Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Small Winery in the Napa Valley

While many visitors to the Napa Valley head to the big, well-known wineries, there are many hidden gems. One of them is Bell Wine Cellars. This small winery is located just south of the center of Yountville on Washington Street.

Anthony Bell established the winery in 1991 after leaving Beaulieu Vineyards (BV) where he worked with the great Andre Tchelistcheff in making the famed George La Tour series of wines. Today Anthony makes great Cabernet Sauvignons and other wines using the experience he gained doing clonal research at BV.

In addition to a number of great Cabs, Anthony makes Zinfandel, Syrah, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Port, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay. This is a lot of variety for a winery that makes less than 10,000 cases each year, with half devoted to Cabernet Sauvignon.

Bell's tasting room is located amongst the fermentation tanks. Upon arrival, you will be greeted warmly by Don or Kelly. Both are friendly, outgoing, and knowledgeable about wine. You will be sure to have a great time while you taste your way through Bell's list of impressive wines.

Bell is open for tasting only by appointment. You can arrange a tasting by calling (707) 944-1673. Better yet, take a private tour of the Napa Valley with Blue Heron Custom Tours and we will arrange for you to taste at Bell and other boutique wineries. To book a tour, call (866) 326-42237 (toll free) or e-mail us by clicking here.

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