James Cole Winery – 9.5 – James Melendez

This winery on Silverado Trail is both a sophisticated and fun winery to visit.  Relatively new when compared to other wineries on the Trail.  Easily accessed via Oak Knoll Avenue (if you are coming from Highway 29) or going up or down Silverado Trail.

While There is no such person as James Cole (it is a combined name of James and Colleen (Cole) Harder), the wineries owners; have dived in to make some veritable and gorgeous wines; Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, and several Ice Wines (grapes from Canada).

The ‘come as you are’ welcoming presence of Lisa Hurt and her tasting room team make you feel comfortable if you are a novice or enthusiast.  There is a movie playing in the barrel room which makes for the wine experience that is both novel and yet that experience you wanted to have but didn’t know it until you got here.

A winery that I visit each time I go to Napa.


5014 Silverado Trail

Napa, CA 94558-9749

(707) 251-9905

Hours 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily




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I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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