Wine clubs and Napa vineyards
The best vineyards in Napa have tasting rooms where, for a tasting fee, you can try old library wines as well as the vintages of the past few years. Joining a wine club is a good way to get invited to these tastings. Bigger vineyards have scheduled tours, and smaller ones can usually be toured by appointment. When you visit a smaller vineyard, you’re more likely to be talking to someone who helps make the wine — or even the owner.
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. Cave tastings are $65, but you can waive one fee by joining their wine club or making a $100 purchase.
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards produces world-class wines at affordable prices, which are sold online and in five locations in Napa Valley, and many other locations nationwide. An example of what this vineyard can produce is the 2012 Right Bank. This comes from one of those perfect years for grape growing, when sun and rain seem to conspire to produce high yield and high quality. The wine features a strong blackberry aroma with hints of plums, leather, roses and allspice. The flavor is similar, and perfectly balanced with seamless oak and grape tannins. This wine ought to age well for 30 years. Join their club and order a bottle of the 2013 vintage today to see if it’s equally good.