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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

  • 200 Taplin Rd. Map It
  • St. Helena
  • Winery/Brewery/Distillery
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/24/2015

Fodor's 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. Participants in the latter mix the various varietals that go into the Insignia blend. A new tasting room debuts in 2015 following a major renovation project.

Sight Information


200 Taplin Rd., off Silverado Trail, St. Helena, California, 94574, United States

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707-963–2745; 800-707–5789

Sight Details:

  • Tastings and seminars $60–$150 by appointment
  • Weekdays 10–4, weekends 10–3; tastings by appointment

Published 07/24/2015


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