ZD Wines is midpoint on the Silverado Trail, the road less traveled in the Napa Valley. I visited ZD at the height of crush season, and got to watch them harvest the grapes and prepare them for winemaking.
I’ve picked a perfect day for a drive in the country, and the morning sunshine greets me as I head down the ramp from the accessible parking. The nearest town is Rutherford, four miles away. We’re in the country now.
Jaime Porras greets us and gives us the family lore of the deLeuze Family who still own and operate this storied winery after three generations.
We’re here for crush! Only 1 season a year will you see tubs of freshly picked grapes ready for the crusher. This was September 23 and it was just about the most perfect day to be in Wine Country.
But just for a moment of reality, I continue to build on my record of being the most photographed person in public restrooms. I hope this is a Guinness World Record category! Yes, this restroom is beautifully accessible. Note that there is no cute little piece of furniture between the toilet and sink, so I have a place to park the scooter and transfer. Businesses take note! Do not put furniture in that little open space!
Our visit to ZD Wines is complete. One last glance at the entry fountain and we’re on our way. Oh, a last piece of information on the wall, that the Rutherford Estate Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard in front of us is Certified Organic, since 1999.
8383 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558
Open daily 10:00-4:30 (except major holidays)
Traditional Tasting $15 per person
Premier Reserve Tasting $30 per person