Winery Visit: Domaine Chandon – 9.1 – James Melendez

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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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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