By Tilar Mazzeo
This up-to-date advisor to the small and "secret" back-lane wineries and tasting rooms of Napa profiles over 70 hard-to-find, actual boutique estates that function world-class, artisanal wines respected by way of locals and critics.
Beyond the crowded tasting rooms of Napa’s renowned wineries, there’s an genuine, welcoming aspect of the valley ready to be explored: boutique estates run via passionate winemakers who handcraft world-class wines. Back Lane Wineries of Napa uncovers greater than seventy of those gem stones that locals and critics revere yet few viewers ever see. up-to-date with new wineries, eating places, and native points of interest; maps; full-color images; and pointers on wine-tasting etiquette, wine delivery providers, and itinerary making plans, this consultant will organize oenophiles and starting wine-lovers alike to stay the nice life—Napa type
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Those who have since settled in this magical corner of the world have been struck by the same sense of its special bounty. The wine country to the north of San Francisco was renowned in the 1850s and 1860s for its gold and silver, which led to some of California’s most fabled mining rushes and to the establishment of many of the small towns that tourists enjoy today. During the latter years of the nineteenth century and throughout the twentieth century, the Napa Valley was famous for its fruit production—part of which already included, by the 1870s, the region’s acclaimed vineyards.
Groups larger than six people should always call ahead to be sure the winemakers can accommodate them. Many of the best small wineries are open by appointment only. You should not feel in the least bit shy about making the call. If a winemaker requires advance notice, it just means that he or she wants to be sure the tasting room is staffed that afternoon, and it is usually a sign that the person behind the bar will be the same person who goes out pruning the vines other days of the week. Often these winemaker tours are exceptional educational experiences and a rare opportunity to get an inside perspective on the craft of winemaking.
M. m. IN THE HEART OF downtown Napa is the Oxbow Public Market, a sprawling, bustling temple of artisanal foods and local treasures. Here you’ll find more than a dozen local purveyors selling everything from specialty teas and fresh-roasted coffees to baked goods, cheese, spices, and local wines. There are also a number of small restaurants and food stands, selling everything from tacos to fresh oysters from nearby Marin County, making it a top choice for a casual strolling dinner. Most vendors stay open late on Saturdays and on Tuesday “locals” nights, when there is live music along the riverfront.
Back Lane Wineries of Napa, Second Edition by Tilar Mazzeo