Sampling The Past, Present and Future With Clos Du Val Winery
In early October I was invited to come and check out Clos Du Val Winery and their updated tasting room. Being a local, it’s easy for me to jump in the car and head out for a site visit to check out a winery for future visits and or a place to refer other guests visiting Napa. You have to love where you live!! I was really impressed by the complete redesign of the tasting room and outdoor space. Their designer Erin Martin absolutely killed it! The tasting room is a mix of modern and rustic, finished withoak barrel staves on the walls, chic leather chairs and couches, living plants, a glass chandelier that looks like an organ you would see in a church (a fancy modern church that is) and some of the most Instagram-worthy art pieces in Napa! Of course I had to plan a day to bring my girlfriends back and introduce them to all that is Clos Du Val.
I thought getting the girls to agree to one date would be hard, but actually trying to select which tasting experience to go through was the toughest part! They offer so many tastings that are unique to their property and the many library offerings they are able to supply! Praise founding winemaker Bernard Portet, who had the foresight to hold back so many fun vintages of their wines so we can all benefit from a sample in our collective life times. See below for some of the tasting experiences they offer:
Social Circle: A dedicated host will take you through their current release line up and a special library wine, seated in their new tasting room, this experience will run you $35 and lasts 45 - 60 minutes.
Full Circle: A Clos Du Val host will take you through their current release line up and a special library wine, seated inside and or on their outdoor patioat your own private table (leashed pets welcome outdoors). This experience is $45 per person and lasts 60 minutes.
Rubbing Elbows: A host will guide you on a tour of the property, winemaking facility and vineyards, return to your private room and enjoy a flight of current release wines with cheese and charcuterie in addition to a sampling of a library wine. And that ‘rubbing elbows’ part? You’ll also get to hear insights directly from the winemaking team. Get your questions ready! This experience is $65 per person and lasts 90 minutes. Must book in advance!
Family First: This experience is truly for anyone coming to Napa Valley to enjoy each other and or perhaps asurprise engagement? The winery recommends this for anyone who has already visited CDV and had the full experience and history because this is a very casual hands off experience. They invite you to pick out a bottle of wine, then you’ll be given a picnic basket complete with lunch for two and a table reserved in their olive grove for you to enjoy each other’s company. Advanced reservations are required, available seasonally Monday - Thursday and leashed pets are welcome as this is enjoyed outdoors. This experience is $125 per person, however additional meals can be purchased if more than 2 guests wish are in attendance.
Key To The Library: This is an experience you really won’t see offered at many wineries. Access to exclusive library wines and wines normally reserved just for their club Coterie Members. For two hours you have one of their private rooms to yourself with up to 6 guests, this can be catered and completely customized to your liking. You must book in advance and reach out for more details regarding price.
We decided since we had a tight schedule that day, we would stick with their Full Circle experience (60 - 75 minutes). We had a dedicated host to guide us through our tasting of five different wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and a library vintage of their Stags Leap Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. If I would have had more time, I definitely would have been into the “Rubbing Elbows” experience because who doesn’t love some cheese and charcuterie to pair with your wine, not to mention the option to see where the magic happens in their cellar!
I highly recommend putting Clos Du Val on your list for places to visit on your next Napa trip.
Thank you Clos Du Val for sponsoring this post!