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bigsemi
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posted 08-12-2012 12:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Updated:

V. Sattui
Reverie
Bell
Round Pond

Recently dropped Rutherford Hill and added Bell.

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-07-2012 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well thanks Hawkeye! Our one day in Napa is getting awfully full, so choices will have to be made but I will look at this too.

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Hawkeye
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posted 08-07-2012 06:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes,

If you go to Conn Creek on the Silverado Trail, go back across the Silverado Trail less than 1000 feet to 771 Sage Canyon Road and taste with Rollie Heitz of Midsummer Cellars. They are some of the best cabs I have had for the money. Last time I was there he was charging $40.00 for his cabs and they were excellent. He makes three different ones. He is the son of the other Heitz winery on Hwy 29 and broke off and went by himself. Tell him I recommended him.

-Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-06-2012 06:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well thanks so much for that information! I will look into Conn Creek. I've never heard of them, but I'll look into them.

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gcb17
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posted 08-06-2012 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gcb17   Click Here to Email gcb17     Edit/Delete Message
Yes and Voelfgar,

Very interesting about the Raymond terroir cabs. We visited Conn Creek our fist visit to the Napa Valley and did the AVA blending experience, which was fantastic. We wound up joining their club in part because they produce an AVA series of cabs at a very reasonable price for Napa cabs (typically $45-$60). While I would not place these cabs on the same level as some of the higher end producers, they are very good wines that also provide that 'terroir effect'.

I will have to give Raymond a look.

[This message has been edited by gcb17 (edited 08-06-2012).]

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-06-2012 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well that is interesting to hear. We are interested in the "terroir effect" so we may put them on our fall list again.
Thanks for replying.

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Voelfgar
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posted 08-06-2012 03:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voelfgar   Click Here to Email Voelfgar     Edit/Delete Message
Have only been a member for just under 1 yr. Signed up last September. So it is hard to say what effect on the wine. I know they are cutting back on the number of different wines.

I will say I enjoy their terrior specific Cabs. Really love sharing them with friends and trying to explain just how much the dirt plays in the taste.

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yesilovewine
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posted 08-04-2012 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Voelfgar,
Have you been members at Raymond long? I've been looking for opinions about them; particularly a comparison of before and after the sale of the winery. Can you help??

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Voelfgar
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posted 08-01-2012 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voelfgar   Click Here to Email Voelfgar     Edit/Delete Message
RichardSE,

There are alot of wineries in Napa Valley where you can only buy it direct from the winery. They are not sold in stores.

the benefits of wine club are you get a selection of wine through out the year. Most clubs give a 20% discount on the wine and sometimes offer discount on shipping as well. Also often times, the winery will produce a wine just for the wine club members.

And then the complimentary tastings

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Voelfgar
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posted 08-01-2012 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voelfgar   Click Here to Email Voelfgar     Edit/Delete Message
Wine Club member of Ladera, Hall, both of which are members of the Gems of the Napa Valley which gives us wine club benefits to Chappellet
Hall Rutherford
Ladera
Patz & Hall
Robert Craig
Silverado
Terra Valentine

Also club members at:

Inglenook
Raymond
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
Castello di Amorosa, aka, The Castle

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RichardSE
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posted 07-31-2012 08:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
I found out about a few more perks of some on my wine clubs (in addition to discounts, etc.):

Ladera -- Tasting in a wine cave room that you can also use for functions (they don't charge rent, but of course you have to hire a caterer and you would be purchasing their wines for the function).

Chappellet -- picnic area over looking Lake Hennessy.

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damombo
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posted 04-09-2011 01:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
One of the perks at Chateau Montelena is being able to use the two little islands on their Jade lake for a picnic. We call to reserve it and tell them what time to expect us, and then show up to a lovely table set with nice cloth napkins and silverware, glasses with ice and a supply of bottled water, and wine glasses - it's pretty fabulous We are going to picnic there in a couple of weeks, followed by a Library tasting for us and our guest, which is complimentary for us as wine club members, but would be $40/person otherwise.

At Sterling, the tasting is held in their Reserve Room, so it is much quieter and more relaxed. I don't think that it's a Club Members only area, but it isn't used unless someone has purchased the Reserve tasting or is an actual Club member.

Cakebread has a Wine Club patio and several rooms that are where the Club members do their tasting. Again, less crowded and more relaxed. You do have to be a member to use them. Seated, very leisurely, your own personal pourer who is very knowledgable.

