Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pretty Tasting Room in Rutherford

Last December, I wrote about olive oil tasting at Round Pond's olive mill in Rutherford. This past weekend I had the chance to visit Round Pond's winery, which is located across Rutherford Cross Road from the olive mill.

The tasting room sits on the second floor of the winery; thus, enabling you to gaze out over the vineyards while sampling Round Pond's wine. You can enjoy a sit-down tasting either inside the tasting room or outside on the lovely terrace. For $25/person you will taste four wines paired with small appetizers. Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about the winery and the Napa Valley. Tastings are offered daily between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and are by appointment only.

If you would like to learn a little more about how wine is made, you can combine a tasting with a tour of the winery, which is offered at 11:00, 1:00 and 3:00 by prior appointment. The tour and tasting costs $35/person.

Round Pond produces Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, which were available for tasting when I visited, plus small amounts of Petite Verdot and Nebbiolo.

To make an appointment at Round Pond, please call (888) 302-2575 or visit Round Pond's website: Better yet, let Blue Heron Custom Tours take you on a private tour of the Napa Valley that includes a visit to Round Pond. For more information or to book a tour, please phone me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.