northern-valley tasting room becomes almost a pilgrimage. The tasting room – in the impeccably restored Craftsman house – has been rated among the top in the nation. And, while praise for the winery, the wines and the tasting room may be completely up-to-the minute, its history goes back more than 125 years. In 1884, it was known as Larkmead Winery; today, it is considered to be a prime example of California Wine Country architecture, listed on the National Register of Historical Places. The grounds are expansive, with a beautiful lawn, picnic tables, majestic oaks and trimmed hedges that complement the winery and tasting room. Inside the tasting rooms, the business of winemaking is balanced with good humor and as much information as you want. Or simply enjoy the tastes. That is perfectly fine with them. As tasting room manager, Dennis Zablosky, (an icon in his own right) says, “I want visitor’s memories of the winery to be as much about their experience here as the wines they taste.” These wines are pretty spectacular, as you will discover on your first visit – but assuredly not your last. By charles Neave

VARIETALS Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, plus the rare Winston Hill Red. They also make limited amounts of Zinfandel Port and many of the wines are crafted in limited reserve programs. SpARKLING, ANYONE? Be sure to ask about their Sparkling Wines, produced in the French méthode champenoise. RATINGS Most wineries, if they’d ever get a score of 90 or above on a wine from critic Robert M. Parker, Jr., would jump for joy and pop the cork on a bottle of bubbles. So imagine the euphoria when the winery received five scores in the nineties recently. HOLLYWOOD Owner Richard Frank is a recipient of an Emmy for lifetime achievement. He was also chairman of Walt Disney Television, president of Walt Disney Studios for almost ten years and president of the Paramount Television Group.

Frank Family Vineyards
Open daily 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For parties of six or more appointments are necessary.

1091 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga 1-800-574-9463 or (707) 942-0859 www.frankfamilyvineyards.com

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Gallantry is alive and well in the Napa Valley. Owner Dario Sattui studied and researched medieval architecture for 30 years. His studies and visions led to Castello di Amorosa. After fifteen years of construction, he created an unforgettable, splendid castle that honors his Italian heritage and showcases his exceptional wines like no other place could. The Castle comes complete with authentic features including a chapel, drawbridge, moat, courtyard, watch tower, torture chamber, loggia, deep-well, secret passage ways and an outdoor oven. The guided tour wends its way through four levels including a visit to the wine storage caves, courtyard, armory and the Great Hall with hand-painted frescoes and 500-year-old fireplace. Castello di Amorosa wines are only available at the tasting room or on the website. The wines reflect the same attention to detail from vineyard to bottle as seen in the planning of the Castle. The Castle portfolio includes a wide range of old-world Italian-style wines. As you visit you’ll learn about the many varietals they source, and about highly rated wines like the Bien Nacido Chardonnay, La Castellana and Il Barone. All part of a unique, rarified and unforgettable wine country experience. This remarkable place is truly a must-see and the wines are memorable and stylistically crafted to complement food.

TOuR OpTIONS PREMIUM TOUR AND TASTING – Guided tour through the Castle and Winery followed by a tasting of five wines in one of the Castle’s private tasting bars $32 (includes admission fee) RESERVE TOUR AND TASTING – Guided tour followed by a private tasting of six of wines, including Reserve Wines $42 (includes entrance fee) FOOD & WINE PAIRING – In the exclusive, Royal Apartment over looking the Courtyard, $68 per person HIKING VINEYARD TOURS – $68 per person HORSE-DRAWN VINEYARD TOUR – Available seasonally on Saturdays and Sundays, by reservation only, $68 per person WINE AWARDS • Bien Nacido Chardonnay – 92 points from Wine Spectator • La Castellana – 92 points from Robert Parker • Il Barone – 94 points from Robert Parker

