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Del Dotto Estate Winery & Caves
Sumptously decorated Neo-Classical Rutherford CA Winery
Napa Valley & Sonoma Wine Tasting Tours
The name of owner Dave Del Dotto may be familiar.
For more than a decade, starting in the mid-1980s, the former real estate investor was often seen on late-night infomercials selling his investment course, “Cash Flow System.”
Changing careers, Del Dotto bought land in Napa in 1988 and planted vines. His wines have received praise since the first vintage, a 1993 Cabernet Sauvignon.
In building the winery, Del Dotto honored is family’s Venetian and Tuscan roots. The Neo-Classical winery, made of white marble, makes a grand impression. Inside, Italian arias play in the background. The building is decorated with gorgeous Venetian glass chandeliers, mosaic marble floors, and other sumptuous touches.
Tasting can be enjoyed at the wine bar or on a cave tour. In the former, you’ll sample four wines and a port accompanied by cheese, chocolates and almonds.
The cave experience, which is notorious for generous pours straight from the barrel, finishes in the tasting hall with more wines, a charcuterie platter, and a chocolate/port pairing.
In 1996 Dave Del Dotto settled for $200,000 charges by the Federal Trade Commission that he and his companies made allegedly deceptive claims in marketing his course, the “Cash Flow System.”
Amenities: Cave tours, Pairings