Win­ery on a Roll

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The pic­nic- and dog-friendly Dutcher Cross­ing Win­ery in the Dry Creek Val­ley has invit­ing views of rolling vine­yards and a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing some of the best wines in the area. Pro­pri­etor De­bra Mathy, a Wis­con­sin­born cy­cling en­thu­si­ast who fol­lowed her wine-mak­ing dreams to Cal­i­for­nia, and her friendly golden lab Dutchess will likely wel­come you and tell the story be­hind that vin­tage high-wheel bi­cy­cle printed on the wine la­bels. 8533 Dry Creek Rd., Gey­serville, 866.431.2711


A sleek stretch of ren­o­vated ware­houses (once part of an ap­ple pro­cess­ing plant) in down­town Se­bastopol is home to some of the best lo­cal food pro­duc­ers, wine­mak­ers, brew­ers and ar­ti­sans. This unique space is the first busi­ness com­mu­nity in the coun­try to con­nect cus­tomers not only with prod­ucts and the peo­ple who make them, but also with the pro­duc­tion it­self. McKin­ley St., Se­bastopol, 707.824.5600. Map 4, C6


Visit this gourmet mall for the fresh­est lo­cal in­gre­di­ents for an af­ter­noon pic­nic be­fore wine tast­ing. Or stick around and or­der from the se­lec­tion of in­de­pen­dent eater­ies of­fer­ing el­e­vated takes on pizza, burg­ers and tacos plus oys­ters and ro­tis­serie chicken and then grab a seat on the pa­tio over­look­ing the Napa River. 644 1st St., Napa, 707.226.6529. Map 3, E7


Wine, dine and shop at this glass-walled, 10,000-square­foot lo­ca­vore’s par­adise in Healds­burg. You’ll find a store sell­ing high- end kitchen and gar­den­ing equip­ment, lo­cal food­stuffs (in­clud­ing grains milled on­site) and books; a cafe with daily- chang­ing menus in­spired by neigh­bor­ing pro­duce and farms; and a cof­fee bar with its own espresso, house-made pas­tries and ice creams. Shed also has the only fer­men­ta­tion bar in the area, where lo­cal wines, beers, kom­buchas, nat­u­ral so­das and hard ciders are all avail­able on tap. 25 North St., Healds­burg, 707.431.7433. Map 4, C3


This wine coun­try des­ti­na­tion is home to sev­eral bou­tiques, art gal­leries, restau­rants (in­clud­ing Michael Chiarello’s Bot­tega) and gift shops where you can find gourmet foods, jew­elry, cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories for the home and gar­den. 6525 Wash­ing­ton St., Yountville, 707.944.2451. Map 4, G6


With over 900 winer­ies be­tween Napa and Sonoma, de­cid­ing where to go can be over­whelm­ing. Bin 415 of­fers unique ex­cur­sions hosted by a cer­ti­fied som­me­lier to winer­ies of­fer­ing the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of amaz­ing wines, warm hos­pi­tal­ity and beau­ti­ful scenery. Bin 415 also of­fers tours through­out San Francisco, Sausal­ito, Muir Woods and the Pa­cific Coast High­way. 1616 Grove St.,

415.851.5711. Map 2, G4


Lo­cated in Napa’s Oxbow dis­trict, The Culi­nary In­sti­tute of Amer­ica’s CIA at Copia of­fers daily cook­ing and bev­er­age classes, and is home to a life­style and home goods store, an 80,000 square-foot in­door and out­door event and the­ater space, and the Restau­rant at CIA Copia, of­fer­ing Mediter­ranean-in­spired Cal­i­for­nia cui­sine and an ex­ten­sive wine list. 500 1st St., Napa, 707.967.2500. Map 3, E7


Pas­sen­gers sip se­lect Napa Val­ley wines and in­dulge in gourmet cui­sine as they ride past vine­yards on these three-hour lunch and din­ner tours aboard re­stored Pull­man coaches. Reser­va­tions rec­om­mended. 1275 McKinstry St., Napa, 800.427.4124. Map 3, E7


Boast­ing stel­lar views of vine­yards and the San Francisco Bay, Acacia takes ad­van­tage of its pre­mium wine- grow­ing ter­ri­tory in Napa Val­ley’s Carneros wine re­gion, where the cool ocean breezes and sum­mer fog cre­ate an ideal grow­ing area for Pinot Noir and Chardon­nay. 2750 Las Ami­gas Rd., Napa, 707.226.9991.


