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Napa Valley Wine Tours
- The impact of Napa Valley Wineries on the international wine industry
over the past few decades has been nothing short of incredible. It is
even more amazing considering that the revival of the region's wine
industry is only a few decades old, and it produces less than 3% of all
gorgeous region's picturesque scenery coupled with world-class wine and
food makes it an unforgettable destination. That being said, the Napa
Valley is increasingly becoming a tourist magnet, and some general tips
will help to make your visit more enjoyable.
Napa Valley Wine Tours - Restaurant Recommendations
Kellers' French Laundry is the undisputed champion of Napa's many fine
dining establishments. Located in Yountville, the food and service are
impeccable, although it is definitely pricey. Additionally,
reservations must be made exactly 2 months before your meal.
Jeanty is also located in Yountville and has a Southern French menu.
Chef Philippe Jeanty gained a devoted following at Domaine Chandon
before starting the first of his three restaurants. He is a master at
creating innovative flavor combinations. Bistro Don Giovanni resides
just north of the town of Napa on Highway 29. It is a favorite of
locals and tourists alike.
have a great bar, and their large dining room has an energetic
ambiance. The restaurant's nightly specials are always fantastic. For a
slightly more casual eatery that is off the beaten-path, try the
Foothill Cafe in the southwestern part of the town of Napa. This is
truly a locals' restaurant.
unpretentious exterior is no indication of the magnificent menu. Napa
residents have access to some of the best restaurants in the country,
and many are devoted patrons of the Foothill Cafe.
Napa Valley Wine Tours - Winery Recommendations
Napa Valley is an extremely diverse wine growing region, and many
different wineries specialize in varying varietals and blends.
get the full tasting experience, it is necessary to visit several
different sub-regions within the larger valley. One of my favorite
wineries is Stags Leap Cellars. The winery is located in the Stags Leap
Appellation off of Silverado Trail in the eastern part of the valley.
staff in the tasting room is helpful and informative. They offer
different flights of tastings at varying prices. Niebaum-Coppola is
located on Highway 29 in Rutherford. This winery is more crowded than
Stags Leap Cellars, but the beauty of the property more than makes up
for this fact.
Ford Coppola displays many artifacts from his movies at the winery.
Grgich Hills is a must-visit for any Chardonnay fan. The winery is
situated near Niebaum-Coppola on Highway 29. Croatian-born Mike Grgich
was initially the winemaker for Robert Mondavi before starting his own
He has arguably made the most consistently excellent Chardonnay in the valley over the years.
Napa Valley Wine Tours - Tasting Room Etiquette
a winery's tasting room, white wines are generally tasted first,
followed by reds, and then dessert wines. Within these categories,
lighter-bodied wines preceed fuller-bodied ones.
and crackers may be offered to cleanse the palate between each wine.
Correct wine etiquette does not dictate that you must finish every
glass. Winery tasting rooms provide jars to dispose of excess wine. Do
not feel that you need to sample every wine offered- taste what appeals
you ask for a second tasting of a particular wine, it is in good taste
to buy a bottle. Many wineries charge tasting fees which are generally
applied to any purchase. It is not mandatory that you buy wine;
purchase only what you desire.
being said, if you have made an appointment at a small winery, it is in
good taste to make a purchase. Proper wine etiquette dictates that you
not bring children to a tasting room.
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