St. Clair Brown Winery & Brewery

Napa Valley duo created an urban winery, then added beer.

Winemaker Elaine St. Clair and business partner Laina Brown started their operation as an “urban winery.” True enough: St. Clair Brown is steps north of Downtown Napa in a light-industrial area in view of car-parts and auto-body shops. But the vibe here is more rustic than this description implies. Tastings take place in a culinary garden with vegetables, herbs, and dozens of espalier-trellised fruit trees.

Rosé of Syrah is a summertime favorite – while it lasts.

Small-Lot Wines, Tasty Small Bites

St. Clair’s small-lot wines – only about 200 cases of each are produced – include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Muscat whites. The winery makes Rosé of Syrah, a Rhône-style red blend, and a Merlot-Syrah blend, along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Zinfandel. 

At tastings the wines can be ordered individually by the bottle or sampled in a flight of four. All pair well with the tasty small plates, among them hummus, a cheese board, and the signature almonds roasted with Meyer lemon oil and  seasoned with organic lemon zest and herbs from the garden.

Three of the dozen-plus beers St. Clair Brown makes are always on tap.

Enter St. Clair Brown Beer

In 2017, St. Clair Brown opened a microbrewery. Turns out that for her fermentation-science degree at U.C. Davis, Elaine St. Clair focused on brewing as well as winemaking. Three of her naturally carbonated beers, which are sold in sparkling-wine bottles, are always on tap at the greenhouse for tasting by the flight, glass, or bottle.

Tip

St. Clair Brown is open for tastings from Thursday through Sunday.

Info

816 Vallejo St., Napa 94559

Why go:  easy-going feel; straightforward yet complex wines; tasty small bites.

Rosé jelly and roasted pistachios accompanied cheese plate.

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This story originally appeared online in 2017; it was fact-checked and updated in mid-2020.

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