However, some of California's best wine comes out of Randall Grahm's Bonny Doon for mirth and Rhône style wines, Paul Draper's Ridge Winery for Cabernet Sauvignon (think 1976 Paris Tasting), and David Bruce for some excellent Pinot Noir.
A well known winery, Kendall Jackson offers memberships that allow fans to sample new blends and reserves, as well as other benefits including admittance to private events at the wineries and discounts on wines during your visit.
Not only are more and more wineries building cellars, some older wineries that have been around are choosing to make them open to the visitors of the winery as a way to offer these guests a more complete wine tasting experience.
The winery does have 500 acres of vineyards in Monterey, 16 acres at Rutherford in Napa Valley, and they source grapes from partners in Alexander Valley in Sonoma and from the Central Coast's Santa Maria Valley and Paso Robles.
"Hottie" cooking a chicken in the microwave on the first season of Flavor of Love and then falling while walking into a winery with Andrew Firestone on Charm School. "12 Pack" and "Heat" for, well, being "12 Pack" and "Heat".
A third benefit is the pure fact that you get to try new wines and have the ability to purchase more (if you like them, of course) without having to go to the winery first-this is especially a good thing if you live far away.
Cabernet Sauvignon wines run the gamut in price from a few dollars for Trader Joe's well-known "Two Buck Chuck" wine from the Charles Shaw Winery to hundreds of dollars for a well-aged Bordeaux grown in an excellent vintage.
But some to try are Chalone near the Pinnacles Monument east of Salinas Valley, Talbott in Carmel Valley for beautiful Chardonnays and Pinot, and Bernardus which doubles as a double whammy rejuvenating winery and spa resort.
Warren Winiarski's Stag's Leap Wine Cellars was the winning Cabernet Sauvignon in the infamous Paris Wine Tasting of 1976, giving the newer winery instantaneous credibility and fame that would overshadow its neighbor.
No, the winery and Gustave Niebaum's Chateau is still there with its history, Coppola just converted his Niebaum-Inglenook winery to Rubicon Estate to showcase and market his high-brow premium Rubicon Estate wines.