Phelps Preferred

Joseph Phelps Vineyards Hospitality

Thank you for your interest in Joseph Phelps Vineyards. We would be pleased to host you at the winery. We offer a few different styles of tastings, all of which require an appointment. All of the tastings include a sampling of our current releases and our flagship wine, Insignia.

The following hospitality options vary by season and group size. All are available by appointment only.  We limit the size of groups visiting Joseph Phelps Vineyards to six people or less. Please call the Hospitality Desk to discuss availability: (800) 707-5789. Due to permit restrictions, no animals are permitted at the Joseph Phelps Vineyards Guest Center except certified service animals.

All of the following require an appointment:

TERRACE TASTING —Your Phelps Preferred Membership entitles you to up to four complimentary tastings per visit in a seminar or terrace tasting setting; $25 per person for non-members.
Limit six guests per party. This is a casual, self-paced tasting on our back terrace (weather permitting), or indoors in our Oval Room. This includes a tasting of our current releases including our flagship wine, Insignia, without the in-depth, formal presentation of the seminar setting. These tastings are offered Monday through Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. with the last tasting beginning at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, tastings begin at 10:00 a.m. with the last tasting beginning at 2:30 p.m.

SEMINAR — Your Phelps Preferred Membership entitles you to up to four complimentary tastings per visit in a seminar or terrace tasting setting; $40 per person for non-members.
Limit six guests per party. Every seminar includes a tasting of our current releases, including our flagship wine, Insignia. The seminar topics vary by day and by season. Please call for details and availability. Please note: We are not able to seat latecomers, so please plan to arrive early and check in at the reservation desk.  Please do not wear any strong perfumes. The seminar setting is not appropriate for small children. We suggest the more casual Terrace Tasting if you are traveling with children.

On weekdays, we offer these seminars at 11:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
On the weekends, the seminars are offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
All seminars are 90 minutes in duration.

Seminar Topics: (Vary by day, call for availability)

Insignia Blending Seminar: Test your skills as a winemaker in our “Insignia Blending” seminar. Experiment with blending the components that go into our award-winning, flagship wine, Insignia (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec). Compare your blend with our current vintage of Insignia.

Le Nez Seminar: Hone your sommelier skills on our "Aroma Identity" challenge, where twelve different aromas frequently found in wine will test your olfactory senses.

Wine Appreciation Seminar: This seminar leads guests through an exploration of wine's appeal to all the senses. You can also sharpen your skills on wine history, tradition, proper serving, storage and evaluation.

Barrel Seminar - A Focus on Napa Cabernet Sauvignon: This seminar explores the role that the barrel plays in the overall production of wine. We explore winemaking in general and the specific place that the barrel holds in the development and maturation of a wine. In addition to the current release wines tasted, we will taste three barrel samples of our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon that have been in three different barrels: a medium toast French Oak barrel; a medium plus American Oak barrel; and a heavy toast French Oak barrel.

Tasting Terroir: This seminar takes a look at 32 years plus of making Insignia, how the wine has changed over the years, and what makes our Insignia wine so unique and so consistently highly rated.  Beginning with the 2004 vintage, Insignia is now 100% estate grown. We will explore the various Joseph Phelps vineyards in a classroom setting to help discover what makes these vineyards so important in making this Bordeaux blend possible.  We will also explore the vineyard locations used for other Joseph Phelps Vineyards wines and why their location, their terroir, is so important.

PICNIC TABLE — Phelps Preferred Members Only.
Appointment only (weather permitting). Food is provided by the guests, as the winery does not have a deli or a restaurant.  Please note: We do not have a backup space indoors if the weather is inclement.

PRIVATE TASTING — Phelps Preferred Members Only.
Taste our current releases, including Insignia, in the Insignia Room or at the Redwood Patio (weather permitting).  Please call Nicole Boutilier: (707) 967-3721.

 
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