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Hawkeye
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posted 05-12-2010 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Bigsemi,
Glad that your Italy shipment arrived ok. Did they pack it like they do here in styrofoam? Better let it lay down for at least a couple weeks to get over "Bottle Shock". Have you seen the movie? One of my favorite of all times. I think the music has something to do with it.

After I sent yesterday's message, our Biale wine club shipment arrived. Two bottles each of different Zins. Love it! Received both Biale and Mauritson Zins on the same day.

Tomorrow night we are headed to a wine pairing dinner here at one of the local fine dining restaurants. They will be featuring Italian wines. Hope they are good.

Haven't heard anything from Cabgirl in quite awhile. Hope all is well there.

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bigsemi
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posted 05-11-2010 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
On another note, the Italy wine arrived. We are waiting a couple weeks for it to settle after it's long journey. Can't wait to open one of those beautiful Vin Santos or one of those huge Italian Syrahs.

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bigsemi
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posted 05-11-2010 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Rutherford 2001 Reserve Merlot. Drank a bottle on Mother's day. My god it is good.

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-11-2010 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
What bottle of wine (or wines) have you opened lately that you wish you had a full case in your cellar.

Here it would be a Chateau St. Jean Sonoma 2005 Cinq Cepages Cabernet. A bold, full of fruit cab with a long finish. Wish I had more.

Received our wine club shipment from Mauritson yesterday, full of Rockpile Zins. Our Biale wine club shipment should arrive anytime.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-29-2010 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Cabgirl, Bigsemi, and Damaombo . . . Sounds like all our trips are set for this year. Our next will be October 20-29.

We normally go out in February because the mustard is beautiful and the crowds are not to be found. Speaking of mustard, I will send each of you an email with a picture of Jean and me standing in a field of mustard.

Would February be a good time to meet up? We are also open for other suggestions.

In the meantime, if I win the lottery, I will throw one heck of a party.

Just heard from Biale this afternoon and they are getting ready to send a shipment to wine club members. Can't wait . . . in the meantime, if you come through Chattanooga, holler, and we will clean out some of the wine in our cellar.

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bigsemi
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posted 04-28-2010 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Well you got to be in it to win it. Maybe next time. Would be fun if we could coordinate a trip where we could meet up. I know we'll be out there Sept 23rd-27th, busy that Saturday night, and Oct. 8th, 9th, and the morning of the 10th. Busy the evening of the 9th.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-28-2010 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Guess what, gang? We will just have to stay in our respective hotels. I didn't even get one number correct in the lottery! Guess we will have to go to free tastings and eat at Taylor's Refresher which I consider about on par quality wise with McDonald's only a little more expensive. If I had won, I would have thrown one heck of a party.

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damombo
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posted 04-27-2010 03:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
As my daughter would say: WAHOOTY! Count us in Hawkeye! I'm packin' right now!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-27-2010 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Bigsemi, Just signed up for a wine dinner at one of our local fine dining restaurants for May 13. They will be featuring Italian wines and I immediately thought of you and your trip to Italy. Have any of your purchases arrived yet? Will let you know what I think of the ones we taste.

I bought a Mega Millions lottery ticket today for a drawing tonight. When I win I will immediately head for the valley to purchase a vacation home and will invite you all out to visit.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-20-2010 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi damombo, Good to hear from you. Yes, Biale does other things besides Zinfandel, but it is their Zin that they are known for. Steve Hall is their wine maker and he is one outstanding mixer. Had a chance to sit at the outside table with Steve last time I was there and enjoyed all of his insights.

It sounds like Bigsemi did not have as good experience as we did. I think it was probably because Kandice was not there. She is the people person at Biale and they need to do everything they can to keep her happy. It doesn't hurt that she looks a lot like Katherine Zeta Jones.

Kandice is married to Steve Jessup, who until recently was the winemaker at Jessup Cellars. Steve has gone off on his own and has started J. Gregory Cellars, I believe named for one of his sons. I understand that they will be doing their first bottling shortly and should have a website up soon.

Just heard from Cabgirl that she is okay. Was getting a little worried about her . . . I do miss her insightful posts.

Last time we went to the St. John's Restaurant here in Chattanooga for dinner, we took one of the owners a bottle of Biale Black Chicken Zin. He liked it so well that the other night he told me they had ordered 3 cases for their restaurant. Said they would probably charge around $80.00 per bottle. We normally take our own. They will be having a wine/dinner pairing in early May with Italian wines. Looking forward to that.

Wow, damombo, I guess this is a long way around saying that I am glad you enjoyed your Biale wine. I will toast you all tonight when I open a bottle of something from the valley.