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castello di Amorosa
Open daily 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. 4045 North St. Helena Hwy., Calistoga (707) 967-6272 www.castellodiamorosa.com Follow Castello di Amorosa on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Duncan family of Silver Oak fame founded Twomey Cellars in 1999 to explore varietals other than Cabernet and to honor Director of Winemaking, Daniel Baron’s vision of creating a world-class California Merlot. Ray Twomey Duncan and his four sons, Mike, Kevin, Tim and David run the operation that includes two wineries in two regions. The name “Twomey” is of Gaelic origin, Ray’s mother’s maiden name. There’s an elaborate family crest in the lobby. It’s surprising how many customers with the same name find the winery. If you’re a “Twomey” there’s no charge for your tasting. Twomey Calistoga is a lovely stop offering a warm welcome. Located just south of Calistoga, the estate is surrounded by gardens and vineyards, lush lawns and stone walls, and a charming gazebo is a sweet spot for sipping wine. The stylish tasting room with its slate floors and sleek, curving, bar offers a relaxed spot to sample wines, and a huge picture window gives you a peek into the barrel room. For a $10 fee try current releases including the 2010 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, a selection of 2009 Pinot Noir and the 2007 Napa Valley Single Vineyard Merlot. Managing Partners, Tim and David Duncan are Pinot Noir enthusiasts. This passion led to the creation of Twomey’s Pinot Noir program, and today the portfolio includes four Pinots, each representing the best growing regions and sites in California. In 2008 Twomey Cellars began producing Sauvignon Blanc from the 12-acre Estate Vineyard in Calistoga that surrounds the winery. This single vineyard wine expresses the soil and sunny climate in which it was grown, offering fresh, bright flavors that perk up any meal. The Duncan family’s goal has always been to create exceptional food-friendly, handcrafted wine that is delicious and drinkable upon release, a philosophy from which the family does not stray. Visit and you’ll surely agree. By Diana Greenwood

VARIETALS Merlot, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc WINTER IN THE WINERIES Twomey Cellars is participating in this tantalizing event that runs from December 2, 2011 through February 5, 2012. Your $50 passport lets you travel to sixteen wineries and offers discounts at local establishments, including lodging. Purchase your passport in the tasting room. pRIVATE TASTINGS Twomey Cellars hosts private events and can accommodate up to 50 people either in the cellar or outside under the gazebo. Catering is available. Private tastings in the barrel room are also available for $15 per person. STAY cONNEcTED Follow Twomey Cellars on Facebook and Twitter @silveroak to receive news, winemaker notes and special event info on both Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars.

Twomey cellars calistoga Napa Valley
Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1183 Dunaweal Lane (707) 942-2489 1-800-505-4850 for tour reservations and private event planning or visit www.twomeycellars.com

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Calistoga Wine Stop sits in the Golden State’s oldest railroad building. Is there a more charming a place to take in a broad spectrum of wines in a great setting? I think not, as you’ll soon agree when you visit and begin to see a wide variety of wines, from labels you might not have heard of. “We specialize in smaller producers and winemakers that do not have a formal tasting room,” said Tom Pelter, proprietor of Calistoga’s Wine Stop. “We showcase Napa and Sonoma’s smallest producers.” As Tom said recently, “My wife Tammy and I concentrate on wines that are a little off the beaten path; those with small production lots that aren’t widely distributed.” Tom and Tammy Pelter purchased Calistoga Wine Stop in 1986. With their years of experience in the business, they are able to recommend wines for any occasion, for cellaring or for everyday enjoyment. They also produce their own family wine, a Pelter Cabernet Sauvignon, which is available for purchase only in their shop. They are also able to ship world-wide and can pack wine for you to take with you to the airport. “Our combination of fair pricing, personalized service and wine knowledge has helped us serve thousands of customers over the years.” When you get back home be sure to remember: If you’re not in the area they’ll ship and offer ten-percent discounts on case sales. It’s all part of their commitment to providing unique wines to those who appreciate the best. By charles Neave

VARIETALS Without even a hint of hyperbole, there’s everything you can imagine in the Wine Stop, from what you might think of as the‘Napa Valley Classics’to wines you may suddenly call your own, and want to share with family and friends, and add to your private cellar. HISTORY Calistoga has one of the richest – and most interesting – histories in the Napa Valley. FOOD & WINE Go left (mainly) or go right and you will find it all. From steaks and pizzas to small plates,‘bar food,’ and much more. DOWN THE STREET Shops, galleries, boutiques, newsstands and bookstores and so much to find in a small town. pLAN AHEAD Calistoga has special events throughout the years, of every sort imaginable. Be sure to check the various websites and then plan your visit.

calistoga Wine Stop
Open Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1458 Lincoln Ave. #2, Calistoga, CA 94515 (707) 942-5556 or (800) 648-4521 www.calistogawinestop.net

