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posted 02-07-2012 08:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Sure Hawkeye- always happy to get your "take" on wineries. Just remember, we aren't prone to making reservations to taste so that may make a difference in what you suggest.


posted 02-07-2012 06:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Kod,

Good to hear from you. I believe that I will try and work Aonair in on a late afternoon in March, depending on where their winery is located. Sounds interesting. They don't give a lot of information or even list their wines or prices on their web page.

Not familiar with Freeman. Just looked at their website and they are mostly Pinot . . . probably why! I have found a few Pinots that I like, but not many. Not enough body for me.

I have not been to Rafanelli yet, but it is on my list and just keeps getting pushed down each trip. Will have to make it one of these days.

I was not impressed with the wines at White Rocks when we tasted there. I think I purchased one bottle of their 03 Reserve Cab just to purchase something. It is still in our cooler here. The ambiance of the tasting in the cave was very nice. I thought the bottle storage was very unique. Would not make the trip again.

Thanks for chiming in.



posted 02-06-2012 04:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
I heard from a real collector that they loved Aonair. $75 to %150 per bottle is what she quoted me. I have visited Freeman a few years ago- it's tucked away and small. the assistant winemaker was driving a forklift and the owner was cleaning out a vat when we arrived. It was a fun visit. I had a very short and really nothing special visit at Rafanelli but I really enjoyed their cab and merlot. Both were reasonably priced. I opened one up with friends on NY Eve and it was just as good as I remembered it to be. Hawkeye, the same did not hold true with White Rocks when I opened them up at home. I guess our palates were not up to it that day at the beginning of our trip. I'll let them sit for a few years but don't expect much improvement. Very disappointing Claret and Cab,


posted 02-06-2012 09:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Hawkeye (and others),

Just wanted to let you know I'm still alive! I have been laying ow since we don't have any trips planned this year. I'll just have to live through everyone elses!

Can't comment on any wineries on your list, because I haven't been to any. I think you have been to everywhere I would suggest. The only one I can possibly think of is Flora Springs on Zinfandel Lane. That was one of our favorites from last fall. We thought the Estate Tour was the highlight of our trip. Let us pick just about anything we wanted. The also have a separate tasting room right around the corner on 29.


posted 02-06-2012 06:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes,

Are you wanting me to make some suggestions?



posted 02-06-2012 06:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Bigsemi, Good to hear from you again. high School wrestling season is just done here. The state championships were held this last weekend. We also have a pretty good college wrestling program here. Check out The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I believe they are ranked up with the big guys. I know some of the big guns come to town to wrestle them and they do pretty good against them.

Have a great trip in April. Did you see the V Sattui winery on the Board here?



posted 02-05-2012 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
hey guys,

busy finishing up wrestling season. after that will be getting ready for a few days in the valley in April. we are renting a house with 4 friends and family.

If anyone is looking for a nice bottle from italy: Castello D'Albola Riserva Chianti is quite yummy. we actually visited the winery in italy back in the spring of 2010, and were happy to find it at costco here in dallas. If you can find it, it is worth a try. went great with spaghetti tonight.

Hawkeye- have fun in march, you might want to try charbay if you have not, it is up on spring mountain, several interesting wines, and snifter is one of the coolest winery dogs i've ever met.


posted 02-05-2012 06:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well Hawkeye, you may get your wish...I've been promised one more winecountry visit in the fall and as part of it I'm requesting a day in Calistoga and environs, with a diversion down to St.Helena to visit Raymond. So, give it your best shot, buddy!
Its totally ok to start a new thread if you want.


posted 02-05-2012 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Iwine, (sometimes we shorten them up). You may be new, but you give excellent suggestions. I joined Aonair's mailing list and added Grant a message about visiting. Received an email back immediately (he must have been sitting at the computer) suggesting that I give him a call and we could set something up. Hope it is another great find.

Hi Love, (shortened it up ) I appreciate the Sonoma suggestions even if it is on the wrong Board. Just between friends, we won't say anything. We have been to Audelssa and agree, they have some good wines. Will have to check out B Wise, but have been to VJB. Just because Pinot's are not my favorited doesn't mean that I don't enjoy occasionally.

Hi Damambo, I was really getting to worry about you . . . this quiet is unusual for you. Sounds like your April trip may be more than you bargained for. Most places require an appointment for groups of 6 and over. But, you usually taste at places that require appointments anyway. How did you like the Diamond Terrace and the Black Sears? How is hubby's knee doing?

Hi Yes, (another shortened up one) Maybe if I keep working we will get you over to Napa.