Ledson has private tasting rooms that are for members and when you call to schedule a tasting, they ask about your preferences and tailor the tasting accordingly. We have had the pleasure to be hosted by Kelsey Ledson, nephew to the winemaker, and he is a natural born host - charming, amusing, makes you feel like you are the most important club member around Club members can also receive a discount at the Ledson Hotel in Sonoma, but haven't used that perk yet.

The rest of the clubs we belong to just offer the usual perks: discounted wine, free tastings for 4-6 people when you visit, the occasional free shipping, the calls in the springtime when everyone is clearing out their cellars...

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RichardSE
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posted 04-09-2011 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,

I guess in Hawaii, we're lucky because of the tourist industry, there are very few wines you can't get. The distributors provide wines to the restaurants but they are also available at several wine stores that have an extensive stock of wines.

damombo,

Which of the wine clubs that you belong to have nice member areas?

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-07-2011 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Here in Tennessee, if it doesn't have "Jack Daniels" on it, they don't sell it. Well, almost. However, we have very little opportunity to purchase better wines here, so, we go to Napa and Sonoma to find them. Plus, there are the people involved. You get to know them, they get to know you, and you become friends. I guess that is called marketing!

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damombo
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posted 04-07-2011 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
As you say, it depends on the club. Some offer wines that we can't get at our local wine shop. Often times they offer discounts on shipping. Sometimes the members area of the winery is very nice and so that makes for a special visit.
We have had quite a few memberships over the years. Some we've dropped and one or two we have rejoined. We are planning to take a good hard look at our current memberships when we get back from our April trip.
We've finally realized that the most cost efficient way for us is to buy a full case and have the winery ship it. Club or no club - of course, we have to be sure that we truly enjoy the wine and aren't just in love with all wine at that moment

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RichardSE
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posted 04-07-2011 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Here's a good question: Why do you belong to wine clubs? Being a member of a wine club needs to provide me something I can't get from my local wine store, whether it's access to wines that are not otherwise available, or a unique winery experience. I've found that normally the club discount isn't enough to offset the shipping costs to Hawaii. Do you find that the shipping costs work differently?

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RichardSE
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posted 04-02-2011 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
I only belong to Chappellet's wine club right now. I used to belong to Trefethen's Halo club, but dropped that about a year ago.

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carjeff
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posted 03-30-2011 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
We were members of Goosecross and Jessup for several years, but ended up canceling them recently.
We will probably join another club during our next visit in Nov.

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bigsemi
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posted 03-29-2011 06:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Ruthford Hill
Round Pond: Food and Wine
V. Sattui (Hall of Fame Member)

Had Prager Port for several years also, but cancled since we were not drinking as much port.

The above 3 have a nice variety top to bottom to suit what ever my fancy may be.

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-29-2011 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
and that is when we start drinking wine!

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damombo
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posted 03-29-2011 04:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
the roosters don't crow until nearly noon in Tennessee???

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-29-2011 10:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Cock-a-doodle-do

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suzq
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posted 03-29-2011 08:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for suzq     Edit/Delete Message
black chicken society - cluck cluck

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damombo
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posted 03-28-2011 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I don't know if this is a good idea. If I see our list written down, I could start to panic at the absurdity of belonging to too many clubs... Anyway, here goes, in no particular order:

Napa Valley: Chateau Montelena, Cakebread, Sterling, Luna, Schweiger, Biale, Fantesca, Shafer (mailing list)

Sonoma County: Stryker, Seghesio, Francis Ford Coppola, Ledson

Pretty much the 4 in Sonoma County are for the zins, but we had a Barbera from Seghesio last night that was wonderful. The Napa Valley clubs are for a variety of varietals

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Poohh66
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posted 03-28-2011 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Poohh66     Edit/Delete Message
too many if you ask me

Reynolds Family Winery - for Stags Leap Reserve Cab, Los Carneros Pinot and Persistence

Hill Family Estate ~ for their Estate Cab

Baldacci ~ we have so many favs here ....

Chalk Hill ~ for everything they make, Estate Red, Estate Cab, Chard and even their Sauv Blanc :0

Seghesio ~ for their Zins

Pride Mountain ~ Pride Cabernet, Reserve Cab, and their Viognier

Beringer ~ Private Reserve Cabs (my least favorite and hope my husband cancels soon since each shipment is way too much for a couple of bottles )

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-28-2011 05:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Okay, Poohh66, here it is. What wine clubs do you belong to?

We belong to Biale, one of our favorite wineries for Zinfandels.

Joseph Phelps for their Cabs and their Insigna.

Girard just has a great selection of varietals.

Mauritson on the Dry Creek Road for their Rockpile Zinfandels.

There you have ours, what are yours?

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