Not many Napa wine tastings take place on a casual wrap-around porch overlooking
the Mayacama Mountains. This is the case at the unique Frog’s
Leap winery, in Rutherford, California. Perched between the towns of St
Helena and Yountville,
this historic vineyard has been lovingly taken over and restored by the Williams
family, who welcome visitors Monday through Saturday. The Frog’s Leap tasting
room is set on a porch, where groups of ten or fewer people sample four wines
for a reasonable $15 fee. The tour of the vineyards and winery lasts about one
hour, and then guests are encouraged to sit back and relax for the tasting.
The porch also overlooks the garden of the winery, which produces a great variety
of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
Frog’s Leap Merlot is a popular choice among visitors. Organic fertilizers and a "no interference" winemaking policy can be experienced in this unfussy, satisfying wine. The Frog’s Leap tasting room can be reserved for private samplings of groups of six or more people, and it must be reserved in advance; phone ahead or send an e-mail to check on availability. Napa wine tastings are known for hospitality, and the passion of this family delivers. Over a glass of Frog’s Leap Merlot, you’ll have the opportunity to ask the winemaker about his theories and passions in creating his wines. A laid-back experience in the heart of Napa Valley, Frog’s Leap is the intimate tasting experience many visitors to Napa are looking for.