I am so excited to be sharing this review with you all because I had THE BEST time wine tasting in Napa this past weekend. The weather was perfectly warm which is a nice change from the windy and foggy San Francisco weather. The wineries were only about 45 minutes away from the city and wait for it…..there was almost no traffic. On this trip I learned that there are over 2100 wineries in North America and exactly half of them are located in Northern California. Although, Sonoma & Napa counties are known for their wine, it’s not the number one export in the state – almonds are! I would love to tell y’all more about the specific wineries that I visited and the wine that I tasted.
Jamieson Ranch Vineyards
Jamieson had the best overall experience of all three wineries. They gave us a tour of the facility, explained how they make their white and red wines, explained how long they use their barrels, and what type of barrels they use! They use American, Hungarian, and French Oak barrels but they also use steel to produce their wine. The gentlemen who gave the tour was more knowledgeable that anyone else we encountered throughout the entire day. Their wines were great but the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon were the big hits. And last but not least, the winery grounds were breathtakingly beautiful. Their grounds are featured in the picture at the top of this post as well.
Kieu Hoang Winery
This winery was beautiful with the perfect setting. It featured a tall patio that overlooked the winery for peaceful sipping. Much of this wine is exported to Asia and they have a popular Chinese actress, Li Bing Bing, as their spokes model (she is absolutely gorgeous by the way). They are known for their uniquely designed wine bottles that are inspired by nature and their Rose wine. The Rose was sweet and pleasant. It was so pleasant that I purchased a bottle. I didn’t actually care for the other wines that I tasted. The Syrah tasted like beef jerky to me. I ran through this vineyard and tasted grapes straight off of the vine.
Starmont winery was the only winery that does not allow tastings on the weekend for under 25 people. As a result, we had to purchase individual bottles and share them. Three other women and I shared one bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon 2015. Honestly, we were pretty tipsy at this point so I can’t tell you if the wine was any good but, the building was beautiful. The lounges in the front of the building were nice and perfect for soaking up the sun! I probably would not visit this winery again because there was no tour involved and the staff didn’t seem as eager to educate us on the wines.