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posted 05-19-2009 02:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
Congratulations on your anniversary!!

For some other boutique wine tasting, what about:

Madrigal Cellars in Calistoga

They are on my list of folks to visit on my next tasting trip in June among some of the ones listed below. I've tasted wines from most of these folks but have yet to visit the actual tasting room.

Sawyer Cellars, Keever Vineyards, Jarvis, Van Der Heydan, and Hagafen.

I'll be sure to post my thoughts after my next trip!

[This message has been edited by cabgirl (edited 05-19-2009).]


posted 05-19-2009 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi cabgirl,

I was beginning to think that there was no one out there since there have been no postings for several months in the three major categories.

We are headed back to the Napa area in August (we will be celebrating our 52nd anniversary) and will stay in Calistoga and Yountville again. If you have any suggestions for botique wineries to visit, sure would like to hear them. We always enjoy our trips to the wine country.


posted 05-19-2009 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for posting this review of wineries you visited. I am tired of the Napa wineries that have become more commercialized and am definitely looking for more wineries that are off the beaten path - "boutique wineries" as they are called.

I've tasted Jessup Cellars in the past and was quite impressed with them as well. I guess I'll have to actually visit the winery next time I'm in the Valley.

The one great thing about going to a wine festival is that you get to taste a ton of wines from folks you may never have gone to before. Unfortunately, it's hard remembering after the festival to go visit!


posted 03-10-2009 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
We just returned from a wonderful week of wine and food in Napa Valley. Spent four nights in Calistoga and two nights in Yountville and enjoyed both venues.

We found four new (to us) wineries this time. The first was the Frank Family Vineyards in Calsitoga. We had driven past this winery many times but never stopped. Did we ever miss a treat. Their Cab and Zin were excellent. Their website is www.frankfamilyvineyards.com

Next find was Rutherford Grove, another first time winery. We broke our resolve of not shipping any wine home this time and shipped six bottles of their 2005 Estate Cab. Also of interest was their 2005 Merlot which had a lot of body for a Merlot. You can check them out at www.rutherfordgrove.com

The third winery was in the middle of Yountville, Hill Family Estate Vineyards. Their Hill Family Estate Cab and "Origin" were very noteworthy. We were hosted in the tasting room by Ryan Hill, Director of Sales, and son of the founder. Ladies, he is a handsome young man . . . to see for yourself, go to www.hillfamilyestate.com.

Fourth, but not necessarily last was the Jessup Cellars tasting room. Hosted by Bob Clark, we received a running commentary on their hand crafted wines. We have never joined a wine club before, but their wines were all excellent from top to bottom, so we joined. You can view their website at www.jessupcellars.com. Join Bob for a tasting and you will not be disappointed.

All and all, an outstanding trip and we look forward to a return visit in October.


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