Award-win­ning wines here in­clude Chardon­nay, Pinot Blanc and Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon. The tast­ing room is lo­cated in a charm­ing New Eng­land-style farm­house. Tours by ap­point­ment. 14347 Sonoma Hwy., Glen Ellen, 707.935.2600. Map 4, E6


Named for the first let­ter of the word brix, a wine term defin­ing the op­ti­mal sugar/ al­co­hol con­tent in grape juice that pro­duces great wine, B Cel­lars is a new win­ery and tast­ing lounge in Oakville. It uses a multi-vine­yard wine­mak­ing strat­egy, blend­ing grapes grown on nine Napa Val­ley vine­yard sites to cre­ate unique wines with dis­tinct char­ac­ter, depth and lay­ers of fla­vor. The so­phis­ti­cated new tast­ing room fea­tures food tast­ings to com­ple­ment the wines and a scenic set­ting. Open daily, no ap­point­ment nec­es­sary. 703 Oakville Cross Rd., Oakville 877.229.9939. Map 3, D4


This fam­ily- owned-and- op­er­ated pre­mium bou­tique win­ery is based in the his­toric Stags Leap Dis­trict of Napa and fo­cuses on sin­gle vine­yard, sin­gle va­ri­etal lim­ited re­leases. It’s es­pe­cially

known for its Caber­nets. 6236 Sil­ver­ado Trail, 707.944.9261. Map 3, D5


This more than 100-year- old win­ery is the long­est con­tin­u­ally op­er­at­ing win­ery in Napa Val­ley and is the pro­duc­tion site for the flag­ship Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon. Beaulieu was founded on a four-acre ranch by a French wine­maker who en­vi­sioned a com­pany pro­duc­ing fine wine un­par­al­leled to his na­tive France. Daily tast­ings fea­ture wines you can’t find any­where else. 1960 St. He­lena Hwy., Rutherford. 707.967.5200. Map 3, C4


Napa Val­ley’s old­est con­tin­u­ously op­er­at­ing win­ery is also among its most ac­ces­si­ble. Beringer is known for its Caber­net Sau­vi­gnons and bold, oaky Chardon­nays. The large fa­cil­ity in­cludes a gift shop that of­fers table­ware, stemware and kitchen and home ac­ces­sories. A va­ri­ety of tours and sem­i­nars are avail­able. Daily 10 am–5 pm. 2000 Main St., St. He­lena, 707.302.7592. Map 3, B3


Named for its first drink— Chardon­nay com­bined with brandy— Charbay now pro­duces much more than just wine and brandy. Dis­cover the ar­ti­san world of dis­till­ing many spir­its like whiskey, vodka and rum from a fam­ily in the dis­tillery busi­ness for 13 gen­er­a­tions. Taste Charbay’s wines and ports, then en­joy a cigar in the rus­tic set­ting of Spring Moun­tain. Tast­ings open to the pub­lic. 4001 Spring Moun­tain Rd., St. He­lena, 707.963.9327. Map 4, F4


Since its open­ing in 1861, Charles Krug win­ery has pro­duced award-win­ning Caber­nets and renowned Sau­vi­gnon Blanc. Tast­ing room open daily. 2800 Main St., St. He­lena, 707.967.2200. Map 3, B3


The Napa win­ery whose Chardon­nay earned Cal­i­for­nia wines in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion at the 1976 Tast­ing of Paris (por­trayed in the movie “Bot­tle Shock”) is still pro­duc­ing great wines, like the Es­tate Caber­net, Es­tate Zin­fan­del and the lim­ited pro­duc­tion Pot­ter Val­ley Ries­ling. Can’t get up to wine coun­try? Stop by the tast­ing room in the Westin St. Fran­cis ho­tel in Union Square, open five days a week ( W-Su). No reser­va­tions needed. 1429 Tubbs Ln., Cal­is­toga, 707.942.5105. Map 4, E3


Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean is in­spired by the for­mal es­tate gar­dens in the south of France. The win­ery spe­cial­izes in white va­ri­etals, in­clud­ing Chardon­nay, Fumé Blanc, Ries­ling and Gewürz­traminer, and is the home of the iconic Cinq Cé­pages. Stroll the gar­dens or re­lax on the beau­ti­ful pa­tio and take in the per­fect vista as you sip their ac­claimed re­serve and sin­gle-vine­yard wines. 8555 Sonoma Hwy., Ken­wood, 707.257.5784. Map 4, E5


Known best for its Po­etry Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, this es­teemed Stags Leap Dis­trict win­ery pours its lat­est re­leases in an ar­chi­tec­turally stun­ning crafts­man-style tast­ing room. The ap­point­ment- only Es­tate Tast­ing in­cludes a guided tour of the prop­erty, lead­ing through the vine­yards to the state- of-the-art win­ery, where guests sip wines paired with a se­lec­tion of sea­sonal canapes. 1473 Yountville Cross Rd., Yountville, 707.944.8642. Map 3, D5


This small-pro­duc­tion win­ery pro­duces Rhone va­ri­etals and Zin­fan­del from some of

the old­est vines in Cal­i­for­nia. Owner Fred Cline started with an in­her­i­tance from his grand­fa­ther, Va­le­ri­ano Jacuzzi (of hot-tub fame). The 1850s farm­house is sur­rounded by warm min­eral springs and dozens of rose bushes. Tast­ings and tours open to the pub­lic daily. 24737 Arnold Dr., Sonoma 800.546.2070. Map 4, F7


This win­ery is known for its Pinot Noir, Chardon­nay, Mer­lot and Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon. Its first vin­tage Caber­net was one of only six Cal­i­for­nia cabs se­lected for the now-le­gendary 1976 Paris tast­ing. Tast­ings open to the pub­lic; tours by ap­point­ment. 5330 Sil­ver­ado Trail, Napa, 707.261.5200. Map 3, D5


Cham­pagne’s famed Tat­tinger fam­ily founded this win­ery in the 1970s. The tast­ing room re­sem­bles a French chateau, with a deck pro­vid­ing sweep­ing views of the Carneros re­gion. The famed Le Reve sparkling wine is com­pared to the top Cu­vees from Cham­pagne, while the Chardon­nays and Pinot Noirs hold their own, too. 1240 Duhig Rd., Napa, 707.257.0101. Map 3, D7


Fea­tur­ing a unique fu­sion of out­stand­ing wine- grow­ing, en­vi­ron­men­tal con­scious­ness and in­ter­na­tional phi­lan­thropy, this is a Cal­i­for­nia win­ery through and through. Or­ganic and bio­dy­namic farm­ing tech­niques are used to pro­duce a small port­fo­lio of es­tate- grown wines. Tast­ings by ap­point­ment. 3222 Ehlers Ln., St. He­lena, 707.963.5972. Map 3, B2


Cel­e­brate all the best things in life at this win­ery in the heart of pic­turesque Alexan­der Val­ley. Sip from more than 40 wines

pro­duced on site and eat au­then­tic, Neapoli­tan-style piz­zas and South Amer­i­can wood- grilled meats at the full-ser­vice restau­rant Rus­tic and take a dip in the sparkling swim­ming pools (open sea­son­ally). 300 Via Archimedes, Gey­serville, 707.857.1471. Map 4, B2


Set­tle on the scenic Vista Ter­race, where you can sip a glass of sparkling wine that was aged in Span­ish-style caves or an el­e­gant Pinot Noir, paired with sa­vory cheeses and other del­i­ca­cies. Glo­ria Ferrer pro­duces some of Cal­i­for­nia’s best sparkling wines, as well as es­tate va­ri­etal still Pinot Noir and Chardon­nay from its 335-acre es­tate. The vis­i­tor cen­ter is open 10 am-5 pm daily, with wine ser­vice avail­able un­til 4:45 pm. Guided win­ery tours of­fered daily at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm; $20 per per­son, in­cludes two sparkling wine tastes and one es­tate va­ri­etal taste. 23555 Hwy. 121, Sonoma, 707.933.1917. Map 4, F7