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damombo
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posted 04-19-2010 07:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Hawkeye - just opened an '07 Biale Petite Sirah Thomann Station. OMGoodness - lovely lovely lovely. I'm hoping we have more than one bottle, but right now I'm too lazy to go check. Actually, I'm still enjoying the last pour of the wine...
Here is what their web site says:
Thomann Station Vineyard is, in our opinion, the most serious planting of Petite Sirah in Napa Valley in the modern era (although what Tom Gamble is doing in Rutherford comes awfully close). By “serious” we mean the commitment of some prime grape real estate matched with carefully selected clones, and managed vine by vine on a small scale in order to attain the fullest expression of Petite Sirah possible.

The result is a Petite Sirah of depth, power, and balance with the sophistication and character to rank it among the world’s great wines.

Brilliant black-blue, saturated, and viscous, the 2007 Thomann Station unloads a boxcar of ripe black currant and blueberry fruit, minerals, toast, and violets with subtle herb, pepper, and licorice notes. Not a wine for the dainty palate, this is a wine to savor with well marbled beef, braised or grilled lamb, aged cheeses, and dark chocolate. And for those patient ones who like to cellar-test wines, this 2007 Petite Sirah will drink and improve beautifully for at least 10 to 15 years.

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bigsemi
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posted 04-18-2010 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Well it was another great trip. Jarvis was pretty cool. Loved the tour. Wine was pretty good, but very pricey. Hagafen was nice, enjoyed the wine. Charbay was cool, wish you could taste the vodka. Biale was nice, Kandice was not working, so we were with Austin. Liked the black chicken story, bought a couple bottles. Looking forward to our next trip either in July or September.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-17-2010 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo, We will not be going again until the latter part of October when we will have daylily friends join us for a long weekend. I haven't started planning yet, and that is unusual for me. At the wine dinner we attended, we met a couple from Franklin, TN and he is a distributor in Tennessee. They said to let them know when we were going and they would make some appointments for us with some wineries that were otherwise unavailable. Also, we have gotten to know the wine columnist for the local newspaper and he said the same thing. He is a Pinot person. I just wish we didn't have to wait so long to go back, but then we have to eat. Going to a local fine dining restaurant tonight to celebrate a friends birthday. We will be taking the wine. We are lucky in that we have probably a half dozen restaurants in Chattanooga that will let us bring our own wine. It doesn't hurt to take the owner a bottle once in a while. :-)

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damombo
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posted 04-17-2010 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Hawkeye! All wine shipments have arrived safely. We've tried the Biale Black Chicken and the Aldo's Vineyard - both were wonderful - even better than we remembered. I've started planning our trip for next September - it's never too early to make those reservations. When are you planning to be there?

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bigsemi
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posted 04-16-2010 05:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Will do, thanks man.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-15-2010 06:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Bigsemi, Ask for Kandice in the Biale tasting room. Tell her the guy from Tennessee sent you. She will take good care of you. Have a taste for me, too.

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bigsemi
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posted 04-15-2010 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Ok, we are going to be in the valley this weekend. We are hitting Jarvis, Hagafen, and Robert Biale, along with the mandatory 1000 stops at V. Sattui, we are Hall of Fame Members now

Wine from Italy should be here shortly.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-15-2010 04:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Cabgirl, where are you? Are you okay?
Damombo, last I heard you were awaiting a wine shipment from Biale. Did that arrive? Have you had any? Which ones?
Bigsemi, has you wine arrived from Italy yet?
I am full of questions.
Note new email address LeePickles@epbfi.com

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-11-2010 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Big Semi, Glad you are back safely and that you had a great time. Look forward to hearing about your wines.

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bigsemi
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posted 04-09-2010 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Well Italy was awesome! Lots of great wine. We did a tour in Chianti Classico, hit 3 wineries. I'll post names of the places we went when the wine arrives. We took the tour with the Tuscan Wine Society. I highly recommend Rebecca and her tours.

A couple days after the tour we went to Siena to attend The Tuscan Wine School, also owned and operated by Rebecca. Talk about a great way to spend 2 hours learning about Italian wine. We tasted 5 pretty amazing wines, the best was a super tuscan Syrah...WOW is all my wife and I can say. Again I'll post Winery names as soon as everything arrives from Florence. We had to wait a couple weeks for more Syrah to come in before she shipped everything.

