Tasting Hours: Sip Shoppe pours from 10:30am to 4:30 PM daily, Salon tastings are 10am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm daily. Reservations required, call (707) 754-4018.
Why Go: Swanson Vineyards produces ultra premium Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, plus Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Rosato and several other very nice wines. Salon tastings are formal sit-downs with bites and should be booked well in advance, the Sip Shoppe is informal and a phone call an hour or two ahead of time will usually get you in.
The Swanson Vineyards tasting facility has the appearance of a small French country estate home, secluded behind a weathered brick wall with a grove of trees in the outdoor tasting area out front. The Salon, pictured above, hosts formal tastings paired with cheese, nuts and chocolates. The Sip Shoppe is less formal, with walls covered in broad red and white vertical stripes like a circus tent.
Swanson was acquired by Sonoma County-based Vintage Wine Estates in 2015, joining a portfolio of brands that include B.R. Cohn, Clos Pegase, Cosentino and others.
Swanson Vineyards 2017 Rosato Napa Valley, pictured below, confirms Swanson isn’t just a producer of big red wines, they make great whites, rosé, and dessert wines, too.