Rutherford Specialty

Specialty neighborhood
Frog’s Leap Winery
8815 Conn Creek Rd., Rutherford
With all of the luxe experiences Napa has to offer, it can be easy to forget that the wineries are, at heart, agricultural ventures: Frog's Leap really feels like a farm, in the best possible way. The winery is housed in cavernous old barn, and the farmhouse has a big, wide porch for tastings (which are by appointment only). If you're lucky, you might even catch winemaker John Williams and his scruffy companion, Abbie, driving around the property in Williams' vintage Chevy.
Swanson Vineyards
1271 Manley Ln., Rutherford
Swanson vineyards has an excellent selection of wines, but we'd be lying if we said we weren't really going there for Swanson Sip Shoppe. Designed by family member Alexis Swanson Traina, the bold décor (the entire space is wallpapered with wide red stripes) is a breath of fresh air in a sea of Tuscan-hued tasting rooms. Alexis has a great eye, so you can expect the chocolates, foodstuffs, and other gifts, like her hilarious customizable wine bottle labels, to be some of the best.
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