A couple of months back, I was lucky enough to be spending some glorious days in the glamorous Napa. Although my recollection of every little nitty gritty details of the trip is very vague; the lasting good impression remains (maybe the wines are partly responsible.) I remember overindulging in every possible way – how could anyone resist when everywhere you turn you see beautiful sceneries, you smell the delicious food, and all that while your senses are being awaken by the delicious bouquet of the Napa Valley wines.
Since I don’t remember the exact details, I will let the pictures do the talking. But I could still remember my favorites from the trip and one of my not so favorite. Schramsberg winery was by absolute favorite, not only because their sparkling wines were very enjoyable (I liked it a lot more than Chandon,) but the property was breathtaking and the cave tour was extremely informative. We were taught how sparkling wines are traditionally made using the famed “methode champenoise.” Although they use the same method to produce their bubbly, their sparkling wines can’t be called champagne since they are not made in Champagne, France. Anyone who is in Napa should pay a visit. The wine cave is beautiful!
If you want to learn about barrel aging and how different oak affects the taste and the aroma of wines, visit Del Dotto. Again, similar to Schramsberg, Del Dotto has a cave tour. But they focus mainly on barrel tasting and let you taste the different of many of their vintages side by side to compare. You get to taste A LOT of wine here. So if you are the designated driver, this might be your only tasting. Most of the tastings are of their reds, I thought their Pinot Noir was pretty good, but I don’t remember if it’s the 06, 07, or 08. I was too busy trying to absorb all the information (yeah, right!)
We also visited Opus One, the property was very beautiful in an over the top kinda way. Although the design and the size of their property were exciting, I didn’t find it as charming as the ground of Schramsberg. Domaine Chandon holds many tastings of their bubbly and would be a lot of fun to visit with a group of girls since you can taste at your own pace while you wander around their beautiful garden in the sun.