The Roundup

A Wine Tour of Napa and Sonoma

by Crystal Meers
Photo courtesy of Scribe.

NAPA AND SONOMA COUNTIES, California – Would anyone care for a class of wine? Here's a drinking tour of the valleys.

2300 Napa Rd., Sonoma; +1-707-939-1858
The Scene:
Sonoma Valley views will try to sweep you off your feet. Best to anchor yourself at the rustic picnic table outside the original hacienda for the entire afternoon.
The Sip: .
The Snack: Cheese and a bit of charcuterie from nearby .

Domaine Carneros

The Château. Photos courtesy of Domaine Carneros.

1240 Duhig Rd., Napa; +1-707-257-0101
The Scene:
Take a table on the terrace for a taste of certified organic bubbly, modern grandeur by the bottle.
The Sip: .
The Snack: Black River Oscietra Malossol caviar.

Round Pond

Nature, before and after. Photo courtesy of Round Pond.

875 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford; +1-707-302-2575
The Scene:
Work a hard(ish) morning and wine before sitting down under the pergola at the olive mill.
The Sip: .
The Snack: The estate's olive oils sopped up with fresh bread.

Francis Ford Coppola

The pool, bocce court, and vineyards. Photos courtesy of Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

300 Via Archimedes, Geyserville; +1-707-857-1400
The Scene: Show up post- (the grounds are home to four regulation-size courts) or post-pool in the warmer months.
The Sip: run all day and offer two pours on the house.
The Snack: Mrs. Scorsese's lemon chicken at .


Tastings in the winery's Barrel Chai. Photo courtesy of Darioush.

4240 Silverado Trail, Napa; +1-707-257-2345
The Scene:
Pass the Persepolis homage and descend to the Barrel Chai, where tastings play out in this decked-out Persian wonderland.
The Sip: .
The Snack: Mt. Tam, Pt. Reyes Bleu, and other  organic artisan cheese.

Kenzo Estate

The estate, patio, and Bouchon snacks. Photos courtesy of Kenzo Estate.

3200 Monticello Rd., Napa; +1-707-254-7572
The Scene:
An off-the-beaten-path escape preserving the Japanese tradition of being quietly awesome.
The Sip: , a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petite verdot, and malbec.
The Snack: A smattering of seasonal dishes from .


Tastings around the fire pit. Photo courtesy of Ma(i)sonry. 

6711 Washington St.,Yountville; +1-707-944-0889
The Scene:
Sensory overload courtesy of a collective of 38 of artists and 19 vintners that show off their wares, potable and otherwise, at this stone clubhouse.
The Sip: .
The Snack: The house's signature dark chocolate. 

Swanson Vineyards

Swanson Vineyards, the Salon, and Sip Shoppe. Photos courtesy of Swanson Vineyards.

1271 Manley Ln., Rutherford; +1-707-754-4018
The Scene: Converse in the exclusive salon; loosen up under top-meets-candy store decor in sip shoppe.
The Sip: A glass dixie cup of .
The Snack: .


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