Bay Area oenophiles have a wealth of resources at their disposal. But as wine lovers, we sometimes want to be surprised. If you’re looking for something new from the Napa Valley wine scene this January, consider trying these somewhat lesser-known options in 2016.
- Burgess Cellars
- Miner Family Vineyards
- Cartlidge and Browne Winery
In 2016, it’s all about the experience. When it comes to wine, that statement holds especially true. From the pretty scenery surrounding its remote locale to the warm, welcoming, dog-friendly atmosphere, the family-owned winery known as Burgess Cellars meets all the criteria for making regulars out of first-time visitors. Oh, and the wine isn’t bad. Known for their cabernets in particular, Burgess attracts the most discerning wine purists from the Bay Area and beyond. Call for reservations to ensure a spot at the tasting table; tastings are complimentary.
1108 Deer Park Road
Deer Park CA 94576
The family behind Miner Family Vineyards is skilled at finding great employees to welcome and educate visitors at their Napa Valley winery. Whether pouring their traditional chardonnay or imparting food-pairing wisdom, staff members’ passion and knowledge comes through in everything they do. And who could forget the spectacular views? We highly recommend booking a cave tour or splurging on a Grand Cru tasting this January.
7850 Silverado Trail
Oakville CA 94562
If financial concerns made your list of 2016 resolutions, consider a trip to Cartlidge and Browne Winery. Complimentary tastings and wines in the ten-to-fifteen-dollar range make this vineyard a smart choice. You don’t have to sacrifice taste to save money, though. Cartlidge and Browne’s accessible, fruit-forward wines were praised in a Business Week magazine article for their premium quality at budget-friendly prices. Try their creamy chardonnay, and leave with a few bottles of their other food-compatible dry wines.
205 Concourse Boulevard
Santa Rosa CA 95409
Whatever kind of wine-tasting experience you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Napa Valley. Vow to expand your wine-drinking horizons in 2016 by planning trips to one or more of our favorite hidden gems this January.