This wine shop is located in California’s oldest railroad building!
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There’s much to love about Up Valley Vintners, a new collective featuring wines from the Calistoga region. In the heart of charming downtown Calistoga, the tasting room is bright and open with high ceilings, tables for two, a comfy lounge area with kick-back chairs and a sleek tasting bar. Vineyard landscapes by local artist, Tim Howe, add vibrant color. Elegant photographs of the winemakers with a slice of each winery’s history adorn a wall in the center of the tasting room. These are passionate winemakers proud to offer decades of combined experience making dozens of varietals. Barlow, for example, produces Cabernet, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cab Franc from their 50-acre vineyard south of Calistoga. In 1998, winemaking veterans Nils Venge and Mark Carter formed Envy, collaborating with a serious focus on limited production Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah and Merlot. Collectors, take note. The third Up Valley Vintner is Tom Kenefick of Kenefick Ranch, producing award-winning, handcrafted estate wines from his 125 acres at the foothills of the Palisades. Next, the Tofanelli family has farmed their estate vineyard since 1929 and today offers ultra premium Zinfandel, Charbono and Petite Sirah. Then there’s the lively and expressive husband and wife team, Nile Zacherle and Whitney Fisher Zacherle of Zacherle Wines. Their varietals pay homage to origin yet are influenced by the personalities of the duo. Under one welcoming roof, get to know these dedicated and driven vintners. Taste five current releases from the “Just White” menu for $10, also available by the glass. Love reds? Taste five wines from “Terroir Driven Aromatic Wines” for $15, available by the glass, and this menu changes weekly. Sit inside and watch the street or sneak out back to the secluded brick-paved courtyard and enjoy the wines of Up Valley Vintners. By Diana Greenwood

VARIETALS Name it, it’s probably here, including a Sparkling Rosé of Syrah; featuring Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Petite Sirah, Charbono, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and many more. GRAND OpENING SpEcIAL Up Valley Vintners official grand opening was October 14th. Mention this ad and receive 15% off case purchases through the end of the year. FuN AND FINE WINE EVENTS Join Up Valley vintners every Saturday for wine and Cheese pairing pRIVATE TASTINGS Arrange for a private tasting in the quaint courtyard or in the tasting room and find out what makes Up Valley Vintners so extraordinary. Call (707) 942-1004.

up Valley Vintners
Thursday - Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday - Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1371 Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga (707) 942-1004 www.upvalleyvintners.com Follow Up Valley Vintners on Facebook and Twitter @upvalleyvintners

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Walking into the tasting room of B Cellars located on the Silverado Trail is like walking into a party full of close friends. The tasting room itself is adorned with a high-quality wood bar accompanied by tables and contemporary rocking chairs from which one is able to enjoy the wine tasting experience. Specializing predominantly in unique blends, B Cellars actively breaks standard practices when compared to other Napa Valley wineries. Due to this fact, the wine itself embodies the physical qualities of each individual vineyard from which it is sourced. This in turn creates a cornucopia of complexity and nuance within the wine. B Cellars opened its doors in October of 2010 and very quickly has developed a local following. In a mere six months, its Wine Club has reached more than 200 members. The primary reasons for the expedited expansion of the Wine Club are due to the fact that the staff is extremely friendly, the facility itself is a breath-taking venue and the wines are nothing short of outstanding. In addition, B Cellars further captivates its Wine Club members with a multitude of parties and tasting events. For example, in the fall, the winery is offering Private Tastings and a small, casual Harvest Party for the entertainment and edification of Wine Club members. Participants will become acquainted with the meticulous world of crafting top quality wines beginning with the harvesting of grapes, moving into bottling practices and concluding with a tasting of the wines with a new found appreciation for all the effort that goes into the creation of such unbridled decadence. By Brendan conroy

ExcEpTIONAL WINES TO ENJOY The Blend 23 is a mixture of Chardonnay, Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc. The tropical fruit notes on the nose introduce the taster to aspects of pineapple and lemon in the primary portion of the wine. It suddenly transforms in the middle palate into creamy, buttered popcorn and changes once again into the finish with a heavenly burst of crisp acidity. Blend 25 is a unique blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. With notes of blackberry, plum and sweet tobacco, this is a luscious, round, flavorful wine. It reminds us of dried cherries and an exotic spice box! FAMILY HISTORY Kirk Venge is the winemaker for B Cellars and carries on a line of family tradition in creating extraordinary wine in Napa Valley. His father, Nils, is a legend in Napa wine social circles as being the first grower based in California to receive a perfect 100 point score from Robert Parker. Living up to this, in 2005 Kirk Venge was voted one of the“Top Twenty Young Winemakers in the World”by Food and Wine Magazine.

B cELLARS
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 400 Silverado Trail, Calistoga (707) 709-8787 • www.bcellars.com Look for B Cellars on Facebook & Twitter.

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Pope Valley Winery – Pope Valley, Thu-Sun 11am-5pm; 707-965-1246 Porter Family Winery – Napa, by appt: daily 9am-5pm, 1-888-656-7696 Raymond Vineyards – St. Helena, daily 10am-4pm, 707-963-6929 Reata Winery – Napa, by appt: daily 10am-5pm, 707-254-8673

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ST. HELENA RD

Downtown Napa to Yountville Yountville to St. Helena St. Helena to Calistoga Calistoga to Alexander Valley Downtown Napa to Sonoma Plaza

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William Hill

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Corley Family’s Monticello Vineyards

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