Whatever you might or might not think of Robert Parker, IMO, he nailed it on this winery …
"This winery, known for its excellent bargains, has again turned out a knock-out Chardonnay."
"The question that begs to be answered is why so many producers ignore what Cartlidge and Browne does better than just about anybody else in the state - produce fruit forward , pure, varietally correct, delicious wines."
I’ve visited about a half-dozen wineries this year, and in the many years that I’ve visited wineries, so few match this winery for welcoming, helpful staff, delicious wine and great prices.
It is in an industrial park with zilch visual appeal, yet was one of the most charming tasting rooms I’ve ever visited.
HOURS: Open Daily Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Friday - Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Complimentary Tastings, Tours
TASTING FEE: Five complimentary tastes. Special wines (in the $20 - $30 range) are available for $2 a taste. A printed list of wines is available for notes. There is room for about 4 - 6 people to stand at the wine bar.
TOUR: On request according to the SF Chronicle. I visited late in the day, didn’t have my notes and never would have thought to ask because of the industrial park ambiance.
PICNIC FACILITIES: None
FOOD AVAILABLE: Only for special events
NOTES: Look for the bargain wines under $5 (sometimes under $2)
There are special FREE events. Here’s the 2008 schedule
Feb 09 – Chocolate and sweets
Apr 12 – Live jazz and cheese
Jun 14 – Carne aside BBQ
Aug 09 – Art Gala
Oct 11 – Harvest Festival
Dec 14 – Holiday art show
As of this post they don’t appear to have updated the website since 2007.
HANDICAPPED ACCESS: Great for both wheelchairs and people with limited mobility. Parking lot is a few steps from the tasting room. IIRC, there were even a few stools in the corner if there is a problem with standing any amount of time.
GETTING THERE: Super easy … about a 1/2 mile off highway 29. It just doesn’t look like a tasting room would be there because of the industrial park. Keep going until you see a few grape vines. It is a little up the road from the Sutter Home Distribution Center
VISITED: January 2008
Other notes about my visit in the next link
Cartlidge & Browne Winery
205 Jim Oswalt Way, American Canyon, CA
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