Our next appointment was at Frank Family Vineyards, formerly Hans Kornell Cellars, but we had some free time and decided to make a quick stop at Envy. We had hoped to visit a winery we weren’t familiar with and Envy fit the bill. The owners of Envy have been making wines for many years, but the tasting room has been open for just a few years. It’s intimate, stylish and has clean lines. Our server was friendly and attentive and we were sorry we weren’t able to spend more time there as we enjoyed our experience (including the group in Halloween costumes at the tasting bar!) and the wines were excellent.
Frank Family was just down the road and we had an excellent experience there. We had been told to ask for tasting room manager Dennis Zablosky. He was busy when we arrived, so we were sent to the sparkling wine bar where we began our tasting. As famed sparkling wine producer Hans Kornell previously occupied the property, they have an advantage in the production of bubbly. Laura loves sparkling wines and we were both happy with what we tasted. We moved to another room and another tasting bar where we sampled a few still wines before being invited into Dennis’ office. Remember, this was Halloween and once again we encountered several folks in full costume in his office. Dennis is the perfect host. He held court at his desk as he poured us several of the Frank Family reserve wines and shared stories with us. He told us about receiving a customer’s last will and testament years ago and thinking it must have been a mistake. She told him to open the package and read section two. Her will stated that she be buried with a bottle of Frank Family Chardonnay, her favorite wine.
Our last stop on our incredible journey was a Duckhorn Vineyards. Again, the weather was as close to perfect as I can imagine… sunshine and 70s with a gentle breeze and a touch of Autumn in the air. Somehow they were expecting a group of twelve, but it was just the two of us. Tom gave us a tour of the winery and then brought us into a private tasting room where he proceeded to knock our socks off. Five bottles of wine had been decanted and we tasted elegant Cabernets and Merlots as well as some offerings from sister winery Paraduxx. Artisan cheeses accompanied the wines to perfection.
I can’t imagine a better trip, but trust me, I’m busy planning one. Thanks for coming along with us. I hope you enjoyed the journey.