Tuesday, October 12, 2004

California Wine Country: Napa Valley

Best Wineries

Darioush - Brand new multi-million dollar tasting room. Just look for the tall Corinthian columns outside. Or maybe they are Doric. I'll have to look that up.

Once inside, there's comforatble seating for tasting the wines, plus a really cool wall of water. Located at 4240 Silverado Trail, Napa.

Robert Sinsky - Beautiful modern tasing room with free olives and nuts. Mmm, nice olives served on a beautiful bar.

S. Anderson / Cliff Lede - This is a brand new tasing room, with outside seating. There's also artwork on the grounds. The unique thing about this tasting room was that you could take one of the wines you were tasing out into the coutyard and sit under the sun while sampling the wine. It was a very relaxed atmoshphere compared to some of the ther tasing rooms where there was no where to sit.

Niebaum-Coppola - We went here twice. The grounds are stunning. There's a very interesting museum area devoted to the films of Francis Ford Coppola. They've also got a huge store there that sells wine and all kinds of neat little gadgety things.

Cakebread - The best tasting/tour in Napa! That's why you have to make a reservsation beforehand. The cool thing about this tour is that you get to learn the story of the winery as you walk through the premises and taste the wine. No boring talk about how the wine is made.

This was one of my favorite tours and wines!

Hess Collection - The modern art museum is the highlight here. The ride up to this winery is long and windy. No guardrails, so be careful of the steep drops on the road! Art is in the eye of the beholder. This was one my favorite things in the gallery.

Best Restaurants
Uva Trattoria
1040 Clinton Street at Brown
Downtown Napa

A great place to sit at the bar and split a meal. This restaurant was suggested by a local. Modern themed and casual.

1005 First Street
Napa, CA 94559
Tel: 707.258.1000

Right in downtown, one big open room, and open kitchen.

No comments:

Post a Comment