As we head into the holidays, this may be a perfect time to reacquaint yourself with wines made from grapes grown in Mount Veeder, a wonderful AVA on the southwestern side of Napa Valley. Wineries here have been producing richly intense, age-worthy wines since the 1860’s and their grapes have been crafted into some of our favorite wines over the years. Keep reading and we’ll recommend wines and wineries, including those we enjoyed the most at this September’s Taste of Mt. Veeder event (Chardonnays and Cabernet Sauvignons, of course, but we were also impressed by Mondeuse, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel wines).
We’ll also let you know about a holiday tasting coming to Yountville next month featuring about 10 wineries from the region. On the other hand, if you want to go wine tasting to explore these wines (and the rest of the wineries’ portfolios) on your own, we’ve included the street addresses for the wineries’ tasting rooms that are open to the public (and also noted if you need to have an appointment).
We always enjoy attending the Taste of Mt. Veeder, an enjoyable afternoon of wine, food, and live entertainment. Attendees paired their wines this year with Salumi, Olives, and an array of artisan cheeses including Beehive Cheese’s Barely Buzzed, Bellwether Farms’ Carmody, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company’s Toma, Cypress Grove Chevre’s Truffle Tremor and Cowgirl Creamery’s Wagon Wheel. Hess Collection Executive Chef Chad Hendrickson also prepared small bites such as Radishes with Sea Salt, Grilled Figs with Balsamic and a delicious Sandwich made with Roasted Pork (brined in Citrus and Fennel) Layered with Roasted Peppers, Bacon and Arugula.