Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Friendly Tasting Room in Yountville

I have long been taking guests who like big reds to Regusci Winery on the Silverado Trail. Their Zin and Cabernet-based wines will make you happy if you like big, California-style wines.

Recently guests asked me to visit a tasting room in Yountville for Hope and Grace Wines. I had not heard of this winery, nor was it on any of my maps. We soon learned that the tasting room is located in Beard Plaza, next to Bouchon Restaurant, at 6540 Washington Street in Yountville.

Hope and Grace is the label of Hendricks Wines, whose owner, Charles Hendricks, is winemaker at Regusci. On our visit, my guests tasted two Pinot Noirs (Russian River and Santa Lucia Highlands), Malbec, Cabernet, and Chardonnay. Tiffani, the friendly tasting room manager, told us about Hope and Grace and walked us through the wines. Charles happened to drop in during our visit, so my guests learned more about the winery from him.

If you are in Yountville, stop by the friendly Hope and Grace tasting room. You'll taste some good wines and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Maybe you'll even buy some of the antiques that are for sale. Just don't ask for a winery tour. Hope and Grace produces their wines at facilities leased from other wineries. They do not have a winery of their own.

If you would like to take a private Napa tour that includes a visit to Hope and Grace and lunch at one of Yountville's many great restaurants, please call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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