We made our first visit to Clos Pegase Winery just a few days ago. It was raining- just one day shy of the New Year's Eve day flood! But we had a great time at Clos Pegase! As you walk up through the gardens to enter the tasting room, you are treated to a variety of sculpture, both ancient and modern. One of our favorites is a very old marble fountain of Dionysus (or Bacchus, more commonly known). There is also many other examples of more current sculpture, such as a giant thumb rising out of the ground, and a gorgeous fountain, just before you enter the tasting room.
The tasting room/winery is a beautiful example of architecture. As our guide explained, the owner hosted a competition of architects to build his winery. Michael Graves, a well-known architect, won and did a fine job. Tours of the winery and the gorgeous caves are offered. I recommend taking a tour, which is about 1hr or so. Ours was all indoors since the rain was bad. I will revisit in better weather. The caves are very romantic, and a popular event site. My husband's company is actually hosting a party here in Febuary. Another aspect I found interesting is that Clos Pegase does all its own production on site. Not common for many wineries that are not "mass production".
The wines: Every palate is different, but we liked and bought the following, in order of our most favorite: 2001 Home Ranch Reserve Port, Napa Valley; 2002 Pegase Circle Reserve Claret, Napa Valley; and the 2002 Pegase Circle Reserve Pegaso, (red blend) Napa Valley.
Don't miss a visit here. The tasting room staff is friendly, and the tours interesting. The wine is good, and the art breathtaking.
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