Most of the Napa and Sonoma County wineries charge a fee for wine tasting. Some, actually most, will apply the tasting fee to any purchases you make on site, at the time of tasting. Just go to eConcierge.com and get your discounts online or directly into your smart phone with their App.
Arrowood (all 2 for 1 except as noted)
Chateau St. Jean
Clos Du Bois
Kunde (free wine tasting)
Ledson (upgraded wine tasting)
Schug (15% off)
Franciscan ($5 off wine tasting)
Rutherford Hill (10% off purchases)
V. Sattui (upgraded wine tasting)
And here are their top ten bites (I do not necessarily agree):
2. Culinary Institute of America (CIA)
3. French Laundry (if you can get in)
4. Oakville Grocery (one of my favs)
7. Mustard’s Grill (another fav)
8. Auberge Du Soleil (not worth the $)
9. Bouchon Bakery (yes)
10. Dry Creek Kitchen
Known or not known wine facts:
Wine is fat-free and contains no cholesterol.
A six ounce glass of wine contains about 130 calories.
California produces about 77% of the U.S. wine grape crop.
Although red wine can only be produced from red grapes, white wine can be produced from both red and white grapes.
Compared to beer and liquor drinkers, (and even non-drinkers), wine drinkers have healthier lifestyles.
Wine drinkers tend to exercise more, smoke less, and have a higher intake of fruits, vegetables and salad.
Wine drinkers have a higher education level as well as socio-economic status, eat less saturated fat, but more fiber.
Wine drinkers are also better adjusted, less neurotic, and depressed.
Wine drinkers have higher IQs.
I see no good reason why you should not keep drinking!!!