Sunday, June 7, 2009

Del Dotto Vineyard

There are many wineries in Napa Valley, way too many to visit in one trip, but one that’s not to be missed is Del Dotto Vineyard in St. Helena. A family-owned operation, the wine tasting facility is made of gorgeous Italian marble, embellished with mosaics and incredible Murano glass chandeliers. They are a small operation and you can only buy the wine directly from the winery.

Taking a tour through the marble caves, lit by chandeliers and candelabras, you are treated to tasting wine directly from the barrel. They produce mainly red wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese along with Pinot Noir.

The hardest decisions you have to make are whether to discard the amble amount of wine you are poured after you’ve sufficiently tasted—a must really, as you are tasting 7-8 wines—and which of those you’ve tasted you wish to purchase. While you ponder this last decision you are served an antipasti plate (aged Gouda, wild boar prosciutto, salami, etc.), and homemade pizza fresh from the oven.

Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

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