We are vino heads and moved in 2012 from Norcal to........ VIRGINIA. Sadness.
We have a few memberships back home that we re-upped so we can continue to get decent wines. VA doesn't make any palatable reds really. Whites are ok...
HIGHLY recommended from Napa:
- for silky, complex Cabernet- our hands down favorite but pricey
- for the best Zins you've had (and more, but Zin's the word)
- for affordable but very good bubbly
- for a less known bubbly alternative but really good and inexpensive for what it is
- for italian varietals in the italian style
Talbott (Carmel Valley)
for Chardonnay in the Bordeaux style, and very very good Pinots (but get the reserves on both accounts- the estates are just table wines)
- for a very different style of pinot that is very light in color but extremely floral and interesting- but don't drink it with food because it just won't be as impressive that way
for pretty interesting Cabernet clones
for the weirdest but very tasty Sangiovese Rose (!) that is great for summer BBQs! And suuuper cheap.
And finally, for good cheap Cabernet, Educated Guess
If any of you are out of towners heading to Napa, the best advice I can give you is stay away from rte 29 (better known as tourist alley) and instead travel one mile east to the silverado trail which runs parallel to 29. The road is far more beautiful, with less traffic, and the wine is actually good!