TIME VISITED: 10/29/2015, 3:30:00 PM

Their website is extremely thorough, if you have any interest in checking it out.

A few quick notes on visiting the winery:

1. Reservations are required.

2. They are very strict about being on time for the tours.

3. They request that you do not wear perfume.

Vintner and CEO- Hugh Davies

Senior Winemaker- Sean Thompson

What we tried:

2012 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain
2011 Schramsberg Blanc De Noirs
2012 Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs Brut
2007 J Schram

What we bought:

2011 Blanc de Noirs

2012 J. Davies Cabernet Sauvignon, Diamond Mountain

To add to the romantic and beautiful décor, the caves are lit with candelabras and sconces, (and some not so beautiful cobwebs). The tasting took place right in the heart of the cave. We had a great tour guide, Rimple Nayyar, who was very knowledgeable and friendly.

Schramsberg Vineyards-

When you tell people that you are visiting Napa, many have a MUST winery they recommend to visit. At least five different people told us we MUST do the Schramsberg tour, because it was so amazing. We enthusiastically added it to itinerary, and I have to say, I’m so glad we did. It’s so beautiful, and there is a ton of history! In fact, it’s an actual Historical Monument declared by the California Historical Society.

Their Blanc de Blancs was served at the 1972 “Toast to Peace” dinner with President Nixon and China’s Premier Zhou Enlai, and has been at every U.S. Presidential administration since. Supposedly, as I have not yet obtained a YouTube video for it yet, Barbara Walters had a problem with the pronunciation, and called the sparkling wine “the Blankety Blank.” LOL. I will post the video if/when I find it.

The tour takes place in an indigenous cave that was carved into Diamond Mountain by the Chinese back in 1870- it was Napa’s first hillside cave built for wine-aging and storage. The walls of the cave are literally bottles and bottles of sparkling wine- it’s breathtaking.