A few weeks ago I talked about visiting Napa, CA. One of the first things that hit me was the wide range of options available. When visiting Napa, you’ll spend most of your time on either highway 29 or the Silverado Trail. You’ll see restaurants and shops and…of course, wineries! According to Google there are 400+ wineries and tasting rooms in Napa! Just Napa. That number increases by 50% if you were to include Sonoma. That means you have a a lot of options whne visiting. Perhaps you’ll go with some of the bigger names that you’re familiar with from your local wine shop. You’ll probably see several right away. Names like Mondavi, or Krug, or Beringer, or maybe Louis Martini. They’re all there – and I bet you’d enjoy each visit. Of course, if you’re like me – you have neither the time or money to visit them all. So…you’ll have to choose!
I visited several wineries and had some great wines. However, I’d like to focus on one you may not be familiar with – Davis Estates.
On my visit, the owner, Mike Davis, showed us around. It became quitee obvious that he loved the winery and the Napa area. Mike aquired the property in 2011 and set out to create a first class experience. The first thing you’ll notice is that the outside of the facility retains it’s historical appearance. We entered a facility that looked just like an old barn – and Mike made it clear that it was built with the original wood and was supposed to retain it’s original feel. Howver, after that, we quickly learned how different the facility was and the changes that had been made!
Mike lead us from the inital entry in the barn across a moden patio with a “floating” globe that the kids and visitors just loved Form there…we entered an ultra modern series of rooms including the tank rooms where Mike showed us how he controlled temperatures and fermentation. The facilities were modern and beautiful. Upon entry we saw a huge wdden tasting table. However, we were more suprised by the next meeting room. Mike installed a beautiful room in the round with strict security procedures and some beautiful art that was collected by Mike and his wife.
We ended our tour in the tasting room. A gorgeous room with an outdoor seating area and what appears to be a library of bottles. Mike brought out some gorgeous wines and we all enjoyed the time together. I only tried Mike’s reds – but I was not disappointed. If you’re in the area…stop by.
In the end, I’m just saying that you’ll need to pick a couple tasting rooms annd explore th experience. The folks in Napa (Yountville, St. Helena, Calistoga, etc.) are waiting for you to stop by. They have great wines and they certainly unerstand hospitality! The folks here are ready to introduce you to great wines and a beatiful region. so, start planning your trip. Learn what it means to be part of an area that might just be the best wine region in the whole world!