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Hop on this train and experience a first-class meal and fine wines as you tour wine county. The train offers a champagne brunch, casual lunches and fancy dinners. It is ideal for romantic dinners, executive parties and tourist excursions. The train's decor is elegant, though daytime travels are casual. Take in the sights both outdoor and indoor: mahogany, brass and etched glass in the restored 1917 Pullman Dining Car. At the McKinstry Street Station starting point, you will find a handful of charming little shops that specialize in wine (of course), gourmet foods and gifts.
This is considered by many to be the most beautiful 18th-century chateau in North America. The chateau also has one of the most prominent vineyards. Domaine Carneros produces award winning sparking and Pinot Noir wines. You'll feel just like a king in the Louis XV-style salon with gracious service to match. Snuggle up to a warm fire during the cold winter months or enjoy the summer air from the terrace. Check out the in-house store, where you can pick up a number of vintages for friends and family. The tasting tours are offered daily.
This majestic Napa winery features a wine-making museum and an array of champenoise sparkling wines for you to try. It was started in 1991 and specializes in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Its 1991 Reserve and a 1992 Blanc de Blancs are exclusive to the winery tasting room. The 40 million dollar wine-making facility sits on a hilltop and offers panoramic views of Napa Valley. Sit in a peaceful courtyard and enjoy a reflecting pool, sculpture, and fountains.
It has been more than three decades since this traditional family-run winery came into existence. Hagafen Cellars is owned and run by the Weir couple and the wines produced here have the reputation of being served at a number of occasions at the White House. Hagafen cellars now produces about 8000 cases of premium wine annually. Wines from the Hagafen stable have been award-winning at different wine tasting competitions held around California. The winery opens daily at 11a.
Jarvis Winery is an underground winery wherein the whole process of wine making is in a deep cave. The cave is parabolic and circular which enables easy movement and accessibility. The stream and waterfall running through the center of the winery helps in maintaining the humidity of the caves while adding to the beauty of the winery. Unique tastings and tours of the cave winery are scheduled every day. It is better to plan ahead, especially during the season weekends. You get to taste six of the best Jarvis wines and you can buy bottles or cases of the wines that you like at the winery itself. All in all, a unique experience wonderful wines make Jarvis a must-visit winery.
You can expect to find all kinds of white wines, red wines, rose wines and hard to find Rhone-style wines at Cline Cellars. The property has three vineyards and an 1850s farm house for wine tasting and other events, including the Cline Jazz Festival and the Winter Winemaker Dinner. Wine lovers can also join the Pendulum Club or the Full Swing Club.
Steltzner Vineyards' commercial inception dates back to 1977, when the owner, Richard Steltzner, established his own family line, with a chaste retention of 3000 cases in the famous Stag's Leap District. Ever since, the vineyard has seen positive developments with a reception hall for visitors, a very Mediterranean laboratory, offices and event rooms. The visitors can also enjoy a bird's eye-view of the green expanse atop the three-story observation clock tower here. The 1998 Sauvignon Blanc is a favorite for sure, as well as the 2003 Merbt.
Don't miss the luxurious four-star dining experience at Domaine Chandon, where the wine never stops flowing. After a tour around the vineyard, diners can sample Chef Boyd's culinary delights—Rosemary-Scented Rack of Lamb, Tuna Charlotte, Agnolotti and more can be found on the seasonal menu. Salads, cheese platters and dessert menus also boast of mouthwatering delicacies. The wine list consists of Californian varietals. Wine tasting, theater performances, winemaker dinners and other such events are organised throughout the year.
This beautiful vineyard, started in 1972 by John Shafer, was initially only into growing grapes. The winery began operating in 1978 and the fine wines are now available in restaurants and wine shops all across North America, Europe and Asia. Savor the One Point Five Stags Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Hillside Select. The vineyards span across 54 acres (21.8 hectares) and the slopes are covered with the very best of the juiciest grapes. Tasting sessions are available at this scenic place to learn about wine making.
Although the Paradigm Winery turns out just 5000 cases of wine a year, you can expect the best—the grapes are grown on 52 acres of vineyards, and the varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Franc mature for a minimum of 20 months in French oak barrels before being sold. This winery, located in the heart of Napa Valley, has been turning out fine wines for many years, and it also supplies fruits to other wineries in the area. All visitors must make an appointment.
Hamel Wines is a highlight among Sonoma Valley's renowned abundance of wineries. Offering an unrivaled wine tasting experience are owners Pam and George Hamel who are passionate about great wine and are high on hospitality. Their cutting-edge production facility processes sustainably-farmed grapes into the finest Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose and Cab Blend. Savor their exquisite selection of estate wines outdoors in view of the picturesque vineyards after a tractor ride across the estate.
Far Niente functioned as a gravity flow winery till the onset of prohibition. It was in disuse for 60 years and opened again in 1979. Far Niente believes in quality and therefore they produce one Chardonnay and one Cabernet Sauvignon of the highest quality, luxury and elegance. If the wine does not meet expectations, it does not make the final blend. Both of the wines are premium wines and much sought after by the connoisseurs of California and beyond. Visitors are welcome and guided tours are offered several times during the day. You need to call ahead if you want to go on a tour of their tri-level winery, the storage caves and the carriage house which has a large collection of classic and vintage automobiles.