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  • by WineDiva Updated Sep 24, 2009

    After a very disappointing wine tasting at Breaux Vineyards down the road, we stopped at Notavia - and fell in love! While they don't have the expansive buildings of Breaux, they do have a beatiful home that's actually the home of the owners - and you taste in their kitchen! It's not your standard kitchen, it's a large area to hold wine tastings in - the family actually lives in the basement of this large home. The price of the tasting was nominal and we didn't keep the glass - perfect. We tried several of their wines and a few wines from area vineyards that are either just starting up or don't have their tasting rooms completed yet. The Notaviva wines are "paired" with music - like a light, fruity white wine pairs with jazz, so there's a saxophone on the back of the bottle. We found this to be a new concept, which we loved since we are a musical family. They also have live music upstairs, where you can purchase a bottle and go up to enjoy the music.

    We enjoyed their wines and the little "quirks" that make this winery stand out - we'll definitely be back!

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  • by WineDiva Written Sep 23, 2009

    A friend recommended this winery, and as we pulled up it was gorgeous. You can tell it was built with weddings and gatherings in mind. We paid our $10 tasting fee and couldn't wait to taste the wine! Well, that's where our enthusiasm stopped. Our pourer was very knowledgable about the wines, but she poured such a miniscule amount that it hardly amounted to 2 sips! And when tasting wine you need 2 healthy sips to swirl and taste. I've never seen such scant pours, but we forged ahead and took 2 tiny sips of each wine. At this point I was thankful that we didn't get more, because we didn't care for most of their wines. There was a woman next to us doing the tasting with us, and she dumped almost every single wine they gave her. She didn't care for them, either. Their prices were definitely on the high side, which was ridiculous for the quality of the wine. There was a winery just down the road (Notaviva) that had much better wines for less. We didn't buy anything at Breaux, which is very unusual for us. We bought wine at Notaviva instead.

    And when the tasting was done, they took the glass. Not that I need more winery wine glasses at my house, but normally when you pay $10 to taste you get to keep the glass.

    So Breaux was a disappointment all around, except for the building and scenery (which doesn't help much when you're there for the wine). Small pours, sub-par wines, and all of that for $10 - without the glass. We'll never go back. Visit Notaviva just down the road, their wines were much better and the tasting was cheaper (you don't keep the glass there either, but I'd rather pay less and not get a glass).

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