Winery Spotlight: ShadyBrook Estate Winery
Living in the Napa Valley comes with more than a few perks! As some of you know, I also work full time in the wine industry for Silver Trident Winery in Yountville, so my life here is different than some! I have the very unique opportunity to learn about wineries from an insider perspective and sometimes I get a sneak peak before the rest of the world, not always, but sometimes!
On this occasion I was invited to experience Shadybrook Estate Winery (formerly known as Chateau Lane) prior to their Grand Opening which is scheduled this Saturday, May 6th, 2017 - check their website here to see if any tickets remain! I had heard wonderful things about the property and was aware they offered a very unique experience which includes a trail ride with their horses that live on property! So cool! I was very impressed with the wines offered and as well their newly renovated hospitality center - bocce courts, gardens, horse stables and a state of the art winemaking facility - they truly have it all!
We were treated to the "Perfect Pairing" tasting for $65 per person. This tasting included five of their wines: 2014 Patine Blanc, 2014 Pinot Noir, 2013 Malbec, 2014 Estate V and 2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. I have to say, I was thoroughly impressed with their wines, their approachability and what I saw as great potential for aging! I was particularly drawn to their Patine Blanc, Malbec and Pinot Noir, which is pretty typical of my palette! The best part of this tasting, it comes with a gorgeous spread of locally sourced cheeses and cured meats! In addition to enjoying the gorgeous views and patio, we got to meet the horses!! As you can see below I took FULL advantage of the photo opportunities with each beauty!
Shadybrook Estate is located in Coombsville, an AVA famous for cooler climate Cabernet Sauvignon, rolling hills and a little less foot traffic than the Silverado Trail and HWY 29. They are south east 5 - 7 minutes from downtown Napa and require appointments to visit! They offer three experiences total: Terrace Tasting ($45 per person), Perfect Pairing ($65 per person) and The Ultimate Ranch Experience ($190 per person - includes 1 hour trail ride within the 2 1/2 hour experience). If you are a wine or horse enthusiast, you must make sure to include them on your next adventure in the Napa Valley!