At A&W Transport, we’re fortunate to serve both locals and tourists visiting the Bay Area . We take pride in developing unique itineraries for each group who travels with us, ensuring we visit an array of venues that showcase the beauty and delicious products of the Napa Valley. It is a truly magical place whether you’re taking a day trip with your girlfriends or enjoying it as just one piece of a larger journey around the Bay.
One question that we’re often asked by our clients is “How can I find the same experience in my city?” Our clients wish they could recreate their Napa Valley tasting experience at home, namely through enjoying more of those delicious bottles. It’s true that most wineries certainly offer the opportunity to purchase a bottle to enjoy on the same day or the chance to receive regular shipments as an exclusive club member. However, it’s hard to pack too many bottles in your suitcase and the clubs can be a bit limiting and expensive.
For example, the 2013 Cakebread Cellars Merlot. Often considered the entry point to red wine tasting, Merlot is created from dark grapes known for their softness and "fleshiness". This, combined with its earlier ripening, makes Merlot a popular grape for blending with the sterner, later-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon (Cab), which tends to be higher in tannin. Merlot is one of the world's most widely planted grape variety with plantings of the vine outpacing Cab in many regions, including the grape's homeland of France.
Cakebread Cellars has perfected its Merlot. Not surprising from a winery who professes its dedication to making the highest quality wines, not just in Napa, but worldwide. Fragrant fruits complemented by whiffs of black tea, oak and chocolate,introduce this bold, beautifully structured merlot. Hearty with smooth cherry, plum and red currant flavors surrounded by solid, fine grain tannins, it finishes with zesty tea-leaf spice tones. Its delicious in a glass by itself but also pairs well with pork, pheasant and veal.