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Darioush

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

 
Darioush
4240 Silverado Trail
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 257-2345
www.darioush.com
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Fees: $40 (regular); $75-$300 (elevated)
Wines currently offered: Chardonnay, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley), Shiraz, Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend
Appointment necessary: No for less than six for regular tastings; yes for elevated experiences and tours
Picnics/pets: No
 
Did You Know?
The winery has a small, private amphitheater, which has amazing acoustics and is where performances take place during Napa’s Festival del Sole. 


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Heidrun Meadery

Author: Nancy Sands Johnson
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

 
Heidrun Meadery
11925 State Route 1
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-9122
www.heidrunmeadery.com
 
Hours: By reservation only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or by special arrangement.
Fees: $15 for estate tour and tasting, $10 for tasting flight (no tour), no fee for by-the-glass
Meads currently offered: Hawaiian Lehuna Blossom, California Orange Blossom, California Sage Blossom, Madras Carrot Blossom, California Avocado Blossom, Hawaiian Macadamia Nut Blossom, Humboldt County Wildflower
Picnics: No
 
Did you know?
Odin, the highest God in Norse mythology, has a very special (mythological) goat that produces mead instead of milk. The goat’s name is Heidrun. 


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Lasseter Family Winery

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

 
Lasseter Family Winery
1 Vintage Lane
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
(707) 933-2800
 
www.lasseterfamilywinery.com
Hours: Daily by appointment
Tasting fees: $25 per person
 
Wines currently offered: Amoureux (Malbec blend), Chemin de Fer (Rhone-style blend), Enjoué (Rosé), L’Ame de Sage (Old Vine Zinfandel/field blend), Paysage (Bordeaux-style blend)
 
Picnics: No
 
Did You Know?
The Lasseter family crest, created by John Lasseter, is a bee (John), a rose (Nancy) and five grapes (one for each son).


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Raymond Vineyards

Author: Julie Fadda Powers
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2013

 
Raymond Vineyards
84 Zinfandel Lane
St. Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-0869
www.raymondvineyards.com
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Fees: $20-$100
Wines currently offered: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Meritage, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Red Blend
Appointment necessary: For tours and special tastings only
Picnics: No
Pets: Dogs welcome in “Frenchie’s Winery”
 
Did You Know?There are festively dressed mannequins hanging from the rafters near the Crystal Cellar—Jean-Charles loves to throw parties. 


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