My wife and I don't consider ourselves wine connoisseurs, or even at all knowledgeable about wine, so I think we were looking for laid back wineries in Napa Valley where we could cut our teeth without having to know much.
Granted, we didn't have to be experts at Del Dotto, but the atmosphere was a little...I don't know the word...maybe 'pretentious'? That might be it, but I'm sure there's a better one somewhere. It was very luxurious on the inside, from the marble columns to the large frescos adorning the walls, to the chandelier-lit "cave" (which is much nicer than a cave...maybe this is common knowledge), almost to the extent that we felt like we didn't belong. Our guided tour was fun - our guide didn't come across as the type we had expected, having walked into the marble lobby - and we enjoyed the wine.
Each winery attempts to distinguish itself from every other winery, and we were served pizza, chocolate, and a charcuterie plate to go along with our wine after we completed the tour. This was great, but it seemed like it would make more sense to pair the wine with the food if they wanted you to get the whole experience. In any case, the food was good, and the wine they poured at the table (one kind, though we didn't ask if we could have others) went well with what they served.
I can't dock the place that much for its atmosphere - after all, I'd imagine most people want to feel like royalty when they're on vacation, and probably find this to be one of their favorite atmospheres. It just wasn't ours.
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