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Conde Nast Traveler: Winter Wine Country Visitation
Conde Nast Traveler
November 16, 2020
How to Support California Wine Country With a Visit This Winter
BY TYLER ZIELINSKI
While Joseph Phelps makes noteworthy estate-grown Pinot Noirs, they’ve developed a cult following for their luxurious flagship wine, the Bordeaux-style red blend, Insignia. And there is no better place to taste it than at their St. Helena winery.
The Insignia blending experience ($125) deconstructs the revered red blend and has enthusiasts develop their own, comparing it to the original. It’s one of Napa Valley’s essential wine tasting experiences. Other options range from the simple (a Terrace tasting overlooking the bucolic vineyards) to the indulgent (the Bountiful Table wine and food experience—a journey centered around the latest wine releases, paired with seasonal food curated by the culinary team). Whatever you choose, be sure to book ahead.
At-home option: If you’re interested in virtual learning with friends, or family, there are a few three-bottle tasting options worth considering: A Taste of the Sonoma Coast ($260), A Journey Through Napa Valley ($425), or A Tour of Two Regions ($470). A senior Wine Educator leads the session, guiding you through the tasting with insights into topics like the growing season and the winemaking process.