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Taste at Oxbow

Two Winery Tasting Room at Oxbow Market in Napa CA

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In 2008, the founders of Napa’s Mahoney Vineyards and Waterstone Winery combined forces to open Taste at Oxbow, a shared tasting room in downtown Napa.
Taste at Oxbow in Napa CAFrancis and Kathy Mahoney began growing Pinot Noir in Carneros in 1971, making them among that varietal’s early Napa pioneers. Mahoney also produces little-known varietals such as Montepulciano and Albariño; under a second label, Fleur of California, they produce value wines.
Waterstone Winery was started by wine executive Brent Shortridge and winemaker Philip Zorn in 2000, with the aim of providing top-tier wines that are not only varietally distinct and balanced, but affordable.
Inside Taste at OxbowThe beautiful and modern tasting room has a bright, airy and spacious quality. An emphasis was placed on “buliding it Green,” and much of what you’ll see is made from recycled materials (take a close look at the bar, which resembles marble: it’s actually made from a composite of recycled wine and olive oil bottles). Artwork lines the walls, much of it for sale.

Fascinating Fact:

Since 1974 Francis Mahoney has been conducting extensive Pinot Noir clonal trials. Planting a variety of clones on the same rootstock, he has evaluated clone characteristics in various ways and helped advance the quality of Pinot Noir wines.
Amenities: Wine Club, On-site store
Founded: 2008 (tasting room), 1972 (Mahoney Vineyards), 2000 (Waterstone Winery)
Signature Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Merlot
Wine Tasting: No appointment needed
Hours: Sunday–Thursday, 1–7; Friday–Saturday, 12–9
Taste at Oxbow
708 First Street
Napa, CA 94559

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Suzie Rodriguez writes about travel, food, and wine from her home in the wine-country town of Sonoma, California. You can follow her travels and musings at The Culinary Gadabout.

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