Our team at Taste of Purple recently ventured out to Napa, CA in search of good wine and better company. Our journey proved to be not only a fun filled adventure with good friends but also an educational experience. Of the many (and trust us many is an understatement) wineries we visited, one of our absolute favorites was Frias Family Vineyards.

F stands for Friendly. When touring wineries in the Napa area, you’ll find no shortage of ornate, lavish tasting rooms with a team of experts looking you up and down while telling you how to enjoy your wine. This is not what you’ll find at Frias. From the moment you walk into their tasting room, you’ll feel exactly as we did – at home. The family run environment is casual and friendly, and not at all pretentious – just how we like our wineries.

F stands for Family. Their tasting room is run by brothers Fernando and Manny, who are as knowledgeable as they are enjoyable. Growing up in wine country has its benefits in this industry. Napa has a small town feel, and the Frias boys, who went to school with several other wine makers, know everyone and everything about the Napa wine making region. We were thoroughly entertained by their stories and antics and deeply touched by the story of their beginnings.

Starting with a love story beginning in a Mexican town square, Grandpa and Grandma Frias met and fell in love. It was a typical story of boy meets girl, boy marries girl, boy becomes mayor and then has to flee to America due to political unrest. Ok not so typical a story, but certainly fascinating! As a result of their move to America, Manny Frias fell in love with the world of wine and made a promise to himself to one day own land in the Napa Valley.

Over forty years later Manny and his wife Maria, along with their five children, have seen that dream become a reality in Frias Family Vineyard.

F stands for Frias. One thing rings true when you meet the Frias Family – they are passionate about wine. And we are passionate about the wines they create! Everything we tasted we enjoyed, but the team favorite was by far their 2013 Oakville Block 5 Cabernet. Delightfully inky in the glass and fruit forward on our palates. We recommend cellaring this bottle for a couple years, but if you choose to enjoy it right away, give it a swirl in our Vino2 glass to fully open up its wonderful flavor.

Many thanks to the wonderful family at Frias for opening up your doors to our quirky little team. We loved every sip of it!