Inglenook has had more lives than a cat. One of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley, dating to 1879, it has long been known for Cabernet and was Robert Mondavi's inspiration for starting his own winery. Then it was owned by a corporation, who used its legendary name for Central Valley jug wine. Then, it was purchased by Francis Coppola and renamed.
Now the name is back, the wines are back and the beautiful estate is more beautiful than ever, thanks to work done by owner Coppola. Visitors stop outside the gate for a barcoded pass to enter the allee leading to the "chateau." An outdoor cafe with Parisian tables and shaded by sycamores evokes France.
The tastings, no longer free to the former busloads of tourists that once clogged the grounds, are elegantly presented by well-dressed employees. The wines are still superb -- don't miss the Syrah.
Inglenook has been reborn. Don't miss it.
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