Okay, guys, now keep it up.



posted 02-03-2012 06:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I'm here Hawkeye, you just need to remember to look for me on the Sonoma side- that's where I usually hang out.
Hi to everyone and hope you all had a lovely holiday.
Damombo, hope the hubs is doing well.


posted 02-03-2012 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi all, I'm around. Just strangely quiet

I am starting to plan our trip in April. Our group has grown from us and one friend to us and 4 friends and one daughter and one "spare" daughter (daughter's dear friend). The youngsters (in their mid-twenties) will be with us for two days in Napa and then they have to return to jobs and school, but at least they will get a taste of the fun!

Hawkeye, I may need pointers from you on how to get a crowd moving and to appointments on time.

Sorry I haven't been around much lately - I find myself talked out - very strange for me
I'll try to be better at joining in on the boards - a lively board is a fun board! Now we are off to take the boat out and watch the sun set... and enjoy a nice bottle of someone's Zin


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posted 02-03-2012 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for loveswine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Hawkeye,

I'm here, too, with thoughts for your Sonoma trip. First, an appointment at the winery with Audelssa. It's off the Oakville Grade road. They transport you up to the caves for a tasting of Chardonnay, Cab and two Bordeaux blends. About an hour and a half, $40, advance appointment. Even a view of San Francisco on a clear day. Erich Bradley is their winemaker. They do have a tasting room in Glen Ellen, too. Lesli is their Tasting Room Manager.

B Wise is fairly new as far as tasting goes. Just heard of it and on my list to try. You can taste in the owners cave on his property. Highly recommended by good sources here in the valley. B Wise will be taking over the VJB tasting room in the Sonoma Valley, but the recommendation is the cave.

Then, a real favorite of mine, Freeman Wines, but for truly wonderful Pinots. I know that's not your favorite. They're poured at the French Laundry and we had Akiko's cuvee recently at the Half Moon Bay Ritz Hotel. Their winery is outside of Sebastopol on Montgomery. Beautiful setting, worth a picnic! Winning awards right and left.

Just four weeks and you'll be here! Maybe you could add another day to your itinerary???

[This message has been edited by loveswine (edited 02-03-2012).]


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posted 02-03-2012 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iwinedaily     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Hawkeye. I'm new, but I'm here! I have a Napa suggestion for you that's totally off the grid. I'ts a winery called Aonair, the winemaker is Grant Long. He's passionate about mountain fruit and makes some amazing wines from all the major mountain areas. He's also passionate about keeping his wine boutique and life private, so his tasting room is NOT open to the public and I can't even mention where it is (but it is VERY COOL!). You need to call his cell phone--it's on his website--and have a chat with him and see if it sounds like an experience you'd enjoy...how's that for cryptic??


posted 02-03-2012 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
OK guys, am I the only one left alive?
Damombo, where are you?
Carjeff, where are you?
Kod, where are you?
Yesilovewine, where are you?
Bigsemi, where are you?
RC456, where are you?
Iwinedaily, where are you?
Loveswine, where are you?
StaceysWineStop, where are you?
Vangogh, where are you?
Poohh66, where are you?
Cabgirl, where are you?
Wolfman, where are you?
Suzq, where are you?
Bev, where are you?
cschorer1979, where are you?
and anyone else I may have forgotten.




posted 01-30-2012 07:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
There sure has not been much activity on these Boards lately . . . maybe I can get it started. I finally have our March itinerary finalized (unless I decide to make a change).

Most of the visits are "first time" with a few "second time". As you know, I like to ferret out the smaller, family owned wineries and think I have accomplished my goal on this itinerary.

CORNERSTONE WINERY - We have tasted here a few years ago but now they have a Sensory Evaluation Tasting that I think we will give a try.
KELHAM VINEYARDS - On Zinfandel lane, we tasted here last October and enjoyed their "Last Cab of the Day" tasting so much that we will do it again. They keep their wines for 8 years before releasing so it makes most of them ready to drink now. Their 2002 was one powerful Cab.
JAFFE WINERY - Also on Zinfandel Lane. We have not previously tasted here.
BENNETT LANE WINERY - Since we are staying in Calistoga, we will make this the last stop of the day before checking into our hotel. We have had their Cabs and Maximus (their Cab blend) several times and our home stash is about depleted so need to replenish - one of our favorites.

DAY 3 (Day 2 will be in the Healdsburg area so will post on the Sonoma side.
SPOTTSWOODE ESTATE WINERY - We have not visited here, but I have ordered their Estate Cab and it just blew our minds. Want to purchase some more.
TRESSPASS VINEYARD - Our first visit - very close to Spottswoode so I hope their wine is as good.
ARNS WINERY - Another of those small ones. Have not tasted here so we are looking forward to it.

DAY 4 - On our way out of the Valley back to Sacramento for our flight home.
VENGE VINEYARDS - On the Silverado Trail, again, another new one for us.
KARL LAWRENCE - In St. Helena, another new one for us.

That's it, boys and girls . . . I welcome any comments, both good and bad. If you have tasted ant any of these, tell me what you think.



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