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“relax anbd enjoy it” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Swanson Vineyards Salon

Swanson Vineyards Salon
1271 Manley Lane, Rutherford, CA 94573
707 967 3500
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Ranked #12 of 20 Activities in Rutherford
Type: Valleys, Wineries, Food & Drink
Activities: Drinking
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boston
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“relax anbd enjoy it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

we signed up for a "salon tasting'. it's a lot a of fun, and is actually relaxing, if you have done a bunch of other vineyards.
You sit around a round table with some other folks. The room is interesting, and the tasting is better. The wine is accompanied by cheese and sweets.
It was a great experience.

Visited October 2011
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Tx
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“Best Tasting in the Valley”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

If you are planning a trip I highly recommend a tasting which you need to reserve in advance. One of the best is Swanson Vineyards. This small winery is a hidden gem and the tasting is over the top. We always enjoy the tasting adventure at Swanson.

Visited November 2011
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New Orleans
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“My Favorite Tasting Room in Napa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2010

Swanson... The only winery where I have a membership. Love their merlot and the Alexis wine (now a cabernet sauvignon, rather than a blend). I like the various Salon wines but wish they would use lighter bottles. We visit the Salon every year to do a Harvey tasting. Being greeted in the courtyard with a glass of wine is a great start to the tasting. The private seating (never more than 10 people) and the matchless pairing of food and wine are worth the visit. I always get the sense of personal attention at the sit down tasting. Saw the Sip Shoppe for the first time. Loved the design of the Modern House Wine... bought several bottles to use as gifts, if we don't drink them first.

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jessejean
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“Not worth the hype or money”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2010

We did the salon tasting while in Napa because I heard it was an experience not to miss. Both my boyfriend and I were sadly disappointed with the experience. It wasn't a terrible experience, but neither the wines nor the cheese pairing were anything exciting.
They were definetely trying to put on airs but it just wasn't really working. The woman leading our tasting was possibly drunk and a slightly bitter that she didn't have a boyfriend.
I'd save the money here and spend it somewhere else, we really enjoyed the Joseph Phelps tasting.

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San Francisco
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“gracious elegance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2010

The Napa Valley has more rides than Disney World these days when it comes to winery experiences. Once you get tired of climbing through "the great unwashed," as my grandmother used to say, you're down to just a few places. Then you will eliminate the snobby, the overpriced, the too-hard-to-find, and end up with a lush ten or twenty wineries. Swanson is one of them: silver candleabra's, chandelier, fireplace. They welcome you in the parking lot with a glass of wine. You get it. This is the place to bring someone you want to pamper. This is the place to sit with friends in privacy. (Swanson reserves, I think, only 30 tastings a day). Beyond that, apparently, their winemaker started the Dominus program and served as head winemaker at Caymus before his Swanson stint. Good news: the unheard-of Swanson wines shread the hell out of the Caymus pricing and rage forward to rival the flavor. Two thumbs up,... and both feet!

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