Napa Valley Reserve
The NY Times has an interesting piece on the Napa Valley Reserve, otherwise known as the nation's first wine "country club." The club lets people indulge all their wine fantasies by harvesting their own grapes and learning about wine from the dirt up. A $140,000 initiation fee gets you several rows of picturesque grapes to harvest as well as the chance to create, with the help of wine experts, your idea wine. The club was founded by H. William Harlan owner of the legendary Harlan Estate, home of those epic cabs much beloved to the emperor of wine Robert Parker that fetch hundreds per bottle. Club members must commit to a minimum of 150 bottles and can create up to 900 bottles for $45,000. The wine can't be sold but you can name it whatever you like. For those truly into wine, it's a unique wine experience. Two thirds of the members come from Northern California. Lots of money and lots of promises but the first harvest was only last season and no one has actually tasted a Napa Valley Reserve yet. It's not the only way to get your wine experience (Wine Camp and Crushpad spring immediately to mind) but it is the most luxe.