California Wineries

I was finally able to experience Napa Valley (and others) and it was amazing.

Let’s start with the wineries I visited:

  • Artesa
  • Domaine Carneros
  • Mondavi
  • Jordan
  • Frog’s Leap
  • Beringer
  • Silver Oak
  • Peju
  • Thomas Fogarty
  • Concannon
  • Wente

Each winery offered a completely different experience.

For example, the tour & tasting at Jordan was incredible. I really enjoyed their Cabernet Sauvignon’s. It’s definitely an experience I would do again. You can even make it a weekend stay if you want.

Even though I’m quite familiar with Beringer wines, I had no idea that their Private Reserve Chardonnay was so good. Had I not tried their tasting, I would have never known this.

Concannon & Wente are wineries in Livermore, California. But don’t let that distract you. They produce excellent wines.

Overall surprises:

  • Wineries producing Meritage & French Colombard
  • Jordan uses egg whites in their fermentation process
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Cabernet Sauvignon Reloaded

While my post from last year is still valid, there are a few new Cab Sauvs I’ve tried since then that I felt needed to be included in this updated list.

The new additions are:

  • Mount Veeder
  • Stag’s Leap Artemis
  • Knights Valley Reserve

All 3 are exceptional and they pair well with Ribeye.

I must stress that my listing is not meant to be economical by any means. With that said, there are economical ways to enjoy pricy wines. Some restaurants allow you to bring your own bottle and charge you a corkage fee. Depending on the what you paid for the wine combined with the corkage fee it may be something you may want to consider.

So here we are with the complete list (in no particular order):

  • Caymus Special Selection
  • Caymus
  • Beringer Knights Valley
  • Mount Veeder
  • J. Lohr Seven Oaks
  • Hall
  • Jim Barry The Cover Drive
  • Stag’s Leap Artemis
  • Knights Valley Reserve
  • Robert Mondavi Private Selection

If you are curious as to which of these is the best “bang for you buck”, I would recommend the J. Lohr Seven Oaks.