I don’t know about you but bubbles make me happy, giddy almost! Especially sitting in the sun, with wide sweeping views of Napa Valley, and the most amazingly yummy (and rather large!) cheese plate. Domaine Carneros is one of my most favorite places to sneak off to after a long day of meetings in the valley and allows me to re-create this simple but wonderful experience every time I visit. They are one of the wineries that are open a bit later (they close at 6pm) and the stunning Chateau has this wrap around terrace that seems to go for miles. You can find me at a table near the vines, with a glass of their pretty pink Brut Rosé in hand, cheese plate very close by. The service lends itself to being on the relaxed side, with a wait staff that engages with you as a friend instead of a just another customer.
Domaine Carneros features many different varietals. My favorite, their sparkling wine, is made in the classic manner, “méthode champenoise”. So why is it not called champagne? In theory, champagne comes from the Champagne region of France, and if the grapes are not grown in that area, they are unable to be recognized as champagne. In the 1930’s the U.S. failed to sign a labeling agreement limiting the use of the word “champagne” to wines from the Champagne region, so some American wineries do utilize this description, but typically you will find sparkling wines to be the majority in the U.S.
Other varietals they produce are Pinot Noir, a Merlot, and every now and then a Chardonnay. My two favs are the Brut Rosé and the Avant-Garde Pinot Noir. The Brut Rose tastes like strawberries and roses without any sticky sweet flavors, the characteristics of the Brut comes in and makes it incredibly refreshing. The Avant-Garde Pinot’s flavors take me to dark chocolate, cherries, and raspberries. Yum!
There are multiple event spaces at the Chateau for small dinners and parties but the space is not available for weddings. So after a long day, make sure to stop by and relax and truly enjoy yourself!