Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Cab Lover's Heaven

Yesterday, I had four lovers of Cabernet Sauvignon who wanted to visit the Napa Valley.  One member of the group had been before and wanted to return to some of his favorite wineries.  However, they wanted to taste at one more winery before returning to San Francisco, so I suggested Pine Ridge.  They were not disappointed.

The tasting room offers two tasting options:  a Current Release Flight and a Cabernet Sauvignon Flight.  The former includes whites and reds and costs $15/person.  The Cabernet Flight costs $25/person and includes Cabernet-based wines.  For these four Texans, there really wasn't a choice.  They tasted a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, an Oakville Cab, a Stag's Leap Cab, a Bordeaux-style blend called Fortis, and two extra surprises, Epitome Cabernet, a wine that is 100% Cabernet from the Stag's Leap District, and Andrus Reserve, a Cabernet from the Andrus Vineyard.  They loved all of the wines.  One person preferred the Epitome, another the Andrus, and a third the Napa Valley Cabernet.  (The fourth member of the group liked everything.)  As the 2006 Napa Valley Cab was on sale for 50% off on purchases of six or more bottles, they bought a good supply to take home.

Pine Ridge also offers an excellent winery tour a few times each day that includes a visit to the winery's cave, a barrel tasting, and tasting of current release wines.  The tour costs $25/persona and requires an advance appointment.  If your group is six or less, no appointment is needed to taste at Pine Ridge.

If you are Cabernet fans and want to take a private tour of the Napa Valley that includes a visit to Pine Ridge,  contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com


Vaughn said...

Pine Ridge indeed makes great wines. But when I read your journal it cuts off the last bit of word on the right margin. Is it only me or do you get this comment often?

Rick said...

Vaughn, Sorry you can't see the full post. I think it's just your PC as I see all of the text and I've not received this comment before.