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Hawkeye
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posted 09-22-2010 03:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Damombo . . . waiting on your review of your most recent trip to Napa. Find anything that is a "not to miss?"

Bigsemi . . . haven't you made your trip for the V. Sattui anniversary celebration? Let us know what happened.

I have been planning our late October trip to Napa Valley and Dry Creek areas. I have appointments confirmed for 5 days and am working on the 6th.

We are going to start the week with a cave dinner at Hans Fahden. Looking forward to this new (to us) winery

Will be edging into some territory that we have not visited for a few years, Spring Mountain. Have all the reservations made. Then another day we will venture up Diamond Mountain, new territory to us.

We will have a group of tasters for 3 of the days. Two days there will be eight of us and the 3rd day there will be 10. When I say "move on," they are going to have to move to make the next appointment.

Next week, we will be attending a wine dinner here in Chattanooga at our favorite restaurant, St. John's. They will be featuring Ladera Winery wines from Deer Park Road area off the Silverado Trail. After seeing this, I made an appointment for a tasting at their winery. This is a new winery for us, but not a new area. We have tasted at Burgess several times on Deer Park.

I just opened a bottle of Chase 2004 cab to have with dinner. Bon appetit.

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Hawkeye
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posted 09-12-2010 03:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi luvgdwine,
Thanks for the suggestion of Midsummer Cellars. I have made an appointment for a tasting in October.

If I can work it in, I will add Bell, but whites are not my favorite.

Great to have your input. Do you know cabgirl?

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luvgdwine
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posted 09-08-2010 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for luvgdwine   Click Here to Email luvgdwine     Edit/Delete Message
Recent great wines tasted? Highly recommend Midsummer Cellars. You'll need an appointment. They only make 3 estate Cabs...so great opportunity to taste terroir (and enjoy wine made with love, probably meet the winemaker). If you prefer white, try Bell Wine (in Yountville) their Sauvignon Blanc rocks. I like both of these as off the beaten track treasures you want to know about and easy to get to.

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cabgirl
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posted 09-08-2010 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
Petite Syrah - Unfortunately Jim Richards who was the founder of Paloma Vineyard passed away last year Here was the article that was in the Wine Spectator - http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Jim-Richards-Founder-of-Paloma-Vineyard-Dies-at-77_4829

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damombo
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posted 09-08-2010 04:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
cabgirl - thanks for the Calistoga deli tip! We are having lunch on the island at Chateau Montelena on one of our days and I had thought we'd pick up something as we left Napa, but this will be so much more convenient! The menu looks terrific - everyone in our party should be happy.
This message board makes me look sooooo good to those I make the plans for

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Hawkeye
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posted 09-08-2010 03:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Petite Syrah,
Thanks for chiming in. We will make a stop a Poloma if we find we have some extra time. This is how we find exceptional wineries, by others suggesting a visit.

Cabgirl, thank for the tip for the picnic. Will let you know how we like it.

Any other new wine lovers want to chime in?

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Petite Syrah
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posted 09-08-2010 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Petite Syrah     Edit/Delete Message
Just noticed the Spring Mtn trip..... Regardless where you start you absolutely MUST stop by Paloma Vineyards. Barbara & Jim are exceptional host and hostess! When tasting with them, you feel as if you have known each other your entire lives. Send Barbara an e-mail info@palomavineyard.com to see if she or Jim is available. Oh and their wine..... Excellent!

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cabgirl
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posted 09-08-2010 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye - For your trip to Spring Mountain, I would start from the top and work your way down. But I'm conventional like that. Besides, you should have a pretty drive up and can enjoy the scenery.

Picnic lunch out of Calistoga eh. Sigh, my favorite places to get picnic fare is from Dean & Deluca and V.Sattui, occasionally Oakville Grocery (though I feel the latter is a bit overrated). And then there's thinking about what will be open before 9 am....

Alright, I just found out on good authority that Palisades Deli in Calistoga has some of the best sandwiches they ever tasted and I trust their opinion on food all the time. Here is a link to their website - http://www.palisadescafe.com. You should be good to go.

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Hawkeye
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posted 09-08-2010 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Where would be a good place to get a picnic lunch around 9:00 am before heading up Spring Mountain? I will be coming from Calistoga.