If you plan to head to Rome or Florence anytime soon, get a hold of me. I've got some great recommendations.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-08-2010 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
My wife and I just attended a wine pairing dinner at Table 2 Restaurant in Chattanooga, TN, hosted by Robb Peterson, the author of the local newspaper weekly wine column. There were a total of six wines poured, each with an appropriate menu course from hors 'd ouvres (man, I hope I spelled that correctly), to cucumber soup, to pork loin, to beef, to chocolate cheesecake. The wines were from Hendry Winery on Redwood Road in Napa and presented by Mike Hendry. Our table of four heartily agreed that the Hendry Block 7 & Block 22 Zinfandel and the Hendry Napa Cabernet should receive high ratings. In all of our trips to the Napa area, we have not visited this winery, but we will certainly make that change when we return in October.
Thanks to Robb and Mike for introducing us to these wines.

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bigsemi
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posted 03-08-2010 11:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Hey All,

My wife and I are getting ready to head off to Italy on Friday the 12th. 4 nights in Rome, 6 nights in Florence, and of coarse we'll be hitting the Tuscan Countryside for a couple wine trips. Hope you guys are all doing well. Hopefully I'll have some great Italian wineries to suggest when I get back.

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-06-2010 08:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi everyone . . . cabgirl, are you okay? Haven't heard from you in a while. I am sitting here in COLD . . . COLD Madison, WI this morning. Flew inh yesterday and was amazed at all the snow on the ground. I had forgotten how the midwest looks when it is wintertime. I am here to give a daylily presentation to the state daylily club.

While sitting here, thinking about my recent Napa trip, I wanted to mention another of our favorites, Chase Family Winery. It is another of those small family owned gems. Their expertise is in zinfandel and their grapes come from the famous hundred year old Hayne vinyard. We have gotten to be friends with the winemaker and manager, Jeff Blaum, brother of the owner. The winery is located on Sulpher Springs Road on the south edge of St Helena. Call for an appointment . . . you won't ber disappointed. Some of the Helen Turley zins also come from this vineyard.

Looking forward to getting home tomorrow where the tgemperature is hovering in the 60s instead in the 30s.

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-02-2010 06:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Bigsemi . . . Wondered where you have been! As I sit here this morning answering your post, large fluffy flakes of snow are falling right here in Chattanooga, TN and are starting to accumulate on the grassy areas. The coldest February on record . . . sure will be glad when spring arrives.

We really enjoyed the "Bottle Shock" tour at Chateau Montelena. If you enjoy the movie, you will enjoy the tour and it is well worth the $40.00 price tag. At the end of the tour, you are given a special copy of "Bottle Shock" the movie, with extra scenes and comments along with a split of their chardonnay, which they sell for $35.00, so you actually pay $5.00 for the tour. I did think it tacky that at the end of the tour if you wanted to taste the cabs, it was an additional $10.00. The movie sleeve is autographed by the real Bo Barrett.

If you would like to hear more about the movie, visit the Gustavo Thrace tasting room in downtown Napa. Call Thrace and set a time for a tasting, best in late afternoon, and ask if it would be possible to meet Gustavo.

Sharp Cellars . . . have not heard of them until you mentioned them. I checked out their website, and did not see where they have tastings. They are in Sonoma. If you taste there, let us know if it is a worthwhile trip.

Have a good time in April. I just wish I didn't have to wait until October again to visit. When I win the lottery, I will be moving out there. Sure!

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bigsemi
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posted 03-01-2010 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds like you had a great trip. We are heading out for a long weekend April 16th-19th. Will have to do the Bottle Shock tour, loved the movie, and the book of the actual events.

Have you been to Sharp Cellars? Gary V liked his wines when he was on winelibrarytv.com, and Vance Sharp seemed like an awesome guy.

Thanks.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-26-2010 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
More wine country . . . we arrived in Sacramento on a Wednesday and headed for the wine country. We had an agenda for the afternoon of looking for a good Pinot Noir. We had been told that Saintsbury, in the Los Caneros area, was one place to check. We tried their lineup of Pinot's and ended up purchasing two, the 2007 Lee Vineyard and the 2007 Stanley Pinots. This was the first time that we had tried Pinot (as far as we know). Evidently, we made a good selection because the Lee Vineyard receive a 90 point review from Wine Spectator after we were there.

From Saintsbury we went to Acacia but did not purchase anything.

On the way to Calistoga we stopped at one of our favorites, Provenance Vineyards. They have a cab that we particularly like.

Thursday, we headed for the Healdsburg area. Our first appointment was at Deux Amis. Jim the owner was already there working when we arrived at 10:00. This was a first time stop and we were pleasantly surprised and came home with a cab, a zin, and a pinot.

