Winter Wine Tasting Experiences
Stunning estates, decadent wines, fire pits and cozy sweaters the perfect pairing for winter wine tasting.
There really is not a bad time to visit wine country. There's budding vines and bright blossoms in the spring, summer is filled with lush vineyards heavy with the year's soon to be vintage and long sunny afternoons made for sipping rose, then there's the excitement of harvest and the changing colors of the fall. But what about winter?
We know wine country does not necessarily come to mind as a winter activity, but we'll give you five reasons why it absolutely should.
- No Crowds
Depending on the region, peak season begins late spring and goes strong through October. This can mean tasting rooms jammed packed with other thirsty visitors, difficult if not impossible to book tasting reservations, distracted winery hosts and TRAFFIC. In the winter, however, this is not the case allowing you to book that coveted estate and enjoy more engaging experiences as the staff will have more time to spend with you. And, even better, you won’t be stuck in slow moving traffic so you will arrive on time and not be rushed.
- Its Red Wine Season
Yes, there are seasons for wine. Think about it, which would you rather? Sipping a super dark cabernet pool side on a sweltering summer day or a perfectly chilled rose? Not that you cannot enjoy your preferred wines any time, but there is a natural fit for some better than others. So it is with winter and red wines. This is the season for getting cozy by crackling fires and indulging in more hearty fare like rich braises, roasts, stews and pasta dishes all of which beg to be paired with bold red wines. Don’t worry, it’s not like all the white wines are locked away, you can still enjoy those too.
- Serene Landscapes
Every season has its beauty and winter in wine country is no exception. While the weather and geography will vary depending on the region, the season brings a peaceful serenity. Colder days will bring snow or at least a little frost to the vines creating a winter wonderland. Rainy days make for great photo opportunities with cute rain boots and a bright umbrella.
- Bust the Winter Blues
After all the holiday festivities and celebrations, the weeks between New Year’s and Valentine’s Day can seem, well a little dull. Planning a wine country getaway can be just the spark you need whether it be a day trip or a long weekend. In Northern California wine country, late winter is when the wild mustard begins to bloom painting the vineyard rows and open fields a vibrant and cheerful yellow that instantly boosts your mood.
- Upgrade Your Experience
Off season means lodging, dining & even spa specials. Treat yourself by snagging a great rate at that posh resort or boutique inn you’ve been swooning over on Pinterest. No trip to wine country is complete without exploring the regions restaurant scene. If you’re a foodie, then put this on your calendar now: January 11th – February 14th is Napa Valley Restaurant Week(s) a time when our favorite chefs create special dishes and menus at even more spectacular prices so you can indulge in culinary magnificence without breaking the bank. Check with local spas to find out about their winter specials and create a dreamy wine country experience worthy of filling your Instagram with.
CellarPassTV with Rob Lloyd of Lloyd Cellars and Chris Sawyer Sommelier
San Francisco, CA
Thursday, January 21, 2021, 6:00 PM
CellarPassTV with Acumen Wines & Phillip Ashley Chocolates
San Francisco, CA
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 6:00 PM
St. Helena Chamber of Commerce
2020-2021 St. Helena's Little Book of Big Experiences
St. Helena, CA
Sunday, November 15, 2020, 10:00 AM
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