Last July, Signorello Estate was one of 20 wineries affected by the North Coast Fires – and one of the hardest hit. Co-founded in 1977 by the father-son duo of Ray Signorello Sr. and Ray Jr., the winery’s rustic stone tasting room and proprietor’s home were completely destroyed. While Signorello’s personal wine cellar was decimated, the 2017 vintage that was currently in tanks survived, as did the 2016 vintage that was aging in barrels. So Signorello isn’t letting their lack of permanent tasting room keep them from welcoming back the public.
This fall Signorello opened a temporary tasting room at the vineyard while construction of their new winery got underway. Open by reservation for up to eight people at a time, a visit starts with a glass of a wine accompanied by a tour around the vineyard via golf cart, exploring the estate’s future plans.
Then, guests arrive at a most surprising place to taste wine – a temporary modular unit amongst the grape vines. The tasting itself is four wines paired with small bites. (Those interested in a more substantial meal can partake in Savor Signorello, a new five-course lunch featuring Signorello’s wines at Meadowood Napa Valley.)
Stepping in to the temporary space, designed by Katie McCaffrey of Angus-McCaffrey, is a signal of the direction the new tasting room will take. Midcentury modern pieces mix with abstract art and glass, creating a modern space that still retains the elegance Signorello is known for. A blend of materials includes wood, metal, leather and linen, referencing a natural look appropriate for the vineyard site and the Napa Valley.
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