Winery Visit: Van der Heyden Winery – 8.7 – James Melendez

A rustic winery on the west side of Silverado Trail coming up from the town of Napa.  Driving up to winery through the vineyard is quite beautiful.  You may be greeted by a dog or two.   The tasting room is furthest out and may not be obvious.  This winery says they are the only producer of late harvest Cabernet Sauvignon.   Van der Heyden also produces non-late harvest Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay.

The tasting room is quite small and has a sundry of paper items on the walls—you will find your eye darting from one item to the next—the principal’s owner is Dutch so you will se A very laid back and back in a different era.  This winery may not be for everyone but it is fun to see the casual and no nonsense tasting room. The tasting room staff are quite nice and helpful and proud of their wines.

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Van der Heyden Winery

4057 Silverado Trail

Napa, CA 94558

(707) 257-0130

www.vanderheydenvineyards.com

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II love wine and business. I am obsessed with the subject, the art, the history, the sciences, organization management, and making things less complex I have been a former national wine marketing manager for a large off-premise food and wine retailer (280+ retail locations in 30 US States); the love for wine taught me the good practice of using the best methodologies to right side a business which unto itself is complex. Further complexity is wine. Wine simple to enjoy and yet profoundly complex because of many factors: Many grape varieties States of wine: sparkling, still and fortified wines Vintage Blends Regions/AVAs/DOCs etc. Many producer styles Many producers Limited supply Limited and often restricted distribution My experience is still a lot of intimidation with respect to wine. Wine means many things to many people; status, fear, success, ‘you’ve arrived’, enjoyment, good times, tradition and even ceremony. I have consulted with wine producers and association. I have spoken on Wine and Social Media, Wine and Video and The Business of Wine in conferences in the United States and Europe. Beer and spirits do have the same dynamics–there are many producers but compared to wine there is no other consumer product like it. I have been writing about since November 2006 on my site and I have over 2,890 wine videos on my YouTube channel talking about general wine subject matter as well as specific educational topics on wine and reviews. I have been a wine judge and have traveled to many wine countries in the new and old world. Wine has taken me to great places. Life is tough for most of us and it is nice to celebrate life with those near and even far. What wine is really about is sitting around a table with family and friends raising your wine glass and saying—to life! I love to write about travel, food, technology and business–please subscribe! Salute, *** A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2020, 2018, 2017, 2010 James P. Melendez – All Rights Reserved.
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