Enjoying the Silverado Trail

A lot of folks around here know Napa Valley for its great wines. I’ve loved it for a great many years now. The only problem is that over the last eight or nine years, I’ve found the main part of the valley to get continually snobby and over the top. They still make great wines there and I’ll gladly keep going for visits, but the attitude can get to be a tad much.
Enter The Silverado Trail. While it’s not really a hidden gem, since a lot of people know about it, it’s still a great alternative to the wineries that plaster Highway 29 through the main part of the valley. I found that the wineries there are more mellow and easy going. That seems to be something of a hallmark difference for them, since naturally they need some sort of “gimmick” to get people off the main drag. All told, we went through Frog’s Leap which was great, but at the same time kinda strange since it’s like you’re walking in to someone’s house when you visit. Still, the back porch area is incredibly relaxing and mellow. After that, we went to William Harrison which was also very mellow. Sitting out on the chairs in front of the winery was incredibly scenic despite the potentially annoying traffic going down Silverado in front of you. Lastly was Rombauer which was a little tough to judge since it was the end of the day, people were pretty drunk and there was a “Corvette couple” drinking the wines and being rather obnoxious. It’s a nice setting though and I think I’d definitely go back, albeit earlier in the day.
We bought wines from these three wineries, not the ones on 29 that we visited. Those others were great, but so incredibly high priced. These wines weren’t cheap (about $40 a bottle average) but still you felt like you were buying part of something smaller. Also, it seems that the Silverado wineries cut more deals and will either give you a free tasting if you buy the wine (Rombauer and Harrison) or kick down a free glass of whatever was open (Frog’s Leap.) I like this. I really like this. It brings back the spirit of Napa that I think used to exist, but has gotten lost over the years…
Enjoying the Silverado Trail