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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Review

An appointment is required for tastings at the winery started by the legendary Joseph Phelps—his son Bill now runs the operation—but it's well worth the effort. Phelps makes fine whites, but the blockbuster wines are reds, particularly the Cabernet Sauvignon and the flagship Bordeaux-style blend called Insignia. The luscious-yet-subtle Insignia sells for more than $200 a bottle. Luckily, all tastings include the current vintage. The 90-minute seminars include one on wine-and-cheese pairing and another focusing on blending. In the latter you mix the various varietals that go into the Insignia blend. Through early 2015, a visit to the winery will take place in a temporary tasting pavilion among the vines while the main guest center undergoes renovation.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 200 Taplin Rd., off Silverado Trail, St. Helena, CA, 94574 | Map It
  • Phone: 707/963–2745; 800/707–5789
  • Cost: Tastings $35–$150, seminars $75
  • Hours: Weekdays 9–5, weekends 10–4; tastings by appointment
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  • Location: St. Helena
Updated: 05-01-2014

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