Mil­jenko “Mike” Grgich, whose be­long­ings were ap­pro­pri­ated by the Smith­so­nian, gained in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion in 1976 when judges at the Paris Tast­ing named his Chateau Montelena Chardon­nay the best white wine in the world. In 1977, he part­nered with Austin Hills (of the Hills Bros. Cof­fee fam­ily). Their win­ery pro­duces Caber­net Sau­vi­gnons, Zin­fan­dels, Fume Blancs and, of course, Chardon­nays. Tast­ings and tours open to the pub­lic. 1829 St. He­lena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.963.2784. Map 3, C4


This win­ery plants twice as many vines per acre in com­par­i­son to tra­di­tional prac­tices, re­sult­ing in smaller vines that pro­duce richer and more con­cen­trated wines. It boasts

five es­tate vine­yards planted with 500 acres of clas­sic Bordeaux va­ri­etals: Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, Mer­lot and Sau­vi­gnon Blanc. The mon­u­men­tal new LEED- cer­ti­fied vis­i­tor cen­ter fea­tures wine tast­ing, food and wine ed­u­ca­tion, tours, gar­dens and an im­pres­sive con­tem­po­rary art col­lec­tion. 401 St. He­lena Hwy. S., St. He­lena, 707.967.2626. Map 3, C3


A wind­ing road near Mt. Veeder leads to this win­ery and art gallery. In the gallery, you’ll see works by Fran­cis Ba­con and Robert Mother­well; the tast­ing room serves award-win­ning Chardon­nays and Caber­net Sau­vi­gnons. 4411 Red­wood Rd., Napa, 707.255.1144. Map 3, C6


Film­maker Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola’s team pro­duces five es­tate wines, in­clud­ing the renowned Ru­bi­con, on this 19th- cen­tury es­tate. The wines are made from 235 acres of cer­ti­fied or­gan­i­cally grown grapes. The grounds in­clude a mu­seum fea­tur­ing an­tique zoetropes and ar­ti­facts from the es­tate’s founder, Gus­tave Niebaum. 1991 St. He­lena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.968.1100. Map 3, C4


This Napa Val­ley win­ery is known for its es­tate grown Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, Chardon­nay, Caber­net Franc, Mer­lot and Pe­tit Ver­dot. Jarvis is home to a 45,000 square foot wine cave, mak­ing it the first win­ery built en­tirely un­der­ground. Tast­ing tours bring you into the par­a­bola-shaped cave for a glimpse into the wine­mak­ing process and end with sam­ples of six Jarvis Es­tate and Re­serve Col­lec­tion wines. 2970 Mon­ti­cello Rd., Napa, 707.255.5280. Map 3, E6


For­merly owned by the Michael Mon­davi Fam­ily, this 20-acre prop­erty in the cov­eted Carneros re­gion was pur­chased by Amer­i­can busi­ness­man Kieu Hoang in 2014. The newly ren­o­vated win­ery makes Caber­net Sau­vi­gnons, Chardon­nay, Pinot Noir, Red Blends and Rose in vi­brant pack­aged shaped bot­tles. 1285 Dealy Lane, Napa, 707.253.1615. Map 4, D7


Lo­cated among the rolling hills of Carneros with breath­tak­ing views of the San Pablo Bay, this sec­ond- gen­er­a­tion, fam­ily- owned and op­er­ated win­ery spe­cial­izes in Chardon­nay and Pinot Noir. Liana Es­tates also of­fers brunch and yoga over­look­ing the San Pablo Bay, gourmet pic­nics in the vine­yards, culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences and more. 2750 Las Ami­gas Rd., Napa, 707.302.1160. Map 3, D8


The famed Cham­pagne house’s Cal­i­for­nia win­ery pro­duces top- of-the-line cu­vees, in­clud­ing its pre­mium DVX la­bel. The on-site art gallery show­cases pho­tog­ra­phy, in­clud­ing a col­lec­tion of Ansel Adams prints and ro­tat­ing ex­hibits. 8445 Sil­ver­ado Trail, Rutherford, 707.967.7700. Map 3, C4


