Exciting Events in Wine Country

Wineries in Napa and Sonoma now offer new tours, tastings, pairings

Visiting San Francisco and Northern California this summer, take advantage of the new tours and tastings at some of the most coveted wine estates. Available by appointment only. Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, and Dolce, all owned by the Nickel family company, and located in Oakville region of Napa Valley, offer an incredible feast for all senses.

Tour the exquisitely landscaped grounds enhanced with water features and flowering with azaleas, tulips, red poppies, and pansies around the historic building of Far Niente established in 1885. Led by your winery guide, marvel at the wine library holdings and see the art nouveau Dolce cellar gate before settling in an intimate tasting room to sip bright acidic Cave Collection chardonnay and fruit-forward estate bottled cabernet sauvignon paired with various cheeses.

Continue your tasting tour with wine and cheese pairing at Nickel & Nickel – a rare winery dedicated exclusively to producing 100% varietal, single-vineyard wines. Your host will explain the subtle differences between cabernet sauvignon wines coming from individual vineyards in Calistoga, Rutherford, Oakville, and Yountville.

Far Niente: 1350 Acacia Drive, Oakville, 707.944.2861, https://farniente.com/

Dolce: 1350 Acacia Drive, Oakville, 707.944.8868, https://www.dolcewine.com/

Nickel & Nickel: 8164 St Helena Highway, Oakville, 707.967.9600, https://nickelandnickel.com/

Gorgeous and secluded, Freemark Abbey, established in 1886 by the first woman-winemaker in Napa Valley, Josephine Tychson, will dazzle you with its history, exquisitely renovated facilities, and its wine library with a collection of cabernet sauvignons from 1960s through the current release year 2015. Walk the beautiful grounds with blooming dogwood, lemon trees and roses, and get an educational tasting experience with one of the winery’s experts of Napa Valley-only wines produced by winemaker Ted Edwards, who works with the establishment since 1985.

Freemark Abbey: 3233 St. Helena Highway North, St. Helena, 800.963.9698, https://www.freemarkabbey.com/

Passalacqua Winery in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley, provides wine cellar tours and private seated tastings of their estate grown zinfandel and cabernet sauvignon paired with the likes of pecorino cheese, smoked duck breast, Marcona almonds and hand-made wood-fired pizzas made in the winery’s outdoor pizza oven. Tasting experiences outdoors will take you to a spacious deck under tall redwoods, to a garden arbor beside a soothing fountain, or to Cabernet Ranch with a tour through the 120 rolling acres of emerald vineyards.   

Passalacqua Winery: 3805 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg, 707.433.5550, https://passalacquawinery.com/

Coordinate your visit so you could attend one of the Landmark Vineyards’ events in Sonoma Valley, like Pig, Pizza & Pinot Festival on Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lobster Feed on Fridays, September 6 and September 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., or Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Landmark Vineyards: 101 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood, 707.833.0053, https://www.landmarkwine.com/

Passalacqua Winery 

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Far Niente library wines

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Freemark Abbey Winery 

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Landmark Vineyards

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Nickel & Nickel Winery 

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