The valley's most untraditionally chic and playful wine tasting is yours with a reservation and a $60 fee at Swanson. Here you and up to seven other guests sit at a centerpiece round table in a vibrant coral parlor and take in the uncommonly refined yet whimsical atmosphere. The table's set more for a dinner party than for a tasting, with fancy stemware, caviar on potato crisps, slivers of a fine cheese or two, crackers, and one chocolate-and-red-wine-ganache-filled bonbon, which are also available for purchase in an adorable pink polka-dot hatbox. Over the course of the hour-or-more snack-and-sip event, a winery host will pour four to seven wines, perhaps a bright pinot grigio, merlot, and hearty Alexis, their signature cab-syrah blend, and let you carry on fun conversation along with lighthearted but informative wine banter. Definitely a must-do for those who don't mind spending the money. Newly opened in June 2010 is the adjacent Sip Shoppe (, for a less formal, more fun tasting experience.