Ashes & Diamonds Winery
We visited Ashes & Diamonds quite frankly because there was a lot of hype surrounding this new Napa spot. We learned the reason for the hype is two-fold. One - this is a new kind of Napa tasting room. This is not the grandiose fake castles with a circle driveway or huge estates with room for hundreds (we love those too!). Instead, this is a modern and minimalist building, with a very California style indoor/outdoor blend of tasting areas and midcentury modern decor. The other reason for the hype is their approach to winemaking. Their inspiration was to return to the style of winemaking in the 1960s/1970s in Napa (hence the midcentury modern vibes!). Their esthetic could be initially seen as trendy, but in reality it’s true to form with the era of wines they’re making.
You know a wine tasting is going to go well when you arrive and are handed a glass of rosé to enjoy while you walk to your table. We were seated outside and shortly after we arrived, we were treated to the best focaccia bread & salted butter we’ve ever had (made in house!). Good bread and wine is the key to our hearts.
After we devoured the bread, we read through the menu and realized we were getting to taste through 7 other wines. Industry standard is more in the 4-5 range, so this was also a treat.
Overall we really enjoyed our time here. We could have sat on their patio, learning their story from the warm staff all day. Ashes & Diamonds has the perfect balance of modern & old-school. If you’re looking for a great place to enjoy the golden hour on a patio in wine country, you’ve found it.
Ashes & Diamonds
4130 Howard Lane
Napa, CA 94558
Hours: 11am - 7pm daily
Tasting fee: $40
Hot tips: Call to make a reservation. Sit on the patio. Make it your last stop - they’re open late until 7pm.
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