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New Sips

Enjoy these new releases and tasting rooms in Wine Country.



Sit back and relax in the stylish brick building at the Davies Vineyard.

Photo by Sarah Sanger

NEW RELEASES

Aperture Cellars, Healdsburg

Winemaker Jesse Katz dazzles with his 2016 barrel-fermented Sauvignon Musqué, a bouquet of rich peaches and grapefruit. $45. aperture-cellars.com.

Tognetti Family Winery, Napa

It’s finally here: the Tognetti Family’s 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The minimalist wine-making style comes through in the fine balance of flavors and the gorgeous body from French oak–barrel aging. $95, available online. tognettiwines.com.

Villa Ragazzi Winery, Napa

With only 195 cases produced, the 2014 Sangiovese bursts with a nice balance of bright red fruit and acidity. $38. villaragazziwine.com

NEW TASTING ROOMS

Acumen Wine Gallery, Napa 

Showcasing wines from the Atlas Peak estate, this large space in downtown Napa is designed by acclaimed artist Vincent Xeus. Tastings are $25 or $40. 1315 First St., acumenwine.com.

Arrow and Branch, St. Helena (at Wheeler Farms)

Wheeler Farms Winery, a historical property, is the gorgeous setting to enjoy wines produced by winemaker Jennifer Williams. Take in the beauty of the farm’s olive trees, heritage fruit trees, and beehives. $125. 588 Zinfandel Ln., arrowandbranch.com.

Escape to Wheeler Farms for vinos with a view. Photo by Alan Campbell

Davies Vineyards Grayson Building, St. Helena

Taste through a selection of wines from Davies Vineyards and sister property Schramsberg Vineyards at the new tasting room, located in a stylish brick building constructed with reclaimed farm wood and locally quarried stone. $50–$105 per person. 1210 Grayson Ave., daviesvineyards.com.

Durant and Booth, Oakville

Officially opened in 2016, the winery’s renovated tasting room now features a shared patio with its neighbor, Oakville Grocery. Grab gourmet take-out for your wine tasting. Lunch tasting is $50; basic tasting is $20. 7856 St. Helena Hwy., durantandbooth.com.

Gary Farrell Winery Salon, Healdsburg

This airy tasting room pairs great wine with gorgeous vistas of the Russian River Valley, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. $35–$75. 10701 Westside Rd., garyfarrellwinery.com.

Enjoy a cellar-style experience in La Folette's new tasting room. Photo by Jason Henthorne.

La Follette Wines, Healdsburg

Sip La Follette vinos at the new Cellar Door tasting room. Lined with oak casks and gorgeous photos of vineyards, the space evokes a true cellar experience for tasting the terroir-driven Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. $20. 4900 W. Dry Creek Rd., lafollettewines.com.

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