Visiting a vineyard
To find the best wines in Napa Valley, wine connoisseurs judge wines on appearance, aroma, body, taste and finish. The wine should look brilliant, with the right shade of red or white. The texture of it in the mouth should be pleasant, and the taste should be well balanced with recognizable notes of flavor. Its aftertaste should also be enjoyable. The best vineyards in Napa Valley match different varieties of grape to their particular soil and microclimate to achieve these qualities.
Most of these vineyards have tasting rooms where old library wines and the vintages of the past few years can be tried for a fee. They may be paired with artisanal cheeses or other gourmet dishes. Bigger vineyards have scheduled tours. When you visit a smaller vineyard, you have a much better chance of talking to the owner personally. The best time to visit is fall or spring. In the fall, you can watch the harvest.
One of the best vineyards in Napa near St. Helena
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley, a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, is one of the best vineyards in the Napa Valley area. Their Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends are widely regarded as among the best wines in Napa. Their Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and non-malolactic Chardonnay of this vineyard also have a cult following. The vineyard is a 40-acre estate just south of Howell Mountain, and has been owned and operated by the Anderson family since 1983. Plan a visit today.