appointment, featuring Carneros and Estate Selection wines and stunning views of the originating vineyards. Tours also by appointment. 1221 Duhig Rd., Napa, 707.942.2455. DE LOACH VINEYARDSCL003819 Since its first Zinfandel release in 1975, this vineyard has branched out into exceptional Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer. Tasting-room staff are knowledgeable and friendly. Tours by appointment. 1791 Olivet Rd., Santa Rosa 707.755.3300. DEL DOTTO VINEYARDSCL006378 Take a candle-lit tour of Napa Valley’s second-oldest cave, where wine is carefully barrel aged in the perfect climate and humidity. Learn how different wood choices and barrel-making techniques impact a wine’s final flavor. Then top it off with a tasting right out of the barrel. 1445 St. Helena Hwy. S, St. Helena, 707.963.2134. DOMAINE CARNEROSCL0038192 Champagne’s famed Tattinger family founded this winery in the 1970s. The tasting room resembles a French chateau, with a deck providing sweeping views of the Carneros region. The famed Le Reve sparkling wine is compared to the top Cuvees from Champagne, while the Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs hold their own, too. 1240 Duhig Rd., Napa, 707.257.0101. DOMAINE CHANDONCL003819 Sample toast-worthy sparkling wines, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the tasting room. 1 California Dr., Yountville 707.944.8844.
DRY CREEK VINEYARDCL0038194 Modeled after a chateau from the Loire Valley of France, Dry Creek Vineyard was the first winery to come alive in the Dry Creek Valley after Prohibition ended. The winery’s flagship varietal is Fume¬¥Blanc, and signature wines include Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. 3770 Lambert Bridge Rd., Healdsburg, 800.864.9463. EHLERS ESTATECL00630 Featuring a unique fusion of outstanding wine-growing, environmental consciousness and international philanthropy, this is a California winery through and through. Organic and biodynamic farming techniques are used to produce a small portfolio of estate-grown wines. Tastings by appointment. 3222 Ehlers Ln., St. Helena, 707.963.5972. ETUDE WINES This winery transforms the very finest Carneros and Napa Valley grapes into world-class wines sought out by the most discriminating wine lovers. In addition to its widely acclaimed Carneros Pinot Noir and legendary Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Etude has also developed a loyal following for Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Merlot. 1250 Cuttings Wharf Rd., 707.257.5782. FAR NIENTECL0038196 The winery so committed to quality that it only produces one Chardonnay and one Cabernet Sauvignon each year just recently opened its doors to the public. Tours of the winery and tastings available by appointment. 1350 Acacia Dr., Oakville, 707.944.2861. WHERE GUEST B OOK