Though Palmaz Vineyards isn’t far from downtown Napa, it definitely feels off the beaten path. This might be because it's inside a mountain, with a series of caves housing its winemaking process. It's all very Bat Cave meets James Bond, especially because one of the corridors houses a fleet of historical Porsches, which the Palmaz boys still race.
Visiting a slew of wineries can be fun, but often it's just as enjoyable to relax a bit more and drive a bit less. Ma(i)sonry, just north of the heart of Yountville and located a short walk from Bardessono and Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, is a perfect spot to relax, check out art, and try wines from 15 limited production wineries. The ivy-covered manor is so enjoyable that it was featured in the New York Times Magazine as a must-stop an 11-hour Napa Valley tour.
Still have relatives in town? Just cause there are little kids running around doesn't mean you can't enjoy a day up in the Napa Valley. So load up the fam and head to these Napa Valley wineries that have a little something for everyone.
While it's undeniable that Champagne (the real stuff from said region of France) reigns king on New Year's, we've recently been paying respects to its just-as-tasty (and much more affordable) cousin, sparkling wine. If you're looking for a festive end-of-year alternative to all those reds you've been pairing with your holiday fare, head to Napa to sample some of the best sparkling wines in the Valley. Here's a look at four of our favorite sparkling wine houses up there, plus special New Year's treats for 7x7 readers.
The Next Generation In Wine or NG was created over a casual lunch in 2006 to bring together the next generation of Napa Valley’s family wineries. Although there is a range of ages in the group, they all share the daunting but enviable responsibility of taking over the family biz. I had the pleasure of joining the NG for their holiday party and although they definitely still do what the club was originally created to do, “socialize and have fun” (aka party), they’ve moved beyond the buzz.
I grew up in and around San Francisco so when I moved up to Napa I thought I was giving up my beloved Bay Area nightlife. Turns out I was right… at first.
Things have changed because people like John Truchard, a long time grape grower turned winemaker and entrepreneur, asked: “Why should tasting and buying wine be restricted to the daylight hours?” He answered by opening the sleek and stylish, refined but hip John Anthony Tasting Room, which stays open until 2am every night.
What sounds pretty nice on these increasingly crisp days (how cold was it last night?) is red wine and hearty food. The Rutherford Appellation Wineries have answered this call with their semi-annual "Roll out the Barrels" Passport Weekend December 4th-5th. A slew of Rutherford wineries (including Honig, Hall, Rubicon and Peju Province) are warming things up with winter wine tastings paired with soup and stews.
With its laid-back charm, Sonoma County appeals to star gazers, oyster slurpers, and wine tasters looking to avoid all pretentions.
Long Meadow Ranch Winery & Farmstead in St Helena is a country oasis that specializes in grass-fed beef, heirloom fruits and vegetables, eggs, artisan olive oils and award-winning wines. It's the ideal spot to host a benefit for Slow Food Napa Valley and they're doing so with the Long Meadow Ranch Corral Club Harvest Party this Saturday, September 18th.
You've probably heard a bit about the Rustic Francis' Favorites restaurant at Francis Ford Coppola's new Geyserville winery, but as the weather finally turns nice, it's the pool that's got us excited. It's unfortunately not slated to open until October (the date was pushed back from Labor Day), but here are some quick previews.