January is the middle of Cabernet season in Napa Valley, a great time to visit, when the crowds are thinned and there’s plenty of Cabernet Sauvignon to drink. Planning your itinerary? Here are the activities you’ll want to include, many with special savings for the month of January.
The Howell Mountain Cabernet Tasting takes place at Clif Family Winery (and if the name looks familiar, it’s because this is the same family behind those iconic energy bars). The wine-pairing experience includes delicious cuisine from the family’s own farm. It’s only available during Cabernet season and comes at $40 per guest.
Be winemaker for the day when you book the Barrel Blending Experience at Conn Creek Winery. You’ll blend any combination of the Cabernets available to create your own personalized wine, then bottle, hand cork and label it. Reservations for this special experience are required, and it’s only available 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m. daily at $125 per guest.
Sattui Winery is offering special seasonal tastings all Cabernet season long, with fun themes ranging from fondue to fireside stew. The prices depend on the tasting experience you choose, from $25 to $75. You’ll want to book this weekend experience fast!
Can’t make it to Napa Valley until February? There’s still plenty to do. For example, ZD Wines celebrates its 50th anniversary starting in February, so you can book your spot at special tastings on weekends during the month. The seated tastings include current and library selections of Cabernet Sauvignon, and barrel samples.
Ristorante Consorzio is almost as famous for its selection of fine cheeses as its delicious wines. After one evening dining here I understand why. The selections of both are extensive and top-notch, and feature a variety of each from around the country.
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