A Perfect Day in Carneros (southern Napa)

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Stop 1 @ 10:30 a.m. – Bouchaine Vineyards

    • Where: Bouchaine, Carneros
    • What: Mostly Chard and Pinot Noir, be sure to try the Pinot Blanc and Riesling (sustainable wines).
    • Cost: $50 per person – $150 per couple
    • Recommended time for first stop: 10:30/11 a.m. – This is a great first stop since it’s a little bit of a scenic drive through the rolling hills of Carneros but I love it because it takes you a little bit off the beaten path.
    • Pro-tips: Casual winery; Bring layers even if the weather is just slightly cool, in carneros ere you are exposed to the classic San Pablo winds; Bring your pup!
    • Favorite things: Sustainable wines, the Terrace Views, truly the charming Carneros vibe
    • Recommended tastings: The Terrace Tasting for some sun soaking and gorgeous views atop Carneros. For a larger group you might just want to opt for a table in the Garden
    • Recommended wineries close by: Domaine Carneros – for a scene; Hudson Ranch for something really intimate and quiet; Artesa (below); Cuvaison (below)

Stop 2 @ 12 p.m. – Cuvaison

  1. Where: Cuvaison, Carnero
  2. What: Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, some Cab and Merlot
  3. Cost: $50 per person – $150 per couple
  4. Recommended time for second stop: 12/12:30 p.m.. – Give yourself 20 minutes in between stops
  5. Pro-tips: Not as exposed the elements here but still in windy Carneros so have your layers. If you are looking for a more ‘bustling’ experience and want to dress it up a bit scratch Cuvaison for Domaine Carneros across the street. Great people watching and good bubbles
  6. Favorite things: The Brandlin wines from Mt. Veeder
  7. Recommended tastings: If you’re visiting only 2 wineries go for the Cuvaison and Caviar Experience (especially if you like bubbles). If you’re squeezing in 3 stops reserve the Estate Tasting
  8. Recommended wineries close by: Domaine Carneros – for a scene; Hudson Ranch for something really intimate and quiet; Artesa (below); Bouchaine (above)

Stop 3 @ 2:30 p.m. – Artesa

  1. Where: Artesa, Carneros
  2. What: Mostly medium to full-bodied reds (Spanish varietals – since the family is from Spain)
  3. Cost: $45 – $105 per person
  4. Recommended time for third stop: 2/3 p.m.. – Give yourself 20 minutes in between stops
  5. Pro-tips: Give yourself a little extra time before your tasting for some pictures, it is a landscape that begs to be photographed
  6. Favorite things: The Entrance to the Estate – breathtaking; The architecture and 360 views, the courtyard seating
  7. Recommended tastings: The Artisanal Tasting unless you are ravished and need to soak up a little of the alcohol, then go for the Tapas and Wine experience (pro-tip: don’t ruin your appetite if you have dinner plans considering it’s the last stop)

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See you on the soil,

Published by Lisa Rocchi

Just an expert looking for her aficionado.

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