My cousins were in from Scottsdale and they wanted to see Napa. Where to go to avoid the usual blah, blah? Well, I had met Mike Saviez at the last ZAP event in Fort Mason in January and he tendered an invite which I took him up on this Sunday. I have rarely been received more cordially in Napa or anywhere. And I strongly suggest that you try to drop by (appointment needed) next time you're up near Calistoga.
Left: In the vineyard.
Right: Mike Saviez speaking to the group.
Mike's family has been growing grapes in Napa for over 100 years. They also have holdings down near Fresno. They have a website:
Check it out for yourself and put it on your "to do list." They have a broad palette of zins, but also some nice cabs and a refreshing muscat canelli. There are interesting stories to be heard. You get a great view of that funky Sattui Castle. And just sitting in the vineyard in the shadow of the mountain, well .... aaaahhhh.