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Darioush Review

The lavish visitor center at this winery is unlike any other in the valley: 16 freestanding, sand-colored columns loom in front of a travertine building that looks like a cross between the Parthenon and a sultan's palace. You'll sense the pride that proprietor Darioush Khaledi feels for his Persian heritage throughout your visit, most notably in the warmth of the hospitality here. Although walk-in parties of six or fewer can taste at the bar, call in advance or book online to sit at a table. In either case, the wines—often a Chardonnay, a Viognier, a Merlot, a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Shiraz, and Duel, a Cabernet-Shiraz blend—are the same. The Cabernet, the blend, and the Shiraz garner deserved praise. The Chardonnay, daringly buttery for this day and age, is the best of the whites.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 4240 Silverado Trail, near Shady Oaks Dr., Napa, CA, 94558
  • Phone: 707/257–2345
  • Cost: Tasting $40–$300
  • Hours: Daily 10:30–5, tour by appointment
  • Website:
  • Location: Napa
Updated: 03-04-2013

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