From there we went up the hill to Christopher Creek. Tasted several of their wines but came away with only a zin.

The next stop was suggested by Jim at Deux Amis, Merriam Winery. Carey was behind the bar and greeted us warmly. What a surprise! We are not merlot drinkers, but they had a 2005 Windacre Vineyard merlot that was the best we have ever tasted. Was also surprised to find a 2008 Alexander Valley chardonnay that we enjoyed. If you are ever near Limerick Lane on the south edge of Healdsburg, these are definitely worth trying.

More later . . .

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-25-2010 12:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
The land was paved with gold. Everywhere we looked we saw wild mustard growing . . . in the fields, in between the vineyard rows, up and down the sides of the roads. February is the time of year for the annual Napa Valley Mustard Festival. We found a field of wild mustard along a country road in the Alexander Valley that seemed to go on forever. Wild mustard is a cover crop in the vineyards during the winter and in the spring is tilled into the ground as a natural source of nitrogen.

Each trip has its special memories. There were two on this trip. We are big fans of the movie "Bottle Shock" which chronicles (in loose fashion) the 1976 Paris wine tasting in which wines from California were paired against some of the finer French wines. Well, if you know the story, you know that this tasting turned the wine world upside down because it was thought that no wines could be as good as those of the French, yet a 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay swept the competetion. To add insult to injury, a Stags Leap Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon took second place.

One of the main characters in the movie "Bottle Shock" was Gustavo Brambila, played by Freddie Rodriguez. Gustavo was an assistant winemaker at Chateau Montelena during the time of the Paris competition. We were fortunate to be able to meet Gustavo and his partner, Thrace and taste their wonderful wines, two being their chardonnay and a big cabernet. This was probably the highlight of the highlights of the trip. They are located in downtown Napa across from the new Taylor's Refresher.

The second highlight was taking the "Bottle Shock" tour at Chateau Montelena in Calistoga, where portions of the movie "Bottle Shock" were filmed. It was great to hear the story, some true and some fiction, and to see where it was filmed. It is ironic that Chateau Montelena became famous for their 1973 chardonnay but are really known now for their cabs. I would recommend this tour to anyone who likes the movie.

More later.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-24-2010 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi cabgirl, damombo, and where are you bigsemi?

We are just back from our Wine Country trip which this time included Hwy 29, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek and the Healdsburg area. Will gather my notes and thoughts and add more later but wanted to address cabgirl's and damombo's posts.

While in Napa, I read cabgirl's post about Cornerstone, so had to GOOOOO! I also found the cabs to be wonderful, especially the 2004 Howell Mountain Cab. It was full of body with lots of fruit, which I like, and a great finish. Actually, you could make half a day in Yountville, and start at Cornerstone, then to Hope & Grace (a very nice Malbec and a 2006 Stags Leap cab) to Hill Family (nice cabs), Jessup (excellent cabs and zin) then end up at Girard (great cabs and one they call All Blacks). What an afternoon that would be and was.

damombo, glad you enjoyed Robert Biale zins. They have been a favorite of mine and a must stop every trip. Kandice, who runs the tasting room, just has a way of making you feel you are special. Their zins are to die for (well, almost). They can finally ship to Tennessee, so I joined their club and am looking forward to their first shipment.

This was a six day trip, so will add a little at a time. Found some new, small wineries in the Healdsburg area that were wonderful.

Looking forward to my next trip in October.
--Hawkeye

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damombo
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posted 02-22-2010 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
CABGIRL! Oh well, OK - since you have pointed out another place, I won't begrudge your gettin' in on the Biale fun... I'll put Cornerstone on our list for next Oct/Nov. Wish we were just a short drive away from Napa Valley instead of a 4 hour plane ride!

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cabgirl
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posted 02-19-2010 10:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
Ooohhh. your secret is out already! I plan to visit soon.

I recently tasted at Cornerstone Cellars. Wow...I'm still a little speechless from how phenomenal their Cabs are. They have a cute little tasting room in Yountville. They have an all red or actually all Cab tasting and they are all unbelievably good. Definitely tastes like true Cabs. A must go for Cab drinkers or fans of reds!

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damombo
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posted 02-18-2010 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye! Thanks for the Robert Biale tip - and SHHHH! Let's not tell anyone else We had an appointment last week, thanks to you, and now that we are back home, we are eagerly awaiting our couple o'cases!! Wow - fabulous zins and delightful people! Thanks again for mentioning them - keep on pointing out great places - I'm listening...

