Upscale Living Magazine - - Wines -

Start at this bou­tique Napa Val­ley win­ery for an un­for­get­table hands-on les­son in wine. Whether you aren’t sure what kind of a wine drinker you are or you swear al­le­giance to one va­ri­etal, Conn Creek Win­ery’s bar­rel blend­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is the best way to be­gin your wine jour­ney. You’ll get to play “wine­maker for a day” by tast­ing Caber­net Sauvi­gnon in a guided tast­ing, then blend any com­bi­na­tion of Caber­nets to your palate’s lik­ing. After that, ad­just by adding other Bordeaux va­ri­etals like Caber­net Franc, Mer­lot, Mal­bec, and Petit Ver­dot. You’ll get to play around a bit with sev­eral for­mu­las, be­fore com­mit­ting to one per­son­al­ized blend which you’ll then get to bot­tle, hand-cork, and create a la­bel for us­ing blank la­bels and a rain­bow of mark­ers. This one-of-a-kind ex­pe­ri­ence not only al­lows wine lovers to have a first-hand look into the art of blend­ing wines, but also learn about their own palate and pref­er­ence to grape va­ri­etals and their nu­ances.

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