Thursday, November 29, 2007

Cozy Tasting Room in St. Helena

I'd driven past Corison Winery in St. Helena many times and never given it much thought. That was a mistake!

Earlier this year, I read a glowing article about winemaker and owner Cathy Corison that piqued my interest. Yesterday, I had a chance to stop by. Corison is not the typical Napa ode to ego. The tasting room is in the front of the winery and consists of an old door laid across a couple of barrels. The tasting fee is a modest $10, which is credited to your wine purchase. But the wine is something else.

Corison produces two Cabernet Sauvignons, which are among Napa's best according to my Cab-loving friends. These are the wines that bring people into the winery. When you visit, you'll get to taste the current releases of both Cabernets and will have the opportunity to purchase older Cabs from Corison's library. I'm not a Cab guy, but I enjoyed Corison's Gew├╝rztraminer and Petite Sirah.

If you want to taste good wine without a lot of fuss and without fighting the crowds, then Corison is for you. Tasting is by appointment, but you can call on the day of your visit to schedule a time to come in. Corison can be reached at (707) 963-0826. The winery and tasting room are located at 987 St. Helena Hwy, at the southern end of St. Helena.

If you would like to take a private Napa tour that includes visits to Corison and other small wineries, please feel free to call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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