A Week In Wine Country
Definitely a great place to stay!!!!! Very reasonably priced for the area and has a bunch of little touches that make it different from other hotels.
A couple of things that make the Euro Spa different:
1. Snacks served on their outdoor patio everyday from 4-6pm.
2. Beautiful pool area
3. Two-person jacuzzi tubs in the rooms
4. Breakfast (also served on the patio) is more than the standard continental breakfast. Amazing granola and a great fruit salad!
5. Walking distance to any of the great downtown Calistoga restaurants.
Stay here instead of some of the bigger name hotels in the area!
I think that if I went back to this place, I would give it one more star. Food and service were actually good---- So what was wrong...
I was in Calistoga during the first heat wave of the summer. It had been near 100 degrees for three days. Unfortunately, Hydro Grill was either un-air conditioned or poorly air conditioned. It was HOT- It was actually cooler outside than inside. This definitely hindered our experience here.
We sat at the bar and ate VERY well! They had a number of really great specialty drinks! For appetizer, we started with their famous Mac and Cheese! For dinner we had a gourmet burger and a lasagna. All of the food was very good- but I would say that the lasagna was nothing special Unfortunately, the desert was very sub par! A brownie sundae desperately in need of sauce!
The woman that served us at the bar did a fantastic job. She was very attentive. Our food arrived quickly.
This place seems to be kind of a wild card. Service and food can be great or horrible. I leave it up to you as to whether you want to take a chance.
It is totally a gimmick, but also pretty cool at the same time.
We arrived just as they opened at 9am. With AAA, it is $9 a person. Don't expect to spend much more than 20 minutes here. So, if you can reasonable spend that amount of money on 20 minutes, definitely try it.
The geyser erupts every 10-15 minutes. We stayed to watch it twice. I was surprised how long it erupted!
We wandered around to see the various animals, including the famous fainting goats (which don't faint anymore because they aren't scared of humans). The animals are there just to give you something to do between eruptions.
Recommendation for a funny pic--- Have someone in your party lay down face up on one of the picnic tables and position themselves so it looks like the water is coming out of their mouth.
Tourist trap- Absolutely. Worth going to once- Sure.
Definitely a place to go if you are a wine history enthusiast. Also a great place to go if you love beautiful grounds to surround your wine tasting.
This next tidbit might show that I love wine just a little bit too much--- I really like that this winery opens earlier than any of the other ones (9:30am). This allowed us to get one more winery in that day.
You could spend an hour just walking around the grounds. Fans of Bottle Shock will get a kick out of seeing the famous chateau. What they don't show you in the movie it the beautiful Asian lake and pagoda! It might be the prettiest place in wine country.
The tasting room is decorated with a ton of memorabilia from the France Competition and the history of the winery. It is a lot of fun to wander around with your taste of wine and look at the decorations.
The wine is very tasty, but on the expensive end. The woman who poured for us at the tasting counter was incredibly nice and even gave us a stack of Chateau Montelena cocktail napkins to take with us.
Definitely take your time to stop here if you are in Calistoga.
I would stop here if I was in the area, but not go out of my way to hit this winery.
Of course, part of the lack of enthusiasm is because anyone in America can get their wines from their grocery shelves. Yes, some of the wines that you can taste there you can't get at the grocery. But, nothing feels brand new or different here.
The tasting room is very pretty. Open and airy. The two people at the tasting counter that served us were incredibly nice.
The grounds are gorgeous. Someone really knows how to care for roses there because they have some of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen.
Look online for a 2-for-1 tasting coupon.
I LOVE locals-only places like this. It feels like you have discovered a treasured secret.
The atmosphere is very divey-- thus why it was on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. The atmosphere is dark and old, exactly what is appropriate at this kind of place. But, it is clean and the server was very nice.
We started with some of their famous garlic fried with ranch dressing- they were only ok... The curly fries looked better in the end. We got a grilled chicken sandwich and their Spicy BBQ burger (sub out a turkey burger patty) which was absolutely amazing!!!! We were able to sub out the fries for salads, so overall we were very satisfied eaters.
The best part of the pub was sitting with the regulars at the bar and chatting with them and the bartender.
