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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

200 Taplin Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
707 963 2745
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Ranked #39 of 85 Activities in St. Helena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wineries
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Chicago, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I have been going to Joseph Phelps every 10 years or so for the past 30 years and it does not disappoint. It is a lovely spot with a knowledgeable, friendly staff and a wide range of excellent offerings. My goal this time was to determine whether I could tell the difference between the $70 cabernets and the the $200... More

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Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

They are in trailers and I was bummed I didn't know that previously. With love the wine and always have but it's really not worth going until construction is completed next year.

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Currently - tasting on a terrace built around a few trailers. They are trying to be as classy as they can, especially in light of their high-end brand and reputation. The wines are terrific. But right now the trailers detract from the experience. In other words, impressive wine, unimpressive tasting experience. On the brighter side, it does appear that they... More

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Henderson, Nevada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We were lucky enough to have a very private tasting with their head sommelier Claude who is a wealth of knowledge and a very entertaining Belgium gentleman. We played with wines, creating our own Insignia's, developing a deeper understanding of the red wine making process. Everything Joseph Phelps makes is remarkable. We became so enamored with the depth and richness... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I probably would've given a better review if we didn't visit while the main tasting building was under construction. They have some temporary buildings set up because the renovation won't be complete until 2015 (I believe). The staff was knowledgeable and friendly though, and the wine was very good. I bought a bottle of the Sauvignon Blanc. The Insignia wine... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 via mobile

During our visit of May 2014, the main tasting rooms were under renovation so the tastings were moved into two small mobile units. We weren't sure what to expect, but the staff were able to carry off the tastings in a classy and professional manner. First, the service here is EXCELLENT. We were scheduled for a reserve tasting at $70.00... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Was the worst winery experience. They rushed us through the tasting, the somellier didn't have much to say, and the trailer experience just killed it. Even worse, we paid for 8 tastings and only got 5, and then were rushed over to the adjacent trailer to pay.

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Covington, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

First of all, the terrace tasting setting is gorgeous. The views are spectacular and the terrace is large enough to sit and enjoy them. As for the tasting, the staff that wasn't very informative (or even talkative, for that matter), didn't seem very open to questions or comments on the wines and were just all in all a bit standoffish.... More

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Slingerlands, New York
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412 reviews 412 reviews
68 attraction reviews
233 helpful votes 233 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

Like many others, we had a private tasting. We tried insignia, yes, but also a lot of other surprising wines such as the Quarter Moon Pinot Noir. We were able to taste single block Cabernets, do our own blend, and taste how blending improves the taste. Like all tastings, know what you are signing up for (and paying for) so... More

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Olathe, Kansas, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

I figured the only time I would get to sample Insignia wine was at a tasting at the vineyard so we signed up for the terrace tasting. The experience was awesome. The tasting takes place on a terrace where you have time to soak up the scenery while you sample awesome wine. Although not a lover of white wine, the... More

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