Monday, October 04, 2010

Napa Valley Road Trip

Grapes days from Harvest

Vineyard View

Due Vigne Wine

Not all wineries are big enough or have the luxury of their own complete vine to bottle facility. One of the growing trends with allot of smaller labels is producing wine in a cooperative. One such facility that I recently visited is Silenus in the Napa Valley. This is a group of thirteen winemakers sharing a complete crush, ferment and bottling operation with a modern adjoining tasting room. One notable stand out were the up and coming wines from Due Vigne, besides their good Cabernet Sauvignon are some somewhat unusual blends and varietals that are not commonly found in the Valley. There is nothing wrong with more wines to drink, it helps keep life interesting. Silenus can be found on Highway 29 just North of the city Napa in Northern California.

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