Right next door to Oakville Grocery (the oldest continuously operating grocery store in California) stands another historical Victorian home (the original home of the Oakville Grocery founder) which has been recently transformed into 1881 Napa. The winery produces cabs from 13 different sub appellations in Napa. For $45 you can taste four wines from four different appellations. Compare and contrast and, if you like, buy a glass or a bottle to enjoy in the back patio with provisions from the grocery.
Gone are the days when Napa wine tastings were free and easy. Now the most popular places book up weeks in advance. But there are still plenty of places where you can taste without making an appointment. Whether you're headed to one of the top wineries in Napa, or a satellite tasting room, you’ll be warmly welcomed at these cozy spots which often offer warm patios, stellar gardens, colorful art collections and historic buildings. While at a tasting room you may also be able to book a reservation for a Napa Valley wine tour or a table at one of the best restaurants in Napa.
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