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Modus Operandi Cellars

Modus Operandi Cellars 3125 Saint Helena Highway
Saint Helena  CA 94574
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10 to 4 every day

A while back, I wrote a quote that I now have printed on every bottle of Modus Operandi wine... "For some, determining ones true purpose in life is accomplished thru following the path of least resistance, and thus relinquishing to passion".

When I was 24 years old and living in Dallas, I did just that.

In 2002, my wife and I decided to follow MY path of least resistance and relinquished to my passion for wine, and in doing that, sold everything we owned and moved half way across the country where I was to pursue my lofty aspiration of becoming a winemaker in Napa Valley.
Today, we make just over 1,000 cases of wine for our loyal customers and club members.

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  • Open by appointment - call/email
  • Dog friendly - It's ok to bring your dog!
  • Seated tasting available
  • Tasting available in private area
  • Tasting fee
  • Tasting fee waived with wine purchase
  • Indoor tasting area
  • Outdoor tasting area
  • Barrel tasting available
  • Winemaker or owner usually available
  • Winery has picnic area
  • Couches
  • Fireplace
  • Family run
Tasting Room Size


Tasting Room Atmosphere
 Modern/Rustic Atmosphere
 Modern/Rustic Atmosphere
Formal/Casual Atmosphere
Formal/Casual Atmosphere
Lively/Quiet Atmosphere
Lively/Quiet Atmosphere

We offer 2 location options for tastings... either at the winery and caves in North St. Helena (Cairdean Estate) where we do a quick cave tour and barrel tasting followed by a sit down tasting in the winemakers den. The other location is in downtown Napa next to the Oxbow and Gotts Roadside (The Wine Thief) and is a multi vintner co-op.

Wine Education: all private wine tastings are done with the winemaker so the info given is more in-depth, yet very conceptual

Food Available:  Private tastings at our downtown tasting room are paired with charcuterie and cheese.

Modus Operandi Cellars Wine Club

Wine clubs are a great way to stay connected to your favorite wineries.

To join the wine club, visit www.moduswines.com or call 530-219-6199.

Our Flagship reds are always blended wines from several hand selected vineyards. Before these wines are blended, a single barrel is selected to be bottled as a single vineyard representative of what is used to create our Flagship lineup.
So throughout the year, our members get our flagship wines and single vineyard bottlings of the wines used to create the flagship wines. We bill monthly and ship quarterly so payments are as low as $50/month.

Premiere Napa Valley

Once a year the rarest new Napa Valley wines become available under one roof at Premiere Napa Valley. Wineries throughout the Napa Valley are given one task to participate: create a one-of-a-kind wine for this event to be purchased by one lucky bidder. This event is only open to select members of the wine trade and the successful bidder is the sole owner of this unique wine.

Premiere Napa Valley 2020

Modus Operandi Cellars
Cases: 5
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2018
Release Date: October - 2020
Appellation: Napa Valley

To purchase this wine or check on availability contact:

Cliffewood Wine Syndicate
Little Rock AR

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