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A Thanksgiving Day winetasting guide for the Napa Valley

by TrevR on November 20, 2007

Over the weekend we brought you a quick rundown of some of the local restaurants that will be open and serving special menus on Thanksgiving.

Well, we’ve also heard the question ‘what Napa wineries are open on Thanksgiving?’ quite a bit as well. So, today we thought we’d share a few of the wineries and other establishments that will be open and pouring our favorite alcoholic beverage on Thanksgiving Day. That’s right, for you hardcore winos, here’s a quick rundown (not exhaustive) of where you can get your fix before stuffing your face with turkey and all the fixin’s…

HaGafen CellarsThe tasting room at HaGafen Cellars, which is located at 4160 Silverado Trail, will be open Thanksgiving Day from 11am – 4pm. Here’s a bit from the winery’s website to give you an idea what they’re all about: “HaGafen Cellars brings together the elements of ‘Old Napa’ style so often missing from today’s world of wine: a respect for lineage, knowledge of age-old customs for the crafting of wine, and superior releases that reveal a depth of charcater [sic] and a hallmark of place. Our small lot bottlings start with superb fruit, and we seek to artisanally shape each to showcase its uniqueness and the specific region from which it originates. For these reasons, our total production each year is only 8,000 cases.”

V. Sattui WineryV. Sattui, the family run winery owned by Daryl Sattui, will also be open and pouring wine between 9am – 4:30pm on Thanksgiving. According to the weather forecast, it’s supposed to be a sunny, crisp fall day on Thursday, so pack some food and kick back at one of the many picnic tables and enjoy your vino under the sun!

Van der Heyden Vineyards, another family run winery located at 4057 Silverado Trail, will have its tasting room open on Thanksgiving day from 10am – 3pm. The winery specializes in producing estate bottled chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and late harvest dessert wines and claims to be “the only winery in the world that produces a Late Harvest Cabernet Sauvignon.”

Finally, if you’re out of your turkey coma and looking to avoid the shopping madness, most every local winery will be open for business as usual starting Friday.

If you’re looking for something slightly different, you may want to check out the “Quintessential Wine Experience” being offered by Quintessa. The winery has a limited number of reservations available between 1pm – 4pm on Friday (11/23) and Saturday (11/24) for guests looking to have an intimate, personalized visit.

QuintessaAccording to the folks at Quintessa, guests can “…chose to experience a private guided estate vineyard, winery and or cave tour concluding with a sit down three vintage tasting of Quintessa served with three delicious bites paired with each wine.” You’ll also be treated to a (750ml) bottle of the 2004 Quintessa to take and enjoy as you like. Cost is $180/person, which includes a one-hour private tour and tasting, one three vintage vertical tasting paired with food and the aforementioned take-home bottle of wine. For $225/couple, you’ll get all of the above plus an additional three vintage vertical tasting (for a total of 2 vertical tastings). If you’re interested, you can call Lora McCarthy at 707-286-2717 to make a reservation.

Happy tasting!

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, napa wineries open on thanksgiving day, V. Sattui, Hagafen Cellars, Quintessa, van der heyden vineyards, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, 2004 Quintessa]

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has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

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