Opening its hallowed, grape-infused halls in 1876, Beringer Vineyards boasts a storied history buoyed by a rich register of fine wines. During the tour and wine tasting for two, couples, connoisseurs, and career-regretting raisins sample four pours from the Private Reserve collection, highlighted by the chardonnay and the cabernet sauvignon. A blend of grapes reared and refined by the stern confines and fermentation lectures of French Nevers oak, the 2007 cabernet holds an outstanding grade of 93 from Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar. Wines get swirled, sniffed, and slurped amid the horizon of linear vineyards and ornately manicured gardens that pepper Beringer's property. The grounds also feature architectural highlights such as the Rhine House, a 125-year-old homestead and prime example of Victorian architecture, teeming with stained-glass windows, gables, turrets, and the ghosts of frock coats past.