Welcome to Tulocay Winery (the website
says that if a living being comes up and barks at you when you arrive,
and perhaps tries to nip at your ankles, it's not him but maybe the
boss, Bill, who is getting crotchety in his old age.
If this happens, just offer Bill a sandwich and a good joke, and he'll
invite you to join him in a glass (or two) of Tulocay wine, provided you
have made an appointment to visit and are willing to pay the $20 per person (dogs not included)
tasting fee, which the boss has only imposed because once upon a time
limos would cruise up the driveway and disgorge visitors who would
happily imbibe Tulocay offerings and buy nothing. So if he says, "$20
for the tasting, please," it's not your fault.
The Tulocay Story
Few wine connoisseurs realize that Tulocay is
one of the oldest wineries in Napa Valley. Founded in 1975,
Tulocay has been acknowledged by Napa Valley insiders and old
timers as having a style that represents Napa before it became
While many wines around the world today are made
in the same so-called international style, Tulocay wines are
crafted by traditional methods that reflect the character of the
individual vineyard as expressed by the winemaker. They are
wines meant to be an integral part of the meal. And many are
wines created to be consumed in the future (global climate
change permitting) as well as appreciated for their youthful
forcefulness in their youth.
Like art, film, literature and politics, wine is an individual
taste. One can seek out the highly rated and well publicized
wines. That's fine. But how many really express art versus those
that are simply manipulated to garner high scores in BIG NAME
wine publications or from highly publicized wine blowhards?
This is a question that you, the wine drinker, must decide.
A note from Skippy
If you're looking for White Zinfandel,
mass-produced Merlot, or sweet, fruity Chardonnay, go away!
But if your taste tends toward
kick-out-the-jambs Cabernets, Syrahs and and sometimes Zinfandels, you've come
to the right place. We also make classy Coombsville Pinot Noirs and
Tulocay Winery has been around since
1975. But not many people have heard about us. That's 'cause the
boss (Bill) believes the wine should reflect the essence of the
vineyard and the philosophy of the winemaker, not the latest
innovation of the marketing department or the bottom line of
Wall Street financiers.
Peruse our website. Check out the
wines. If you have any questions, just give us a call.
Chances are the guy who answers the phone is the boss himself.
Chief Cellar Rat