Lindsey L.
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8 winery reviews
   - 8 in Napa Valley
0 wine trail reviews
4 first reviews
2 helpful votes


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October 2009

Silver Oak Cellars (Napa)

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Silver Oak is a great cab. But this is Napa Valley, and you can find many a great cab. And probably for cheaper. That being said, I do admit that I have a few bottles in my cellar.

The best time to visit is for one of their release parties. They are the first weekend in Feb and Aug although I prefer a nice cab in the winter over a baking summer day. Their parties get crowded, so go early and enjoy endless tastings and great food.

I really enjoy the Napa Valley but the Alexander Valley is great too.

Also, if you like Silver Oak, check out their sister winery Twomey in St. Helena or Healdsburg. They have a great merlot and a decent pinot and I don't think they have a tasting fee at Twomey.



 
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Paraduxx

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The winery feels like a trendy restaurant, but when you step into their garden, you feel like you are drinking a glass on set of a Food & Wine shoot on Napa Valley.

Paraduxx is a member of the Duckhorn Wine Company. Like their sister winery, they make excellent reds. They don't make a huge variety, but have many variations in their blends. They make blending a true art form.



 
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Duckhorn Vineyards

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This winery has a beautiful garden and is an example of the elegant and casual napa valley lifestyle. They make very approachable wines and give off an aura of anti-trendiness (in a good way). They make excellent merlots.

They offer restaurant style service and their staff is knowledgeable and friendly. They are associated with GoldenEye and Paraduxx and so if you are a wine club member at one of them, you can enjoy access to the others. A true delight.



 
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Peju Province Winery

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If I were to describe Peju in two words, it would be: Tourist Trap. We went on a tour and the man actually sang to us. Instead of talking about the wines, he had to distract us with something. It is open late and often attracts drunk tour busses after 5pm. So, if you want to come to Napa to feel like you are going to a tacky bar, this is the place to go to.



 
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Prager Winery & Port Works

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Prager is a little shack off Hwy 29 right when you hit St. Helena. They make some excellent ports. The tasting room is a single room with currency from all over the world plastered on the walls. The staff is nice and very down to earth. If you are lucky, you might even meet the man who started it all.
They make a variety of ports -- and all are delicious. It is a wonderful stop in the winter but often is hard to swallow when we visit in the very hot summer months. The staff will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about each vintage. It's always a fun time when we stop by Prager.
They include a Prager wine glass with your tasting.



 
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Domaine Carneros by Taittinger

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This is one of my favorites in Carneros. The winery is modeled after Tattinger in Champagne. It is a beautiful estate and offers a great experience. In the winter, you can taste by the fire. In the summer, you can enjoy a leisurely tasting outside on the beautiful terrace. They make some excellent sparkling wines and Pinot Noirs. You can enjoy flights or purchase a glass. They also have a menu of snacks and are one of the few wineries that are open until 6pm. But it does get more crowded later in the day.

Sit out on the terrace, order a glass of Le Reve (the dream) and soak up a slice of heaven.



 
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Schramsberg

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Schramsberg is probably my favorite winery in the valley. They make superb wines (it is the official sparkling of every White House since Nixon) and are the only American winery to have real champagne caves. Their tour is great - we love taking our out of town guests there- but if you are in the wine club, they have a special tasting for you. We have often gotten private tasting in the caves. They make excellent wines -- The Reserve or JSchram are my favorties. It's definitely worth a visit.



 
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Cakebread Cellars

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Cakebread has some very decent wines and they are conveniently located on Hwy 29. However, since they are well known they can get crowded (do book an appointment) and touristy. So, you might have some people in your tasting that don't know the difference between Chardonnay and Sav Blanc. The tastings are a bit pricey, and you get very meager pours. But, they do have a very beautiful winery so it is worth going to. Once.



 
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