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damombo
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posted 03-01-2011 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
We live in Houston during the work week and spend every weekend at Canyon Lake (between Austin and San Antonio).
We enjoyed our short time in Maryland and hosted quite a few visitors from Texas - I became quite the tour guide! Brought our snow shovel back to Houston when we moved back and have used it to pick up piles of leaves instead.

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suzq
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posted 03-01-2011 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for suzq     Edit/Delete Message
damombo
we live in abingdon - about 25 miles northeast of baltimore. where are you now?

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Poohh66
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posted 03-01-2011 05:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
wow, well you would not recognize the Brandon/Valrico area now, it has grown so much and it has become hard to find those cattle farms anywhere in the area, it is actually sad at times, fortunately we live in a golf community where there is still plenty of "pasture" around LOL
I will have to go to Oak Grill asap and try that crab and cheese soup

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-28-2011 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
We were there a VERY short time about the time you were arriving. Moved there for a job that didn't work out. Our kids went to Nativity.
We rented a house across the street from a working cattle farm...an interesting experience. I dont recall the name of the road.
I think I may have to contact that restaurant to see if they would share the recipe for the cheese and crab soup. We STILL talk about it all these years later!

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Poohh66
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posted 02-28-2011 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
I guess I should have said that YES! we are very familiar with Valrico... can't wait to hear ..where did you live? how long ago? we have been around here for about 14 yrs

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Poohh66
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posted 02-27-2011 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
wow, it's a small world after all.... Well The A1A Cafe is now called The Oaks Grill, not sure if it's still the same, my husband seems to think it is, they still have the crab and cheese soup, I have never eaten there, though I have heard it's pretty good.... we live in Riverhills just south of Bloomingdale on Lithia

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-27-2011 06:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, there are a couple Total Wine stores near Atlanta if you have time while you are down there next.
Pooh, I keep meaning to ask you- are you at all familiar with the Valrico area? We lived there a number of years back and I'm dying to know if the "A1A Cafe" is still there. Best darn crab soup I ever had...

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-27-2011 05:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I have been in a Total Wine a couple times in Wilmington, DE when we were visiting our son and his family. This was before he moved to the Sacramento area as President of a .com company. They lived there for two years and he has since moved back to Wilmington where he has started or financed several .com companies. Total Wine offers tastings of wine that I have never heard of. A super place to find wines at affordable prices.

While our kids lived in Granite Bay, we had an excuse to go to California four or five times per year and it would be horrible to be that close and not go to wine country.

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Poohh66
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posted 02-27-2011 02:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, we have a Total Wine near where we live, that's where we go to get our "special" wines. During our recent trip we came across a few of the wineries that said.... "the only place you'll find this wine in Florida is at Total Wine" We love to go, and spend quite a while there going through every isle

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-27-2011 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I have to tell y'all about Sequoia Grove. Years back when we lived near Raleigh, NC we frequented a place called "Total Wine". If you ever get to the eastern seaboard you have GOT to visit one of these stores. They used to have only 4 or 5 in total, Delaware, NJ and Virginia were the other locations I think, and I have no idea what they are like now. Anyway, the whole "thing" about this place is that their emphasis is on the small, unknown wineries that you have probably never heard of. They carry some of the better known names, but they want to keep cost down so they primarily go for the little places that haven't made a name for themselves as yet. Sequoia Grove was one of their tagged "Gotta try this" wines...for get this...$2.99. !
Total Wine is a monster of a store and they put out the most amazing catalog of their products- Its easily 100 pages and has all sorts of great information about wine and grapes and appelations all over the world in addition to the listing of products with descrptions. They carry liquor, beers and wines as well as truly gourmet snacks.
I just checked the website and see that they have grown a LOT since we last visited in Raleigh....! Anyway, its quite a place if you are looking to try something new, and if they still put out that same style catalog, we usually found that the wine descriptions in there were very fair and accurate . In other words, you could get a good idea of what you would taste from the bottle by reading their descriptions.

