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“A Real Disappointment!”
Review of Cakebread Cellars

Cakebread Cellars
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Rutherford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This winery specializes in producing wine to go with particular types of food and sells most of its wines to restaurants throughout the world.
Reviewed October 19, 2012

This was our third visit to Cakebread Winery over a 12 year period. With each visit, we have seen the original charm of Jack and Dolores Cakebread slipping to the tourist trap that it has evolved to now. Where they once had knowledeable and charming guides walk you through the vineyards behind the houses, and told you just how the Cakebread family was working to improve the quality of their wines, you now pay your $30 - $50 for touristy wine tastings by people who had been hired as tour guides. We decided this trip to try the food and wine pairing (at $45 per person). The guide was a young man who was very impressed with himself, but didn't even bother to explain why one food paired well with one wine versus another. This young person did such a poor job of leading the tasting, that all 10 particpants were shocked. Not wishing to make a scene at the time, I sent an email to Cakebread Winery afterwards to complain about the poor quality of this event. This was, of course, never responded to. Save your time and money and visit other wineries; there are plenty!

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Incredible wines!! The grounds are beautiful!! Very personal experience with the sommelier in a small group. Price is reasonable and I actually joined their wine club. Skip some of the bigger name places and check this one out for sure.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

Having enjoyed Cakebread wines in the past we were looking forward to visiting this winery and tasting their many offerings. It was one of the hottest days of the year that day, and since the tasting was held outdoors, the wines were on the warm side. They really should consider putting the Whites on ice!! The Concierge at our hotel arranged for this tasting for us free of charge; Had we known, we would have paid full price for a selection of their better wines. Next time!

Thank KatBklyn
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

I'd skip the Reserve Tasting and just get one that will be done outside. We were looking forward to seeing more of the grounds and the Reserve Tasting is inside in a private bar area. It's cool but the property is to pretty that it is a shame to miss it.

Thank Chris R
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Reviewed October 6, 2012

This winery is by appointment only, however we were able to sneak in on a weekday in early September. The tour is very interesting and our guide was very engaging. I loved the production facility with all of the cedar walls. They have an outstanding Reserve Chardonnay and their Cabernet's are top notch. Will be back!

Thank crysania_mt
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