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“Great Wines here!”
Review of Markham Vineyards

Markham Vineyards
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$650.00*
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Private Napa Valley Wineries Day Trip
Ranked #30 of 118 things to do in St. Helena
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Stop by the Markham Vineyards Visitor Center during your wine country adventure - as seen on the public television series Vintage: Napa Valley 2012! Enjoy tasting our estate and winery-only wines while viewing the latest exhibit in our art gallery. We love celebrating special occasions with our guests and specialize in pairing our award-winning wines with culinary treats from the valley's most celebrated chefs. Our historic stone cellar and patio area can accommodate casual luncheons, rehearsal dinners or large corporate events.
Reviewed October 13, 2012

Every wine we tasted was good. The host, Steven, that was pouring our tastings, was so friendly and knowledgeable.
Great experience ... and my husband even bought a really nice fleece jacket, too.

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Reviewed October 8, 2012

The wine was delicious, the hosts looked after us and made it a good experience. The photo gallery is worth a look. A visit is roughly an hour but we spent longer because it was so pleasant here. The Koi fish in the ponds before the entrance - brilliant!

Thank ian369
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Markham Vineyards is on Highway 29 just north of St. Helena. Markham offers two tastings, the Rock and Roll Tasting of five varietals for $15 or the Estate Tasting of four varietals for $25. We had the R and R Tasting but also tried the Cabernet Franc from the Estate tasting because we both love Cab Francs.

Our host was very pleasant and friendly, making us feel welcome. The tasting began with the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc ($15) that had a light nose and some pleasant lemon on the palate. It was not as dry or crisp as many SBs. At only $15, it is a softer, easy to drink SB that some people might prefer Sauvignon Blancs with livelier acid. The 2010 Chardonnay was only $18 a bottle. It has 30% malolactic conversion or MLF and is not as dry as many Chardonnays. Their signature wine is their Merlot and we had the 2008 which was $23. It was a fruity, lighter bodied Merlot that is easy to drink. The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ($36) had some cherry and perhaps pomegranate on the nose with a rather light, fruity entry but some soft integrated tannins. It was pleasant and could stand on its own or be paired with steak or other food. We opted not to taste the Muscat Blanc. These were all decent enough wines that are easy to drink and reasonably priced. But our favorite was the 2009 Cabernet Franc ($42) from the Estate Tasting. It had a fruity nose, with some vanilla, plum and soft tannins on the palate. We were informed that it is blended with 13% Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a good wine and we immediately purchased some to taste at home. It made me want to taste the other three wines on the Estate Tasting, the Petit Verdot and two Cabernet Sauvignons called the Altruist and the Philanthropist but we will have to save that for another visit. They also have a Petite Sirah, which I would love to have purchased, but which was sold out.

In addition to offering easy to drink and reasonably priced wines that should have a broad appeal, Markham provides easy access with plenty of parking and currently offers an exhibit of the photos of Baron Wolman of Rolling Stone Magazine. Markham wines should probably appeal to many tasters who visit the winery, but they also make some more expensive wines, a Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah and two premium Cabernets that we would be interested in exploring during a second visit.

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Reviewed July 29, 2012

Don't miss the collection of vintage photos from the first official photographer of Rolling Stone that grace the two floors of their showroom.

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Reviewed November 26, 2015
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