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-27-2011 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
Days 1 and2 are in Sonoma.
Day 3
FREEMARK ABBEY - Been here they are nice
REDMON - need check them out
PROVENANCE - (is owned by Diago as is Alpha Omega, BV, Sterling & Acacia) I like their wines & price points.
ELIZABETH SPENCER - Nice staff, but a bit pricey
ROUND POND - Nice staff & wine
SEQUOIA GROVE - Love Sequoia Grove - the rebellious red is off the hook good and it is a great place to enjoy lunch. Call & ask for Sarah to get a pvt. tasting in the cellar. (it is worth the xtra money.)

Day 3 (comparing Stag's Leap cabs)
SIGNORELLO - They keep changing how their doing the tastings. It drives me crazy. The wine is very good a bit pricey, but worth it and the winemaker's wife is the sweetest.
BROOKDALE - need to check it out.
CLOS DU VAL - haven't been in years because you can get it everywhere.
CHIMNEY ROCK - Nice staff but again its everywhere.
REGUSCI- Lots of history at this winery and the wines are fabo!!!
STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS - Okay for those who do know there are two wineries called Stag's Leap. Stag's Leap wine cellars has been bought & sold a million times. It is the one most people know. Stag's Leap Winery which is not far down the road and has a rich history in Stag's Leap, great wines & staff.
PINE RIDGE - Friendly Staff and is directly across from Steltzner Vineyards where you can buy their Pool Block estate cab for $75 which will lay down for many years & is not high in alcohol, like so many wineries are doing today.
BALDACCI - been here many times the staff are great

Day 3
ZAHTILA - keep meaning to go
BARLOW - Had the wine it was nice, haven't been to the winery.
Back to SAC airport

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-26-2011 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Stacy,

Days 1 and2 are in Sonoma.
Day 3
FREEMARK ABBEY
REDMON
PROVENANCE
ELIZABETH SPENCER
ROUND POND
SEQUOIA GROVE

Day 3 (comparing Stag's Leap cabs)
SIGNORELLO
BROOKDALE
CLOS DU VAL
CHIMNEY ROCK
REGUSCI
STAG'S LEAP WINE CELLARS
PINE RIDGE
BALDACCI

Day 3
ZAHTILA
BARLOW
Back to SAC airport

12 of these are new to us.

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-26-2011 04:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
Oops I forget! Suhr Lectel, Lectel's wife started her own line called Fortuna... It is wonderful. The ports are young, but oh so good!!!

"It is about the people, the place & the wine!"

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-26-2011 04:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Hawkeye, If your comparing cabs, definitely check out Steltzner and Regusci both have excellent cabs. I love Regusci merlot too. In response to knowing everything: One thing I have learned over the years of drinking wine, meeting with winemakers and just learning, is just when you think you know just about everything, you really only have chipped the ice berg. LOL

I haven't been to the wineries you mentioned and I definitely look forward to checking them out. Also where are you going to in Sonoma? Heart of the Valley/Carneros, Russian River, Dry Creek or Alexander Valley. BTW if your staying in Napa and plan on taking hwy 128 straight up, they are working on the road and have "2 stop lights" so plan to have it take an additional 20 minutes.

"It is about the people, the place & the wine!"

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-26-2011 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Stacy,

It sounds like you also look for new and smaller places to visit. Have you ever visited Chase Family Cellars on Sulpher Springs Road on the south edge of St. Helena? They make Zins from the Hayne Vineyard made famous by Helen Turley Zins. I think this is a place that your clients would like. It is a very small winery. Jeff Blaum is the winery manager and gives the tours and tastings. Usually he starts by taking people into the 100 year old vineyard and explains the whole process. The wines are pretty tasty also. He will also do lunches. One of our favorite stops. Sounds like I probably can't tell you anything you don't already know.

We are club members at Biale and really enjoy their wines, especially their Zins.

Others you might want to check out if you haven't already are Midusmmer Cellars and Suhr Luchtel Winery.

On our trip next week we will be in Sonoma for 2 days and Napa for 2 1/2 days. One of the days in Napa, we are going to taste at several of the Stags Leap wineries to be able to compare the cabs. Most of the ones we chose this time are open to the public. Next time we will try the appointment ones. We will end up that day at Baldacci, one of my favorites and then end at Raymond. Cheers.

