Napa Valley has had a rough year, first with the Pandemic and not being able to welcome much tourism, to now the intense and heartbreaking fires. Napa Valley is an essential wine-growing area of California and produces some of the world’s best wines. It’s a famed wine region, with big names, but also has amazing boutique wineries that produce beyond incredible wines.

One winery I was able to taste this season was from Smith Devereux Winery. This winery began out of a love for music and wine. A wine and travel writer, farmer, and music industry leader joined forces for an incredible opportunity to produce their very own wine, with some of the best grapes in Napa. They produce world-class wines at approachable prices, which for Napa, is great!

I had the pleasure of tasting two of their wines. I always love Napa Valley wines, and I find that they get the reputation for being too “big” and “expensive”. This is true for a lot of Napa wineries, due to the fame of the region and the ability to price their wines the way they do. But this isn’t all of Napa, and you should know that some of the smaller wineries like Smith Devereux are producing wines for everyday people to enjoy wines from this region.

I tasted the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon which has already won two gold medals! This wine is sustainably farmed in St. Helena, CA, and is extremely drinkable. It’s a smooth Napa Valley Cabernet with blackberry, wood, sweet spices, tobacco, and vanilla notes. On the palate, it’s amazing, and can easily pair with everything from hearty grain salads to burrata, as well as steak (of course), and grilled fish. This wine is priced at $55/bottle and is a wonderful addition to your wine collection, as well as an ideal gift for holiday gatherings you will have.

Early in September, I enjoyed the No. 3 2017 Red Blend, which is the 3rd release to the portfolio, symbolizing three founders. This wine is a blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, and Syrah; a perfect blend. Lots of ripe red fruit, blackberries, and chocolate on the nose followed by vanilla and oak on the palate. This wine is really a steal for $20 and should be a staple in your home. I thought this wine was perfect, when I enjoyed it Labor Day Weekend with some BBQ Ribs, however now that’s it’s fall pair this wine with some Short Ribs or Osso Bucco!

For those seeking a great new winery to enjoy, I absolutely recommend Smith Devereux. Their wines are perfect for any occasion, as well as if you join their wine club, they have exclusive releases you can’t get anywhere else, including a sparkling rosé!

Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly.