Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Learn Something While Tasting Good Wine

One of my frequent stops for tasting in the Napa Valley is Clos du Val. The winery was established in 1972 and its Cabernet from grapes harvested that year competed in the famed 1976 Paris Tasting. While not winning in 1976, Clos du Val's 1972 Cabernet Sauvignon won in the 1986 rematch; which was held to judge how well the original entries had aged over the preceding decade.

When you visit Clos du Val today, you not only get to taste delicious wine, but the staff there is among the most knowledgeable in the Valley. You will usually get to see the impact of decanting on a young Cabernet whose tannins need some softening. Feel free to ask the staff as many questions as you like. They love talking about wine and Clos du Val.

Tours of the winery are available by appointment. You may make a reservation for a tour by calling (800) 820-1972. The winery is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is located at 5330 Silverado Trail.

You can arrange a Napa Tour, which includes a stop at Clos du Val, by calling me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mailing me by clicking here.

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