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A Day in the Wine Country with 'ESPERYA' 'A possible scenario for a wonderful day...'

Now that you have 'left it all behind' envision yourself in a different place, being pampered by the best tour and event organization in the Napa/Sonoma region.

A friendly, personable ESPERYA "guide" will pick you up at your hotel, B&B or luxury resort at 10 a.m. to begin this great 'experience'.

We can begin your day right with a little bubbly - sparkling wine at Domaine Chandon, Domaine Carneros or Mumm - to get your palette prepared. At any of these superb locations, you will be surrounded by lush gardens that will awaken your senses.

After the bubbly we often take a jaunt to Cakebread Cellars , well known for their chardonnay. Cakebread Cellars in Rutherford was founded by the Cakebread family 1973. It not only has an extremely friendly staff, but their people also have much knowledge to share with you.

By now we can move on to tasting a stellar cabernet (perhaps Silver Oak or Opus One ). With either you will find yourself relaxing, sniffing and tasting some wonderful wines. Opus One is a partnership between Robert Mondavi, and Baroness Philippine Rothschild, proprietress of Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux, France. Tasting is in the Partner's Room where you will experience an incredibly "big" cabernet. We will then take our wine glasses to the top on the balcony and see a spectacular 360-degree view. The ambiance is wonderful. In 1972 Silver Oak's founders turned the old Keig Dairy in Oakville into the beautiful site it is today.

By now, it will be time to break for lunch. Lunch can be an Al Fresco picnic at one of the wineries, or at one of the Valley's finest restaurants - often in a floral garden or romantic courtyard. Either way, it's a great experience. Should you picnic, we will have time to take in two (2) more wineries. Otherwise, one more winery will end this wonderful day. Two of our favorite wineries where we can end the day are: Vine Cliff and Del Dotto. We will need an appointment with either (which is taken care of by ESPERYA), and it will be well worth that little extra effort.

Vine Cliff Vineyards has estate vineyards in Oakville, Calistoga, Carneros, and Howell Mountain. The past 15 years the Sweeney's have been re-creating the once-beautiful hillside that has been the Oakville home to Vine Cliff since 1871, bringing it back to life. They have literally raised it from the ashes of over 85 years of neglect to today's state-of-the-art winery with more than 15,000 square feet of cave space. The wines, the gardens, the caves are a must-do on anyone's wine tour.

Del Dotto Vineyards, Caves and Wine Cellars: What can we say, except this is a true esperyansa! David Del Dotto and his family, along with Master Nils Venge produce some of Napa Valley's most respected wines. The Caves and tasting room are in the historic Hedgeside Distillery building in Napa (circa 1884), and the caves are truly intriguing for any history buff. They show the original chisel marks and are one of the six (6) original caves hand dug in the late 1800's. The best part of the experience is the barrel tasting. During the tour in the cave you will learn secrets of the wine aging process in fine and exotic oak barrels from France, America, and China. You will be able to taste the distinct differences resulting from how the wine is aged in the different oak barrels. After the barrel tasting you will then taste their excellent bottled wines with cheese, crackers, and chocolate!

Your ESPERYA guide will take you and your group back to your respective locations at approximately 5pm.

All tours include:
- Customized Itinerary (example above is just one of many possibilities)
- Transportation and a personalized tour guide for the day
- A Gourmet Picnic / (Al Fresco picnic and restaurant prices vary)
- And an incredible overall 'esperyansa!'


A Day in the wine country with Esperya. An example of one of our tours.

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