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Wine Tasting on the Road: Silver Oak Cellars

Before there was Opus One, Screaming Eagle, and Kistler, there was Silver Oak: Chic. Sleek. Modern. Bold. American. Silver Oak Cellars Napa Valley Winery was the final tour on our recent trip to California Wine Country. After visiting wineries that use only French oak in their production of Old World-inspired wines, it was an interesting … Continue reading

Wine Tasting on the Road: Barnett Vineyards

High atop Spring Mountain, overlooking Napa Valley, stands a winery with views so lovely we found ourselves sitting, sipping, and staring, tended to by an attentive winery dog and our host, Kevin Hague. The fourth stop on our winery tour was Barnett Vineyards. The winery is located in the Spring Mountain District on the ridge … Continue reading

Wine Tasting on the Road: Chateau Montelena

  This one’s for the wine geeks…and the history geeks…and while you’re at it, independent film geeks as well. A visit to the Chateau Montelena Winery offers a flight of top-notch wines in a setting that is historically significant on not one but two counts. This is the third of six winery tours during our … Continue reading

Wine Tasting on the Road: Far Niente

The wrought-iron gates of the Far Niente Napa Valley Wine Estate open to welcome visitors into a magical setting that feels miles removed from the busy St. Helena Highway 29. Far Niente, from the Italian “without a care,” was named for those words found carved in stone on the front of the building. And really, … Continue reading

Wine Tasting on the Road: Domaine Chandon

Bubbles. Lots of bubbles. Domaine Chandon offers classic bubbles, premium bubbles, and pink bubbles. It offers still wine with a story. The history of the winery and a tour through the winemaking process culminates in a taste of Domaine Chandon’s wines to sample the literal fruits of the winery’s labor. Domaine Chandon was the first … Continue reading