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A Grand Beacon

Much like with Opus One, there was quite a break between the founding of the winery and the construction of the actual purpose built facility. In this case, we had to wait until 1997 to see the grandeur that is the Dominus Estate. Brilliantly constructed from terroir itself, the building is built with gabions, boxes constructed of wire, filled with basaltic rocks from nearby American Canyon. The result is a building that’s rugged, yet elegant, that rises from the valley floor resembling an artifact but serving, as many do, as a beacon. In this case, a beacon embodying a wine and its place.

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  • Snooth User: JonDerry
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    Nice article's a shame Dominus doesn't offer tours or tastings.

    Jun 21, 2011 at 12:46 PM

  • Nice article. Thanks for the insight.

    Jun 21, 2011 at 4:09 PM

  • Snooth User: hmachens
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    I am so much into the wine craze, that I really want to follow my true love of wine, and get into a winery......

    Jun 21, 2011 at 5:02 PM

  • Snooth User: Mr Dolce
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    Great article.

    Jun 22, 2011 at 4:33 AM

  • Snooth User: napagirl68
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    Oh, I could add so much more... how can we host photos here? Maybe there is a way, but I have not been able to do it except for profile. A photo page dedicated to wineries would be nice. I have two amazing ones of chateau montelena, one featured on an SF news channel. Maybe a contributive blog for all on wineries?

    Sep 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM

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