Cakebread Cellars Rutherford Reviews
Friendly Winery, Not So Great Tasting Experience Aug 26, 2009
We had always wanted to try Cakebread wines so when we were in wine country, we decided to check them out. We signed up for the tasting ($10 per person).
The wine tasting is also a tour, so you can't just go in and taste at your own pace - you are forced to go on a boring hour long tour just to taste some wine. And you are on your feet the entire time - so be warned.
The tasting is done as you walk through various venues in the winery - the barrel room, fermentation room, outdoor patio, etc. This is a good tasting for those first time visitors, but when you know a lot about the process of winemaking, it is very redundant and extremely boring, and far too long at an hour.
It isn't fair to that you have to suffer through a boring tour just to taste wine; Cakebread should really offer a tasting only option. I'll never go back to taste their new releases because I don't want to be forced to go on a tour to do so.
The worst part of this whole experience is that there were NO DUMP BUCKETS! That meant you HAD to finish all of the wine in your glass - no spitting or dumping. HORRIBLE! Not only were we forced to take a tour to do a tasting, we were forced to drink every last drop of what was poured. I think this is absolutely unacceptable in wine country!
I would not recommend visiting this vineyard for the reasons mentioned above.
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