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damombo
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posted 04-09-2011 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi winegirl,

June will probably be the start of a busy time since it is summer. I have always heard that weekdays are best (least crowded), which would make sense. I have avoided going during June, July or August - simply because it is summertime and I hear it can get pretty hot. I live in hot Texas, so if I go somewhere during those months, it has to be cooler than home

Some of the wineries require appointments because of a local ordinance -something about their size and the number of people that they are allowed to have visit. That being said, I have walked into a place, been asked if I had an appointment, which I didn't, and they said (looking at the clock) "how about an appointment at (insert the current time)". However, if you are interested in one of the tours or special tastings offered somewhere, those usually are by appointment, and if you are going to be visiting in June, I'd figure out when I'd be there and make those appointments at least a few weeks in advance.

Cheers!

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winegirl1976
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posted 04-09-2011 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for winegirl1976   Click Here to Email winegirl1976     Edit/Delete Message
I was reading the reviews, is it better to make a appointment for tasting or go winery to winery. How are the crowds at the wineries in June

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-07-2011 01:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I read that too, but somewhere in this moss-covered cerebral cavity there is a memory of a conversation with them that left me thinking that tasting by appointment may be possible.
My computer did a nose dive and I lost a lot of stuff that was on it, including my entire contact list, since I had heard of them. If you think they have something of interest try e-mailing them to see.
You know, gopherking is local to northern Sonoma County, so he may have some good ideas for you. He is the one that put me on to the Geyserville area.

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RichardSE
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posted 04-07-2011 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
It doesn't look like Joseph Jewell has a winery and might use another winery's facilities according to their website: "They don’t have the chateau yet. What they do have is a fine start to a new label that stands for fine wines: Joseph Jewell." That's a quote from their about page where they also mention that they chose the winery name while washing out their barrels at Gary Farrell Winery. Since this is a story about their beginnings, it may be that they now have their own location, but nothing on their website indicates that they do.

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-07-2011 08:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Richard,
I have a place on my radar that I have not dug into yet, but you may want to investigate them...Joseph Jewell caught my attention in wine Enthusiast a few months back due to the sheer number of well-appreciated wines they had. I'm not exactly sure where they are located, and I have not seen a tasting room indicated on any of my usual resources, but maybe you will have better luck. If all else fails, I will try direct contact with them ( I just hate to bother people with my ignorance, ya know?)
Anyway, I can't recall how I got this idea, but I THINK they may be up near Geyserville; I often get them confused with Jaxon Keyes and have to regroup between the 2.

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RichardSE
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posted 04-07-2011 12:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
yesilovewine,

I saw your post on the Sonoma board and was going to check drinkdrycreek.org. Thank you for the suggestion.

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-06-2011 04:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Richard,
If you haven't locked down your Sonoma County stops yet, check drinkdrycreek.org for some good information about wineries and wines from that area.

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RichardSE
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posted 04-06-2011 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,

Burgess looks gorgeous! Unfortunately, the times of their afternoon tasting/tour conflicts with the Ladeara tour and we won't be in the Napa area until lunch time missing the first tour. I'll see if we can fit it in another day.

We normally, have appointments for several wineries and then have possibilities for drop-ins, but finding drop-in tastings are more and more difficult.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-05-2011 07:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard,
Here is a blog that I just ran across about Burgess Cellars and Hall Vineyards that I thought you might be interested in reading. Cheers.
http://discover.winecountry.com/wine/

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damombo
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posted 04-04-2011 03:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard - we have indeed eaten at Coppola several times. We like Rustic - the food is excellent and the vibe very enthusiastic
The Director's Cut wines are the ones we like best - the zin and the chardonnay fit our palate and definitely our price point. Great for an inexpensive daily pour... can't be opening a $60 bottle of wine every day, no matter what my husband thinks! Some of the reserve wines are very good, too. They have the artsy labels.

We visited Locals two years ago and had a wonderful time. They do pour a huge number of wines - so be careful! They have quite the array of wineries that they represent - small places without their own tasting rooms. Definitely worth a visit at least once.
Meeker is just a few steps away. An interesting old bank for a tasting room and some interesting stories from the lady pouring, but their wines weren't to our taste. But who knows, they could be just right for you

You'll be there the end of May? We will be there in two weeks.... hopefully we won't buy up all the wine. I'll try to leave you a few cases.

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-04-2011 10:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard.
So, you will be in the north county....I can't really speak to your current stops- Damombo has been to and eaten at Coppola recently, so hopefully she will chime in. I think she may have written about both in her last trip report...you could check. Our visit there was way less than stellar but, to be fair, that was before the renovations were completed.
Meeker was not on my radar until mentioned by gopherking- again, you might like to read his posts for suggestions since he is from that area and has some insider info.
I really liked Dutcher Crossing at our last visit, and I would recommend them if they are not too far afield for your day. Wines and service are great and the servers are very cheerful and well informed. It was one of our favorites from last trip.
I believe that Jaxon Keys is up in/near Geyserville...I need to double check that for myself....and that is one of the Wilson Artisan Winery group members. Their wines were VERY well received by Wine Enthusiast last year and I find that those reviews often suit us as well, so I am anxious to give them a try.
Another from that group is deLormier, and we had several of their wines at harvest Fair and were VERY impressed. The '06 Warm Springs Ranch took best in class for the mid-range Cabs,the Crazy Creek '06 got silver in the next $category,and the Warm Springs Ranch RESERVE got gold in the top $category. The Stone Ranch Zin was a real favorite of ours,too.

