Tasting Room Hours: By reservation only – daily 10am to 3:30pm, call (707) 942-0167.
Why go: Small, comfortable tasting room with great Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Larkmead Vineyards is a small producer (about 9,000 cases annually) of primarily Cabernet Sauvignon and red blends that come from their own Napa Valley vineyards. Estate blocs include plantings of Cab, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Tocai Friulano*. The vineyards began operation in 1895 and have been under family ownership ever since. Wines are not widely distributed, about 95% of sales take place at the winery. Prices range from about $60 to $150.
The tasting room is co-located with the winery on Larkmead Lane, a country road that runs between Highway 29 on the west and Silverado Trail to the east. Stand at the tasting bar or take a seat at one of several comfortable tables. Since all tastings are by reservation and private, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. Four wines are typically offered for a tasting flight.
*Tocai Friulano is historically a northern Italian white wine grape that is also grown extensively in Chile. In 2007 the name used within Europe was changed to simply Friulano by an edict of the European Union. Tocai was considered too similar to the Hungarian wine grape Tokaji, which the EU considered to have clearer rights to the name.