This year, it seems, an unusually large number of my friends are planning trips out west to explore Napa and Sonoma. And, as always, I try to recommend a range of winery visits, from larger and more formal ones to the mom-and-pop operations that often provide such unexpectedly memorable experiences.
This year, in addition to the usual destinations I’ve been recommending, I have also suggested that my friends and colleagues make a point of getting to Rubicon, one of the Napa Valley’s most famous estates and producer of the eponymous Rubicon, one of California’s more sought after wines year after year.
Rubicon recently introduced a $15 package that includes a tour of the estate (founded in 1880 and, in 1975, purchased by Francis Ford Coppola and his wife Eleanor), its chateau, the winery itself, and the property’s museum, after which guests can refresh themselves with tastings of the Sofia Rosé 2009, Captain’s Reserve Syrah 2006, and Captain’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2006.
I’ll be covering other wine-travel options in the coming weeks and months, but for now, this new offer at Rubicon is a great way to start, and a fantastic anchor to an end-of-summer trip out west.