Back Lane Wineries of Napa, Second Edition by Tilar Mazzeo

By Tilar Mazzeo

This up-to-date consultant to the small and "secret" back-lane wineries and tasting rooms of Napa profiles over 70 hard-to-find, genuine boutique estates that characteristic world-class, artisanal wines respected by means of locals and critics.

Beyond the crowded tasting rooms of Napa’s renowned wineries, there’s an real, welcoming aspect of the valley ready to be explored: boutique estates run via passionate winemakers who handcraft world-class wines. Back Lane Wineries of Napa uncovers greater than seventy of those gemstones that locals and critics revere yet few viewers ever see. up-to-date with new wineries, eating places, and native points of interest; maps; full-color pictures; and pointers on wine-tasting etiquette, wine transport providers, and itinerary making plans, this consultant will arrange oenophiles and starting wine-lovers alike to reside the nice life—Napa variety.

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Depending on where you live, there are several excellent options for getting your purchases back to your home cellar. Many wineries will ship your purchases home to you directly, provided your state allows this. The costs are generally prohibitive for a single bottle of wine, but for several it is quite reasonable. For purchases of a case or more, ask whether there is flexibility in their wine club program. The discounts are significant if you are a member, and generally your only commitment is agreeing to purchase a case of wine over the course of the year.

MARK POPE is a self-described cross between catalog pioneer J. Peterman, humorist Tom Bodett, and counterculture journalist Hunter S. Thompson, and he is a man with enough irons in the fire to keep all three of those gentlemen intrigued. In addition to his wine catalog sales and impressive range of private-label wines, Mark runs one of the quirkiest wine bars, BBQ joints, and wine retail shops in Napa. Here, you’ll find a judicious selection of wines made by the valley’s best small vintners, as well as the small-lot wines that Mark buys from contacts in the industry and produces under his own labels, including his flagship Justice (the motto is “Justice Is Served”).

Early settlers started making wine on the site of White Rock Vineyards, here in a small valley at the foot of the Stag’s Leap range, back in the 1870s. The Vandendriessche family has been carrying on that tradition in pastoral seclusion since the 1970s. The winery is located down the end of a small lane, well off the beaten path, and you won’t find any sign pointing the way. Instead, the property is just a broad expanse of vineyards and oak trees, dotted with the occasional palm tree and distant barn.

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