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-26-2011 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
The visitor's center in Napa should have it, but you can also pick it up at one of the wineries or go to their website at http://www.napazintrail.com/

Enjoy!!

"It is about the people, the place & the wine!"

www.StacysWineStop.com

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damombo
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posted 02-26-2011 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Stacy - where would we find this Zin trail brochure?

suzq - I hope that we can retire in about 4-5 years... I tell my husband we should rent an apartment there for a 3 month stretch and REALLY explore
Where in Maryland? We lived in Baltimore (Ellicott City and Glen Burnie) for almost 4 years. Loved living there and experiencing 4 seasons - and we played the tourist most weekends and got to see lots of the surrounding areas - PA, VA, WV, DC and once to NYC! Ah, we were young and pre-children... now we're old and post-children

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-26-2011 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
Great places for Zin in Napa: Cosentino which was recently acquired by Girard winery has a plethora of zins. Bialle family vineyards in Yountville, Paradigm winery, and there is a zin trail brochure you can pick-up as well.

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suzq
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posted 02-25-2011 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for suzq     Edit/Delete Message
retiring in 2012 - plan to drink our way thru napa :-). safe travels.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-25-2011 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi suzq, You have a mighty good list of wineries. I have not visited Sherwin, Erna Schein, Paloma, Lamborn or Boswell. Will have to put those on my bucket list and see what comes out next trip. This is one of the great things about this Board is that we receive suggestions from other wineaux's (for expensive wino's).

We have, of course, visited Biale, one of our all time favorites. Kandice Jessup, the tasting room manager is the wife of Mark Jessup whose family used to own and he was the winemaker for Jessup Winery in Yountville. Mark is starting his own winery again, J. Gregory Cellars.

Pride we just tasted last October along with a few of the other wineries on Spring Mountain. Brought home some of their cab.

I would think if you have not been to the Valley since 2009, you are at least a couple trips behind. Smack that hubby behind the head to get his attention and tell him that you want to go back to Napa.

Will definitely give you a cheers next week.

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suzq
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posted 02-25-2011 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for suzq     Edit/Delete Message
hi hawkeye - we live in maryland. hubby and i were in napa in fall 2009 and visited several small but really nice wineries:

Biale
Sherwin
Pride
Erna Schein
Paloma
Lamborn and
Boswell

our favs were biale, sherwin, paloma and lamborn.

have a blast - and raise a toast to us not there!

s.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-25-2011 08:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Suzq, welcome to our little part of the world. It is good to hear from others that are Black Chicken Society members. We should have a club shipment coming in the very near future.

We normally make a stop at Biale every trip but for some reason on this trip we will probably not get there. The focus on the trip next week is new (to us) wineries in Sonoma and Napa Valley. If you know of some small wineries that are a "must" to taste, give us a shout on the Board.

It is always nice to know what part of the country you live in. I am in Tennessee, others are in Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Oregon. I am sure I have missed some.

We normally use Buffalo Shipping but Stagecoach Shipping is offering a free shipping case, so may go there this time.

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suzq
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posted 02-25-2011 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for suzq     Edit/Delete Message
just to clarify - we are black chicken members as well and really enjoy the zins.

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suzq
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posted 02-25-2011 07:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for suzq     Edit/Delete Message
we use a third party shipper to get wine. if your state doesn't allow shipments, ask the winery to use a third party.

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-09-2011 05:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Uncorked, September is a VERY long time off. We will be going in October, with the trip in March, the length seems bearable.

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Uncorked
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posted 01-08-2011 08:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks, Hawkeye. I'll definitely give Kandice a call.

We are leaving Nashville on 9/24 and staying at Hotel Healdsburg on the Plaza. Seems a long time off.....

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-08-2011 06:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Uncorked,
Yes, I am a member of the Black Chicken Society and a member of their wine club. We receive their shipments maybe 3 times per year. I believe that Damombo is a member also. Their wines are fantastic. If you are joining their wine club, call 707.257.7555 and ask for Kandice. She will take good care of you. Tell her the guy from Tennessee said to call her personally.

What are your dates and where are you staying?

