Cave tours of the mid-Napa Valley region

Cave tours in St. Helena, CATour the caves where wine is stored

One of the best things about wine clubs is the cave tours. Caves stay at just the right temperature and humidity year-round for storing wine in the barrel, making them so perfect that when immigrants to California found there weren’t enough caves in the hills, they hired engineers to build some more. The humidity in a wine cave should be at least 75 percent — this slows the evaporation of wine in the barrel.

Cave tours of a vineyard near St. Helena

Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley, a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, holds tastings in its barrel caves, where you can try current releases and library wines and learn about the process of making and storing the wine. Cave tastings are $65, but one tasting fee can be waived by joining their wine club or making a $100 purchase. Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards produces world-class wines at affordable prices. The vineyard is a 40-acre estate just south of Howell Mountain, and has been owned and operated by the Anderson family since 1983. Anderson’s wines are sold online and in five locations in Napa Valley, and many other locations nationwide.

One wine you might sample during an Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards cave tour is the Right Bank. Their 2011 Right Bank came from a cooler than average year, leading to a powerful aroma and flavor of roses, fresh red raspberry compote, clove and allspice, with seamlessly blended oak and grape tannins and bright acidity. This wine is expected to be good for thirty years. Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards doesn’t issue a Right Bank every year. Try their latest Right Bank today.

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