Cabernet Sauvignon: Articles on the Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine Grape Varietal

William Harrison Vineyards and Winery

The Vibe: 

You don’t see many log cabins in Napa Wine country, and you certainly don’t see many stuffed bears or boar heads, but that’s only because you haven’t visited the William Harrison tasting room. The general store feel of this lesser-known family owned winery sports a relaxed and casual vibe. While the owner sprouts from an Italian winemaking family, the tasting counter feels homegrown American. Try the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and Estate Cabernet Franc, and ask the tasting room guy if he has time to give you a tour.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Small to medium sized groups
  • Old West enthusiasts
  • Napa History buffs
  • Italian wine-history fans
Not good for: 
  • Large groups
  • Buses/limos
  • Events
  • Weddings
  • Shoppers
Known For: 
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
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Locations

1443 Silverado Trail
St. Helena, CA 94574
United States
38° 29' 33.9684" N, 122° 25' 4.7352" W
1443 Silverado Trail
St. Helena, CA 94574
United States
38° 29' 33.9684" N, 122° 25' 4.7352" W
Phone Number: 
7079638310

Cosentino Winery

The Vibe: 

Housed in an ivy-covered, French-chateau styles stone building, the family owned Cosentino winery continues to produce a wide variety of wines. While zinfandel comprises much of the 70,000 case production, visitors to their just-north-of-Yountville tasting room can sidle up to the copper counter and try a pinot grigio, chardonnay, cab, sangiovese, pinot noir or merlot. Winemaker Mitch Consentino prides himself on producing a wide variety of artisanal wines using traditional methods.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Groups
  • Small, private events (e.g. wine/cheese pairings)
  • Those seeking to try several different varietals sourced from several different areas
Not good for: 
  • Tours
  • Weddings
  • Picnics
Known For: 
Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese
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Locations

7415 St. Helena Hwy
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 23.094" N, 122° 22' 9.5988" W
7415 St. Helena Hwy
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 23.094" N, 122° 22' 9.5988" W
Phone Number: 
7079441220

Folie a Deux

The Vibe: 

Folie a Deaux is a psychiatric term that refers to two people sharing the same delusional ideas. Perhaps a whimsical name for a winery, but appropriate if the founders of the winery happen to both be psychology professionals. While the original couple no longer own the winery, their legacy lives on in the Rorschach dancers on the logo. The tasting room sports a variety of wines for tasting, including several Menage a Trois blends (one white, one red, one rose) as well as a Napa Cellars merlot, zin and sauvignon blanc. The available picnic tables make this stop particularly appealing for those who’ve purchased lunch vittles from the Oakville Grocery up the road, and need a place to nosh.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Groups
  • Buses
  • Picnics
  • Shoppers
  • Those looking to try a variety of wines at one stop
  • Rose fans
Not good for: 
  • Events
  • Weddings
  • Tours
Known For: 
The Menage a Trois line of wines, Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Pictures: 

Locations

7481 St. Helena Highway
Oakville, CA 94562
United States
38° 25' 16.2444" N, 122° 23' 24.414" W
7481 St. Helena Highway
Oakville, CA 94562
United States
38° 25' 16.2444" N, 122° 23' 24.414" W
Phone Number: 
7079442565

hope & grace

The Vibe: 

Tucked away in a charming plaza, alongside art galleries and a custom jeweler, Hendricks tasting room, which features hope & grace wines, offers a quaint tasting counter, a handful of antiques, and two oil paintings worthy of contemplation. Winemaker Charles Hendricks has served as a Napa consultant for more than two decades, and while he’s known for making cabernet, he loves his pinot. Sourcing his fruit from Napa (cab) and the Santa Lucia Highlands (pinot) and naming the wine after his two daughters, Hendricks released his first wines with the 2001 vintage. Today, they make about 1800 cases, available primarily in the tasting room and at various high end restaurants.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Art enthusiasts
  • Antique enthusiasts
  • hope & grace enthusiasts
  • Individuals and small groups
  • Shoppers
  • Strollers (as in, people who walk; not the kind with the kids)
Not good for: 
  • Large Groups
  • Tours
  • Events
  • Kids
Known For: 
Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir
Pictures: 
The tasting room

Locations

6540 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 10.512" N, 122° 21' 43.4376" W
6540 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 10.512" N, 122° 21' 43.4376" W
Phone Number: 
7079442500

Hill Family Estate

The Vibe: 

Right next door to the acclaimed Bistro Jeanty, and fronting the beautiful Antique Fair antique shoppe, the tasting room of Hill Family is a natural stop between lunch and shopping. While the antique store has been around for more than three decades, the tasting space is less than two years old, but you wouldn’t guess this as you step through the recycled doors into the antique-bedecked room. 19th century French furniture, salvaged from the cellars and attics of French chateau, greet you upon entry and beckon you to the back. Before you begin browsing however, you must stop at the tasting counter and pick up a pour of the chardonnay, pinot, or Origin, so you have something to sip as you admire the heavy woods and fine finishes on the armoires, tables, chairs, desks, and other stout pieces in the store. Linger long enough, and you may forget you aren’t in France.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Antique enthusiasts/shoppers
  • Small to medium sized groups
  • Small, private tastings
Not good for: 
  • Large groups
  • Tours
  • Picnics
  • Weddings
  • Events
Known For: 
Origin (Cab/Merlot/Malbec Blend), Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon
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Locations

6512 Washington Sreet
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 4.1436" N, 122° 21' 35.7192" W
6512 Washington Sreet
Yountville, CA 94599
United States
38° 24' 4.1436" N, 122° 21' 35.7192" W
Phone Number: 
7009449580

Peju Province Winery

The Vibe: 

Visitors to the Peju tasting room enjoy several unique experiences. They are walked through a systematic tasting, with an attendee carefully pouring and explaining as they go, while not being distracted by newcomers. If they wander into the newest wing of the tasting space, they can marvel at the exquisite quartzite floors that reportedly echo the owner’s impression of a stone Persian rug. Owner Tony Peju, originally of Iran, and his Austrian born wife, founded the winery in the mid-1980s after years of running a successful high end landscaping business. Their devotion to fine art, sculpture, and gardens is apparent as soon as one enters the drive, as the carefully pruned Sycamore trees beckon you in. Lush gardens and an antique stained glass window, coupled with their open-late reputation (unlike many of their neighbors, Peju’s doors are open until 6pm) no doubt help make this one of the most profitable tasting rooms in Napa.

Particularly good if you are seeking: 
  • Art Enthusiasts (stained glass, sculpture)
  • Garden Enthusiasts
  • Groups (no buses though)
  • People looking to taste after 4:30
  • Private tours and tastings
  • Private or Corporate Events (up to about 135 people)
Not good for: 
  • Weddings
  • Picnics
  • Those in a hurry (guests may need to wait for a tasting spot during busy periods)
Known For: 
Provence (red and white blend, Cab Franc, Fifty / Fifty (Merlot/Cab blend)
Pictures: 
Willow Creek

Locations

8466 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573
United States
38° 27' 14.0436" N, 122° 25' 5.6568" W
8466 St. Helena Hwy
Rutherford, CA 94573
United States
38° 27' 14.0436" N, 122° 25' 5.6568" W
Phone Number: 
8004467358
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