Falcor Winery | Wine Country This Week Magazine Wineries, Wine Tasting, Wine Tasting Maps Fri, 08/22/2008Falcor Winery Tasting Room of the Week: FALCORW by Michelle J. Baker It does seem odd, at first, to come all the way to Wine Country and find oneself driving through a corporate park on the way to visit a winery. But more and more, some of Napa Valley’s A-list wineries are hanging a shingle in Napa’s Corporate Drive area, and their adoring fans are finding them. Take, for instance, Falcor Winery. Wine Country regulars may remember them as one of the two dozen wineries featured at the Napa Wine Company in Oakville just a few years ago. Then Falcor found this industrial-sized space in south Napa, with room enough to stretch out, make their own wine and offer custom crush services for a few friends. Now Falcor has built a hospitality space for visitors within their warehouse winery, propped up a sandwich board on the corner, and their old friends are finding them. Walk through the door at Falcor, and you’ll quickly forget you are no longer on one of the main drags in Napa Valley – this stylish space has all the bells and whistles, including comfortable leather furnishings, a flat-screen television, and a private tasting room with a picture window peering into the cellar. Falcor recently installed a tasting bar in the front room, and now their back room is used for private tastings, including a five-course food and wine pairing. Falcor
has found its own tasting room niche in personalized barrel tastings. Whether visitors are interested in tasting Cabernet Sauvignon with varying levels of oak, or Syrah from different blocks within a vineyard, the Falcor team will put together the dream barrel tasting. Falcor started in 1995 with the goal of producing high-end Chardonnay. They recruited Ray Coursen, Elyse Winery’s owner and winemaker, to help them. For their first five years, Falcor only made Chardonnay. Then they added a Bordeaux-style blend to the mix, Le Bijou (“the jewel”). The Le Bijou blend varies from year to year, but is built around the Falcor crew’s favorite varietal, Cabernet Franc. Over time Falcor has also added Sangiovese, Zinfandel, Syrah and of course, Cabernet Sauvignon. What makes the wines here special is Ray Coursen’s steady hand with fruit sourced from some of this region’s best vineyards. Falcor makes single vineyard Chardonnays from Bacigalupi Vineyard in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley Ferragamo Black Patent Leather Pumps and Durell Vineyard in Sonoma Valley. The reds come from prime vineyards in Napa Valley, and the Zinfandel from Dry Creek Valley. Give Falcor a call at (707) 255-6070 to schedule a barrel tasting tailored to your interests, or visit Falcor Winery at 2511 Napa Valley Corporate Drive, Suite 115. The tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The regular tasting of up to five wines is complimentary this year.
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