LOCATION: Napa Valley, CA.
This item is part of my Trek America Trip Series.
Considering I LOVE red wine, I knew Napa would be the place for me. Most of the wines I buy at home come from Napa Valley, so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. I decided to take a bus tour so I wouldn’t be driving, or tasting alone.
The first stop was the Homewood Winery. The place was a large barn with a little canopy tasting room outside. It didn’t look like a very nice establishment, but they did have good wines. They provided six wines to try; only two were white. This was my kind of place! The wine was great! Considering I was going on a camping trip, and flying back home, I was only able to buy one bottle. I decided to save my one bottle for the wine that was truly the best.
The second stop was the Larson Family Winery. This seemed more like a winery to me than the Homewood one. Large amounts of land, a nice shop, large tasting room. This was ideal and was very cozy. I took lots of pictures here because it was so pretty. They also offered a large variety of red wines. Napa and Sonoma Valley produce more red wines than white. The flavor is just richer with the soil and produces a better red. No complaints from me though since they are my favorites. We tried seven wines here and two were white. I fell in love with one particular red. It was a mixture of several wines and it was called Three Lab Cab. They named it after their three labs that they owned. I decided that this was the special one I would buy. I made a wise choice.
Our final tasting took place at Domaine Chandon, which was known for their sparkling wines. There, I learned that sparkling wine is just like champagne, however they can’t call it champagne unless it comes from the Champagne region of France. Their sparkling wines were just ok, I wasn’t crazy about any of them. We were taken on a tour of their facility though and it was much different than any other wine tour I’d been on before. Instead of oak barrels, the wines were kept in large metal distilleries and were very cold in the cellar. The process for sparkling wines was much different than regular wines since they had to carbonate them.
Overall, my experience was great. It is virtually impossible to visit every single winery that is out in that region since there are so many. I can’t wait to go back and try more though.
WOULD I DO IT AGAIN?: Oh man, yes!!
HOW TO DO THIS:
Napa Valley Winery Tour: http://www.allsanfranciscotours.com/body.asp?tour=SFO-B0024&page=TourDetails
Homewood Winery: In Sonoma. $5 tastings anytime. http://www.homewoodwinery.com/
Larson Family Winery: In Sonoma. $5 tastings anytime. http://www.larsonfamilywinery.com/
Domaine Chandon Winery: In Napa. Various tastings and prices. Tours available as well. http://www.chandon.com