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damombo
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posted 02-14-2012 11:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
zzzzzzzzzzzzz

What? Whadya say?

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-14-2012 09:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo,

Welcome back. Did you have a Rip van Winkle nap? -Hawkeye

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damombo
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posted 02-14-2012 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovesmesomewine - Hawkeye's idea is brilliant - make two appointments a day, one to start off and one after lunch. That leaves plenty of time for serendipity and footlooseness but gives you an opportunity for a real treat at those special, appointment only places. You will not regret it

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-14-2012 03:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I'm making notes y'all...keep the ideas coming

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-12-2012 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes,

Let me make a suggestion for just this one trip. Start your day at 10:00 AM with an appointment at a winery. The second and maybe 3rd stops in the morning can be freelance. Then have lunch. Then begin the afternoon, at some appointed hour, with an appointment. Then the remainder of the day can be freelance.

By doing this, you can get a taste of both the smaller wineries and the other Joes.

One such winery that I can think of is Midsummer Cellars off the Silverado Trail. It is owned by Rollie Heitz who does all the hosting himself. I believe he is a brother to the Heitz winery on Hwy 29, but the wines are not even comparable. HOWEVER, he makes 3 cabernets that will blow your mind for a price point of $40.00, $40.00 and $25.00. Compare them to wines at twice their price point. I don't believe Rollie even charges a tasting fee. On top of that, he is a super nice guy.

-Hawkeye

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-11-2012 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Kod, I agree with you 100%. Besides, you get to know many more of the people on a personal basis and they get to know you. There are many that I can now call on the phone and they know who I am. -Hawkeye

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Kod
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posted 02-11-2012 06:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
I have found that the best experiences at wineries are the ones where I have made an appointment. I find that you get more personal attention and generally get better tasting wines.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-11-2012 07:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes,

In my humble opinion, you are really missing some GREAT wines when you won't make appointments. Just a suggestion: You could begin the morning with 1 appointment and then freestyle the rest of the day.
-Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-09-2012 03:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Hawkeye.
I know that the no appointments thing is a discordant note, but I just don't want to be tied to times when I may get excited somewhere along the way and linger. You know how that goes !
You will probably be happy to know that Bennet Lane is a focal point that I have in mind since so many of you here speak highly of them.
One of the best wines I have ever had was a Raymond Cab, so they are very important for this journey. the rest will be examined and I will report when we return. The trip isn't until the fall, however, so you guys don't hold your breath waiting to hear from me, on this, ok?

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-09-2012 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes,

You really put the brakes on my suggestions when you won't make reservations and this may increase your distance from Calistoga to some of the wineries. Do you know where you are staying in Calistoga?

Here goes . . .
Just north of Calistoga is Bennett Lane. Outstanding Cabs if you have at least a couple years to lay them down. Their NV and Reserve Cabs are spectacular. Plus, they have the best (my opinion) Cab blend in the Valley called "Maximus" and at $35.00 per bottle, it is a BEST buy.

In Calistoga is the Wine Barn. They advertise no bottle over $25.00. Have never been there, but have purchased wine directly from them.

I have tasted at most of the non appointment wineries around Calistoga and really have not cared for many of them. There are some tasting rooms in Calistoga, but I have not been to any of them.

If you would want to make one appointment, I would suggest the SALON St. Helena www.salonsthelena.com The taste both Jones and Harris wines. Both have Thomas Rivers Brown as their winemaker.

Now things get tough! I would head south on Hwy 29 and my first stop would be at one of the older wineries in the valley, Freemark Abbey. Try their Cab comparison tasting . . . just really good.

A little further south, Hall would be my nest stop. Some excellent cabs, but a little on the high end.

Next would be Provenance. Some really good Cabs. Sometimes you can catch a really good (1/2 price) sale.

You could really spend a whole day in Yountville just walking between winery tasting rooms. You will find Girard, Jessup, Hill Family, Chiarello, Hope & Grace, Cornerstone, and several others. Lots of good restaurants for lunch and dinner.

For your time constraints, those would be my favorites of the non appointment wineries.

Have a great trip. -Hawkeye

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