A Valley Original: 1881 Napa Wine History Museum and Tasting Salon

Photo: Oakville Grocery

Get an inside peek at this historic Victorian located next door to Oakville Grocery. Co-host Jean-Charles Boisset shares his love of history, stemming back to his childhood in Burgundy, and reflects on the inspiration for the museum and the 1881 Napa wines. Wines we taste today are the 1881 Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine, made of 100 percent chardonnay grapes along with the 2016 1881 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon.  

This episode is made possible by Oakville Grocery, part of Boisset Collection, a portfolio of wineries and lifestyle destinations with strong historical and family roots. 

We talk with Ali Madrid, tasting room manager at 1881 and learn more about the setting, its bountiful collectibles and  the 16 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) in Napa. Madrid shares a few of the tasting experiences available in the salon, and then introduces us to the gorgeous outdoor patio.

Next, we sit down with 1881 Winemaker Thane Knutson. We hear about how he started at Raymond Vineyards a decade ago and brings his winemaking insights to the newest line of 1881 Napa wines.  From the sparkling wine and rosé, to the chardonnay and red blends, Knutson describes the winemaking techniques. We learn more about the AVA collection, bringing visitors an opportunity to taste side-by-side across the various regions in Napa Valley.

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