This is a great lunch stop as you are heading from winery to winery in the area.
I wouldn't waste my time going to Korbel again. It doesn't help that Korbel is very out of the way. It is pretty far from all normal civilization.
We enjoyed tasting their wines, but there was absolutely nothing special about their winery. It wasn't particularly pretty and their tasting room has a mass-produced feel.
We did enjoy tasting some of their champagnes that we couldn't get back home.
I can't say enough nice things about this winery. It will always hold a very special place in my heart and I will go back here every time I visit Wine Country.
The employees of the winery were so nice and accommodating! They were very busy at the time we were there, but they still went out of their way to make us feel welcome.
We bought several bottles of their wine and have enjoyed drinking at them at home with fond memories.
I am a big fan of DDD and that is the entire reason we went there on our recent trip to Wine Country. I think the Guy should stick the the Food Network...
Our service there was fine... We got food fast. The waitress did bring me an entirely different drink than I ordered, but I was ok with the Mojito she brought so I just lived with it.
The food was the disappointment. It was literally just ok. We got some great onion foccacia bread to start which you dip in olive oil, that may have been the best thing we ate. We started with the Tortilla Stack. It was layers of tortillas with a balsamic aoli between each layer and some more of the aioli on the side. We found it to be pretty mushy and kind of bland. It really needed one more layer of flavor, like a different sauce on the side than we in the tortilla. Also, it needed some crunch.
For dinner we ordered the Sedona Chicken Salad and Volcano Chicken. The salad was perfectly fine, but nothing special. The volcano chicken was described as a spicy chicken. It came with mashed potatoes and a mixed veggie medley. We actually took the veggies and put them in our salad. I am a huge fan of mashed potatoes and haven't found ones that I didn't like, until these. They were the blandest mashed potatoes ever, no seasoning at all. The chicken was fine, but the volcano sauce didn't rock our world.
Overall, I would say the restaurant rated a C+ or B-.
My wife and I went to about 30 wineries during our first trip to Wine Country and Chateau St. Jean was our favorite experience!
We pulled up just as they were opening at 10am. They have gorgeous amazing beautiful grounds. As a backdrop for the gardens they have their winery building that had a beautiful tower/spire and great fountains.
We were taking some pictures on our way in and a winery employee walked through and asked us if we would like him to take our picture. Of course we did! His name was Bob Beck. He then proceeded to take us around the gardens and take our picture in 3 or 4 places, including through some actual vines!
He then told us that he worked in the reserve wine room and asked us if we would like to do a special reserve tasting with him. Of course we did! He took us through their beautiful reserve tasting room and out onto their reserve tasting patio. The patio overlooked the fields and a beautiful huge magnolia tree. Also, they had beautiful Chinese lanterns strung everywhere. It would have been the perfect setting for a wedding!
We sat down at one of their picnic tables and the fun began! The entire time we were there, we were the only ones on the patio. Bob spent the next hour and a half giving us the most wonderful tasting education of our life. We each got to taste about 15 different wines! Half way through, he stopped the tasting to do another photo session with us and even got a Chateau St. Jean blanket out to sit on during pictures. It was crazy amazing! AND the wines were wonderful!
*One great tip that Bob recommended was to close your eyes when you are smelling/sampling the wine. Your sense of smell and taste are heigntened.
My wife and I were in wine country celebrating our 5th anniversary. Bob suggested a special $75 bottle of 2006 cabernet to save for the next 10 years to drink on our 15th anniversary.
Needless to say this was an amazingly surprising experience. Go there and ask for Bob in the reserve room. It is worth spending the extra money to get the Bob experience!
Maybe we went at an off time. Maybe we just weren't in the right kind of mood. Or maybe this place just doesn't live up to the hype for me.
It was pretty busy when we arrived, but we got served quickly. The woman that served us didn't really seem like she was interested in telling us about the wine or being friendly in general.
This place has the reputation of being the "rock n roll" winery, but I saw no evidence of that. It just seemed pretty much like all the other generic wineries.
The wine was perfectly fine but not good enough to bring me back another time. There are too many other spectacular wineries to go to in the area. This would be one I would skip.