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-15-2010 07:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
cabgirl, We have tasted at Sawyer several times. Since we are red people, I remember they have a cab lovers merlot, lots of body. Their cab was also good. Remember, they are by appointment only. We still have several of their bottles in our cellar. While in that area, if you haven't tried Milat, do so. We cracked open a bottle of their 2005 estate cab the other evening and with a New York strip, it was awesome, so much so, I sent them an email telling them.

mbarizona, If you have 3 days, and you like zins, you must go to Healdsburg and the Dry Creek area. Here is a map http://www.wdcv.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1&Itemid=3 Two especially to visit are Wilson and Mauritson, they have awesome zins. Some of the others there do also, but these two stick out in my mind. One of the finest zins in the whole valley is Robert Biale On Big Ranch Road on the north edge of Napa. They also are by appointment.

Also in Yountville, Try Jessup (excellent reds including zins) Girard (excellent reds) and there is another on the same street but I don't remember the name. We belong to both of these wine clubs.

If you need more suggestions, let me know.

Have a great time.

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mbarizona
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posted 01-14-2010 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mbarizona     Edit/Delete Message
I know of a few that I want to revisit:

Viansa - my favorite Zin hands down
V. Sattui - Love the Gammy Rouge and Madera
Cakebread - new to me
Jarvis - awesome place
Opus One - new to me
Quintessa - new to me, have a few of their bottles.

Any other suggestions? There is a place that we went to once that had merlot chocolate balls that were amazing, but I can't remember who it was.

We are flying in Friday afternoon and leaving on Tuesday. One of the couples we are going with have never been, and the other has a sister that is a sommelier and will be setting up some private tours and meals for us.

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cabgirl
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posted 01-14-2010 04:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
Well...sounds like I need to add Jarvis to my list of places to stop in at one of these days. Question to new member mbarizona - what wineries do you plan to visit when coming in April?

I just tasted a wine from Sawyer Cellars at Angele's Restaurant in downtown Napa last night and it was absolutely wonderful. I was surprised only because I picked the bottle from the wine list (not based on knowing who they were) but that they were the most inexpensive bottle on Angele's wine list ($27). That night Angele's was offering a 50% discount on all bottles of white wines. And I was pleasantly pleased with it - Sauvignon Blanc 2007.

In fact, enough to look them up and consider visiting their tasting room. Anyone tasted there?

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mbarizona
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posted 01-14-2010 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mbarizona     Edit/Delete Message
New to this forum...

I visited Jarvis back in 97 on our honeymoon. Back then, the tour was about an hour and was $20 per person. It was VERY well worth it back then and I plan to go again this April when we are up there.

Little background from our tour, William Jarvis invented fiber optics. He was actually at the winery and talked to us for about 20 minutes before the tour started.

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-05-2010 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi cabgirl, We have never been to Jarvis so I just checked out their website. It looks like it might be a great tour and with a tasting of wine with cheese and crackers, the $40.00 price tag does not seem to be in excess. However, I checked out their wines on their webpage, and they are way out of my price range. It would be interesting to check it out and see if their wines warrant the price tag.
If you get a chance to go to the Alexander Valley or the Dry Creek area in Healdsburg, they have some great wines, especially zins and cabs (and I am a zin and cab lover) at very reasonable prices both by the bottle and tasting fees. We will be hitting that area for a day in February.

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cabgirl
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posted 01-05-2010 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
I recently had a friend visit Jarvis Winery. They were there for work and had a chance to taste some of their wines since it was a slow day. It has wine tasting by appointment only and is $40 for tour/tasting. According to their site - it's 1.5 hours long. Anyone ever been there or tasted their wines? Wondering if the $40 price tag is worth it...

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-02-2010 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi damombo.

I have been to a lot of wineries in Napa Valley but Terra Valentine and White Rock are two that I have not heard of. We will check them out in February.

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damombo
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Hi - we were in the area in November and tried two wineries that were mentioned on the Trip Advisor boards. One was Terra Valentine and the other was White Rock. Both required appointments. White Rock was very small - run by a man and his sons - had a wonderful tour and talk and tasting with him. It was on the southwestern side of the valley - pretty drive to get there. Terra Valentine was on the other side of the valley further north, on Spring Mountain Road. Another beautiful drive (which I enjoy almost as much as the tastings!). Excellent tasting experience - delightful people and delicious wines.

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Hi Big Semi,
Apparently you travel to the Napa area about as much as we do. We normally look for the smaller family owned wineries to visit. We have found many, but am sure we are missing some. Do you have any suggestions for Napa, Sonoma, or the Healdsburg area for the smaller guys?

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