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Back-Stage Open Houses

The following Open House descriptions were for this last year's event.
Please look for 2016 updates early next year.

Baldacci Family Vineyards

Baldacci Family Vineyards is pleased to welcome you this year to our family's Red Barn at our Stags Leap District property. While surrounded by our vineyards, relax and enjoy the view, our barbecue, live music and other activities. You'll be tasting our single vineyard, pure varietal SLD Estate Cabernet as well as our Carneros Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. All V2V guests are welcome at the Red Barn from10:00am until 4:00pm on Saturday.

Chimney Rock Winery

For this year's V2V Open House event, Chimney Rock Winery and Terlato Family Vineyards invite you to spend some time with us at a special vineyard setting on the estate grounds (weather permitting). Upon arrival, you'll enjoy a brief tour of the winery and then be escorted to a picturesque grove in our vineyards. Winery owner, John Terlato, and winemaker Elizabeth Vianna look forward to sharing some of our estate wines (finished AND future), along with live music and some delicious bites themed to reflect our unique, Cape Dutch South African architecture.

For those who would like to visit us on Sunday after the V2V Brunch, we will be offering complimentary tastings for V2V pass holders.

Cliff Lede Vineyards

We look forward to welcoming you to Cliff Lede Vineyards, where V2V guests will be given exclusive access to visit the winery tank room. Open House guests will taste our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District, and will be among the first to experience the newest vintage of our winery exclusive "Rock Block" Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2012 Beautiful Generation. Savor pies from Tra Vigne Pizzeria while mingling with the Cliff Lede Vineyards' winemaking team. Toss in some classic rock spun by San Francisco's DJ Mancub, and you have a recipe for a laid back vintner-style Saturday.

Clos Du Val

Clos Du Val extends a warm welcome, with French flair—join us for the "Bienvenue Brunch". Located at the southern entrance of the renowned Stags Leap District, our beautiful, ivy-covered winery estate is ideally situated for starting your glorious day exploring the wines of the Stags Leap District. Back by popular demand, our gourmet brunch will be served in the picturesque Olive Grove from 10am-12noon (other fare will be served throughout the afternoon). Of course, a fashionable start to any meal includes an apéritif, which we've made from our lovely Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc. Follow that with delicious brunch fare, charcuterie, and savory crêpes before tasting some of our limited-production estate red wines while listening to the sultry sounds of various French jazz artists.

Winemaker Kristy Melton and President Steve Tamburelli have chosen some really fine wines to pour for you today, including our current vintage 2010 Stags Leap District Estate Cabernet, the 2011 Petit Verdot (only 300 cases produced), and the unveiling of the 2011 "Joie Du Vin", Single Block Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (only 483 1.5L bottles produced). And for a preview of the outstanding 2013 vintage, Kristy and Steve will be offering a taste of the Stags Leap District Reserve Estate Cabernet Sauvignon out of barrel. If you would like to linger a little longer, we invite you to play a game of pétanque, a French game known for its ease of play and conviviality.

Hartwell Vineyards

We look forward to welcoming you to Hartwell Estate Vineyards, where V2V guests will be given exclusive access to visit the By Appointment Only winery. Bob and Blanca will be welcoming guests on Saturday, April 25th from 10:00 to 4:00pm. Join us for a unique sampling of our highest quality Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon with Tri Tip and other mouth watering food fare. Our Winemaker, Benoit Touquette will be on hand to discuss his take on viticulture, fermentation and aging process.

Our small Stags Leap District Estate Vineyard on Wappo Hill uniquely combines a southern hillside exposure for maximum ripening potential of our red Bordeaux varietals along with cool, fog-filled evenings that allow for optimum structural development yielding greater precision in the harvested grapes. The rare granitic soils (Wappo Hill is believed to be an extinct volcano) retain heat and minimize water retention, stressing the vines causing them to push their roots deeper in search of nourishment. Careful planting of specific varietals with regards to subtle differences in soil depths, composition and daylight exposure, mirrors the fundamental terroir concepts used for centuries on both the Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux.

