Napa: Silverado, St. Supery & Domaine Chandon
After lunch at Morimoto, we headed to the local tourism office and picked up a couple of maps. I didn’t realize how quickly we’d get to places up on the Silverado trail and before we knew it, we turned into the Silverado Vineyards from downtown Napa. Belatedly, we discovered the winery is known for their Sangiovese wines. Since I’m not fond of that varietal, we moved on but not before admiring the view.
Ages ago, I discovered St. Supery at a wine tasting put out by Learn About Wine. I remember loving it and would buy it every now and then. It never tasted as great as it did at the tasting. And at first I wasn’t sure about trying it from the source but I’m glad I did. The tasting was really fantastic and very excellent customer service. Later, I found find out the lady that poured for us used to work at Nordstrom’s.
Elu is St. Supery’s Estate-grown blend varietals. The classic Bordeaux was quite smooth and extremely (maybe too much so) drinkable.
Upstairs, there’s an art gallery as well as some educational tools such at these snifting stations to discover just what the heck people mean when they smell things about the wines. It was pretty nifty to run around smelling all the notes.
We got to Domaine Chandon about 20 minutes to 5 p.m. and we thought we had enough time to get in a sparkling wine tasting but alas, they stop serving the tasting 30 minutes to closing. Darnit! We could have ordered by the glass but it wasn’t the same. Next time!
And yes, there will be a next time because there are so many wineries to explore. Not to mention Sonoma!