Monday, April 09, 2007

Napa Sparkling Wine

Schramsberg Vineyards is one of the best wineries to visit in the Napa Valley if you enjoy sparkling wine. The winery traces its history back to 1862, when it was founded by Jacob Schram. Robert Louis Stevenson, author of "Treasure Island," "Kidnapped," and "Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde," visited Jacob Schram's winery and tasted 18 different wines during the brief time he lived in the Valley in 1880. Over the years, the property had various owners until it was purchased in 1965 by Jamie and Jack Davies. Jack Davies passed away in 1998. Today Jamie Davies is chair and her son, Hugh, is president.

Schramsberg makes a variety of sparkling wines, some of which have been served at the White House. A visit to the winery includes tastes of some of these wines as well as a tour that includes a visit to caves that were dug by Chinese laborers in the 19th century. Tours are generally offered at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, and 2:30 and last between 75 and 90 minutes and cost $25/person. Schramsberg is a very popular winery to visit and their tours sell out well in advance, especially on weekends and during the harvest season.

If you would like to take a Napa Valley tour that includes a visit to Schramsberg, I would be happy to arrange one for you. Try to provide me with as much advance notice as possible so I can get you a reservation at Schramasberg. You may arrange a private wine country tour by calling me at (866) 326-4237 or e-mailing me by clicking here.

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