Our first tasting when we arrived in California was at Paraduxx. Located in Napa, this winery sits on a beautiful property with a well appointed tasting room.
The outdoor tasting area is sunny and gorgeous. Weather permitting, a formal tasting on the terrace is the way to go.
Our wine tasting was delicious. Paraduxx wines are predominately Cabernet/Zinfandel blends. My favorite, contrary to popular opinion, is the Z Blend. It's a fruity, light-medium bodied red blend that is majority Zinfandel. The Z Blend is a refreshing change of pace from the endless parade of heavy cabs found in Napa.
Our formal tasting and tour was given by John (Jean?). He is extremely friendly, passionate, and knowledgable. We loved chatting with him and he made our visit very enjoyable. I would recommend asking for him if you stop in for a taste.
Paraduxx has a beautiful wine making facility. Their barrel room was clean and cool. John told us Paraduxx wines are aged as separate varietals for one year and then aged for another 6 months as blends. They use both American and French oak barrels in their aging process.
Our visit to Paraduxx was so much fun! If you're in Napa, I encourage you to stop in and try their lovely collection of wines.