Napa Valley's best tasting experiences 

Melka Wines introduced a Winemaker Bootcamp experience this spring. Only offered two times a year, the two-day overnight adventure takes place at the winery's new Montbleau Estate, complete with bocce court, infinity pool, private cave, fire pit and expansive outdoor entertaining areas.

Kick things off with a Champagne reception hosted by Philippe and Cherie Melka, followed by a welcome dinner with the winemaking couple at the Melka's favorite Napa Valley restaurant. The hard work begins the next day with a tour of select Napa Valley vineyards including the La Mekerra Vineyard in Knights Valley. Back at Montbleau Estate wrap up the field experience with an interactive winemaking tutorial led by Philippe.

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Returm to glory 

Sauvignon blanc becomes something special once more as a French-born winemaker draws on his memories.

2012 Mekera Sauvignon Blanc, $145
Aromatic on the nose, with strong hints of minerality, this well-structured white blends notes of peach, mango and lychee that give way to a long, brighly acidic finish.

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The Un-Chardonnay: Limited Edition, Cutting Edge Gems 

SHOW SAUVIGNON BLANC THE LOVE–plant it right, crop it right, pick it right, put it in the hands of a master–and you can aspire to the kind of symphonic, tour de force white wines they bottle at Bordeaux paragons like Haut-Brion and Smith-Haut-Lafitte.... Here are six very-limited-production, cutting-edge gems that showcase what could be: the compelling heights top California Sauvignon Blancs can reach without ceding a nuance of their Sauvignon-ness. Remember the last Chardonnay you had that was this riveting, this just hold-up-the-glass-and-stare-at-the-thing fascinating? Didn’t think so.

Melka 2011 Sauvignon Blanc La Mekerra Vineyard ($145) Transplanted French wine guru Philippe Melka makes sensational Sauvignon Blanc for Lail, Dana and Vineyard 29 (above), but his own version is All-Planet: luscious, subtle, intense and almost playful as it continually evolves in the glass.

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Famous Winemakers' Affordable Bottles 

Hard To Find - Worth The Search

Philippe Melka 2010 Seavey Merlot ($45)

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Make Your Own Wine Adventure 

Tantasy Wine Camp

Genius winemaker Philippe Melka, who consults for some of the California's most lauded labels, now hosts two-day belding classes at Montbleau, his home in St. Helena and the site of his highly anticipated winery (opening this year). Though his wines often sell out immediately, $10,000 buys guests an all-access weekend with Melka and his wife, Cherie, for insider tours of the local vineyards that provide their grapes and hand-on instruction in his winemaking philosophy and techniques.

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