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Uncorked
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posted 01-07-2011 06:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
I really love reading all the posts about what everyone is drinking. I'm a Zin fan myself and there are several I want to try. I do have a question for Hawkeye---do you get Biale shipments? I'm going to join the black chicken society and am interested in getting their shipments---just curious if we can get in TN. I'm envious of your March trip---I have to wait till Sept.

Hope the new year is going well for everyone.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-02-2011 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Greetings to all and a Happy New Year.
We opted to have a Paradise Ridge 2007 Elevation Cab from the Rockpile Vineyard last night instead of the Frank Family Cab; guess that will wait for another day.
The Paradise Ridge was a little "tight" when we first opened it, but after about a 30 minute decant we could already taste the difference. Such a beautifully balanced wine with great aromas and silky texture. It was just as delightful as I remembered it.
I sure appreciate all the feedback about Frank Family- someone had asked about them on Trip Advisor and I've been following that thread as well. Its interesting the different points of view folks have. When we open it, I'll let y'all know what we think.

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-02-2011 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Happy New Year everybody. If you have never been to the Baldacci Winery, 6236 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA I would suggest that you give them a try. In October we visited the Baldacci tasting room. Having never been there, we did not know what to expect. We tasted several of their Cabs and chose three '07s to ship home, the Napa Valley Stags Leap, the Napa Valley Diamond Mountain, and the Napa Valley Stags Leap Brenda's Vineyard.

New Year's Eve, we dined at one of our favorite restaurants in Chattanooga and carried the Diamond Mountain Cab for our festivities. We paired this with a tender beef fillet. The wine was a little young starting out, but as the night progressed, it began showing it's potential. It was a big, bold cab with fruit flavors you would expect from Diamond Mountain and a great smooth finish. If you drink this wine now, decant it for an hour or so before drinking. It should lay down for several years. In fact, I need to order some more to lay down. I am looking forward to trying the other two cabs we chose.

They also have a good array of Pinot's.

They are open by appointment, so call ahead.

I think the general tasting at Frank Vineyards is $10.00 and the reserve is $25.00. The just posted some great scores on some of their wines by Robert Parker. Last time I tasted there, I did not particularly care for their wines. I don't always agree with Robert Parker either.

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damombo
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posted 01-01-2011 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
What a fun New Years Eve it was!

We started out in the late afternoon with a little boat ride on the lake - we have a pontoon-type boat, so the 7 of us packed up a couple of salads (a shrimp concoction and a salad with marinated artichokes and prosciutto, etc) and a Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc, and headed out to watch the sunset. It was a little chilly, but nothing like what y'all are all putting up with.

Then back to the house, and the real drinkin' began. We had a Coppola Director's Cut Zin, followed by a Ledson Zin - this was while we watched my husband prepare the filets. With dinner we had a Fantesca Cabernet (07), followed by a Frank Family Cab (05)- we decide that we should have had the Frank Family first, because while it was very nice, the Fantesca was fabulous, and it was kind of a let down to move to the FF cab. Live and learn!

We toasted the New Year with the Frank Family Rouge - basically a red champagne - and it was delicious. Then we all went to bed - congratulating ourselves for actually staying up until midnight! There had been comments at 11:00 that it was midnight in New York, so let's just pop the cork and call it a night!

yesilovewine - we visited Frank Family any number of times back when the old tasting room was open. As Hawkeye said, it was loads of fun and it was free (!). We visited last September and it was at least $25/tasting. We split one but didn't end up buying anything. Several years ago we bought a couple of cases - so we liked their wines back then... and we have liked the bottles we've opened over the years. Now we have discovered so many other wonderful wineries, it's hard to go back to a place that you are no longer wowed by.

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Hawkeye
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posted 12-31-2010 06:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine, We have been to Frank Family several times. It is between Hwy 29 and the Silverado Trail, south of Calistoga. I understand that it used to be a FUN tasting room but since they moved into their new place is is no longer FUN. We were not impressed with the wines.

The Williamson Fizz was very good tonight, but the Baldacchi 07 Diamond Mountain Cab was scrumlicious. I just may order some more to lay down for a few years. I would highly recommend it.

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-31-2010 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, tell your internist to try taking 2 tums about an hour before he drinks the reds and see if that helps. I've got friends who swear by it.
We received a bottle of Frank Family Cabernet ('07) that we may open tomorrow. Not at all familiar with this vintner- anybody here know them?