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Hawkeye
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posted 09-08-2010 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi cabgirl,
Glad that you are still on the circuit. If I remember correctly, we visited Keenan several years ago and brought back some of their wine. The reason I remember is because of their distinctive label. So, if we purchased some, we must have liked it. Will try and get there in October.

We are going to try and set up a day for the Spring Mountain area. Question, would it be best to go to the top and visit Pride and work our way down, or start at the bottom and work to the top?

Those of you who do not participate often on this forum, please chime in and tell us your likes and dislikes. Those of us who do contribute often are mostly your run of the mill wine lovers and not necessarily are we experts by any means. We do know what we like and what we don't like, not necessarily why.

Damombo, be sure to report on your trip and tell us of any "must" visits that we need to make.

Bigsemi, let us know how your trip went.

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damombo
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posted 09-07-2010 05:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
We have an appointment with them next Tuesday! Can't wait - we have a picnic first on their grounds and then a tasting. I'll tell you all about it when we get back!

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cabgirl
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posted 09-07-2010 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
I had a cab the other night from Keenan Vineyards. It was an 2004 Cab and it was quite good. Dinner was simple - just lasagn, Caesar salad, and garlic bread. In looking at their website, they have incredibly reasonable price points. And one only needs to set up an appointment for there are no tasting fees, at least not that I can tell. I think I may need to plan a day soon just tasting the wines from the Spring Mountain District.

Hawkeye - I believe that area is on your itinerary for your upcoming trip? Add these folks to your list, let me know what you think.

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Hawkeye
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posted 08-13-2010 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Last night was the wine dinner held at our favourite restaurant in Chattanooga. We attended to celebrate our 53rd anniversary. They served all French wines. Thought you might be interested in the menu.

Roasted Hudson Valley Foie Gras - wine Cabernet Franc Rose Sparkling.

Raw Day boat Halibut - wine '08 Domaine Talmard Chardonnay.

Broken Arrow Ranch Leg Of Antelope - wine '99 Chateau Quercy Merlot/Cabernet Franc.

Blackmore Australian Wagyu Beef - Wine '06 E. Guigal Syrah.

Blueberry Calfaouti - wine '04 Domaine des Baumard Chenin Blanc.

Chef Daniel Lindley did a superb job creating the menu, the food was extraordinary. The wine, in my opinion, was just ordinary. If I had a bottle of each, I would gladly trade all 5 for one bottle of Biale Zin.

It was a fun 3 hours, and we were glad we participated. We normally attend each time they have one. If you are ever in Chattanooga, dine at St. John's Restaurant, you won't be disappointed.

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Hawkeye
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posted 08-12-2010 07:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Cabgirl,
This is my 53rd anniversary. My wife says it is only her 30th and that makes her younger then me. I say, "That's funny, we stood on the same alter."

Have any of you ever had Hans Fahden wines? We are going there for a wine cave dinner in October. Hope we will not be disappointed.

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cabgirl
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posted 08-11-2010 02:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
Alright...so I feel like I'm really late to this whole discussion. First off - Hawkeye - Happy Anniversary! How many years is it?

Damombo? Two trips to Napa Valley sound great. And you should definitely try Jessup. I like their wines as well. My last wine shipment contained a new one for them - I think it's called Lauer Vineyards, 06 Cabernet Sauvignon. (I'll have to check when I get home). Oh but it was so good. YOu can never go wrong with their Table for Four wine either. And although I typically don't like Rose, I like theirs. Plenty of good wines to enjoy let me assure you.

Girard is also a good one too. And I have met Eric as well. He is a FABULOUS host. The last time I was in there with a friend, we had a blast. They have two tasting lists. Definitely do the higher end one. Though I started with the lower end one and he let my friend and I try pretty much everything on the other list! Very nice. I plan to go back and get some bottles for sure. -- Oh and a good tip for you. Whatever tasting room you're at, ask your host if they have tasting coupons at other wineries. They usually do and are happy to give out to folks.

I wasn't a fan of the wines at Hill Family Estate. But, I want to try Bell Wine Cellars. I hear very good things about them. They are also in Yountville.

