“The next stop was Viader, a family-run winery on the slopes of Howell Mountain in Napa. From the rustic tasting room, we drank the vibrant 2013 Liquid Cashmere (cabernet sauvignon and cab franc) in the scenic panorama of the vineyards, lake and Napa Valley mountain range.
During our tasting, we sat with director of operations/winemaker Alan Viader, who told us about how his mom, Delia, was a pioneer in Napa for planting cliffside rather than on the valley floor, and what it was like growing up on the vineyard. We listened attentively while enjoying the silky, heavily aromatic 2014 DARE®, the cabernet franc for which Viader is known, and a charcuterie plate with red-wine-cured salumi, double cream Brie and more.
Afterward, Alan escorted us out to the moss-covered stone wine cave for a full tour.”