Forget the mall! The best way to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving is to go wine tasting! My girl friends and I started our gorgeous (slightly windy) Fall day at a favorite - Domaine Carneros.
ATMOSPHERE: Really, really beautiful. The kind of place that makes a girl sigh and want to get married there. Tastings are $15+ but worth it. You get 3 generous pours and a table to take the view in. Service is very polite. They were so busy on Saturday, we were seated upstairs in their private tasting rooms. That was a plus and a con. Plus: we got to see a new area of the winery. Con: it took several tries to get our server's attention because she was so busy.
WINES: We tasted the traditional Brut Cuvee, the exceptional Brut Rose, and the limited edition Vermeil Demi-Sec. They were all fantastic, with gorgeous, tiny bubbles.
The Brut Cuvee was dry, but not bone-dry. It was nutty, with just a HINT of berry and lemon, with a creamy finish. I ended up with two bottles - one as a gift and one to serve at Christmas dinner. A reliable, wonderful sparkling wine at only $26.
The Rose is my best friend's favorite - and mine. It has a lovely, light pink color and a mouthful of strawberries and peach. Not sweet at all.
This was the first time I tried their Vermeil and it was amazing. I kind of wish I had bought a bottle. It was lightly sweet, with hints of baked apple, caramel, and vanilla. Love the finish. Highly recommend this wine.