Winery Visit: Domaine Chandon – 9.1 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

I have been to Domaine Chandon many times.  It is a magnate winery that many people visit; it can be crowded almost year round.  But this was one of the first wineries I visited in Napa Valley and I do have fond memories of early days of exploration and discovery.  And each visit here takes me back.  There are many wines that Domaine Chandon produces many sparkling and a few still wines.  And just thinking of it—how exciting it is to have a winery that produces mainly sparkling and anticipating the taste of each.

I like the tasting bar as the back of the bar opens up on a sliding glass door that you can only see a hill and the mountains behind it—never mind that highway 29 is there and cannot be viewed.  It certainly feels like you are miles away.

There are 11 sparkling wines; including a curious sparkling red composed of Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.  Be sure to try their reserve and étoile line up and if you try a still wine be sure to ask for their Pinot Meunier (which is usually a component in Champagne wines) and I do know of another US producers that has a100% Pinot Meunier wine.

And on a perfect visit is to have dinner here as well.


Domaine Chandon

1 California

Yountville, CA  94599

(888) 242-6366


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About James Melendez

I have two blogs on this descriptor page--I use to be able to make separate. My fragrance blog is to express my thoughts on fragrance. A passion in addition to wine. I think it is a stellar component to the senses and that which I am in love with. I hope you like both blogs. My "wine" blog also incorporates those categories intimately involved - wine, food, travel and lifestyle. We all need food and water to survive but we need wine to nourish our soul. My favourite varietals are Pinot Noir, Nebbiolo, Grenache, Syrah-Shiraz.. for my red wines. And I often circle back to these varieties and sometimes they are my home varieties. The journey of wine is an historical footnote also marked by viti-viniculture and artistry that makes this beverage a living one. I have worked professionally in the wine trade and have loved all aspects; marketing, history, science and art of wine. © 2014 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 and most major social medias.
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