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Uncorked
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posted 11-15-2010 10:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye----we tasted a couple of Girard wines last weekend and I was very impressed. We hope to visit there on our trip next October. We had the Artistry, a cab and the sauvignon blanc--all were very good.

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-07-2010 09:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Hawkeye. I thought I had an addendum until I re-read your post.
Lets just get 'em all home soon, and don't forget those who served in past conflicts as well.

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-07-2010 07:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Seems like I have a lot of catching up to do. Yesilovewine, Many of the wineries tasting rooms make you feel like they are doing you a favor just to pour you a taste of their wine. We tend to revisit those wineries that make you feel welcome and who are friendly. Girard is one of those tasting rooms. Walk in and you are met with a smile and a "Hi." Right away, you feel like you are special. But then, after tasting a few times, you walk in the door and they welcome you with a, "Hi Lxx and Jxxx, welcome back." Since we are members, we always request Eric as out host. More wineries should take note that sometimes being friendly makes their wines even better.

I have had wineries tell me OVER THE PHONE and in a not very friendly way, that their tasting fee is $40.00 which will apply if you purchase six bottles of their wine. "What if I don't like your d@@n wine." Now, we purchase a lot of wine, but I will not be blackmailed into purchasing even if it is the best wine in the world. Needless to say, we did not go tasting there.

There are some very good Merlot wines around. Some that come to mind are Sawyer, Duck Horn, Girard, Jessup, etc., but then each year is different, so this year's great Merlot may be next year's bomb.

Damombo, we are looking forward to seeing your itinerary. I think I am beginning to get jealous already, but then your reports will help. I did get a notice of the Wine Blog that mentioned my itinerary around Healdsburg, and no, I do not have the big head because I saw some things I would change had I had the chance. Some grammar also.

As we head toward Thanksgiving, let us remember the young (and some not so young) that are protecting our country so that we can go wine tasting and do other things that we like. Whether you agree with the war or not, our young people did not start it and we need to support them since they cannot be at home with their families for Thanksgiving.

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-05-2010 03:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I understand the checkbook thing...we extended our usual trip by only one day last time and had to but the bank account on a respirator. Its amazing what you can do in a day, isn't it??

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damombo
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posted 11-05-2010 03:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
and we've about decided, especially when it's just the two of us, that 4 days of actually time touring the wineries is perfect. A day to travel, 2 days Napa side, 1 day Healdsburg and north, then 1 day south through Sonoma town, and then travel home the next day. More than that and I get wined out. Less than that and he gets whined at! Seems to be a bit less harmful to the bank account as well

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damombo
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posted 11-05-2010 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye! You're famous! I got an email from WineCountry.com and they specifically mention you in their Tasting Itineraries!!
Well your trip was fabulous and your reports were too. We all have a lot to live up to!
No, Yesilovewine, I've hit a bump in my planning - we are in the midst of replacing siding and windows and deciding on paint and counters and floors - work has gotten in the way of my fun. But I guess it is fun work - and I found a granite called Crema BORDEAUX - gotta find a spot for some of that!
But I must get down to it and make appointments at the places that require them - I'll let y'all know the plan as soon as it's done!

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-05-2010 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well Hawkeye, anonther wonderful installment to your saga. We are sorry to see it end, even if you weren't!!
I love your description of the Girard Zin...that wonderful peppery quality is what I look for in a zin as well, so I know our palates are in sync there. Do you know if their wine is available outside of California?
I feel the same with Merlot - no doubt there are some really good flavors out there but they are often too "thin" in texture and get lost in my mouth. Ledson makes a good Merlot- don't recall the name details at the moment- which we had at their Harvest Party last month. I'll find my notes and get back to you for that. If you do end up making the trip in March you can stop by and give it a try.

Damambo, have you got your itinerary finished yet??

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 11-05-2010).]

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-05-2010 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Day 7 - Wednesday, October 27. This would be our last full day in the valley and I had saved some of our favorites for this day.

We would not think about starting to drink at 10:00 AM at home but since we were on Pacific Time, and it would be 1:00 PM at home, so we did not hesitate to make our 10:00 AM scheduled appearance at Jessup Cellars in Yountville. We have been members of their club but presently have the membership on hold, but they treated us as members anyway. Dan Robson was our host at a wine and food pairing. Dan is a great host and if you listen, he knows what he is talking about. The ‘07 NV Merlot was excellent even if you are not a Merlot person. The ‘06 NV Zin was excellent and if we hadn’t run into the ‘04 NV Library Cab, would have been our choice. But, the ‘04 NV Reserve Cab was outstanding with a big bold palate and a long smooth finish. Two bottles of this followed us home.

Next on the agenda was Bell Wine Cellars. I think it was Damombo that mentioned this one. We tasted the ‘07 Chardonnay which was not in my style, the ‘07 Claret Cab which I thought was very nice and the ‘06 NV Cab which was even better. At $45.00 per bottle, I couldn’t resist bringing at least one bottle home.

We are wine club members at Girard, one of our favorite stops in Yountville. We decided to go for the wine and food pairing and make that our lunch. We always request Eric as our host and on this day, he was his usual charming self. I am not sure how many wines we tasted, but he kept bringing more back to our private room. The ‘09 Sauvignon Blanc was very nice and at $16.00 per bottle, we thought a bargain. Next, that I remember, was the ‘08 Old Vine Zin which was bold, peppery, with a long finish. At $24.00 per bottle, how could you pass up that one? Their Artistry, a blend of 59% Cab, 19% Cab Franc, 4% Malbec, 5% Petit Syrah, and 6% Merlot is their signature wine and tasting very good. Then we moved on to the GOOD stuff. the ‘06 Diamond Mountain Cab I had marked WOW! BIG, BOLD and a double WOW! Follow this with the ‘07 Mt. Veeder Cab, and you have had two of the better Cabs in the Valley. Girard is a MUST visit for us. Plus, they have the coolest bathrooms in the valley!

Again, I think Damombo mentioned Baldacci on the Message Board, and I was really looking forward to this visit because they are basically Cab people. We tasted 5 different Cabs, and not a shabby one in the lot. We shipped the ‘07 IV Sons Cab, the ‘07 Diamond Mountain Cab, and the ‘07 Brenda’s Vineyard Cab to our home address.

Thursday morning, October 28, was our departure date. we had one space to fill the final case that I was shipping home so we stopped at Sawyer Cellars and purchased a bottle of their ‘06 Merlot. I am not a Merlot lover, but in my opinion, Sawyer makes one of the better ones around with lots of body. The second case complete, we headed for Buffalo Shipping. I have used them for years and have never had a problem. I keep an inventory as I purchase, so I was ready to fill out their shipping information.

Yes, Dorothy, there is a yellow brick road, only it is California not Kansas, and it is paved with purple. Meticulously blended by the Wizards of Ox with their magic broomsticks, they turn the grape into real gold bricks. They got more than their share of mine this trip.

This, boys and girls, was our week in the Valley. I was glad it was over and we were going to be headed home. In my opinion, seven days of tasting is about two days too many. Probably will not go over five again. On the plane ride home, I started thinking that March would be a good time to return. Happy tasting everyone.

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