Be prepared! This place is not a tasting room! If you are looking to try a variety of their champagnes, don't visit.
Here is the experience you get. They serve you full glasses of champagne and there is no option for tasting flights. The champagne is served on their patio, which does overlook their beautiful vineyards. They also give you nice seasoned nuts. But, the problem is that it isn't a tasting. It is a wine bar. There is no education about their champagnes or their winery.
If you are looking for that type of experience, by all means visit Gloria Ferrer. But we were in Wine Country to try a variety of wines, and didn't get it. We won't be back.
Artesa Winery is known for their futuristic winery building and beautiful fountains. The fountains that were on were incredibly beautiful, but unfortunately some of their biggest ones were off because of winds. The inside of the winery is also incredibly modern. Worth a quick stop in just for that.
We had a nice tasting. Our servers were a guy and a girl who were young hipsters. We enjoyed chatting with them.
The wines were good enough that we would go back another time when all the fountains are on.
Very beautiful winery.
They do their tastings our on a patio which overlooks the vineyards. I am not the hugest fans of sit-down tastings because I don't feel like I get as much wine education. Our server was very nice and the champagnes we tasted were good, but I just really like the tasting bar experience.
If you like a more relaxed tasting experience, this one is for you. But if you feel like I do, I wouldn't stop here.
We chose to stop here because we had a coupon and it was on the way to our next winery. The winery is tucked behind a restaurant and is nothing special in looks. Unlike so many of the other Napa wineries, there is no gimmick to draw you in. So, the only reason to go is the wines.
Admittedly, this was our 6th winery of the day... Maybe they were all starting to run together. Also, we got into a very interesting conversation with the group of Air Force Pilots next to us. It could be that for these reasons, I don't remember the wines at all. Or it could just be that the wines aren't that memorable.
I wouldn't put this on my list if it was my first time in wine country. Way too many other places to go. On the other hand, if you have some time on your hands and you have a coupon, go ahead.
This is one of the most famous restaurants in Wine Country. Unfortunately it ended up being a little bit of an overpriced disappointment.
Drinks- I had a fig kiss and my wife had the apertini. My drink was better but both were good.
First course was the cheese course. They have their own cheese chef and you get to choose from a selection of about 12 different locally made cheeses. We chose a 6 sample platter for $20! The cheeses were wonderful and came with a soft bread. We got 2 goat's cheese, 2 cow's, and 2 sheep's. The cheeses were wonderful and we savored them well. Thanks to our waitress for her recommendations.
For an appetizer we had the matchstick fries, which were highly recommended on yelp. We weren't as impressed. The tarragon aioli was very good but unfortunately the fries were very small and crispy and so it was hard to pick them up and dip them.
The fig and arugula salad was fantastic and the highlight of the meal (other than cheese). It had a ton of toppings and a nice port vinaigrette.
The lamb top round was a disappointment at $24! It came with 4 tiny slices of lamb- they were incredibly tasty but very small. The chickpea puree was once again tasty but almost nonexistent on the plate. The plate was mostly taken up with marinated grape tomatoes, which were not great. The also were cold, which didn't seem to fit with our hot entree.
For desert, we got a chocolate-caramel tart. The tart itself was pretty good but was pretty dry. It was desperately in need of some ice cream and sauce. Good news should have been that it came with both- except that it was a minuscule amount! Literally it came with a quarter scoop of ice cream! Really!
Our waitress was incredibly nice and enjoyed chatting with us, but overall we felt gypped at the end. It didn't help that we were sitting out on the patio and it was freezing. They did have heaters staggered throughout the entire patio, but halfway through the meal ours ran out of propane. Several employees looked at it, but none bothered to switch the tanks. We could have complained and moved, but by the time we realized they weren't going to fix the issue, we were almost done and it didn't seem worth it. Oh well...
Our food was good, but not great. Portion sizes are tiny for the price. I wouldn't go back.
The location is good, near downtown Sonoma.
The price is a little high- Rooms are fine, but nothing special. Small parking lot. No complimentary breakfast. We stayed in 5 different hotels in wine country and this was the most disappointing.
