Going to a barrel tasting

Wine club barrel tasting

Barrel tasting in St. Helena, CA

One of the events that every true wine enthusiast wants to be invited to is a barrel tasting in Napa Valley. Wine clubs like the Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards wine club often hold these events. When you’re going to a barrel tasting, as at other tastings, don’t wear strong-smelling perfume or cologne. Don’t drink too much, especially if you’re visiting more than one vineyard and they aren’t serving food with the wine. A designated driver might also be a good idea. When in doubt, try something you’ve never had.

Barrel tastings at a St. Helena vineyard

Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in Napa Valley, a 10-minute drive from downtown St. Helena, holds tastings in its barrel caves. Tastings are $65, but you can waive one tasting fee by joining their wine club or making a $100 purchase. One library wine you might try at an Anderson’s Conn Valley wine tasting is the 2009 Èloge. This dark ruby red wine, born from a particularly mild year, has a deep, full, layered aroma of cedar, cigar box and crème de cassis, with hints of red currant, violets, spice and toast. Its flavor is deep, full and layered, tasting of concentrated dark fruit, spice and mocha.

Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards 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. Club members save $25 on the ’12 Èloge. Join today.

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