Sommelier: Chateau Buena Vista Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Before the wine train, executive motor coaches, phylloxera, Prohibition and both World Wars, there was Buena Vista Winery and the wild, Wild West. This was the beginning of California’s purple gold rush, and the winery is now a landmark in the history books of New World wine.

Aged 28 months in French oak, Chateau Buena Vista Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon has a black cherry blackberry beginning, smooth vanilla in the center, and a long, lingering finish. Tasting like wine twice the price, this bold red powerhouse has the hedonistic style of the great California cabs with the heat of high-alcohol big boys and inviting flavors of sunshine-filled Napa fruit.

Buena Vista cabernet sauvignon is served BTG at Bin 77 Bistro and Wine Bar, where it pairs perfectly with the Smoked Prime Rib. Or bring home a bottle for $48 from Bin 77’s Wine Shop. Maybe it’s oysters with Champagne or shellfish with chardonnay, but steaks scream for big red cabs.

With nostalgia at a premium, Buena Vista blurs the quality/price ratio line between cult and classic.