Here is what I really didn't appreciate- My husband and I were out wine tasting. It was about 6pm. We got a call from the Sonoma Creek Inn asking when we were going to come check-in because the front desk staff wanted to go home for the day. I think I have the right to show up at any point. What if I had wanted to go to dinner before checking in? It wasn't like it was midnight and we hadn't checked in. What if I had been traveling from out of town that day? Just seems weird.
This was the only hotel we stayed at in Sonoma, so maybe this is typical. But, It might be worth the drive from Na pa or Santa Rosa to get a better price and more amenities.
This is a must-do in wine country! It may even be more memorable than all the great wines we drank!
We were schedule for a 20 minute ride with aerial acrobatics. Because we paid cash, it was only $288. A great deal for a once in a lifetime event.
We got strapped into parachutes and shown how to use them in case of an emergency. The pilot was seated behind us, so we were told to keep doing thumbs-up to let him know we were good and not scared or air sick. Our pilot was Chris- He was very much the strong, silent type.
Warning- The seats for passengers are TINY! My wife and I are both thin and we were stuffed in there like sardines. I don't know how it would have worked with 2 normal or bigger people!
When the propeller turned on it was incredibly loud and windy. They had given us ear plugs and skull caps, but it was still incredibly loud!
When we took off, it was such a rush. To be 1000 feet in the air and completely out in the open- Wow! The pilot then started to fly over the scenery of Sonoma. He took us all the way out to the Pacific and over Infineon Raceway where there was a Nascar race that weekend! You could see all the trucks unloading gear and everything. I would say our experience with the flight was that it was very cool and exciting at the beginning, but then halfway through it got a little dull. How much can you look at fields and hills... Then the acrobatics started!!!!!
You MUST pay the extra for the acrobatics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We started pretty non-scary with some spirals. Then we did our first loop! To be upside down in an open cockpit- WOW! We couldn't hold our thumbs up high enough. I couldn't believe how many tricks he did--they just kept coming and coming. He would go straight up in the air until it was like we were going to stall and then flip over at the last second. It was great. I loved every minute of that part! Then our time was up and it was time to go back. I was a little scared of the landing, but it was completely smooth. We got a little certificate from them at the end.
What a great memory! Definitely top 5 of the trip!
Don't let the name of this place fool you. It is not a typical general store. It is a high end gourmet store with arts and crafts, home goods, and food items. They also have a cafe. We didn't eat, but the food looked fantastic.
We went there to sample some wine at their wine tasting bar. Our bartender, Joe, was also the manager. He was one of the nicest people we met in wine country. He made us feel at ease and really taught us about different wines.
We bought the Downtown Tasting Card from him. I definitely recommend this card if you are going to be in town for a couple days. Some of the places on the card are better than others. At the Napa General Store, it included 5 tastes of wine. Joe admitted that math was never a strong suit for him and we got a couple more.
The tasting bar at the Napa General Store would be absolutely nothing special if it wasn't for the amazing personality of the person working behind the bar. Take the time to go say hi to Joe while in Napa!
This was our first winery stop in Napa Valley. We went there because of the notoriety that came from their Cabernet win in the Judgment of Paris. I am writing this review about a month later and have a very hard time remembering anything about the wine or the winery itself.
There is very little about the wine tasting room that stands out. In this day and age of wineries that look like castles or Persian temples, Stag's Leap is not keeping up. The wine was fine... just fine.
The only thing that stands out to me about the tasting was the bartender at the tasting. He actually showed us a map of the different fields where their wines come from and even showed us samples of the soil from different fields. It was very cool to see how different they were.
If I were a tourist with a shortage of time in wine country, this wouldn't be a winery that would be a must-do on the trip.
I went to Clos du Val specifically for their wonderful picnic grounds. There is just something romantic and special about eating lunch on a picnic table overlooking a wine grove. Make sure you know ahead of time that to eat on their picnic grounds they expect you to buy a bottle of wine. (Picnic lunch recommendation- Soda Canyon Deli!)
The wine tasting experience was pretty standard. My wife and I did the tasting first. We bought 2 bottles of wine which they were nice enough to open for us and even gave us two wine glasses.
I don't think I would go out of my way to go to Clos Du Val, but if you are looking for a great picnic stop its perfect.
