Rubicon Estate tasting room

Lisa Romerein

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Rutherford,  California
A must-visit if you're looking for Napa's roots. The château, built by sea captain turned wine pioneer Gustave Niebaum, has watched over the valley since 1880. Movie director Francis Ford Coppola bought the estate in 1975 and reunited all the original vineyards. The $50 entrance fee is steep, but the tour, tasting (including cheese), and mini museum of winemaking are rich.
Last Reviewed February 2012


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