I knew we were going to love this spot within the first few moments of our visit. As we walked up, we were greeted by our pourer/Saintsbury extraordinaire, Jacob, who quickly felt like a friend. We were fortunate to have shown up on a slightly chilly, slower Sunday, so we were able to be accommodated, but it certainly is great to know that future reservations are pertinent (and we will absolutely be back).
We felt as if we had gone over to a friends house for some wine on their lovely patio, overlooking a vineyard. Jacob explained the history of Saintsbury, which was started by Richard Ward & David Graves in 1981, with funding coming from family members. Nothing about this place was traditionally done - the building was actually built during harvest in 1983! My favorite part about this winery (other than the wine itself) is that it has never been profit driven. It has always been about what's in the glass. You can absolutely feel and taste that authenticity when enjoying a tasting and an afternoon at Saintsbury.
Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Carneros region happen to be my favorite wines so Saintsbury was truly a mecca for me. We enjoyed the tasting of two whites and four reds which was intended to last for about an hour. I lost track of time as we sipped, chatted and played fetch with the two resident dogs. One of my favorite things that Jacob let us in on was that "If you got lost getting here, it's probably because they wanted you to." Saintsbury is a hidden gem of a winery in Napa that truly is worth a visit.
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