This deli was recommended to us by a local when we asked for a recommendation on where to pick up sandwiches for a picnic. We were not disappointed! They have a ton of gourmet sandwich options! It took me quite a long time to decide what I wanted. They also have a bunch of different pre-made salads that would go well with your sandwich. The sandwiches are a nice size and moderately prices.
My wife and I bought our sandwiches and took them for a wonderful picnic at Clos du Val. Highly recommend it to anyone.
On a week long trip of Wine Country, my wife and I visited about 30 wineries. This was the most expensive tasting that we had! You get 4 tastes of wine for $30. Not worth it!
Here would be my recommendation... Definitely go see this place. The winery itself is spectacular! The Persian temple architecture makes it standout among all the other wineries. But understand, just because you walk in and see it, that doesn't mean you have to taste their wines. Just go and check the place out.
If you feel guilty about doing that, go ahead and taste. The wines are very good, but very expensive. Just make sure to get your fill of the free pistachios to make up for the expensive tasting.
I love places like this! I love going from booth to booth trying something from each. Yes, this one is a little more upscale and expensive than others around the country. But what did you expect... it is Napa.
We tried cupcakes, ice cream, wine, and olive oil. None of them disappointed!
We went to Ca' Momi to do a wine tasting with out Downtown Tasting Card. Highly recommend the card and Ca' Momi!
This would be a great place to come for lunch. Pick up a bunch of things from the different booths and sit down and have a mini picnic at the tables in the middle.
We did not eat here, so if you are looking for a place to eat, this review will not help. We actually came here because it was a stop on the Downtown Tasting Card (which I recommend!). The experiences you get on the tasting card are up and down, but this is one of the places that was definitely a positive.
The woman that served us at their bar was very nice and chatty. She did not seem upset with the fact that we were actually not going to spend a cent at the establishment (because the tasting was free with the card). She even brought us some complimentary bread to snack on while tasting. I actually tipped her $5 at the end because she was so nice.
I recommend stopping here for a tasting. If the food is as good as the tasting, I am sure it is fantastic too!
Yum! Yum! Yum! Out of this world ice cream with wonderfully unusual flavors. I could go there everyday if only I lived in Napa.
My wife and I shared a bowl with 4 different flavors. I don't remember everything we tried but I know we had an Asian Tea flavor that was amazing, Milk and Honey, and Cardamon. I wish I had time to go there more than once and try more flavors.
This is a must-do stop at the Oxbow Public Market!
I love cupcakes! I love the Oxbow Public Market! Put the two together and you have a magical experience.
The people working at the booth were incredibly nice! I asked them about their favorites and they made some really good suggestions.
I got a chocolate raspberry cupcake and my wife got a key lime one. We were saving them to eat later in the evening. They package them up very nicely so that none of the icing got smashed while we were walking around downtown.
So why the 4 stars not five. To be honest, I think we picked the wrong flavors. I would like to go back and find flavors that more suit our tastes.
We went here as a stop on the Downtown Tasting Card (which I recommend!) Some of the places were better than others. This was a stop I would definitely make sure to do if I bought the card. You get about 5 different tastes of wine for free with your card.
The woman working the bar was incredibly nice, even though she didn't make any money off us. She was friendly and chatted with us throughout the tasting.
The store itself is large and wouldn't feel crowded even at the busiest times.
Stop by if you are hanging out in downtown Napa and looking to sip some wine!25/07/2011 Thank you so much for visiting!
This was a stop on our Downtown Tasting Card (which I recommend!) Some of the stops were better than others- this was one of the best!
The two men working behind the bar were great. They sparked some good conversation between us and them and us with a couple next to us. We actually ended up sitting around much longer than we planned because we were enjoying the experience so much.
You get a free tasting of about 4 or 5 wines with the card. The wine was pretty typical- nothing standout about it. But, we enjoyed the experience so much we didn't care.
They also had live music there. It was a gentleman playing an acoustic guitar. It was quiet and didn't hinder conversation, just added to the general ambiance.
Definitely stop by if you are hanging out at the Oxbow Public Market and want to imbibe.
