This family owned winery was founded in 1979 in a barn that dates back 110 years; it is nestled in a grove of Sequoia trees in Rutherford in the Napa Valley, hence the name, Sequoia Grove Winery. Head Winemaker and company President Mike Trujillo often states that he “loves Cabernet that tastes like Cabernet”. Mike and his team, including Winemaker Molly Hill, strive to produce crucial balance in their wines with the emphasis on elegance, finesse, and structure.


The tasting room offers a variety of experiences and we opted for the “Taste of Cabernet” pairing experience expertly led by Dean Busquaert, the winery’s Sr. Wine Educator. Dean took us on a “scientific” trip of soil samples, topography, microclimates and more to show us how a vineyards natural environment puts an indelible stamp on the wine produced there. He then demonstrated why some of the popular wine pairing rules work and others should be ignored. Dean explained “you’ve invested in a Cabernet because you love the taste of it.


If you still taste what you love in the Cabernet after you eat something with it, you’ve made a good match”. Some of our pairings brought surprising results, particularly chocolate, which is often suggested as a good pairing with a Cabernet.


Thanks to Dean’s guidance we found that it does not pair well with Cabernet. Our “Absolute Must Tries”: the Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, 2012; the Sequoia Grove Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2012; and the 2011, Sequoia Grove Cambium, a beautiful Proprietary red blend. We would highly recommend the “Taste of Cabernet” experience with Dean! To schedule a visit go to or call 707-944-2945.