“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Journal – California Wine Cruise 6

Domaine Carneros

We left the Benziger winery to return to the Spirit of Yorktown for lunch and a short rest. Then it was off to Domaine Carneros for some bubbles. Domaine Carneros in the heart of the Carneros wine region of Napa and Sonoma counties, is the California expression of the tradition and excellence of its founder, Champagne Taittinger.


Established in 1987, Domaine Carneros is a regional landmark. Exquisite views of endless vineyard-covered hills are the perfect setting to savor their wines. At Domaine Carneros, we were treated to a tour and discussion of the making of sparkling wine. Of course, part of the tour included tasting some of their product! Everyone enjoyed the bubbles, and several people bought and shipped some of their wines. The favorite seemed to be the Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine – Estate, described on their website as

“a wine of great balance, emphasizing fruity and floral characteristics to a greater extent than evident in the Brut or Le Rêve. It is made strictly with artisan attention to quality, with sourcing exclusively from Carneros and the use of time-honored Champenoise methods of production. A blend of 58% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay, the Brut Rosé is meant to be enjoyed at a fairly young age, when the fruity character is still predominant yet there is enough age to make the wine round and balanced. The wine’s aroma has hints of wild strawberries and roses with notes of peach Although a pale pink in color, Brut Rosé is not sweeter than our other wines.  It is a true Brut.”

Domaine Carneros was the final stop on our tour of the Napa and Sonoma wineries, and a grand finale, too. We went back to the ship for the wonderful Captain’s Dinner and dessert extravaganza and a last night with the friends we traveled with and the new friends we made on the ship.

As we slept, the ship made it’s way back to San Francisco and we disembarked Sunday morning to fly home.