Sure, you know Domaine Chandon in Yountville for its lovely sparkling wines. But did you know you can also sip a hip cocktail there, too?
Indeed, Domain Chandon has become apparently the only winery in the country that serves cocktails in its tasting room. Being a pioneer is nothing new to the winery, which also was the first winery to establish a fine-dining restaurant on its premises. The winery worked with a London mixologist to come up with the $8 cocktails that incorporate its sparkling wines, such as the Chandon Luscious Peach, made with bubbly, fresh peach slices, mint leaves and simple syrup.
Oct. 2 is a great time to visit the winery, too, if you want to dance the night away. That night, the winery will host “Drink Pink: A Bubbly Benefit For Breast Cancer Research.”The winery’s restaurant, Etoile, will serve appetizers and small bites alongside glasses of pink sparkling wine. DJ Dukes will provide music under the stars.
Tickets are $50. Proceeds from the tickets and silent auction will benefit breast cancer research at Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation in Napa. Additionally, through the month of October, $1 from every purchase of rosé wines at the winery will be donated to Queen of the Valley.
Chandon Luscious Peach
¼ cup fresh peach slices
5-7 mint leaves
½ oz simple syrup
2 ½ oz Chandon Extra-Dry Riche
Extra peach slice and mint leaves, for garnishing
In a cocktail shaker, muddle peach with simple syrup and mint. Shake with ice and strain contents into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with Chandon Extra-Dry Riche and stir. Garnish with a peach wedge or mint sprig.