Ilsley Vineyards

Once a year, the Ilsley family welcomes guests to relax and enjoy their limited production Cabernet Sauvignons. Having recently tasted thru the past 10 vintages, they will be taking two of their favorite wines from the library to share with V2V guests. Enjoy a sampling of Ilsley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon with the winemaker, Heather Pyle, and discover where these fine wines begin and how they are aging beautifully. Chef Ron Stainer will again create a new savory slider to pair with our latest fabulous Cabernet Sauvignon and our unique Seis Primas cookies. The Ilsley family will be welcoming guests on Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00. Please come by and join us!

Lindstrom Wines

Please join us for a unique tasting opportunity at Lindstrom Wines, rarely open to the public. Vintners Greg and Carol Lindstrom are delighted to welcome you to their stunning vineyard tasting venue overlooking the Stags Leap palisade. Taste the critically acclaimed, limited production Lindstrom Estate Cabernets along with gourmet paella by Gerard's Paella. We look forward to sharing our wine with you!

Malk Family Vineyards

As the smallest producer of wine in the Stags Leap District, we at Malk Family Vineyards open our home only once a year...and it's for this occasion: the wine-tasting event of the year for our district — Vineyard to Vintner (V2V).

On Saturday, April 25th, Nancy and I welcome you to our home on Silverado Trail. A special day for all of us, we greet old friends and customers, and, hopefully, make new devotees of our wine, after they sample our vintages.

On hand to answer your questions is Robbie Meyer, our highly acclaimed winemaker. In addition, several Malk family members will be pouring one of our well-received 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, premier Pinot Noir, and our yet-to-be-released 2014 Sauvignon Blanc.

Savor our Cabernet Sauvignon with a traditional South African barbecue of Boerewors (farmer's sausage), cave-aged cheeses with our Pinot Noir, and fresh berries in season to accompany our Sauvignon Blanc.

Make sure you visit us on Saturday, April 25th, since we will not be open on Sunday. We look forward to seeing you soon and having you taste our incredible wines.

Odette Estate Winery

Odette Estate invites Vineyard to Vintner guests to the newest winery in the Stags Leap District. Join us for a leisurely afternoon of luxury as you taste the inaugural release of our critically acclaimed Estate Cabernet Sauvignon paired with delectable Cabernet-filled chocolates. Take in the beauty and understated elegance of our tasting room, patio and courtyard area where you will be introduced to the wines carefully crafted from our estate vineyard. Guided group tours of our new state-of-the-art winery will be offered at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30pm. See how our living roof and other green building practices reinforce our commitment to the environment and sustainability. Between 11-2pm, meet and mingle with our winemaker, Jeff Owens, who will be conducting barrel tastings and answering questions on how he approaches his craft.

Pine Ridge Vineyards

Mingle in our Estate Gardens with Winemaker Michael Beaulac and other members of the winemaking team while listening to live music and enjoying breathtaking views of the Stags Leap District Palisades. Winery Chef Susan Lassalette will prepare delicious bites artfully paired with some of our most exclusive wines, including the newly-released, highly-acclaimed 2012 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon and our single-vineyard Stags Leap District Chardonnay, Le Petit Clos. Visitors will also enjoy a sneak peak of our 2013 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, pulled straight from the barrel. On Sunday we also welcome visitors with V2V passes to enjoy complimentary tastings.

Regusci Winery

The Regusci Family welcomes V2V guests to our historic Ranch for an exclusive experience amidst one of the most inspiring views in the Napa Valley. Spend the afternoon in our culinary garden while tapping your feet to live music and tasting several limited-production Estate wines, all paired with a selection of delicious farm-to-table hors d'oeuvres created by Winery Chef Angel Perez. We look forward to seeing you Saturday, April 25th from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Robinson Family Vineyards

Relax with the Robinsons as we welcome you with open arms — and cellar — to our quiet estate winery nestled at the base of the majestic Palisades in the heart of Stags Leap District. We're showcasing three generations of family winemaking with a vertical tasting of our luscious estate 2007 thru 2011 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Relax on our sundrenched patio with current vintages of our celebrated Merlot and Cabernet Franc paired with our famous fresh pizzas pulled directly from our outdoor brick pizza oven.

