BOUTIQUE NAPA VALLEY
- 09:15 am Leave the Setting Inn
- 10:00 am Allora Winery
- 12:00 am Lunch at Brix
- 01:30 pm Tasting at Paradigm
- 03:00 pm Hunter & Gatherer Shop
- 04:00 pm Classic Tasting at Handwritten Wines
- 05:30 pm Yountville Art Walk
- 06:30 pm Dinner at Bistro Jeanty
- Night Stay at The Setting Inn
Beau Wine Tours have been partners of ours for many years. Their professional yet friendly drivers make a true difference in discovering Napa Valley’s boutique wineries. From phone call to visit, they are a delight to plan & travel with!
Leave the driving to them, enjoy the Napa Valley experience!
Book a tour: (707) 257-0887
Had a lovely experience at Allora Vineyards! Their winery is in North St. Helena, right along the Napa River behind Ehlers Estate. Cortney Klein, one of the daughters to the proprietor/ress, was our host. We tasted outside under a rather nice gazebo among a lush yard adjacent to their 15 acre vineyard. Tasted through Chardonnay, Cab. Franc, Petit Sirah, 2 Cabs ( one reserve ) and their late harvest dessert cab. Their wines run from $50 to $600. And almost all their wine is grown right on property, the only exception is the Chardonnay.
They are by appointment only and do screen their guests, largely due to their size (1800 cases) and the fact they can only accommodate roughly 8 guests at a time. The tasting fee is $75 per person and is only waived with a case+ purchase. I wouldn’t really suggest this location for guests “just looking to taste in a beautiful setting”.
My Ah-ha moment was the first time I had their Cab franc, wonderfully juicy and just the right balance of tannins. Presentation is one glass at a time, in a beautiful stem that only they have (actually hold the patent on the design and all made in Prague) All in all a stunning property and stellar wines, and would love to continue to maintain a relationship with them.
Book a tasting: (707) 963-6071
Lunch at Brix
Brix is just north of Yountville, it is set on the Kelleher Family vineyards, including over 2 acres of gardens and orchards that supply the kitchen daily. Inside, the restaurant is very spacious and the patio looks over the garden and family vineyards – gorgeous.
Menu is truly farm to table and offers a range of options from mostly Northern California cuisine. Make sure to order the signature appetizer – Tempura Green Beans with spicy mustard sauce. Here is the full menu and reservations are highly encouraged.
*During covid they are serving on their extensive patio space!
A couple of doors up Valley from Brix, go onto Dwyer Road, as you take a left into the Paradigm Estate, Mary Ann will welcome you with a vineyard tour, explaining the history & philosophy of the family as well as vineyard and winery practices.
Walking back to the Paradigm home, you will taste a selection of their current releases which changes seasonally. The tasting offers an overview of the general Oakville appellation and goes into their green initiatives and what challenges they have faced over time.
You might be so fortunate to meet Ren, a wonderful personality and owner of Paradigm from inception with his wife Marilyn. They used to grow & sell grapes until they started making their own wine in 1991 with a little help from Heidi Barrett.
An authentic and inspiring tasting we cannot recommend enough.
Book a tasting: 707.944.1683
Shop at Hunter & Gatherer
Colby opened their Yountville store in November 2016 after being involved in many design industries she decided to make Napa her only home. “Essentials for the good life… at Hunter Gatherer we aim to provide the Napa Valley with the high end staples that make everyday life in wine country just a little more luxe, a “modern take on the general store.”
Make sure to stop in & explore, there is a genuine item for everyone!
Handwritten Wines is a small boutique winery producing about 2500 cases a year. Napa Green Certified winery, they are known for their comparative tasting of hillside Cabernets Sauvignon from 2 acre block vineyards. Bill, Matt & Vi will take you through the ‘Tales of terroir’ with their Classic tasting. Greeting you into their home to enjoy different Napa Valley appellations (AVAs) side by side, it is a unique way of discovering Napa Valley’s diversity in terms of soils and climates. Take a moment to write a handwritten letter to an old friend after your tasting.
“Evocative wines • Elevated vineyards”
Opened two decades ago by French Chef Philippe Jeanty, this Yountville staple is now run by Philippe’s daughter, Camille. Traditional French recipes made from locally sourced ingredients, you might find several locals enjoying an evening there. Tomato soup in puff pastry and steak tartare are exceptionally devine.
The Setting Inn
You will arrive at your new Napa home nestled in the vineyards of the iconic Oak Knoll district. Upon check in, guests are escorted to their spacious and well appointed suites featuring Restoration Hardware furniture, LATHER bath amenities, oversized bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and heated floors. We then invite you to our exclusive wine tasting experience of The Setting Wines in our backyard or Barn Lounge where you’ll find games, books, TV, guitar, chimineas and plenty of room to enjoy company and vineyard views in every direction. After a day of tasting and fine dining, guests return home for a warm fire before retiring to our ultra-comfortable beds. In the mornings you are greeted with a basket of Bouchon Bakery pastries, fresh cut fruit and orange juice delivered to your door. Our rooms come with Nespresso machines and an assortment of gourmet teas. For the coffee enthusiast, we proudly brew our custom Setting Inn blend French pressed coffee in the lobby. We invite you to discover your perfect setting in the heart of wine country!
Handwritten tasting experiences are available 7 days a week from 10am to 4pm by appointment only.
Become a member of the Handwritten Member Circle for access to limited bottling and exclusive events.
It’s not just great fruit that makes great wine, it’s also the care and attention of every hand that touches it.