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RichardSE
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posted 04-04-2011 12:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,

Chappellet is my current favorite cab and a beautiful place for a picnic. I will try Burgess. I've never been to Hall Rutherford, Silverado, Robert Craig or Pina, but have tried their wines several times. I've been to Trefethen once before and enjoy their wines, but their tour was not that interesting. I went to Grgich when it first opened and I'm looking forward to trying it now. Erna Shein is part of Behrens. They have some incredible blends.

Yesilovewine,

We are planning at day in Sonoma. We're still planning but here's what we have so far:

Meeker
Copolla
Dinner at Rustic

Do you have thoughts/recommendations about Locals or other wineries?

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-03-2011 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Richard, are you planning to spend any time in Sonoma County on this trip?

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-03-2011 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard,

Sounds like you have an excellent itinerary.

First, don't know Chappellet but will have to put them on our list.

We have been to Ladera and they have a very good Cab. We tasted at a bar inside of the winery if I remember correctly. It is a long drive up the hill so why not stop part way up at Burgess Cellars with awesome reds plus some awesome views.

Hall Rutherford we have been to several times. We used to belong to their wine club but we just got too many and had to drop some. The have some very nice Cabs although they can be pricey.

Silverado Vineyard we have never visited so have no comment. The same for Robert Craig and Pina but will be interested in your report when you get back.

We have never been to Neal Family.

Trefethen has a very nice variety of varietals (can I say that?) We have been there many times. Somewhere along the line, someone gave us a lifetime tasting pass.

Grgich (without the first "i" and it is pronounced grrrgich. Mike G. was the winemaker at Chateau Montelena and was responsible for the '93 Chard that won the Paris Tasting

Have never tasted at Erna Shein but I believe someone else mentioned it lately. Is that the one inside Behrens Family Winery?

You have several that we have not tasted so will be interested in your trip report.

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RichardSE
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posted 04-02-2011 08:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Okay, I've scheduled some of the wine tasting/tours:

Chappellet
Ladera
Hall Rutherford
Silverado Vineyard
Robert Craig
Pina

I'm considering or setting up the following:

Neal Family
Trefethen
Grigrich Hill (Barrell Tasting)
David Author
Erna Schein
Domain Chandon (mostly for dinner)

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RichardSE
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posted 04-02-2011 08:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
I only belong to Chappellet's wine club right now. I'll post more in the new topic you created.

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Poohh66
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posted 03-28-2011 05:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
there you go Hawkeye you need to start a new topic 'what wine club do you belong to?

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-28-2011 04:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Richard,

Just out of curiosity, what wine club do you belong to? We belong to Biale, Joseph Phelps, Girard and Mauritson. Those and our two trips per year to the valley keep us well stocked. Cheers!

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RichardSE
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posted 03-28-2011 01:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,

The same is true for Hawaii -- with the Supreme Court decision, we can now get shipments of wine, although we didn't have to wait as long for legislation. I don't have too many wines shipped, though, mostly my wine club shipments. As a general rule, it is usually cheaper to buy wine from my favorite wine store. We're fortunate in that there are several really good wine stores here in Hawaii.

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-26-2011 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard,

Is it difficult to ship wine to Hawaii? Until the last year or so, we could not get direct shipments from a winery but the Supreme Court ruling on restraint of trade changed our legislators thinking . . . that and the wineries have to purchase a license to ship to Tennessee and collect our sales tax. A win, win for Tennessee. A BIG win for us wine lovers. Prior to that, we had to pick the wine up at a winery, take it to a shipping point, and ship it to ourselves.

Chime in on some of the other threads here on the board and give us your thoughts and expertise.

Have a great day!

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RichardSE
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posted 03-24-2011 10:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Not a problem, it is obscure. I didn't join the wine club for this perk, but I am planning on taking advantage of it.

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-24-2011 08:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the explanation. Now I know why I'd never heard of it before.

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RichardSE
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posted 03-24-2011 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,

The fact that everyone has different tastes and preferences is one of the things that I love about wine. There is rarely a wrong answer.

yesilovewine,

As a member of Chappellet Winery's wine club, you get to have complimentary wine tastings at HALL Rutherford, Ladera Vineyards, Patz & Hall, Robert Craig Winery, Silverado Vineyards and Terra Valentine. The information is here: http://www.chappellet.com/Gems_of_Napa_Valley

I believe that the same is true for the other wineries. It's a nice perk.

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-24-2011 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hiya Richard.
I have a question for you....
You are at least the second person to mention this Gems Partner program, and it is something I am not familiar with. Could you bring me into the loop about this?

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-24-2011 02:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard,

Glad you are with us. Looking forward to reviewing your itinerary. If you have been reading this board, you know that we are not short on recommendations. Just remember, wine is a personal taste, and we may not all taste the same things. Cheers.

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RichardSE
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posted 03-23-2011 07:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
I'm new to this message board, but I've been looking at many of the posts to plan our
trip to Napa at the end of May of this year. We're still in the planning stages but all your comments have been helpful. We haven't even decided how many days we'll be outside of wine country. The only certain things so far are that we're going to Chappellet and Hall Rutherford (as part of the Gems Partner Winery Program). We've been to Chappellet before and enjoy their tour and having a picnic overlooking Lake Hennessey. When we have some more information, I'll post it and get your thoughts and feed back.

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