Whew, it’s hot. What to do on a triple digit temperature day in Napa?? Escape to an oh so close winery, relax on their deck, take in the views and savor their wines. A delightful way to enjoy “stay cool”.
Just a few minutes toward the north end of Napa is Laird Family Estate Winery and Vineyards. You might have driven by it even if you weren’t looking to stop in for a visit. From the road, one only sees the tarnished brass green colored pyramid roof top above the lush vineyards. We did miss the entrance, but with a U-turn entered the vineyard lined drive to the winery.
On this spur of the moment occasion, we were welcomed by a gargantuan rooster. I wonder if there was a story behind the giant bird. No story was offered, and we didn’t ask… next time. Standing behind our mascot was an Airstream trailer, the temporary entry portal until the renovations are completed, later this summer. Beyond the patio’s potted olive trees, one could see yellow caution tape barring entrance into the soon to be finished newly designed tasting room and sun deck overlooking the vineyards and stainless tanks. Shaded tables invited us to be seated. We were welcomed and offered several flights to familiarize ourselves with the Laird wines.
There were 2 flights each offering 5 wines. We tried one of each – the Standard offered a combo of whites and reds; The Reds – their wonderful reds. Our favorites were Jullian Red Wine Blend which proved to be a rich very full bodied with fragrant bouquet at $48 and the Napa Valley and 2013 Mast Ranch Cabs were delicious, 100% cab, full, with nice bouquets and finishes at $60 and $80 respectively .
the Laird Family Estate was a delightful escape from the searing heat and welcome reprieve so close to town and without the crowds. We’ll be back again, waiting to see the new winery look and of course, more delightful wines….