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The Ultimate Napa/Sonoma Wine Experience

Posted: May. 3rd, 2007  |  By JustLuxe Team
Luxury Wine Tours: Spend three glorious days wining and dining in California's renowned wine country. Angel's Share takes you beyond a typical wine exploration and provides a total immersion into all things luxury while putting you up in one of the region's finest estates.

With your own private "wine expert" as your guide, you will experience the valley's finest wineries; meet the winemakers themselves; and taste the latest vintages as you're chauffeured in a top-of the-line vehicle.

As an expert in fine wines, Mark Russo, the founder of Angel's Share, offers an insider's view into the life and lifestyles of esteemed winemakers. Russo's background as a notable wine reviewer, wine judge, and wine educator, make him an instrumental resource for any wine connoisseur. Russo's long list of accolades extends beyond wine as he is an internationally acclaimed expert in scotch whiskey and serves as an ambassador for McCallans.

Catering to the guest is at the forefront of Angel's Share's mission. If you've been dying to get your hands on a bottle of the coveted Screaming Eagle, here is your chance. And while not every wine enthusiast may be fortunate enough to make it onto the waiting list, cult wines are in fact attainable, assuming you know the right people. Mark Russo and his team at Angel's Share are your go-to guys when it comes to procuring rare and cult wines.

In addition to cult wines, guests can select from a wide range of local wineries including Nickel and Nickel, Artessa, Frog's Leap, Darioush, and more. From a full-bodied red with big tannins to a more fruit-forward, approachable white, guests can delve into whichever varietal is most favored by their palate.

With all that wine consumption, Angel's Share understands the importance of a quality meal. And while there is an abundance of fine dining options available, it is the in-house meals, which take the cake. Guests are afforded the luxury of dining within the comforts of their own villa as their personal chef prepares world-class cuisine. Keep in mind these aren't just your run-of the-mill chefs. Angel's Share provides only the best, most celebrated chefs. So if you want Rachel Ray to prepare your nine-course meal, well... Angel's Share will make it happen. Enjoy your gourmet meal as you swirl, sniff and sip with one of the region's leading winemakers.

Guests can select from one of three luxurious estates. The Domaine Beau Soleil, an incredible Tuscan-style mansion, located in the hills of the valley, is priced at $28,190. This 5 bedroom/4 bath estate is set on 80 beautifully appointed acres, boasting abundant fruit and olive trees, lavender, herbs, and seasonal flowers.

The Domaine Beau Soleil features a square infinity pool, an oversized hot tub, a waterslide, and a guesthouse shaded by a towering Redwood and Douglas Fir. Faced south, the estate offers breathtaking sunset views of the Palisades- a rugged fluted wall of uplifted volcanic rock. The property is planted with cabernet, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot, in hopes of one day producing big-tannin wines that show European restraint as they age.

Perched high above Sonoma's Valley of the Moon rests Miraval, a 4 bedroom/3.5 bath vineyard estate. With distant views of Mt. Tamalpais, San Francisco, the Bay Bridge, San Pablo Bay and Mt. Diablo, Miraval provides the perfect atmosphere for entertaining. And with adequate outdoor amenities such as a wide terrace, and a pool featuring a four-tiered fountain centerpiece, Miraval is an ideal place to host an elaborate wedding. From inside the estate, guests can gather on the first-story veranda, offering a tiled deck perfect for summer barbeques. Miraval is priced at $26,450.

Owned by a winemaker, the Sullivan Birney Ranch offers an ambiance comparable to that of an Italian country farmhouse. The Sullivan Birney Ranch has produced some of California's most celebrated pinot noirs and chardonnays. Built around a central courtyard, the ranch features an expansive deck overlooking the flourishing vineyard of pino noir. The property offers a spacious master bedroom, which occupies the entire second floor; a formal dining room that seats ten; a library; and more. The Sullivan Birney Ranch is priced at $27,050.

Each package includes accommodations provided for two, but with flexible terms, guests can invite another couple, and even extend their stay for up to a month.

For LxM Christina Stewart
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