Additional articles BY COURTNEY COCHRAN

Mega Crush

You don’t have to leave the wine behind when you leave wine country

It’s an experience every wine country visitor’s had before: arrive in wine country, do a whirlwind tour of a handful of great wineries, enjoy a world-class meal or two and a comfy stay in a luxe cottage or quaint B&B, then leave.

That’s right – leave.

If you’re anything like me, it probably seems like just as soon as your visitor’s crush on wine country is blossoming into a full blown romance it’s time to check back into the real world (i.e. catch your Sunday evening flight home). Which is a real shame, because crushes – even little ones – can be so much fun.

Well, good news is here for visitors who don’t want to bid adieu to wine country romance just because they have to – yawn – show up at work again on Monday morning.

MicroCrush Nets Mega Memories
At Judd’s Hill MicroCrush, a custom winemaking facility located on the Silverado Trail just outside the city of Napa, regular people like you and me can make our own wine. Participants can be involved as little or as much as they’d like, but no matter how involved you get in the actual winemaking process, you can look forward to enjoying the fruits of your labor long after you return home.

With custom lots starting as small as one barrel (which makes 24 cases of wine, or 288 bottles), it’s easy for folks with a hankering for the good stuff to get their own, to go. Choose your own fruit from one of several of the operation’s contract growers, pick your barrel type and decide on your blend. Before long, your wine will be ready for you to sip at home, bringing back memories of wine country and all its romance along with it.

Barrel Blending Day Camp
Even better yet, besides its all-inclusive winemaking service – which encompasses everything from fruit sourcing to licensing and label creation to bottling – MicroCrush now offers a way for visitors to get even more involved with the process while they’re in wine country.

Barrel Blending Day Camp is a new half-day program during which groups of up to six guests are invited to mix their own wine at MicroCrush with the help of the program’s winemakers. Participants create their own “proprietary” blend from a selection of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. And as if that’s not enough, the unique hands-on experience culminates in a celebratory lunch with the winemakers complemented by a selection of rare wines from their cellar.

You CAN Take it With You
The folks behind the operation – longtime Napa residents and vintners Art and Bunnie Finkelstein and their son Judd and his wife, Holly – are well known for their warm hospitality and expertise in winemaking: the Finkelsteins founded Whitehall Lane Winery in the 70s and have since partnered with Judd on Judd’s Hill and MicroCrush.

Which makes them the perfect hosts for your wine country crush adventure, something you’ll relive with each and every one of the 288 bottles you take home with you.
Judd’s Hill MicroCrush, 2332 Silverado Trail, Napa CA 94558 (866) 438-5833 Call for pricing information and availability.