Tamber Bey Vineyards
When you’re sitting in the courtyard at Tamber Bey on the northern tip of Napa Valley, you can easily imagine what the old California was like: quiet, arid and sunny, with a light breeze blowing on a fall afternoon. And horses, lots of horses.
Tamber Bey’s tasting experience at its winery, Sundance Ranch located on Tubbs Lane just north of the city of Calistoga, is something you want to plan for. Once you’re there, you’ll want to stay longer—and not just for the horses (the winery is in the middle of an equestrian facility where about 45 horses are always on site).
The wine itself is worth savoring; lots of bold and elegant reds and light, crisp whites keep your palate intrigued, and the opportunity to mingle with some of the ranch’s prized horses is enough to make you want to join the wine club.
Visitors should make an appointment first, and once there can choose from a $45 Vineyard Series Tasting or a $60 Signature Collection Tasting. The winery offers a savory cookie pairing with the tastings for an additional $15, and that experience highlights the subtleties in each of the wines sampled.
Once seated in the courtyard, a knowledgeable wine host will walk you through your tasting of five wines. Your host will explain each wine, where the grapes come from and what pairs well with it.
Many people come to the winery for the Rabicano, a unique Bordeaux red blend, which showcases the traits of Tamber Bey’s Deux Chevaux vineyard in Yountville. But once one has gone through an entire flight of Tamber Bey wine, it will be hard to pick a favorite.
While most of the grapes come from vineyards in Napa Valley or the Sonoma Coast, those used in the Signature Cabernet Sauvignon come from Tamber Bey’s estate vineyard, located in Oakville, about 22 miles south of the Calistoga winery. Many of its other wines come from grapes grown on the 60-acre Deux Chevaux Vineyard northeast of Yountville. The vineyard is bordered by Conn Creek where it meets the Napa River. The waters often flood the vineyard, mixing in a variety of soils in the ground, which gives the grapes grown there a distinct sense of place.
It is a full-service winery, where about 20 other boutique wineries deliver their grapes for processing and storage. called custom crush. Following a tasting, visitors can tour the facility and see its state-of-the-art equipment. A host can also bring visitors to visit some of the horses if interested.
Tamber Bey is a small winery, producing around 10,000 cases a year, and the tasting experience has the intimate feel of a boutique winery, though the grounds are expansive and there are many places to sit and savor the wine and experience. Wine hosts provide deep knowledge of the wine, the winery’s history and the property, and are happy to answer any questions.
If you are not ready to leave after an hour-and-a-half experience at Tamber Bey, you can join the wine club and have the wine come to you. The EQQWine Club has flexible options, ranging from quarterly or semi-annual shipments, where members can choose from as few as two bottles a shipment all the way up to two cases at a time. Club members also receive discounts on wine, invitations to member-only events and complimentary tours and tastings at the winery.
For tasting and tour reservations or more information, visit tamberbey.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getaways in 2019
Rhone River Wine Cruise with Tamber Bey
Sunday July 21, 2019 to Sunday July 28, 2019
Venue: Lyon to Avignon, France
Contact: Jennifer Waitte (707) 942-2100 ext. 107,
Join Barry and Jennifer Waitte for a seven-day cruise along the Rhône River aboard the SS Catherine. The adventure starts in Lyon, considered France’s culinary capital and home to many restaurants specializing in modern French cuisine. As you glide through southern France along the Rhône, you’ll discover vineyard-covered plains, medieval sites, picturesque villages and some of the finest wines anywhere. Ports include Macon, Tournon, Chateauneuf du Pape and Avignon. Barry and Jennifer will be hosting a welcome reception, a Tamber Bey Vintner’s Dinner, and several wine-centric day trips on shore, including a three-day, pre-cruise trip through Burgundy.
Montana Getaway with the Waittes at Triple Creek Ranch
Wed, Nov 20, 2019 - Sun, Nov 24, 2019
Venue: Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana
Contact: Triple Creek Ranch (406) 821-4600,
Barry and Jennifer Waitte will be returning to Triple Creek Ranch in November for the Thanksgiving holiday. Join them as they host a long weekend of horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, wildlife tours and, of course, fabulous cuisine and fine wine. The highlight of the trip will be a Thanksgiving Day feast prepared by Triple Creek Ranch Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman in the main lodge. This will be their third Vintner’s Weekend at this five-star ranch resort.