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“Fun Winery with Awesome Wines!”
Review of Cosentino Winery

Cosentino Winery
Ranked #13 of 44 things to do in Yountville
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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410 reviews
127 attraction reviews
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“Fun Winery with Awesome Wines!”
Reviewed January 15, 2009

Cosentino Winery is a must-stop on every trip we take to Napa Valley. Their vine-covered tasting room is fun and friendly, and their wines are fantastic! I signed up for their wine club on my very first visit, and we travel to Yountville twice a year just to drink their wine.

There are nominal fees for tasting, but are waived if you join their wine club or buy a bottle of wine. The tasting room is congenial and fun, where you "belly up to the bar" and start drinking. The pours are very generous, and there are no limits on how much or what you can taste - oftentimes the staff will have library selections and other interesting bottles open.

Note that this is a *very* laid back tasting room. It is not stuffy nor is it a place to go if you are particularly interested in learning about wine. It's mostly a place to go for fun comeraderie with fellow wine drinkers. No wine snobs are allowed here!

Sometimes the tasting room can get really crowded and it is pretty small, but just walk away from the bar to make room for fellow patrons. There are a couple of picnic tables outside that you can use for free if you want to bring your own lunch.

If they are pouring it, make sure you ask for a taste of the CE2V Secret Clone. You will not be disappointed!

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Pleasant Grove, CA
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“Very Nice Winery”
Reviewed November 4, 2008

Very nice winery in Hwy 29 in the Napa Valley. It is pricy for Wine Tasting, the the Wines are very good and the atmosphere in nice.

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“Cosentino - winery does not like Copia Wine Country Passport - poor service”
Reviewed January 20, 2008

Upon entering this winery with our group of 6 people and we were greatly very warmly (I e-mailed Cosentino before and they said we wouldn't need a reservation unless we had more than 6 in our group). One of the tasting staff members quickly accomodated our group at the tasting table and started to set up glasses - very welcoming to all 6 guests. At this point, I showed the staff member our Copia Wine Country Passport booklets which state "Cosentino Winery offers Passport holders a complimentary tasting for two." At that point, the staff member's attitude changed completely...

First, he tried to say that he couldn't serve us because we needed a reservation for 6 and I told him I had e-mailed prior and was told it wasn't necessary - and he began arguing with me for 5 minutes about this issue. We finally get through that ordeal and he agrees to pour us wine.

Cosentino has 2 flights - one is $15 for 2 whites and 2 reds and the other is $20 for 3 reds. The Copia Passport book does not state that there is a difference or which flight we were entitled to but the staff member insisted that we could only taste off the 1st list - which our group agreed was fine with them. I asked if 2 people in our group could start with the whites and the rest start with the reds since they don't care for whites. Instead of simply pouring the wines and explaining them, the staff member proceeded to argue with multiple members of our group and reminded us, no fewer than 3 times during our tasting, that we "were getting all this for free" - which was very unprofessional and not what we expected from what we thought was going to be a great winery. The staff member proceeded to make numerous comments under his breath to other staff members as well as some members of our group.

After he poured the wines from the first $15 flight - the staff member proceeded to pour one member of our group multiple wines that weren't even on the tasting menu in an attempt to make us late for the appointment I had mentioned to him earlier. After all the arguing with us at the beginning about which flight we weren't allowed to taste with the Copia card - we found this very strange. The staff member was very smug and condescending and this was the worst experience of wine tasting we have ever had - and we visit wine country very frequently.

All in all - the staff member made our visit very uncomfortable and we will never visit this winery again. It is unfortunate that they have a staff member like this because the other staff appeared to be very nice and accommodating to their guests. By the end of the ordeal, we had wasted 15 minutes arguing with this one server before even being served. The whole display was very unfortunate and made for a terrible experience. A couple of people in our group enjoyed the wine and would have purchased if the staff member hadn't been so rude - needless to say, there are many other wineries with equally good wine and more professional staff (Luna, Elyse, Pine Ridge - all fantastic wineries).

We do not have a problem with paying a tasting fee - we understand the wine is expensive; however, we purchased the Copia card for the purpose of saving a little during our trip with so many people (last I checked, this wasn't a crime). We got the impression that this winery tries to make money off the tasting fees instead of their wine - based on the fact that the server's attitude turned so smug after he saw that we were going to use the passport card. The point of the tasting fee shouldn't be to make money - if the wine is good then it will sell itself. If you don't want tasters to use coupons at your winery, then you shouldn't make them available through Copia's Passport or other means.

That said, many of the other winery's that we used the passport at - were very accomodating and happy to see us (i.e. - Luna was an excellent winery with knowledgeable staff and fantastic wine - worth every bit of the tasting fee - even with the passport card).

Long story short - avoid Cosentino if you want good service and a pleasant wine tasting trip (and definitely avoid if you plan to use a coupon or Copia card). I'm sure other staff members might be very nice - however, sometimes, 1 bad staff member can ruin the winery's reputation...and in this case, it absolutely did.

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“Great Wines, Loved the Sauv Blanc Here!”
Reviewed March 11, 2007

We stopped here after our lunch at REDD in Yountville this past Friday. We had a pass for a complimentary tasting with the purchase of a bottle of wine here. We tasted about 4 really great wines and my favorite was the Sauv Blanc, very crisp and clean. My husband enjoyed their Viognier which we also purchased along with a bottle of the Sauv Blanc.

Cosentino is located right next door to Mustard's restaurant in Yountville. A very pretty building and tasting room, also. Don't miss this one while wine tasting in Napa Valley!

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