If you want wine made out of your choice of grapes in small quantities—like maybe just a barrel, then Judd's Hill is the place you need to visit. The winery is owned and managed by Finkelstein family on the principle of 'small is beautiful.' They are quite happy to make wines on a made-to-order basis and according to customer specifications. They have a wine club where members have additional benefits and are invited to Judd's Hill events in Napa Valley. A combination of art, heritage, finest grapes and hand crafted wines is what Judd's Hill is all about. Picturesque and sunny, a visit to this winery is a great way to spend a lovely afternoon.
The Castello di Amorosa, located in Calistoga, is truly one of the most unique wineries in the Napa Valley. This genuine (albeit fairly new) castle in the Napa Valley took 14 years to build and opened in 2007. The castle has many features that make it truly one of a kind here, including a moat and drawbridge, chapel and even a torture chamber, complete with authentic instruments of torture like the iron maiden (which dates back 300 years!) All of the craftsmanship in the castle was done using original, old-world techniques. The Castello offers several different wine tasting packages, although they do not have a winery on site. Visitors can also take horse-drawn carriage tours of the estate and attend church services in the castle.
Robert Mondavi is one of the most renowned vintners in Napa County, producing affordable and complex wines. The Robert Mondavi Winery offers several tasting tours varying in depth and price. The Taste of Wine is a two-hour formal tasting dedicated to training your palate as well as learning about various wine characteristics. Reservations are required all tours and tastings. In addition, the winery hosts countless concerts, art exhibits and community events. Visit the website for details on tours, tastings and events.
Founded in 1973 by former photographer Jack Cakebread, this winery has produced a plethora of award-winning vintages. The winery produces 85,000 cases annually and is best known for its classic rich Rutherford Cabernets, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The entire family is involved with the winery operation, which includes promoting healthy food. The Cakebreads founded the American Harvest Workshop, an annual four-day event that promotes local agriculture and involves chefs, winemakers and farmers. The family also sells organic produce grown on winery grounds when available. Tours and tastings are by prior appointment only.
Located in California's wine country, the Sonoma Raceway hosts a series of nationally televised events such as the NASCAR Nextel Cup and the American Motorcycle Association's Super-bike tour. Featuring a number of motor-sport events throughout year, this 1600-acre (647-hectare) raceway is where pro-racers from around the world, assemble to compete in some of the most popular races. Head down to this track to catch some of your favorite racers and teams in action, or enroll yourself in one of the local events and test your nerves on the racetrack.
This Sonoma County community theater showcases and teaches opera and musical theater, dramas, chamber series and dance productions for adults and children. Besides its regular subscription and non-subscription playbill, the theater also hosts various special events like the Falstaff Festival and holiday productions. Founded in 1973, Cinnabar Opera Theater remains a great place to see new, experimental and traditional performing arts. You might even see a world premiere.
Etude Wines specializes in two classic reds – Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. They firmly adhere to sustainable farming and care is taken in every stage of wine making to ensure the ecological balance is not harmed in any way. Even wild animals have been given a safe passage between the vines. Ripe and ready-to-be-picked grapes are protected from hungry starlings by a falconer and a team of trained falcons. This is a lovely place to spend a day learning about wine and tasting some of the best wines in the Napa Valley. On weekdays you need to call ahead for a tour of the estate or just walk in if it's a Saturday.
The Saintsbury Winery was named after George Saintsbury, a British man of letters and wine connoisseur. It has come a long way since it was founded in 1981—in the last few decades it has accelerated its turn-out from 3000 cases to over 55,000! It specializes in the making of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and turns out select varietals of the latter occasionally.
Originally a movie palace, downtown Napa's majestic theater was shuttered for a decade before re-opening in 2010 as a concert venue. A local builder, who remembers the Uptown from his youth, expanded the stage and lovingly restored the interior to its art deco origins. Be sure to look up at the murals on the ceiling and take in the small details, like the iron-accented sidelights, that make this theater a distinctive place to catch a national act.
Truchard Vineyard is a small wine-making estate that uses traditional approach to produce delicious wines. The field holds 270 acres (109 hectares) of planted area, where ten different varieties of grapes are produced. Truchard's wines, particularly from the 1994, 1996 and 1997 vintages, are a great hit among one and all. The cellar here boasts of 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon and 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon that hold a unique fruity tinge to their taste.
Billco's Billiards and Darts is known for offering an extensive beverage list with over 60 beers on tap and 120 bottled varieties to choose from. You can enjoy a game of billiards with your friends at this pub or practice your aim with the dart boards, Billco's Billiards and Darts doesn't have a single dull moment. After an exciting game of billiards, you can devour the scrumptious American delicacies offered at this pub. Check their happy hours or live music performances, ladies nights and other such exciting events and be sure of not missing out on all the fun.