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posted 01-22-2011 06:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Here obviously, wine spectator, tripadvisor.com, winery web sites, and friends in Napa. We've gotten to know several great people in Napa who we've become great friends with in the valley.


posted 01-20-2011 05:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, I have a book that you should read. It's called " Angels' Visits An Inquiry into the Mystery of Zinfandel" by David Darligton.Publish date is '91, so some of the places and products are no longer out there, but I suspect that you would enjoy reading this guy's account of the history of Zin development and production in California. I just started it, but its pretty interesting so far.
I found it on a used book shelf at the store.


posted 01-18-2011 07:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks to all for participating in this survey. It is interesting that we all view basically the same tools for planning a wine trip. It appears that the No. 1 tool is WineCountry.com. I find it my go to site, also. Since being a part of this message board, I believe we are all doing much more planning for our trips, which I believe, make the trip much more fun. Sharing our experiences on the message board is a part of that experience. here is a list of resources used by at least on member, with the No. one site being:


Then others that get some traffic:

PLUS individual winery websites.

One thing that was interesting, there was only one person that mentioned print material. Will Wine Spectator end up going by the wayside like newspapers?

With the exception of Cabgirl, I believe most of us on this board are wine lovers and can not give you all of the nuances of smelling and tasting a bottle of wine. However, we can tell you what we like about a particular wine. So, if you are reading this and not joining in, don't feel threatened, we are just ordinary wine lovers . . .

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 01-18-2011).]


posted 01-17-2011 05:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I should say, I used to be a trip advisor regular but have quit using it since beginning with this message board. Y'all are much more fun! I also appreciate the detailed information that is shared here. You guys are a wealth of good information.


posted 01-17-2011 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message


Plus, the individual winery websites of the ones that interest me.

But, like damombo said, the info & recommendations shared by members of this board has been the most help for my trip this year.



posted 01-17-2011 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I like to wander around TripAdvisor but I use these boards now more than anything I like to go to the winery websites to get a feel for what it might be like to visit, but in the last year, the info I've gotten from you and the others on this board has lead me to lots of great places!


posted 01-17-2011 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Hawkeye. I use the "sister" to wc.com...sonoma.com for a lot of my research as that narrows things down for me, then my next biggest resource is probably current magazines like Sunset and Food and Wine for monthlys and Touring and Tasting,and Napa/Sonoma for less frequently published.
Then my next level is the publications that I pick up at Harvest Fair- the usual stuff that actually can be found on the freebie racks in that area like Wine Country this Week and Sonoma Country, but also NorthBiz magazine which has great information about Harvest Fair each year and very interesting articles about what is happening in the wine industry.
There are some helpful websites that are sponsored by the vintners' associations for the different growing regions/AVA's which help with events particularly, but I like the layout of the WineCountry and Sonoma.com sites because I find them pretty easy to use.
I also use the chamber of commerce websites like bestinsonoma.com because they are very area specific and frequently offer more in the "things to do" and "dining" areas than the others; well, maybe not more in volume but more vendors' names.
As you can see, I am a serious info junkie. It gets me into lots of trouble.
If this seems like a lot of reference sources, well, it is! That is because I have found that different sources sponsor different places so there isn't a one-stop place to get all the information. :}


posted 01-17-2011 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I would like to pose a question, but first a statement. When I am planning a trip to wine country, my No. 1 source of information is WineCountry.com. The question is, what other forms of information do you investigate? Please give the name or website. Thanks.


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