Twomey Cellars

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1183 Dunaweal Lane, Napa, CA, USA

Twomey Cellars Napa Reviews

Eric Eric
408 reviews
Jun 10, 2006
The big, commercial wineries filled with hundreds of people were nice, but we also wanted to try to find a smaller place that felt more intimate. We driving north along Highway 29, past the Beringer Estate. After 5 minutes or so we still hadn't seen any wineries, and were about to turn around when we stumbled upon Twomey. The small tasting room only had 4 other people in it, and we were warmly welcomed by the staff quickly made to feel at home.Twomey is a unique winery in that they only make Merlots using a method called soutirage traditionnel. I don't know the exact definition of the method, but basically it is a way of decanting the wine such that the sediment remains at the bottom of the barrel, instead of being filtered out by a screen. It is traditional in the sense that it has been practiced in France for hundreds of years and in that only a few wineries in California practice it. I don't know enough about wine to perceive the subtle differences in taste that might arise because of this method, but I was able to gather that the people at Twomey care very much about doing things the "right" way, and that they are very passionate about their Merlot.After the tasting, we wandered around the grounds for a bit before realizing that we had forgotten to pay the $5 fee per person for the tasting and complimentary wine glass. We went back to the tasting room as they were closing up, and the lady working their told us not to worry about it. Despite our insistence, she told us not to pay, and just to come back and visit them later on. The small, comfortable environment combined with the incredible hospitality made Twomey a refreshing change of pace from the other big winery experiences.
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