We bought the Downtown Tasting Card (which I recommend!) This was one of the places where you get a complimentary sampling on it. Every store does their tasting a little different on the card- some are better than others. This was by far the worst of the bunch that we went to.
We had to walk completely out of the way from the Oxbow Public Market to get there. It is poorly placed in a half-full mall. You wouldn't accidentally happen upon it.
Most places on the card give you a full sampling of 4-5 wines. At the Wineries of Napa Valley, we got 1. I felt ripped off. I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to go back.
We did not eat here. It is a review for wine tasting only. The food looked fantastic, if not a little overpriced.
We had bought the Downtown Tasting Card (which I recommend!) Some places on the card are better than others. This was the worst of all the ones we went to.
First, we walked in and they said that it was too late to use the card, that you could only use it before 5pm. They said that it was written in the literature that described the card. I have looked back since then and still haven't found any mention of that. After some amount of pouting and complaining, they allowed us to go ahead and do the tasting.
But it wasn't really a tasting. Most places on the tasting card give you a full sampling of about 4-5 wines. At the Bounty Hunter, you get one.
Also, we were standing at the bar, which was packed! There wasn't one open seat in the entire place. We were asked to move away from the bar, essentially since we weren't paying customers. Which was a poor assumption on their part- Maybe we would have stayed for dinner and drinks if the experience had been better.
Needless to say, we were happy to get out of there and certainly didn't buy anything else.
You get what you pay for and complaining when you are paying significantly less than you would pay anywhere else in Napa Valley is ridiculous. This is one of the most reasonable hotels in the valley. You can't expect it to be the Ritz. To be honest, I was surprised at how nice it was considering the cost and you can't beat the excellent location.
The room was perfectly clean and a nice size. We were happy to see a fridge to store our wine purchases in.
Their pool is just lovely as long as you don't mind everyone driving by on the street watching you swim. My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful happy hour out on the pool patio with an evening swim to follow. Cupcakes, wine and cheese have rarely tasted better than at the Redwood Inn pool.
Breakfast is typical continental style that you would get in any Days Inn. I will say I don't like a free breakfast that I have to walk back to my room because they don't have any seating. I always end up dropping something along the way or forgetting a fork and having to go back.
The location is fantastic. Just a couple minutes drive from the Silverado Trail and downtown Napa.
Being that I don't believe in spending a lot of money for a hotel I am going to rarely be in and that I am totally OK with getting what I paid for, I would stay in the Redwood Inn again.
One of the few places in downtown Napa open late! My wife and I had had a long day of wine tasting and decided to take a nap before having dinner. We were lucky to find Azzurro open, because there weren't many other options at 9pm!
When we entered, there were only a couple other tables with people at them. One of the tables was a large and loud group. Our waiter actually apologized for how loud they were, but we actually found them pretty entertaining. Speaking of our waiter, he did a great job. He was very attentive and friendly, which is rare near closing time.
We shared Bruchetta and a pizza, both of which were very good. Prices were a little higher than I would have liked, but it is Napa. I would definitely return the next time I was in Napa.
Definitely the most happening place in downtown Napa at 10pm on a Monday night. In fact, it might be the ONLY place open at that time during the week. We were thrilled to happen upon it for a couple cocktails before bed.
The place was packed with 20-somethings. There was definitely a party atmosphere, kind of akin to a frat house. The male 20-something bartenders were definitely more attentive to their attractive female customers than to my wife and I. But, we didn't require much attention and always enjoy a good show.
We were happy that we could still order desert when we arrived. We had a wonderful mixed berry pie with ice cream. It went nicely with a couple glasses of port.
Do not come to Downtown Joe's if you are looking for a romantic date with your sweetie. Do not come to Downtown Joe's if you are looking for a highbrow wine bar. But if you are looking for the only party in Napa on a weeknight, I highly recommend it.
We made it to our first winery, Robert Mondavi, right at their 10am opening time. We were the very first drinkers of the day! The winery looks just like their famous label. My wife and I spent a couple minutes taking pictures of the famous statue in front of their mission style building. We went in and began tasting. We didn't find anything too terribly special about the wines (especially since they are readily available across the country) or the wine tasting experience. For most of the tasting we were the only ones there and the woman who served us seemed awkward talking to people at this point in the morning. It was a little bit of a weird experience. We tasted quickly and moved on quick!
