Although St. Francis Winery makes commendable chardonnay, zinfandel, and cabernet sauvignon, they're best known for their highly coveted merlot. In fact, winemaker Tom Mackey, a former high-school English teacher from San Francisco, has been hailed as the "Master of Merlot" by Wine Spectator for his uncanny ability to craft the finest merlot in California.

Tastings at the chic tasting room are $10 per person for a choice of five wines from a selection of nationally known brands and wines only available at the winery. For $30 you can try their wine and food pairing which includes a flight of four wines paired with seasonal hors d'oeuvres. Now that St. Francis is planning more special activities, it's worthwhile to call or check their website for their calendar of events.