Fodor's Expert Review Joseph Phelps Vineyards
An appointment is required for tastings at the winery started by the late Joseph Phelps, but it's worth the effort—all the more so after an inspired renovation of the main redwood structure, a classic of 1970s Northern California architecture. Phelps produces very fine whites, along with Pinot Noir from its Sonoma Coast vineyards, but the blockbusters are the Bordeaux reds, particularly the Cabernet Sauvignons and Insignia, a luscious-yet-subtle Cab-dominant blend. Insignia, which often receives high-90s scores from respected wine publications, is always among the current releases poured at the one-hour seated Terrace Tasting overlooking grapevines and oaks. Several other experiences involve food pairings; participants in the blending seminar mix the varietals that go into Insignia.