The title is no exaggeration. St. Clair Brown is by far the best winery in town.
Oh and it’s a brewery too!
Not to sound too douchey, but you have to be in the know.
And (well) now you know!
I call St. Clair Brown The Lady Winery, because the winemaker/brewer is female. Like with everything else I do, I half-assed my research and didn’t bother looking up her name.
I would describe her wines and beer like an intimate sexual encounter with a stranger:
It’s a one night stand, yet the stranger is gentle. He (or she) wants to make sure you’re not only comfortable, but also feeling pleasure.
And they continually ask for consent.
The wines are easy day-drinking wines. Nothing too bold or in your face. Nothing obscure or offensive.
There is no surprise ass play in these one night stands.
The beers are equally good. Easy to drink and full of passion. Just one sip will make you come back for more.
I even feel this way about their IPA. If you are familiar with this blog, you know my feelings about IPAs:
I don’t like them.
But St. Clair Brown makes a smooth, well balanced, and refreshing IPA.
There will be no regret after a night with these beers.
Wine and beer are limited, so there’s only three or four choices of each on the menu.
If they run out, then they’re out. You have to choose a different option which is no big deal since all the options are good.
The tasting room is outside in a culinary garden. Filled with lemon trees and herbs I can’t name. The overall vibe is chill and relaxing. Even on a gloomy day.
If you go, I recommend ordering the hummus which is made with peanuts and lemon olive oil.
If you’re allergic to peanuts, don’t get the hummus. But if you don’t care you’re allergic, do it. It’s totally worth it.
The staff is friendly and never seems stressed despite their crowd. Always accommodating and down to earth.
St. Clair Brown is the perfect option for wine connoisseurs, wine newbies, and beer drinkers. Between it’s relaxing vibe, non-pretentious staff, and compassionate beverages, it’s absolutely worth a visit during your next Napa trip.
I give St. Clair Brown Winery a one-night stand kitty: