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Raymond Vineyards ~ Wine Tasting Joie de Vivre

A satisfying afternoon combined garden touring and tasting fine wines at Raymond Vineyards ~ ruby red Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. I awoke with a smile on my face the next morning, still savoring the aftereffects of a heady joie de vivre that characterizes a visit to this St. Helena winery.

Theater of Nature © Alice Joyce

The spirited ambiance emerging throughout the Raymond property is colored by the elegance and humor of CEO Jean-Charles Boisset of Boisset Family Estates, the driving force behind the Vineyard’s insightful use of solar power, its commitment to organic farming methods, and a lavish aesthetic sensibility. Receiving kudos for Cabernet Sauvignons distinguished by a silky depth, Raymond Vineyards recently garnered the Wine Enthusiast ‘2012 American Winery of the Year’ award.

Unique tasting opportunities at this Napa Valley destination are designed to excite all the senses: Consider reserving an unparalleled offering ~ Raymond’s velvet draped, Baccarat embellished Red Room ~ click on the link to learn more.

Raymond Vineyards ‘Frenchie’ detail © Alice Joyce

Stroll through the  extensive biodynamic gardens and you’ll come upon a “shady dog suite’ … aka Domaine Frenchie!

A perfect place to park your pooch.

‘Frenchie Winery’ © Alice Joyce

For a self-guided tour of The Theater of Nature gardens, there’s a very cool app available to all!

Enter the following into your smart phone

http://theaterofnature.com/

… and click on ‘play’ for an explanation for each of 60 or so distinctive elements of the garden’s organic and biodynamic guiding principles. Among the topics you’ll learn about: Building soil, nurturing goats, chickens and sheep, and planting to attract beneficial insects.

Theater of Nature – Photo Courtesy Raymond Vineyards

RAYMOND Flow Fountain © Alice Joyce

Flow fountains like the one pictured are an integral aspect of biodynamic gardens; designed to move water in a vortex motion that replicates the infinity symbol.

Raymond Exterior Courtesy Raymond Vineyards

Winery displays celebrate the multifaceted sensory pleasures of wine. Below: An array of aromas to increase awareness of the complexity you might experience in a fine glass of wine; floral and spicy, fruity, earthy and spicy.

Aroma Display Photo Courtesy Raymond Vineyards

The Crystal Experience is one of the sparkling spaces at Raymond Vineyards. The glittery decor casts an enticing, theatrical spell; icing on the cake, so to speak, as you enjoy a tasting while learning about the art of decanting wine.

Raymond Crystal Cellar Photo Courtesy Raymond Vineyards

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