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A Wine Tour of Napa and Sonoma

by Crystal Meers
Photo courtesy of Scribe.

NAPA AND SONOMA COUNTIES, California – Would anyone care for a class of wine? Here's a drinking tour of the valleys.

2300 Napa Rd., Sonoma; +1-707-939-1858
The Scene:
Sonoma Valley views will try to sweep you off your feet. Best to anchor yourself at the rustic picnic table outside the original hacienda for the entire afternoon.
The Sip: Pinot noir Carneros.
The Snack: Cheese and a bit of charcuterie from nearby Vella Cheese Company.

Domaine Carneros

The Château. Photos courtesy of Domaine Carneros.

Domaine Carneros
1240 Duhig Rd., Napa; +1-707-257-0101
The Scene:
Take a table on the terrace for a taste of certified organic bubbly, modern grandeur by the bottle.
The Sip: Blanc de blancs sparkling wine.
The Snack: Black River Oscietra Malossol caviar.

Round Pond

Nature, before and after. Photo courtesy of Round Pond.

Round Pond
875 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford; +1-707-302-2575
The Scene:
Work a hard(ish) morning picking, sorting, pressing, and sampling grapes and wine before sitting down under the pergola at the olive mill.
The Sip: Sauvingnon blanc.
The Snack: The estate's olive oils sopped up with fresh bread.

Francis Ford Coppola

The pool, bocce court, and vineyards. Photos courtesy of Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery
300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville; +1-707-857-1400
The Scene: Show up post-bocce (the grounds are home to four regulation-size courts) or post-pool in the warmer months.
The Sip: Rosso and Bianco tastings run all day and offer two pours on the house.
The Snack: Mrs. Scorsese's lemon chicken at Rustic.


Tastings in the winery's Barrel Chai. Photo courtesy of Darioush.

4240 Silverado Trail, Napa; +1-707-257-2345
The Scene:
Pass the Persepolis homage and descend to the Barrel Chai, where tastings play out in this decked-out Persian wonderland.
The Sip: Signature cabernet sauvignon.
The Snack: Mt. Tam, Pt. Reyes Bleu, and other Cowgirl Creamery organic artisan cheese.

Kenzo Estate

The estate, patio, and Bouchon snacks. Photos courtesy of Kenzo Estate.

Kenzo Estate
3200 Monticello Rd., Napa; +1-707-254-7572
The Scene:
An off-the-beaten-path escape preserving the Japanese tradition of being quietly awesome.
The Sip: Rindo, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petite verdot, and malbec.
The Snack: A smattering of seasonal dishes from Bouchon.


Tastings around the fire pit. Photo courtesy of Ma(i)sonry. 

6711 Washington St.,Yountville; +1-707-944-0889
The Scene:
Sensory overload courtesy of a collective of 38 of artists and 19 vintners that show off their wares, potable and otherwise, at this stone clubhouse.
The Sip: Blackbird Vineyards Paramour.
The Snack: The house's signature dark chocolate. 

Swanson Vineyards

Swanson Vineyards, the Salon, and Sip Shoppe. Photos courtesy of Swanson Vineyards.

Swanson Vineyards 
1271 Manley Ln., Rutherford; +1-707-754-4018
The Scene: Converse in the exclusive salon; loosen up under top-meets-candy store decor in sip shoppe.
The Sip: A glass dixie cup of pinot grigio.
The Snack: Swanson American caviar.


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