If you love Pinot Noir from the valley AND Cabernet Sauvignon from the mountain there is no need to pick sides with this trip that offers a four-night wine adventure for two couples. With stays at two guest houses, one in Napa, the other in Sonoma, you’ll get the best of both worlds… and a driver to boot! Here is how the trip will unfold:
Start your adventure in Sonoma at Bricoleur Vineyards. Your accommodation for two nights is their charming Milk Barn retreat. This beautifully renovated and stylish hideaway is well-appointed with two bedrooms and boasts of a lovely gourmet kitchen.
After getting settled, indulge in a private VIP Dinner exquisitely prepared by Bricoleur’s in-house chef. You’ll dine with a Bricoleur Founder and enjoy an array of estate-grown wines paired with garden delights.
An idyllic Russian River Valley escape, you’ll wake up surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Stroll through the rose garden and fruit orchards. Enjoy rowing or fishing on Bricoleur’s pond. Relax on the Pavilion lawn or play a game of Bocce on the courts. Unwind with a glass of vino to watch the sunset over the vineyards.
Your driver will pick you up early for the drive to the wild West Sonoma AVA where you will have a very special winemaker experience at Peay Vineyards. This private and exclusive experience will take place at Peay Vineyards 53-acre Estate Vineyard on the West Sonoma Coast. After touring the beautiful vineyard, you will enjoy a very special Library Tasting along with cheese accompaniments.
Hopefully you met Andy Peay when he visited us in Nashville in September for an extraordinary tasting of the entire portfolio of Peay wines. Nick and Andy Peay were early pioneers in what is now the West Sonoma Coast AVA as they planted the first substantial vineyard in the area in 1998. The wines have always been sommelier favorites.
Return to Healdsburg in the afternoon for a tasting at Limerick Lane Cellars. In an appellation that’s renowned for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Limerick Lane grows and produces world-class Zinfandel and Rhône Varietals. The first vineyard for this historic property was planted in 1910.
That evening, make plans to enjoy one of the great restaurants in Healdsburg.
It’s time to say so long to Bricoleur Vineyards this morning, as you head to your next accommodation, tasting as you go!
Established in 2014, The Setting is a collection of luxury wines created by three friends; Jeff Cova, Noah McMahon, and winemaker Jesse Katz. As the first winemaker to make the Forbes 30 under 30 list, Jesse’s experience spans 19 harvests at internationally acclaimed wineries such as Château Petrus, Robert Foley, and was a part of the winemaking team at Screaming Eagle. Enjoy a special tasting of The Setting portfolio.
Next, check into the Knights Bridge Winery’s Bailey Vineyard House, a lovely three bedroom, newly renovated vineyard home. Immerse yourself in the Knights Valley estate vineyard, a place of retreat and respite with natural spaces to discover.
While on the grounds, join the estate team and explore the new state-of-the-art winery and grand cave prior to being seated for an intimate, guided tasting experience in the art-filled tasting salon. Additionally, you will enjoy a multi-course lunch prepared by the Estate Chef. The menu will highlight fresh local ingredients along with vegetables and herbs harvested that morning from the vineyard garden, all paired with Knights Bridge wines.
No rest for the weary! You have one more tasting today, with Macauley Vineyard! Owner Macauley Watson was inspired to revive his family label after working for Rudd Estate. In 2001 he crushed his first grapes with his childhood friend Kirk Venge who has been winemaker ever since. They source the highest quality fruit in Napa Valley and make wines of great depth and personality. You will enjoy a special wine tasting in their St. Helena tasting room.
If you love Howell Mountain, then today is your jam. Begin with a special private tasting at CADE Estate Winery. PlumpJack partners Gavin Newsom, Gordon Getty and John Conover created CADE Estate Winery in 2005 with a 54-acre estate, elevated high above the fog line, on Howell Mountain. The partners constructed a state-of-the-art winery that paid tribute to the land, both aesthetically and ecologically. The high elevation Cabernet Sauvignon articulates the intense, powerful character of the estate while maintaining a balance of mountain fruit, firm acidity, and judicious oak.
Next, say hello to Dawn and Toby Forman, Owners and Vintners of Tobias Napa Valley. You might remember Dawn and her beautiful wines from 2023 Pairings – Toby was trapped at home in the surprise snowstorm! Nestled near the peak of Howell Mountain, perched high above the fog line, lies ‘Pauli Vineyard’, the source of the small production of their 100% Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. Enjoy a private vineyard tour and wine tasting with charcuterie at this gorgeous property.
Finally, no trip to Howell Mountain would be complete without being hosted by Mike Dunn at the iconic Dunn Vineyards. Mike’s dad Randy started making wine in 1975 at Caymus Vineyard and began making his own wine in 1979 on Howell Mountain. Mike joined in 1999 and now handles the winemaking. The 2019 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain was Wine Spectator’s #6 on 2023 Top 100 list.
Check out and return to Nashville knowing that maybe you still have the double magnum of 2010 Knights Bridge Pont de Chevalier Cabernet Sauvignon to sip while revisiting your special memories of this remarkable trip!
This trip for 2 couples includes:
Dinner & Tasting
Lunch & Tasting
Tour & Tasting
Restrictions: Itinerary subject to change based on availability at time of booking. Trip must be booked within a year from purchase. Trip is for two couples and does not include airfare or rental car. Unless otherwise specified, airport transfers are not included. Trip restrictions apply, see Trip Guidelines in the Auction Rules and Reference section of the catalog.
Donated by Bricoleur Vineyards, Knights Bridge Winery, Eclectic Tour, CADE Estate Winery, Dunn Vineyards, Limerick Lane Cellars, Macauley Vineyard, Peay Vineyards, The Setting Wines, Tobias Napa Valley