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Sterling Vineyards

Sterling Vineyards’ white hilltop facility also looks like it could have been plucked from the movie “Sleeper.” Built just a few years after the house that was featured in the movie, the winery features a similar minimalist look, which in this case appears to be an almost postmodernist take on a traditional castle.

The coolest, and sadly most depressing, part of the Sterling Winery visit is that you can actually take a cable car up to the winery from the valley floor. Cool because it’s a cable car, dude. In Napa valley! And yes the views are wonderful but it’s still depressing because it costs $25! That includes a self-guided tour and five wines to taste, but still. Okay, it’s still cool(ish).

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  • Snooth User: curioussky
    810679 20

    Interesting article was surprised that the Frank Gehry designed hotel at Marques de Riscal was not included. http://www.arcspace.com/architects/... Like it or hate it's pretty cool.

    Jun 28, 2011 at 2:14 PM


  • Snooth User: kevgraeme
    212485 1

    Or Dominus by Herzog & de Meuron?

    http://www.dominusestate.com/

    Jun 28, 2011 at 4:15 PM


  • Snooth User: brightonb
    198619 1

    curioussky said....
    "Interesting article was surprised that the Frank Gehry designed hotel at Marques de Riscal was not included"

    Probably because it's...NOT A WINERY !!!!

    Jun 28, 2011 at 4:17 PM


  • Snooth User: Jazzgal
    616050 13

    How about some addresses/locations?

    Jun 28, 2011 at 5:17 PM


  • Snooth User: Squash87
    525869 12

    Actually,brightcomb, Marques de Riscal IS a winery. It happens to be one of the oldest in the Rioja region of Spain. Check out the link provided by curiousky. A point can be made for its inclusion on the list.

    Jun 28, 2011 at 5:50 PM


  • Interesting choices, although I personally feel that Darouish reminds me of "Disney meets Fry's Electronics". All this foofery while charging you $65 for a bottle of average wine. At least you can't say it's boring.

    Jun 28, 2011 at 6:41 PM


  • Snooth User: VegasOenophile
    Hand of Snooth
    202759 12,199

    Of a list for "top... of the world" it was a little CA heavy, but that said, some owned by foreigners haha.

    Jun 28, 2011 at 8:38 PM


  • Snooth User: scott93004
    854190 63

    Castello di Amorosa is deserving of consideration as well.

    Jun 30, 2011 at 12:50 PM


  • Pretty sure Greg included Dominus in a previous edition...best winery building in California for sure. And yes, the Clos Pegase building is a postmodern atrocity.

    Jul 20, 2011 at 3:19 PM


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