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Oakville , California
Tel: 707 945 1220
Concierge.com's insider take:
A cult favorite, this medium-size boutique winery in Oakville is partially owned by San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and billionaire Gordon Getty. PlumpJack doesn't do organized tours or allow limousines on the property, but it does have a whimsical Shakespeare-themed tasting room (PlumpJack is a reference to Jack Falstaff, the famously rotund character in Shakespeare's Henry IV). The staff pours between one and three featured varietals daily. The luscious cabernet has a rich mouthfeel and lingers long on the palate. There's also a worthwhile reserve chardonnay and a syrah rich with overtones of caramel. Unlike other Napa Valley wineries, you won't pay a fortune to taste here, just a mere $10. Don't be surprised when the tasting-room attendant opens a new bottle: PlumpJack is the winery largely responsible for the proliferation of screw tops on fine wines, claiming that these tops prevent spoilage. Tasting fee, no reservation required.
Open daily 10 am to 4 pm.
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