Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Hold the Alcohol

I don't drink alcohol, but I love food and fine dining. I'm always on the look out for interesting non-alcoholic options and I'm very appreciative of restaurants who recognize that not everyone drinks and provides options accordingly.

Navarro Vineyards in the the Anderson River Valley near Sacramento makes two really good options. They produce two grape juices, Pinot Noir (red) and Gewerztraminer (white). They are grape juices made out of the same grapes that fine wines are made from. These are not wines that have been de-natured and they are nothing like the grape juice concentrate we all grew up on.

You can order a case or half-case directly from Navarro Vineyards to keep on hand for special occasions throughout the year. Some restaurants, although not many, offer them. Bacara and French Laundry both do.


Drew and Annie said...

Thanks for blogging about those grape juices. I remember you mentioning them a while ago but I couldn't remember the company name. Thanks to your blog, my mom just got a shipment of great grape juice for her birthday! Keep the terrific reviews coming.

sbeesley said...

this is my favorite reviews from you so far.

tanya d said...

Another good one is the Castoro Cellars Grape Juice. Ella's on California used to serve it by the glass. You can order it from their web site: www.castorocellars.com. Luckily, a local Zurich vineyard bottles both a red and white grape juice so I still have something interesting to drink on special occasions.