Friday, November 16, 2007

Tasting Room Recommendation: Domaine Chandon Napa Valley

A big surprise for us on our Napa tour was how much we loved Domaine Chandon's Tasting room. Champagne or Sparkling made in the Méthode Traditionnelle.. (don't want the french cracking down on me), is a great respite from red wine tasting. It wakes your palate back up and gets your brain enjoying something different. The grounds here are of course beautiful but we really loved the tasting room. Ground to ceiling windows showing off the grounds, lots of different sparkling tastings, small bites to order, and table where you and your group can enjoy a bottle of champagne. Very knowledgeable staff, great small bites menu, and the food order arrived quickly and was delicious. The fleur de sel on my sandwich's crust was such a nice touch and really paired well with the wine. We would have hung out all day if we didn't have a food and wine pairing appointment at St Francis.

We've vowed to come back to check out this place in the evenings when they serve champagne cocktails and it turns into a lounge. Bubble Hour features 1/2 off Chandon wine and $5 sparkling cocktails from 6-7 pm. The lounge is open till 10pm. Considering how quiet wine country is a night, this would be a great place to unwind in the evening. Hwy 29 Yountville.


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