Thursday, May 07, 2009

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This is the greeting you get when you call Frog's Leap Winery and get their answering service. It's just one example of Frog's Leap's efforts to not take itself too seriously.

Frog's Leap produces an array of excellent reds and whites, including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, and Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes the winery a great place to visit when you have some folks in your group who prefer whites and others who prefer reds.

Visiting Frog's Leap is a very casual experience, no over-the-top Napa Valley ego here. You'll get a hint of Frog's Leap's style when you see the sign on the driveway that points to the left for "Work" and to the right for "Play." You'll want to head to right and enter what looks like an old farmhouse. The building is actually just a few years old and is built with many recyclable materials. If it's cold outside, you'll want to sit in the main "living room" by the fireplace. If it's warm and sunny, the deck is a nice place to relax for a few minutes.

The tour and tasting at Frog's Leap lasts about 90 minutes and includes a walk through the gardens and winery. You'll sample some of Frog's Leap's current releases along the way and learn about the winery's history and philosophy. There is no charge for the tour and tasting but a prior appointment is required. During the busy summer and fall months, tours can fill up so try to make an appointment well in advance. The winery is open Monday through Saturday.

If you would like to take a private Napa Valley tour that includes a visit to Frog's Leap Winery, please contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4137 or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com.

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