Exploring Napa Valley

Wine clubs of Napa Valley

Napa Valley in St. Helena, CA

If you want to visit a small winery in Napa Valley, find out if it has a wine club. Joining will offer you savings on tasting fees and whatever wines you buy. Tasting fees can be anywhere from $5 to $50 per person — more if you plan on including lunch or a tour, class or seminar, and if you have a big group you may wish to tip. If you want to visit in the middle of the tourist season, schedule your appointments weeks in advance to be sure of seeing the wineries you want to visit.

Napa Valley wines from a winery near St. Helena

Some of the best California wines come from Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley. Just a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, the vineyard is a 40-acre estate south of Howell Mountain. Instead of a busy tasting room, the vineyard offers you the chance to meet the owners and wine-makers and taste excellent wine stored in a cave.

An example of what this winery has to offer is the Éloge, an exclusive blend. The 2008 Éloge comes from a year notable for extreme weather, which led to a vintage of low yield but high quality — a dark ruby red wine with extraordinary aroms of chocolate, cassis and mocha with a distant hint of smoked meats. It tastes of chocolate-dipped black cherries, currants and plums with toffee, mocha and spices. By ordering six bottles or more per year, you can join their wine club, giving you discounts on many of their finest wines.

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