A weekend of wine tasting at B Cellars
On our latest trip to Napa Valley, Mark and I got to visit a new-to-us winery called B Cellars. We’ve done tasting experiences at some of Napa’s preeminent establishments (Quintessa, Diamond Creek, Silver Oak, Caymus, to name drop a few) and there’s no shortage of good times.
B Cellars is located just off the Silverado Trail in Oakville, not far from some of the region’s best winemakers. B Cellars offers the traditional tasting experience, complete with wine cave tours, but they truly pride themselves on the unique pairing of wine with small dishes — coined “B Bites” — meticulously crafted by their head chef.
Farm to table
Like most trendsetting things these days, B Cellars is all about the farm-to-table craze. They have their own chicken coop (probably my fav thing about the entire weekend!), multiple bee hives, and a large garden where they plant seasonal produce for their B Bites.
The garden was incredibly impressive, as was the passion and enthusiasm of those in charge of tending to it. They took us through the rows and rows of fresh plant babies, and even uprooted some of the fully grown veggies for us to taste. Nothing like a little carrot right out of the soil!
Given the genuine passion and enthusiasm expressed by those tending to both the garden and the dishes, it was no surprise that the food at B Cellars was phenomenal.
Oakville Trek tasting
Apart from the garden and the vines themselves, B Cellars has two main areas: a bright, airy and modern Hospitality House and then the rustic wine caves.
The Hospitality House is home to their Oakville Trek Tasting, a distinctive food-and-wine experience complete with their signature reds, whites, and the nummiest of bite-sized snacks. We’re talkin’ mini pizzas (or, flatbreads if you’re fancy), roasted brussels sprouts, and steak. My personal favorite was the crispy risotto balls, cause is there really anything better than deep fried cheesy carbs? (No, I think not.)
The wine caves
Just below the massive estate mansion (look at that beast!) they have their barrel rooms and wine caves.
The caves are usually my favorite part of any wine tour; the ambiance, the oak-y smell, the general Batman vibes…I love it all. B Cellars was no exception — they have a pretty remarkable underground, cut directly into the hillside.
We even got a taste of wine straight out of the barrel. Oh, la la.
Overall, we had a lovely time at B Cellars. They’re a relative newcomer in a sea of esteemed wineries in the Napa Valley, but they’re really doing a commendable job setting themselves apart from the rest.
If you’re looking for a laid back atmosphere with flavorful wines, even-more-flavorful dishes, a minimalist yet impressive estate, and, best of all, chickens (!), B Cellars is the place to be.
Disclosure: I was invited by B Cellars to take photos of their winery and experience their tastings, but all opinions are my own.