Mumm Winery specializes in very nice champagne. What is different about their tasting experience is that you sit down at a table and they serve you your tasting there.
They had several different tastings to choose from and my wife and I shared a tasting of their summer sparklers. They actually bring out all the bottles to the table and pour your glasses right there are the table. I liked being able to see the different bottles, which you wouldn't normally get at a sit-down tasting.
Also, what is really cool is that the coasters that they set your taste on has the name of the champagne on it and a funny champagne quote on the back so you don't forget what you are drinking. They encourage you to take the coasters with you so you don't forget what you drank.
The other thing about Mumm that was really cool was their art gallery. They are known for their collection of Ansel Adams prints, but we were really amazed by their current temporary collection. It was pictures of flowers that had electricity shot through them so they looked incredibly unusual and colorful. If we had $3000 to spare we would definitely had bought one!
Look at econcierge.com for a coupon for a free glass of champagne!
We really enjoyed relaxed upscale feel of Mumm. We would have loved to spend more time sitting on their patio but had to rush off for a tour at another winery! Definitely should be on the list of go-to wineries for first timers.
We took the $32 sensory tour and tasting experience. It was completely worth it. Definitely recommended if you like champagne and want to get an inside look at how its made. You get to walk their entire production line. What is different and unusual about their tour is the tasting experience that comes afterward.
After the tour, you get to have a sit down tasting with your tour guide, which focused on the different scents in the champagnes. I learned so much about champagne which I didn't know before. There were only 12 of us in our tour group so it was incredibly individualized. It was really amazing to learn so much about champagne with an expert.
Domaine Chandon's Sensory tour was one of the highlights of wine country.
Great sandwiches! A great place to stop for a picnic lunch between wineries.
Yes, the sandwiches are more expensive than Subway, but these are gourmet sandwiches. The meats, cheeses, breads and toppings are better quality and more unusual than you would find at a Subway. We enjoyed 2 of their sandwiches and even splurged on desert. Yum!
We were there during the week and didn't have to wait at all. The staff was very friendly.
The best part of the grocery is the picnic area out back. We had our own wine and grapes that complimented our sandwiches and desert perfectly.
Definitely stop here to soak up the wine sloshing around in your stomach.
My wife and I visited about 30 wineries on our week long odyssey of wine country. This one was our favorite!
We didn't even take advantage of the best part of this winery, which is their picnic grounds. What is different about theirs is that the picnic tables are spread out all over their grounds. Most are nicely shaded and give you privacy to enjoy you wine and munchies.
What? You don't have munchies??? Well stop in to their gourmet deli to pick up lunch or a snack. They often have free cheese samples. It is almost impossible to walk past their deserts without a purchase. A must-do lunch stop on any wine country tour.
Now, lets actually talk about the wine. Incredibly reasonable priced for wine country! Actually close to the prices you might pay back home. And the quality is top notch!
The tasting experience was great. Look online for coupons. My wife and I got our tastings for free. The woman who served us was chatty, knowledgeable and attentive. I loved the incredible variety of their wines- 3 pages worth of different options to try.
This winery would be great for anyone, BUT if you like sweet wines, this is the place to be! Three different versions of Riesling, a sweet rose, AND a sherry, Madeira, and a port. Awesome!
Next time I go to wine country, I would plan a picnic lunch there definitely!
This was a place that was recommended to us by someone at a different winery when we mentioned that we loved Ports. If you are a lover of port like my wife and I, its a must do. If you don't love ports, don't bother!
This place has character! The tasting room was in a dark, dingy barn that had dollar bills stapled to all the walls and the ceiling! You can't stop reading the different names on the bills.
It was definitely my most uncomfortable tasting experience while in wine country. There is no seating and no bar to stand at. It was like tasting at someones kitchen counter. I get the impression that this is a source of pride for them- That they haven't given into the commercial-ness of Napa. But for my money, I would just like a chair to sit in or a counter to lean on. The guy who did the tasting was unique as well- Brusque and not really very friendly.
Their bottles started at $42 and they were good, but not that good. Definitely go if you love port though!