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posted 12-19-2008 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
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Another excellent Zin is from Robert Biale winery at 4038 Big Ranch Road. By appointment at 707-257-7555.
All barrel tasting at Vincent Arroyo Winery 1-707-942-6995, 2361 Greenwood Ave.,
Calistoga, CA 94515. He sells futures from his barrel tasting. A real experience.
These are just a few, there are many, many others.


posted 12-19-2008 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
You have hit some good ones, but there are hundreds of others. You might want to try the Girard Tasting Room on the north edge of Yountville. They have a reserve tasting with goodies for $40.00 that is outstanding. They have an excellent cab.
If you get to Healdsburg (it is worth the trip) try Simi Winery at 16275 Healdsburg Ave (the north edge of town) for some very highly rated cabs. I don't always agree with ratings, but these are exceptional.
If you like Zin's, give Jeff a call at 707-312-0573 at Chase Family winery for a private tasting. Tell him the guy from Tennessee sent you.


posted 12-18-2008 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sonz   Click Here to Email Sonz     Edit/Delete Message
Thats a great start! I will have to check out a few of those myself! Here are some of my favorites.

Revana (same tasting room as Amuse Bouche)
St. Clement
Joseph Phelps
Clos du Val
Freemark Abbey
Beringer (go straight to the reserve room!)

Have a wonderful time!


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posted 10-01-2008 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for enophile   Click Here to Email enophile     Edit/Delete Message
We're planning another trip to the Napa Valley and wondering if there are any wineries that we're missing? We aren't after the mass market experience, nor do we care which winery pours the most for the $10 tasting fee. The cost is irrelevant provided the wine is spectacular, and in general we are interested in reserve tastings. We are happy to make all of our appointments in advance.

So far we've visited Jarvis, Del Dotto (the original caves, haven't gotten to the castle yet), Chateau Montelena, Sterling, Grgich Hills, Quintessa, Domaine Caneros, GustavoThrace, Mondavi, Opus One, Artesa, Cakebread, Caymus, Domaine Chandon, Mumm Napa Valley, and V Sattui.

We are interested in the small family estate wineries, and particularly in barrel tastings. Our preferences are for Cabernet Sauvignon and Meritage blends, as well as sparkling wines.

What have we missed?


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