You know. Wine Country just did a huge review of the Yountville area. You should check out all the info here - http://discover.winecountry.com/travel/2010/07/visiting-yountville-ca.html

On to what I've tasted recently. So I was at an event at Fantesca Winery which was featuring the wines of Heidi Barrett. The 2008 Fantesca Chardonnay was pure bliss. Usually Chards are not apart of my go to whites, but I kept going back to the little tasting counter for another pour! And then I found out why the taste was so lovely - some of my usual favorites (Riesling and Gewurtztraminer) were in the mix! The wine was perfectly crisp, balanced and smooth. Sigh...

I also tasted Heidi's 2006 La Sirena Cab which was also delicious. And then paired with creamy blue cheese, it was smooth as butter with wonderful flavors popping off in my mouth from start to finish. Alas, $150 bottle of wine is out of my price range. I also tried the 2008 La Sirena Moscato Azul. Was extremely disappointed, but it's not like I'm some huge fan of dessert wines, so not a big deal.

Lets see...I know I've tasted some other stuff too. I'll have to rack my brain.

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Hawkeye
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posted 08-10-2010 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
After I had breakfast this morning, I went outside and talked to the crows. Seemed like a natural thing to do after the breakfast of Champions.

The Jessup Winery in Yountville used to be owned by Mark Jessup, but I understand that a divorce cost him the winery. Their wines were excellent when Mark was the winemaker, but not sure anymore. We are going to taste at his new one. If you want to try it, give Kandice (his wife) a call at Biale and see if you can arrange it.

While you are in Yountville, give Girrard a try. Some of their wines are very excellent. See if you can get a private tasting with Eric Jensen, Tasting Room Host. He is funny and very knowledgeable. I don't know if they charge extra for that but it doesn't cost me anything since I am a wine club member.

There is another on the main street in Yountville. I believe it is the Hill Family Winery. Give them a try.

November again, I am envious.

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damombo
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posted 08-10-2010 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Wheaties and Zinfandel - the breakfast of Champion Winos!!

We do love the Cakebread Chardonnay but find that their reds are hit or miss with us. Ledson is the castle in Sonoma - their reds are usually a hit for us.

Since Biale was a tip from you, I'll have to try the Jessup wines as well - see if you are two for two!

We have just decided to take another Napa trip, just the two of us, the weekend before Thanksgiving. We didn't do anything special for our anniversary this July, or for my birthday in July (unless you count cleaning out the garage in Houston and moving the '67 Firebird (the husband's work-in-progress) out to the lake), so I think that we will call this an anniversary trip! The trip in September will be with two other couples, so we will be playing host and hostess a bit and not relaxing quite as much. So as soon as I finish planning the September itinerary, I get to start on one for November!! Life is good!

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Hawkeye
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posted 08-10-2010 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo,
If I remember correctly, Ledson is the castle in Sonoma. we stopped there maybe 3 years ago and was not impressed. Maybe we should try it again. Same with Cakebread, we were never impressed by their reds . . . maybe it is just us.
We have a tasting scheduled at Biale in October. Can't wait. Did you join their wine club? Just prior to that , we hope to visit Mark Jessup's new winery for a tasting. You know that he is married to Kandice at Biale. And before that, we will visit the winery of Gustavo Thrace for a tasting. Gustavo Brambilla was one of the characters in the movie, "Bottle Shock," played by the actor Freddy Rodriguez.
We will also spend at least one day and maybe two in Healdsburg in the Alexander Valley and Dry Creek Road where Zins are KING.
Writing about it makes me want to have a glass right now. Maybe pour it over my Wheaties.

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damombo
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posted 08-09-2010 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Hawkeye! Happy Anniversary to you! Tonight we are enjoying a 2007 Cakebread Anderson Valley Chardonnay - yum! We have just about gone through our Biale Zinfandels so it's a good thing we are heading to Napa in 5 weeks. We've also been enjoying Ledson zins. We are definitely on a Zin kick - but we did dust off a bottle of TEXAS wine last weekend - a Lone Star Cab from Driftwood Winery. It was a 2005 and was just lovely, especially while sitting on the boat on Canyon Lake, watching the sun set...

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Hawkeye
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posted 08-09-2010 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Last night we opened a bottle of 2004 Round Pond Estate Cabernet, and with a filet off the grill, it was, oh, so good. We have also lately had a bottle of 2008 Mauritson Rockpile Zin that was just excellent. What have you had?
Thursday to celebrate our anniversary, we will be going to one of the local fine dining restaurants for a 5-course wine dinner. Only thing, they will be serving all French wines. We shall see!

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