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Joseph Phelps Vineyards

200 Taplin Rd, St. Helena, CA 94574
707 963 2745
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Ranked #20 of 82 activities in St. Helena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Wineries
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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
5 helpful votes 5 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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392 reviews 392 reviews
68 attraction reviews
220 helpful votes 220 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 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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Brielle, New Jersey
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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

What a great setting to taste some really nice wines on my 57th birthday! Obviously, besides being outside, not the typical tasting room experience: a little bar outside, lots of room (seats and benches) to sit, relax, enjoy the view, and sample. Almost a little too relaxing for me as I forgot I had another vineyard to visit. While I... More

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Perth, Australia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

We booked a private tasting, which was well worth it. The view is truly amazing and has to be seen. The insignia is an absolute treat, and we bought a cheeky bottle for the road

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

If you only can visit one winery, Phelps should be that one. A private tasting here is like taking a course in fine wines and getting to sample some of the best. You want big reds - check. crisp chards and Sav blans - check. Learn about wine temperature, color, so many little things. Have done this tour twice with... More

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