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article imageReview: Darioush Winery, Napa Valley is perfect place for No Ruz holiday Special

By Jonathan Farrell     Mar 26, 2013 in Lifestyle
Napa - With the first day of spring comes the many celebrations of the season as expressed by many cultures across the globe. Among them is the ancient celebration of No Ruz. This reporter was fortunate to be able to visit Darioush Winery
in Northern California's Napa Valley during the Persian New Year holiday season. Darioush Winery is a replica of the ancient city of Persepolis, which in Greek means, the "city of the Persians." The ancient city of Persepolis was a place of splendor and power for the Persian kings. Some of present day concepts of monotheism and religion stem from this ancient civilization which is now in Iran. Zoroastrianism is among the ancient forms of monotheism dating back over 3,000 years ago.
This reporter was completely enthralled and delighted by Darioush Winery on Silverado Trail in North...
This reporter was completely enthralled and delighted by Darioush Winery on Silverado Trail in Northern California's Napa Valley wine-growing region. Well worth the visit! Plan to take some time to stroll and enjoy.
Even though today in modern Iran the dominant religion and culture is Islam, many still look to that pre-Islamic past for inspiration. The celebration of No Ruz is part of that inspiration that many still look to today. This is why the ancient city of Persepolis is one of the most visited sites.
While I doubt very much that I will ever be able to visit such a far away place. it is so fascinating to see a bit of it brought to life and established here in California. It has an "other worldly" aspect to it. And, what a perfect time to do so, during the time of No Ruz. This past Friday on March 22, the weather was glorious and it was an ideal day to visit this one-of-a-kind winery.
A place to spend an afternoon or evening  Darioush Winery will delight.
A place to spend an afternoon or evening, Darioush Winery will delight.
Being native to the San Francisco Bay Area, this reporter has seen his share of wineries and tourist spots. Yet Darioush is unique, unlike any other. It is impressive and it should be because the ancient kings of Persia liked to impress and I was surprised to learn from a book I read last year, that some of the earliest evidence of wine making in ancient times comes from Persia.
For over three decades, proprietor Darioush Khaledi has sought out the world’s finest wines, aspiring to create the quintessential collection.
The interior of Darioush Winery is just as impressive as its palace and temple like exterior. Bright colors and luxurious details greet the visitor. The entire complex is filled with many things to delight the senses. And, while there is no absence of luxury in any corner of Darioush the entire place inside and out is very welcoming. "I think the winery is cool," said San Francisco realtor Ted Bartlett. He and his family have been to Darioush. And, while he admits he is not a spectator or connoisseur of fine. He did enjoy what Darioush offers.
The Interior of the winery is bright and luxurious and will delight the senses.
The Interior of the winery is bright and luxurious and will delight the senses.
Decanter magazine recommended the winery's 2009 Cabernet Savignon, saying it was "Broad, lush, opulent, full-bodied..." Darioush has continued to receive praise from many for its wine making. More importantly, Bartlett like this reporter and others are fans of Persian food.
Darioush Winery s 2009 cabernet sauvignon received high praise from wine magazines like  Decanter  a...
Darioush Winery's 2009 cabernet sauvignon received high praise from wine magazines like "Decanter" and others.
And, those who have enjoyed the delights of Persian food know that even on an ordinary day, Persian food is a feast for the sense. This is why I want to go back and spend more time at Darioush and to have a meal there. Located on Silverado Trail just off of Big Ranch Road in Napa, Darioush is open to the public 10:30 AM to 5 PM. Yet do visit the web site to get latest event information and to make reservations.
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