Velo Vino Wine Tasting Napa


Bike Ride Napa

06.16.11

From the issue Vino Ventures

Napa's Fresh Spin

There’s a new winery in Napa and it’s letting the good times roll. Velo Vino is brought to you by the same folks behind locally based Clif Bar. Part wine tasting, part bicycle base camp, this St. Helena hot-spot pours on the charms. The tasting room is bedecked with photographs of Grand Tours and no less than 10 bicycles, including an 1890 classic, “The Rambler.” The friendly staff is upstaged only by delicious sustainable wines including zinfandel, cabernet, and sauvignon blanc. We like The Climber Limited Release red blend (its black-and-white rock-climbing label makes the bottle a keeper). The Climber Pouch, a new take on wine-in-a-bag, makes the perfect camping companion. But before you taste the goods, hop on your bike for a choice of great road rides. For an easy pedal, the 7-mile round-trip White Sulpher Springs Ride works up a thirst. Leaving right from Velo Vino, you’ll ride up Highway 29 for only two blocks before making a left onto Spring Street. From there, it’s smooth cruising in the quiets of Napa Valley backcountry (pictured). Wind along the tree-lined street paralleling a year-round creek, and flip it for the return when the road ends. Back at Velo Vino, kick back on the outdoor patio of what could well become your new favorite winery. What a nice pairing!

Velo Vino, 709 Main St., St. Helena; 707-968-0625. Open from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. every day. Tastings start at $10. Bicycle rentals will be available at Velo Vino later this summer. Before then, rent bikes two blocks away at St. Helena Cyclery (1156 Main St.). The patio at Velo Vino is dog-friendly!

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