Joy of Cabernet Experience
To introduce wine lovers to its collection of single vineyard and appellation-driven Cabernet Sauvignons, Rombauer has launched the Joy of Cabernet, an immersive exploration of the varietal as seen through the lens of one of Napa Valley’s most celebrated wineries. The intimate one-hour experience, hosted by a Rombauer wine ambassador, takes guests through the breadth of the winery’s Cabernet Sauvignons, touching on the AVAs, vineyards, climates, growing conditions and winemaking techniques involved in creating these award-winning wines. “The Joy of Cabernet introduces guests to current release and library wines not typically offered in our standard tastings,” says Megan Foley, Hospitality and Retail Sales Manager. “Most are small production wines available only through the winery or clubs.” The Joy of Cabernet experience, limited to eight guests, is available by appointment only. Reservations can be made at www.rombauervineyards.com or by calling (707)963-6606.
A History of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Since Rombauer’s first vintage in 1980, the winery has continuously refined its Cabernet Sauvignon program, acquiring vineyards, culling and cultivating top growers and embracing both traditional and cutting edge viticultural and winemaking techniques. Today the winery controls every aspect of winegrowing, from farming to bottle. “With nearly 100 acres of our own estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon as well as long-term contracts with some of the region’s finest growers, we have much to choose from when it comes to composing our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons,” says Winemaker Richie Allen. Rombauer’s Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Diamond Selection Cabernet Sauvignon blend sustainably-grown fruit hand selected from some of the most respected sites and AVAs in the region, including Howell Mountain, St. Helena, Mount Veeder, Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak and Calistoga. The winery also produces single vineyard Cabernets from its Atlas Peak and Stice Lane Vineyards, and Le Meilleur du Chai (French for “Best of the Cellar”), a blend representing the finest barrels of the vintage. Each of these wines is included in the Joy of Cabernet experience.
A Napa Valley Legacy
It was 1972 when Koerner and Joan Rombauer brought their two children, two horses and five dogs to Napa Valley. The couple came with a deep appreciation for the symbiotic relationship between food and wine, inspired in part by Koerner’s great aunt, Irma Rombauer, who was the author of the internationally renowned cookbook, The Joy of Cooking. In 1980, out of a shared passion for good food, fine wine and family traditions, Rombauer Vineyards was established. Today, the winery continues to be owned and operated by this multi-generational family, including third generation granddaughter, Reagan Rombauer Blackwood, who plays a critical sales and marketing role.
A Must Visit
Rombauer Vineyards is located off the Silverado Trail in the heart of Napa Valley in St. Helena. The winery sits atop a tree-covered knoll, with majestic views of vineyards and the Mayacamas Mountains to the west. In addition to the Joy of Cabernet experience, the winery offers several other taste and touring options, including a beautiful porch where guests may enjoy wines by the glass. It also features a garden with more than 100 varieties of plants and flowers plus original artworks collected by founder Koerner Rombauer. Wine lovers are welcome to stroll the pathways or enjoy a picnic in the scenic garden. More information can be found at www.rombauervineyards.com.
Rombauer Vineyards will soon offer Joy of Chardonnay and Joy of Zinfandel experiences, offering opportunities to explore these exciting varietals in an intimate setting. Check the winery’s website for more details.