Yep, here we go again. Save the date on your calendar, here comes Art Basel Hong Kong right around the corner. Art Basel has a pretty good spread across the globe at this point, of course the annual in Basel Switzerland itself, the somewhat iconic although over rated Art Basel in Miami for all of […]
I mentioned in the intro to Napa that many of the wineries here could have followed Coco Chanel’s advice to “take one thing off” before going out in public. The Castello di Amorosa is a perfect example. As you’ve likely inferred from the name, the winery is a castle. No, really. It’s as if a stereotypical European castle from the Middle Ages had somehow plopped down in California — in perfect condition, no less. Don’t read too much judgment into my tone, though; there’s at least an equal part entertainment. This is actually my winery of choice for bringing guests, just because it’s so fascinatingly odd.
There are plenty of other wineries nearby, not all of which are as flamboyantly over-the-top as Castello di Amorosa. If you’re visiting and have time, I’d recommend driving around until you see one that catches your eye. Just about every winery you encounter will have tastings available, and it’s very difficult to find bad wine in this part of the state.
If you need another starting point, though, I’d recommend HALL Rutherford (which requires an appointment, so plan ahead). The tasting room is incredible, and don’t miss the breathtaking chandelier, designed to look like a grape vine’s roots.