|The view from the deck at Cade Estate|
Here's a short list of wineries with games:
Cade Estate has backgammon and dominos
Ehlers Estate has a bocce court
B Cellars has croquet
Bonus winery in nearby Sonoma Valley: Hamel Family Wines has Cards Against Humanity and Jenga
A little more detail:
In July I got a fine PR pitch from Heidi Pettit at Glodow Nead Communications. Most PR pitches are useless; i.e., "We just released our Merlot!" But this email about the games was as good an article as you see in most travel magazines. Of course, a lot of travel magazine articles are simply rewritten PR pitches. But I wouldn't feel right about not giving credit where it's due.
Due to the nature of PR pitches, these wineries are all Glodow Nead clients, so if you know of another good Napa Valley winery with free games, please list it below.
I've been to Cade Estate. The view from high up on Howell Mountain is terrific, nice on a sunny day but even lovelier when the fog rolls in on the San Pablo Bay. The wines are pretty good, among my favorites in Napa's mid-range price wise (i.e., $50-$150), though it will set you back $40 to taste them. Welcome to Napa Valley! California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom is one of the owners, though it's not likely he'll be here on any given day, because we all know how
I haven't been to the other three wineries. You need an appointment at Ehlers Estate (click here for info). Tasting is $35. You also need an appointment at B Cellars (click here for info). Tasting is $45. I believe you can just walk into Hamel Family Wines and spend $40 to taste wine -- and play Cards Against Humanity. Pro tip: "Panda sex" is a trump card.
It takes an earthquake for me to recommend spending $40 to taste wine. But I do love to play games, and I often have a $40 wine while I'm playing. So what the hell. Have some lunch while you're up there, and tip generously; your server is the most likely person you'll see to have suffered great economic hardship.