I keep going back to Failla. The wines are just that good. If you’re weary of the typical Napa Cabs go partake in their impressive Pinot Noir line-up. Their hosts are incredible knowledgeable and will keep your glass full as they wind you through their cave system and introduce you to their lineup.
Chappellet sits high upon Pritchard Hill, where the pyramid shaped winery is nestled among the fog and trees. The first thing made obvious on entering the building is the founders’ passion for art. As you walk among barrels of wine, canvases are on display with works done by various members of the Chappellet family. Don’t be fearful that the experience comes at the cost of the quality of the wine: their wines are beautiful and by far some of the best I’ve had while visiting the area.
My favorite tasting room experiences are the intimate ones where the wines truly speak for themselves. At Hunnicutt, you won’t deal with hordes of people and raucous wine drinkers. In their cozy tasting room, you’ll have time to absorb each wine and get to know your host. This family owned winery produced small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Because bubbles. Need I say more? Mumm is one of those wineries that receives huge amounts of visits, but I would say it is well worth it to sit on their patio and work through a flight of their handicraft.
This is an odd one to land on this list. The first word that comes to mind when I think Raymond is: opulence. Over the top opulence. The tasting room is a cross between Vegas and Cirque du Soleil. Frankly, the wines are just alright. I recommend Raymond because the grounds are such a great introduction to wine. With a tasting you can explore their terroir room and see the difference of each soil type. Next, peruse the sensory hall where you can challenge your vocabulary to describe different aromas characteristic of wine. Finally, wander outside and explore their biodynamic farm. The experience is truly immersive.