By: Ty Accornero
“You should take a GenZe e-bike,” my bellman told me as I was leaving for a tasting appointment at Cardinale. It was a beautiful day, one of those days in Napa that seemed way too nice to drive a car. We’re lucky that North Block Hotel is smack dab in the middle of wine country, so you practically trip over a winery if you’re not looking. And all of these options are more fun to explore on two wheels (it also helps to burn off the wine!).
I set out for a quick ride up highway 29 and there it was: the long steep driveway to the winery. “What did I get myself into?” I thought. I put the GenZe e-bike in pedal-assist mode and zipped up the hill! The winery team looked amazed when I told them I just rode up. Little did they know my secret weapon was an electric motor!
Cardinale is a truly beautiful facility with a lineup of cult Cabernets to match. The $75 tasting fee (by appointment only) was well worth it considering the quality of wines and the thoughtfully curated cheese pairing.
Since it was lunchtime, I decided the next stop should be the locally-famous Oakville Grocery for a quick snack. The turkey panini was well-worth the wait, but if you’re in a hurry, they have a great selection of prepared foods and specialty food items.
After refueling, it was time to explore the backroads of Napa. One of the best is Yount Mill Road – a quiet country lane with several historical sites and panoramic views of the renowned vineyards of the Yountville AVA. The sturdy tires easily handled a little off-roading, too, making it a great road to off-road transition bike.
As a novice bike rider, I alternated between the various levels of pedal-assist and settled on #3 – it felt like I was peddling myself most times, with power at the ready when I slacked off a bit.
Next up was another tasting at Cliff Lede, just outside of Yountville. The casual vibe of the garden patio paired with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc was the perfect way to end the day on my GenZe e-bike.