back to Press Releases One-of-a-kind Wine Experience opens in Napa Valley
- Date: May 04, 2009
- Location: St. Helena, Calif.
A visit to the Conn Creek AVA Room is a tasting tour of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, all in one stop, from Carneros to Calistoga.
Conn Creek Napa Valley is proud to announce the long awaited opening of our unique AVA Room and Barrel Blending Experience to the public. This tasting, blending and bottling experience has historically only been accessible to the wine trade, until today. Now, by appointment only, wine lovers of all levels can taste their way through Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon all in one stop, from Carneros to Calistoga and Spring Mountain to Howell Mountain. The AVA Barrel and Blending Experience is a guided two-hour seminar that provides an educational overview of the Napa Valley’s 14 renowned sub-appellations. During the seminar, participants taste barrel samples of Cabernet Sauvignon from these sub-appellations, as well as the other Bordeaux blending varietals, before creating a bottle of their own blend to take home that same day. Winemaker Mike McGrath categorized the Cabernets by flavor and richness—starting with the softest and ending with the boldest—to help guide the tasting and blending experience.
The dream of creating the Conn Creek Napa Valley AVA room began many years ago while we were searching for the best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes to create our flagship wine called Anthology. This quest led to the discovery of many exceptional single-vineyard sites that, in turn, formed the basis for the Conn Creek Napa Valley AVA Program. Today, Conn Creek sources fruit from prized vineyards in nearly all of the Napa Valley’s 14 AVAs. The next logical step was to showcase these wines in one room, providing consumers a rare opportunity to learn, taste, and blend wines from many distinctive regions that make up Napa Valley.
The cost for this exceptional experience is $95 per person, which includes a guided walk-around barrel tasting, instructions on blending techniques, the opportunity to blend, cork and take home a custom bottle of wine, and a tasting of Conn Creek’s current releases.. Appointments for the AVA room are limited to two times per day (10:30am and 2:00pm) for up to 10 people, daily except Wednesday.