We will be open Sunday 1-3pm for a complimentary tasting for V2V pass holders after the Sunday Bunch.

Shafer Vineyards

Shafer extends a warm welcome to this special celebration of Stags Leap District, our home since 1973. John Shafer, who led the effort with our neighbors to establish the District (a four-year process from 1985 through 1989) will be on hand throughout the day to greet you along with winery president Doug Shafer and winemaker Elias Fernandez. This year we'll uncork two of our Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignons, the 2012 One Point Five, which is a newly released wine, and 2006 Hillside Select, which we will pull from our library especially for V2V guests. Our friend Chef Visconte will prepare delicious hors d'oeuvres to accompany the wines. Our wines available for sale will be 2013 Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay, 2012 Merlot, and 2012 One Point Five Cabernet Sauvignon. Our other wines are sold out; likewise because of the extremely limited amount of 2006 Hillside Select in our library, it will not be available for purchase. Our event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you!

Silverado Vineyards

Make your reservation now! Join Winemaker Jon Emmerich as we match SOLO with well-chosen cheese from local purveyors. We are especially excited this year to have renowned Author and Cheese Guru, Janet Fletcher in person. Janet will present artisanal cheeses to pair with each rare wine. Janet is the weekly columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of two best-selling books on cheese: Cheese & Wine and The Cheese Course. Please note: reservations are required for this very limited event. There are two seating times — 10:30am and 1:00pm. These seatings will be the only chance V2V participants have on Saturday to join us here at Silverado Vineyards, as we will be busy preparing to host everyone for the extraordinary Sunday brunch. We apologize that we will not be able to accommodate drop-ins, so please make your reservations now by calling (707) 259-6617.

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

We look forward to welcoming V2V guests for "BBQ and Blues" on the FAY lawn with sweeping views of our Estate vineyards and the Stags Leap Palisades behind. This special event is being held on a part of the property not usually seen by the public. This is the backyard of the former home of Nathan Fay, the first person to plant Cabernet in the Stags Leap District. You will enjoy tasting our iconic wines and delicious Barbecued grass-fed Tri-Tip and other tasty BBQ favorites while being entertained by live Blues music. Our Open House runs from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday.

Stags' Leap Winery

Stags' Leap Winery invites you to celebrate Vineyard to Vintner at one of the oldest wine estates within the Stags Leap District. In honor of one of our favorite weekends of the year, winemaker Christophe Paubert will be on hand throughout the day pouring his newest releases as well as exclusive library and large format selections hand selected from the winery cellar. Be amongst the first to taste our 2014 Amparo Rosé and Napa Valley Viognier, our first releases of the year, alongside our celebrated estate Cabernet Sauvignons and Petite Sirah. Rarely open to the public, the historic Manor House porch will be yours for the afternoon to enjoy Napa Valley Crust wood fired pizzas and delicious hors d'oeuvres alongside these exceptional wines. Special V2V pricing will be extended to guests.

Steltzner Vineyards

Steltzner Vineyards welcomes our V2V guests to join us Poolside at our vineyard estate tucked in below the Stags Leap District palisades. Watch Live Fire Cooking, with delicious steak and smashed potatoes on the menu. Take in the views as you are surrounded by vineyards and learn about the geography of our small estate. Taste our two newest releases of 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignons, Pool Block and Martini Clone. Meet our founder Richard Steltzner, winemaker Bob Pepi and the rest of the crew while learning and immersing yourself in all things Stags Leap District. We look forward sharing some time, wine and stories with you Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Taylor Family Vineyards

The Taylor Family is excited to invite old and new friends to "Tapas at Taylor" on our deck overlooking our vineyard and the Stags Leap Palisades! Come share part of your day with us and enjoy our wines paired carefully with Tapas and our handcrafted confections. We will be pouring our Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and multiple Cabernets, including our limited production Cumulus! Along with the entire Taylor Family, our winemaker, Gustavo Brambila, will be mingling with guests. Visit us after the brunch on Sunday. We look forward to seeing you!

Terlato Family Vineyards
(open house at Chimney Rock Winery)

See Chimney Rock Winery.

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