Tasting The Essence of a Singular Place
Back To Their Roots
Sitting on its original five acres in the coveted Oakville District along Highway 29, Napa Cellars is reconnecting with its roots and celebrating over 40 years of world-class winemaking with a special series of wines available for tasting starting this February. Founded in 1976 by Charlie Woods, the geodesic dome has been an iconic landmark of the valley with each vintage telling the story of Napa’s history and heritage. From its inception, Napa Cellars chose to forge its own path by concentrating on classic expressions of the region’s unique terroir--reflecting its vineyards and their soils in their varietal and blended bottlings, and defining the now-quintessential flavors of Napa Valley. Winemaker Joe Shirley has been at the helm since 2007 and his decidedly minimalist approach to his craft is evident in every bottle. With the winery’s continued commitment to hosting a warm and welcoming tasting experience for the novice to the aficionado, coupled with their renewed focus on vineyard-centric winemaking, guests to the tasting room can explore all of the winery’s offerings through wine and food pairings with local cheeses or decadent chocolate truffles. Their Classic Series wines are available to sip on by-the-glass on the patio or with guest-provided snacks in the dog-friendly picnic area.
“In its purest form, wine is a reflection of our relationship to the natural world. We craft Napa Cellars wines to illuminate what is unmatched anywhere in the world, what is indisputably Napa Valley in its tone and tenor” – Joe Shirley, Winemaker Napa Cellars
Winemaker Series – New!
Featuring four of the winery’s highly limited-release wines available only at the winery, the Winemaker Series for $25/person offers guests a glimpse into the magic happening out in the vineyards. “I don’t try to put a big “winemaker” signature on my wines”, says Winemaker Joe Shirley. “The terroir of the land here is so distinct, so extraordinary; I simply guide the wine towards the purest interpretation of the land.” The all-reds tasting includes their Dyer Vineyard Syrah and blended Meritage wine, along with two single-varietal offerings of Petit Verdot and Malbec. Typically reserved for blending and not seen as single-varietal wines all that often, the latter two grapes are a must-taste when visiting the winery and are exceptional examples of the winery’s mantra of being true to the source in every glass. For an additional $15, guests can opt to add on a selection of local cheeses to pair with each of the wines. Designed for two to share, the cheeses are beautifully presented on a bamboo board with the Napa Cellars crest, and is yours to take home at no additional charge as a memento of your visit
Exploring Napa’s Sub-Appellations with V Collection Wines
Named after the original five acres where Napa Cellars was founded, the V Collection consists of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from vineyards where their individual terroir is expertly reflected in each varietal bottling. For $30/person, guests can savor Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from the Carneros appellation, located at the confluence of San Pablo Bay and southern tip of Napa Valley. Frequent winds off the bay, thin clay soils, tidal influences and often dense fog create ideal growing conditions for these cooler-climate wines. Then let your palate wander up-valley to explore the terroir of the deep, loamy soils in the much warmer climate of St. Helena. Longer growing days in this sunny appellation yield fully-ripe and well-structured Cabernet, brimming with dark fruit flavors and herbal notes synonymous with this prestigious region. For more information on these wines and all of Napa Cellars tastings, visit their website at napacellars.com.
Wine and Chocolate Truffle Pairing
Offered daily | $35/person
Sample decadent and delicious dark chocolate truffle creations from Napa’s renown chocolatier, Le Belge. The tasting features four different truffles, each flavor hand-selected to complement one of the four red wines from their Winemaker Series.
Valentines’ Day Wine Club Event
Saturday, February 10 | 2am-4pm
Complimentary to Members
Bring your sweetheart to the winery to sample a vertical release (vintages 2012, 2013, 2014) of the V Series sub-appellation wines in the barrel room while savoring dark chocolate truffles paired with each wine. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.