Cel­e­brat­ing 30 years in the Napa Val­ley, this win­ery is a gar­den oa­sis along High­way 29 in the famed Rutherford ap­pel­la­tion. Known for its le­gendary Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, it pro­duces many award-win­ning va­ri­etals, in­clud­ing Mer­lot, Caber­net Franc, Syrah, Zin­fan­del, Chardon­nay, Sau­vi­gnon Blanc and Fifty/Fifty, a Bordeaux blend. Guests can make an ap­point­ment for a pri­vate wine tast­ing 50 feet up in the French Pro­vin­cial tast­ing room tower. Tast­ings open to the pub­lic. 8466 St. He­lena Hwy., Rutherford, 707.963.3600. Map 3, C4


The win­ery joins a fab­u­lous olive mill and fea­tures a stun­ning tast­ing room with dra­matic views that com­ple­ment the world- class Caber­net Sau­vi­gnons and Sau­vi­gnon Blancs. Tast­ings and tours by ap­point­ment. 875 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, 707.302.2575. Map 3, C4


Not to be con­fused with Stag’s Leap Wine Cel­lars (the name and place­ment of the apos­tro­phe were the sub­ject of a legal bat­tle be­tween Stags’ Leap and its neigh­bor, Stag’s Leap), the win­ery pro­duces Rhone va­ri­etals along with its Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, Chardon­nay and Mer­lot in the grow­ing dis­trict from which the win­ery takes its name. Tast­ings and tours Tu–Sa by ap­point­ment only. 6150 Sil­ver­ado Trail, Napa, 800.395.2441. Map 3, D5


Es­tab­lished in 2006 by the Sch­lat­ter fam­ily as a sis­ter prop­erty to the Bordeaux­fo­cused Mer­ry­vale Vine­yards, Starmont Win­ery, with its dis­tinc­tive ter­roir, thought­ful farm­ing and hands- on wine­mak­ing, re­sults in se­ri­ous yet ap­proach­able wines. 1451 Stanly Ln., 707.252.8001. Map 3, E7


Take in ex­cep­tional panoramic views of Napa Val­ley on a tram ride to this win­ery’s vis­i­tors cen­ter, perched atop a 300-foot-tall hill­side over­look­ing the val­ley. The win­ery spe­cial­izes in Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon, Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, Chardon­nay and more. Tast­ings and self- guided tours open to the pub­lic; guided tours at 11 am. 1111 Du­naweal Ln., Cal­is­toga, 800.726.6136. Map 4, E3


The Trinchero fam­ily has been mak­ing wine in Napa Val­ley since 1948, and is best known for their Caber­net Sau­vi­gnon. The tast­ing room is a unique and invit­ing space where vis­i­tors can taste small- lot, sin­gle-vine­yard wines from Trinchero’s pre­miere Napa Val­ley es­tates, and sam­ple de­lec­ta­ble food and wine pair­ings. Dis­cover the art of wine­mak­ing through be­hindthe-scenes bar­rel tast­ings in Trinchero’s wine cave. 3070 N. St. He­lena Hwy., St. He­lena, 707.963.1160. Map 3, B3


The coun­try’s old­est con­tin­u­ously op­er­at­ing fam­ily- owned win­ery of­fers wine tast­ing, vine­yard and gar­den tours, ed­u­ca­tional work­shops, an up­scale restau­rant and a scenic 18-hole cham­pi­onship golf course. Visit the Vine­yard Tast­ing Room to learn about the rich his­tory of Cal­i­for­nia wine­mak­ing, book a class at the Wine­mak­ers Stu­dio to blend your own bot­tle or make an ap­point­ment for a pri­vate group tast­ing in the his­toric wine caves. 5050 Ar­royo Rd., Liver­more, 925.456.2300.


Owned by two young brothers, Scribe Win­ery is a pho­tog­ra­pher’s dream, with sun- dap­pled hills, col­or­ful wild­flow­ers and even a wooden swing. The stylish and friendly staff knows their stuff, and the wine, made with yeasts, is solid. 2300 Napa Rd., 707.939.1858.


Founded in the 1940s, this small, fam­ily-run win­ery high on the north­east slope of Spring Moun­tain con­tin­ues to pro­duce el­e­gant and bal­anced Chardon­nay, Gewürz­traminer, Reis­ling and most re­cently, Caber­net. 3331 Saint He­lena Hwy. N, 707.963.2636. Map 3, B3

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