April in Carneros
The 20th Annual April in Carneros Open House will be held on April 21st and 22nd from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets are $25, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to scholarship programs at Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley College. 21 wineries will be pouring wine and holding events for guests including live music and food pairings.
This is a great opportunity for connoisseurs of the region to taste some rare, hard to find wines. For example, one of the participating wineries, Adastra Vineyards, is seldom open to the public. Truly a boutique producer, Adastra makes a very small amount of top-notch Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Chardonnay.
McKenzie-Mueller is another outstanding, family-owned winery that will open its doors for April in Carneros. Owners Karen McKenzie and Bob Mueller make single vineyard Pinot Noir, Pinot Grigio, Malbec, and Merlot from their property on the Napa side of Carneros. They also produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which are both blends of Carneros and Oak Knoll fruit.
A wine tasting at Adastra Vineyards and McKenzie-Mueller is well-worth the $25 price of admission, but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Guests will also be able to sample the wines at Bouchaine Vineyards, Castle Vineyards & Winery, Ceja Vineyards, Cuvaison Estate Wines, sparkling wine specialist Domaine Carneros, the brand new Folio Winemakers’ Studio, Homewood Winery, Kamen Estate Wines, Larson Family Winery, MacRostie Winery and Vineyards, Mahoney Vineyards (formerly Carneros Creek), Richardson Vineyards, Robledo Family Winery, Schug Estate, Tin Barn Vineyards, Truchard Vineyards, Ty Caton Vineyards, and Viansa Winery.