With 50+ years of combined experience with some of the world’s most renowned winemakers, Peter and Betsy Spann founded their winery in 2001. Their steeply terraced
mountainside vineyard yields small amounts of richly flavored Cabernet Sauvignon,
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Sangiovese grapes. Just as jazz is an interpretation
of classical music, Spann Vineyard blends are interpretations of classical wine styles,
such as the white wines Yin-Yang (Chardonnay/Viognier blend) and the red wines OMG
(Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend), The Powerlifter (Petite Sirah/Grenache/Syrah/
Cinsault blend) and Mo Jo (Sangiovese/Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah/Merlot blend).
Now that eating on an ordinary table or atop a stack of Chinese acrobats seem horribly passé, adventurous foodies are seeking the next unconventional dining experience. Today's Groupon puts a little motion under your meal with two gourmet dinners on the Napa Valley Wine Train for $99 (a $198 value for dinner, $188 value for lunch). Treat yourself and a loved one to a three-hour ride through Napa Valley on an antique locomotive engine, accompanied by a delicious gourmet meal in lieu of the traditional mysterious murder.
Generally, sipping wine in cave is frowned upon. But at Trinitas Cellars, it's encouraged. Inside Trinitas Cellars' 40-foot-deep estate cave, guests sip custom wine flights and learn about flavor notes while surrounded by beautiful natural stone, extravagant furnishings, and Batman's surplus gadgets. Across the street at The Trinitas Library, patrons learn more about the wine-making process while sampling pours and even participating in an exclusive Italian amarone wine tasting.
The Napa Valley tasting cave, learning library, and vineyard?as well as a remote wine bar in La Jolla?are the product of one single family. Husband-and-wife team Tim and Steph Busch own and operate Trinitas with the help of their two kids. The family harnesses Napa's grapes and climate to handcraft full-bodied cabernet sauvignons, bright chardonnays, and other varietals. Their amarone wines come from their partners in Verona, Italy.
The history of Ceja Vineyards dates back the 1950s, when Pablo Ceja, then working in St. Helena vineyards, dreamed of owning his own land where his ever-expanding family could grow their own grapes and make their own wine. Fueled by this dream for a better life for his children, Pablo moved his family from Mexico to the Napa Valley in 1967. Fortunately, 2 of his 10 children, Pedro and Armando, inherited his passion for wine and belief in hard work. When they were old enough, Pedro and Armando planted their first pinot-noir grapes in 1986 and, 13 years later, officially founded Ceja Vineyards with their wives and children. Today, the Cejas' operation boasts 113 producing acres and a chic wine-tasting salon where guests can enjoy sips of the vineyard’s red and white varietals, artisan cheeses, gourmet food items, and featured works from local artists.
In good Ceja tradition, Pedro and Armando’s kids are now beginning to purple their feet in the family business as well. Pablo’s family has undoubtedly made him proud; they’ve done much since their humble beginnings in St. Helena. The family hopes their story of hope and determination surfaces in every sip of their lovingly cultivated wines.