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Hawkeye
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posted 12-31-2010 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Mrs Hawkeye said that the fudge recipe she uses is on the Marshmallow Creme jar with the added nuts. never a bad batch!

We will start tonight by opening a bottle of Williamson Fizz sparkling wine. I have never been a fan of the sparklings, but this one is outstanding. We purchased this on our October trip. We will see if our friends who are joining us like this wine. Neither of them are "red" drinkers, mostly Chardonnay. We always take a bottle of red for us and a Chard for them.

Tonight, the red will be a 2007 Baldacci Vineyards Cabernet from Diamond Mountain. Also purchased this on our October trip. I know it is a little young, but I am looking forward to tasting it again. Probably should drink it at home where we can decant it for a couple hours before drinking.

For our friends, we will be taking a bottle of Mirriam Vineyards 2008 Simoneau Ranch Chardonnay, Alexander Valley.

I keep telling our friend, who is our internist, that he needs to drink red wine for his heart. He maintains that it gives him a headache. Said he would let me drink it for my heart! His wife is beginning to like some of our reds.

We did open a bottle of the 2006 Maple Vineyards Maple Zinfandel last night. The jury is still out on this one. It definitely cannot stand up to the Biale, Wilson, or Mauritson, but I did not pour out the second half of the bottle. At the sale price, it might make a good table wine.

Have a Happy Fourth of July, but wait, I get ahead of myself . . . do have a Happy New Year and above all, be safe.

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posted 12-31-2010 07:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
That's a pretty easy recipe! I'll have to try it...

Yes, put Chiarello on your list for next time. We like their wines a lot.

So have you made your choices for tonight? We will pop open a Frank Family sparkling rouge at the stroke of midnight - if any of us are still awake But for dinner, probably a Cab or Zin - we will figure that out later, after getting the house cleaned up and the guests arrive!

Happy New Year everyone!

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Hawkeye
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posted 12-30-2010 06:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Last night we opened a 2004 Simi Landslide Cab which was just slightly beyond it's down time. If I remember correctly, when this wine came out it was bout $35.00. They had a case special of $17.50 which I could not let pass. This was the last of that case. Ended up pouring the last half of the bottle down the drain.

Mrs. Hawkeye and I are going with friends to our favorite restaurant for New Year's Eve. I am in the process of selecting the wines that I will take. When I have decided, I will post them.

Damombo, recipe for fudge? I thought you just threw a bunch of Hershey candy bars in a pan and melted them down and poured them into a flat bowl and let them cool. If you want nuts in your fudge, use the almond variety.

Guess I will have to try the Chiarello wines on our next trip.

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posted 12-29-2010 08:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
NOW WE'RE TALKING! We have opened a 2008 Chiarello Giana Zinfandel - now my eyes are rolling It is a delicious JAMMY Zin - my friend said "blueberry cobbler!" - and we do love it. Gotta get in shape for New Year's! Hence the multiple bottles this evening...

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posted 12-29-2010 06:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
PS!!!
Hawkeye, would Mrs. Hawkeye share her fudge recipe??

Speaking of glasses - yes, we seem to break the expensive ones alllll the time. I'd like to blame the guests, but I seem to break more than anyone. <sigh> We came home with a dozen really nice glasses from Chateau St. Jean last February - they had a super sale - we have 7 left. boo.

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posted 12-29-2010 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Just opened a Sausal 2007 Family Zinfandel. Yummy! (perhaps I should have posted this over to the Sonoma boards... ) Anyway, wasn't 2007 an awesome year for Zinfandels? This is a very nice zin - not as jammy as I like, so just a very nice zin, not rolling eyes back into my head But for $19 - a great buy!

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-28-2010 11:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
sounds great, hawkeye.
we had a delightful merlot tonight from trecini. 2007 sonoma county. this is really good merlot- usually not enough body for me, and not generally a favorite variety this particular wine drinks much more like a very nice cab.at 28 bucks its a bit high-priced for merlot in my opinion,but i have to confess that i enjoyed it enough to expect to purchase more on our next visit to sonoma.

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