It’s Winery Wednesday

There are no words to describe the breathtaking experience we shared with awesome friends on this special day in October, Handsome and I were on cloud nine!  And, it all happened at…

QuintessaQuintessa sign

  As soon as we arrived at the stone facade winery, we could sense there was a magical feeling in the air.  It was harvest time!  There was an excitement we had not noticed at any of the other wineries we visited over the past few months.   When we were walking up to the main entrance, Handsome and I notice part of the wine making process was happening.  We went over to take a peek.Quintessa harvest

Once the group of 20 of us had all arrived for our afternoon of festivities, we were taken on a short hike to the highest point of the Quintessa property.  Under a shady tree, we were told all about the property.  The views were spectacular from that spot.

Quintessa view from hill

And my favorite view, the view of the lake.  I could sit here all day with Handsome and our friends enjoying a glass of Quintessa, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Quintessa view of lake

From this beautiful spot we walked back down the hill into the private wine tasting room where we met Charles Thomas, Director of Vineyards and Winemaking.

Quintessa master wine maker Charles Thomas

It was such a special treat for us to have Charles take time to speak to our group about the wine making process.

We felt privileged to be able to taste the tank samples.  They were very tasty.

Quintessa tank samples

I can only imagine how delicious the final products will be.  Quintessa wine tasting redAfter about an hour of sampling the tank wines, we headed with Charles to our final destination, our Harvest lunch, by way of a jeep ride.

Over the bridge to the private island.

Quintessa bridge

The area could not have been more beautiful!  With the lush landscaping and the wonderful company.

Quintessa lunch spot

The table was set so lovely.Quintessa lunch table

The place setting.

Quintessa place setting

The menu.

Quintessa harvest lunch menu

The scrumptious lunch!

Quintessa lunch

Handsome and I are so grateful to have been asked to be a part of this members only, harvest lunch. P&B we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  What a experience!


Rutherford, Napa Valley, California

Call 707.286.2730 to request an appointment for your privately hosted wine tasting experience.

With harvest in full swing, I managed to find a few grapes on the vine at Quintessa.

Quintessa grapes

If you would like to see the step by step wine making process, I found this wonderful site www.wineanorak.com


  1. Lois Alter Mark says:

    Wow, Mary, your Wednesday Winery posts are always great but this is the best one yet! Love seeing a little bit of that wine making process — how cool! — and that private island lunch is awesome!

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