This week called for another winery adventure, but one that was different than the previous few experiences I had at other wineries. Living in Napa for eight months now, I am not only learning as much as I can about the different types of wine and varietals, but also the different types of wineries.
This past weekend my go-to wine tasting partner and I headed to Hyde de Villaine winery and tasting room in Napa, not too far from downtown. The tasting room was a little off the beaten trail and tucked back next to gorgeous views of the vineyards and rolling hills behind.
We had our tasting appointment scheduled for 9:00am on Saturday, definitely the earliest I have ever been to a tasting. After hearing that tasting is better in the morning as your palate is fresh, I thought it would be fun to try and experience.
We were greeted for our private tasting and received a splash of their flagship Chardonnay. Typically I am not a huge fan of very rich, buttery Chardonnay’s but this was completely different. There was a light and refreshing taste to this Chardonnay that I really enjoyed. As their flagship Chardonnay and the varietal they produce the most (about 4,000 cases) I must say they have perfected this.
The tasting experience was located in the barrel room just inside a private room set at a table for six. I am still very new to learning more about wine and everything that goes into making that perfect glass to pair with my dinner or cheese and charcuterie board. Therefore, I am becoming more and more of a fan of smaller, quieter and more intimate wine tasting experiences.
Our host sat with us and explain the history of how the Hyde family of Napa and de Villaine family of Burgundy joined and decided to embark on creating their own winery. Learning about the different climates in the valley, where the vineyards are located, and how the region strongly determined which varietals will grow best, is all so fascinating to me.
We had a truly great experience and I feel that not only did I learn so much, but I had the opportunity to taste some pretty amazing wines. I left with a bottle of the Belle Coisine wine, which is split between Carbernet and Merlot, and we received a bottle of the flagship Chardonnay which I know I will be back for more!
If you are in Napa, looking for a private tasting experience not too far from downtown and some great wine, including a divine single vineyard Cabernet, I strongly recommend trying Hyde de Villaine.