Domaine Carneros

Domaine Carneros is a winery in Napa that specializes in sparkling wine and pinot noir. The winery is inside a large chateau style house and the property is beautiful. They have a large patio outside and an indoor room for tastings.

I didn’t want to do a long educational tour, so we came to this winery because they have a nice tasting room and you don’t have to do a tour.

Chateau Sampler

This was my first time doing a wine tasting and I am by no means a wine connoisseur. I had the chateau sampler ($25), which came with two selections of champagne and two selections of pinot noir.

Starting from the left was the 2009 brut cuvée. Brut refers to the dryness of the champagne as well as the mixture of both pinot noir and chardonnay. This champagne was the most bitter out of the ones I tried.

The next glass was the brut rosé. This one was a pretty pink colour and it tasted slightly sweeter and more fruity than the previous one.

The first pinot noir glass was the 2011 avante-garde. I’m not much of a red wine drinker, but I enjoyed this glass. It had a mild flavour and it was smooth and easy to drink.

The last glass was the 2010 estate pinot noir. When I took a sip of it, it reminded me of pulled pork. I probably just made every wine connoisseur die inside. What I really meant was that this had a woody almost smokey flavour to it. I didn’t care for this wine and I wouldn’t drink it again.

I enjoyed my wine tasting at Domaine Carneros. I liked the fact that it was a bigger winery and it wasn’t too small and intimidating. This is also a nice place to take photos.


Yes, for a nice sparkling wine tasting.


Categories: $$$ ($15-$25), California, San Francisco


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