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Terrace Tasting at Joseph Phelps

Life must be savored as sips of wine.

Napa Valley is a good place to savor life and wine alike.  Unwind, unplug, and uncork.  And here are a few of my favorite places in Napa Valley to appreciate life and wine alike:


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Far Niente

The problem with Far Niente is that, if you start your Napa Valley visit here, every place else will seem like a letdown. Visiting Far Niente is like stepping into a dream world crafted for fairies and fae. the estate and gardens at Far Niente are unparalleled in California wine county, rivaled only by its sister property at Nickel and Nickel across the highway. After running a successful commercial nursey in Oklahoma, founder Gil Nickel set out to create gardens at Far Niente that resembled a three act play, building the drama with each sequence. And the climax of that play? The wine itself. I’ve never tasted a bad bottle – or even a mediocre bottle – from Far Niente. Nothing but outstanding wines and stunning views at Far Niente. And don’t forget to stop as you enter the property to take a photo in the stunning tree-lined promenade. Reservations are required for the 90-minute tour tasting…both are worth every dime.

Promenade at Far Niente…be sure to stop to take a picture.
Inside the Far Niente Wine Cave
Spectacular Gardens at Far Niente
Newly Anointed Members of the Far Niente Wine Club
Dolce is Far Niente’s deliciously sweet Late Harvest Wine.
Inside the wine cave at Far Niente.

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Grgich Hills

Ask for Myles. Following my recent trip to Napa, Myles was the only wine guide who followed up with a personalizedthank you note. No fancy estate, no stunning views. But solid, best-of-the-best wines. While most wine lovers are well aware of the infamous “Judgment of Paris”, many are unaware that the winemaker for that historic bottle of Chardonnay was none other than Miljenko “Mike” Grgich. From GrgichHills.com: “Miljenko “Mike” Grgich first gained international recognition at the celebrated “Paris Tasting” of 1976. Then, in a now-historic blind tasting, a panel of eminent French judges swirled, sniffed, and sipped an array of the fabled white Burgundies of France and a small sampling of upstart Chardonnays from the Napa Valley. When their scores were tallied, the French judges were shocked: they had chosen the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, crafted by Mike Grgich, as the finest white wine in the world. Mon Dieu! The results stunned the international wine establishment and immediately earned Mike a reputation as one of the greatest winemakers in the world.” Bonus: No reservation required AND children and visitors under 21 years of age permitted.

Ask for Myles for your wine guide.

Nickel and Nickel

Less grand than its sister property Far Niente, but still stunning in its own right. Also founded by the Nickel family, the Nickel and Nickel estate is a step back into nineteenth century California. The main Queen Anne farmhouse on the property was built around 1884…but the 1770 Gleason barn was dismantled piece by piece and relocated to Napa from New Hampshire. While wine is always the main attraction in Napa – and Nickel and Nickel will wow you with their vintages, my second favorite attraction at Nickel and Nickel are the sprawling rose gardens that surround the property. Tastings and tours are by appointment only…but wise travelers will make their reservations well in advance.

Stunning rose gardens surround the 1880’s Queen Anne farmhouse at Nickel and Nickel.
The 1880’s Queen Anne farmhouse is original to the property at Nickel and Nickel.

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Silver Oak

No sales pitch. No reservations required. No sprawling array of grape varietals. Just one grape fermented and aged to perfection: Cabernet Sauvignon. Walk right up to the tasting bar. The only choice you have to make is the vintage. The staff is upfront that the cost of the wine is always a set price and increases by $5.00 every year. You can even take your souvenir glass of Cabernet Sauvignon out to the lawn and savor the sprawling vineyard view from some lazy Adirondack chairs.

No sales pressure tactics at Silver Oak.

Joseph Phelps

The most stunning panoramic view in Napa Valley. At Joseph Phelps, the Terrace Tasting seating area sits high upon a hill overlooking a valley full of vineyards. And if the weather is a little chilly, don’t worry – the staff will provide you with a luxe and cozy blanket to keep you warm. Aside of the view, my favorite part about our Joseph Phelps wine tasting experience is that our wine educator left us alone intermittently, allowing us to speak freely about the wines and to savor the view without distraction. And don’t skip the gift shop on your way out – Joseph Phelps offers some of the best merchandising and wine gifts in all of Napa Valley. Reservations are required and children are not permitted.

The view from the Terrace Tasting at Joseph Phelps is one of the most spectacular in all of Napa Valley.
Inside the Joseph Phelps tasting rooms.

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