A Magical Place between Sonoma and Napa
Domaine Carneros is a magical place, located amidst the vineyard-studded rolling hills between Napa and Sonoma. Constructed to look like a gorgeous French château, it sits atop a picturesque knoll. Take my advice and do not miss this place! Make an appointment for one of the many exquisite experiences that are offered there and prepare to be wowed.
A Delicious Sip of France in California Wine Country
Domaine Carneros has true French ties — it was founded in 1987 by Claude Taittinger of Champagne Taittinger, one of France’s top Champagne houses. He wisely selected Eileen Crane to oversee the development of the winery and vineyards, and together they have brilliantly succeeded in their goal of creating the quintessential California expression of the Taittinger style in Carneros. This France/Carneros alliance is beautifully illustrated by using grapes grown in Carneros (the winery estate is 138 acres) to craft world-class sparkling wines, along with a few delicious still wines — Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Rosé and Merlot.
What’s New at the Château?
Construction is almost finished on the new “Jardin d’ Hiver,” a large Tasting Salon and beautiful, roomy outdoor terrace. This conservatory-style addition will allow guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of Carneros, while being protected from the weather. The Tasting Salon interior is elegant, yet comfortable, with high ceilings, hardwood floors and huge windows to let in the wine country sunlight. The airy glassed in patio provides guests opportunities to enjoy the sights and flavors or Carneros year-round. The roomy terrace offers up a stunning view of the Carneros hills and neighboring di Rosa Center of Contemporary Art. This is the perfect place to relax, take in the views and enjoy one of the many spectacular wine and food pairing options offered at Domaine Carneros.
Experience Domaine Carneros
There are several wonderful experiences to choose from at Domaine Carneros. Your main challenge may be choosing which one!
Guests may order flights of sparkling wines, still wines or a combination of both, or if they have favorites, several wines are available by the glass.
Along with the wines, guests may add local artisan cheese plates, charcuterie plates, a cold smoked salmon plate and even a selection of caviar from Tsar Nicolai.
Please note – because this is such a popular stop, all experiences require a reservation.
Enjoy Phenomenal Sparkling and Still Wines!
I had an unforgettable visit at Domaine Carneros – my friend and I were lucky enough to experience several wines, a cheese plate and the caviar flight and we were very impressed with everything, including the wines, the food, the service and the view. Here are my favorites of the wines we tasted:
Brut Rosé: Mouthwatering aromas of raspberry, green apple, white blossoms and a hint of toast continue as flavors in the vibrant, clean mouthfeel and on through the long, delicious finish.
2015 Estate Pinot Noir: Seductive scents of rose petals, cherries, cola and a touch of pepper lure the taster into a silky-smooth mouthful of consistent flavors. Long, mouthwatering finish.
Take the time and make a reservation - I can tell you firsthand that this place is a must-stop!
Domaine Carneros is open by reservation 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. To book your reservation or for more information, call 707-257-0101 x 150 or visit the website at www.domainecarneros.com.