On a knoll shaded by ancient oak trees, this French-owned maker of sparkling wines claims one of Yountville's prime pieces of real estate. Chandon is best known for bubblies, but the still wines—Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, and Pinot Noir—are also worth a try. You can sip by the flight or the glass at the bar or begin there and sit at tables in the lounge and return to the bar as needed; in good weather, tables are set up outside. Tours, which cover Chandon's French and California histories and the basics of making sparkling wines, end with a seated tasting. For the complete experience, order a cheese board or other hors d'oeuvres on the lounge menu.
May 25, 2008
Sit outside on the patio and enjoy the warm afternoon and beautiful gardens while dining on incredibly delicious food.