� Hyperlinks allowed for WineCountry.com advertisers only.
� Content intended to lead visitors to other specific properties may be edited or deleted.
� Posts we consider inappropriate will be deleted immediately.
  Napa Valley     [all categories]
  Napa Valley - Wineries to Visit
  August Itinarary

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   August Itinarary
RichardSE
Member
posted 07-30-2012 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
OMRebel,

I, like RC456, use their tasting notes or order forms and write my comments on them.

IP: 108.59.136.30

ssala
Member
posted 07-18-2012 09:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
D.-We had a carmenere last year where the green bell pepper was so prevalent that I kept gaping at the glass, trying to assure my senses that this was indeed a wine. Definitely not my favorite...

IP: 75.70.79.148

yesilovewine
Member
posted 07-18-2012 05:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Sorry, D', my error. Its wineloverspage.com under the wine tasting toolbox tab

IP: 71.65.254.43

damombo
Member
posted 07-17-2012 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
You are so right - we were offered a tasting of an Andretti wine last April when we were visiting Napa. The hotel offers tastings from a different winery daily, it seems. Anyway, several of us tasted it and we were all saying "what is that? Something familiar, but what?" and once we read the tasting notes, the light bulb went off - green bell pepper! Not particularly pleasing to my particular palate - but it was interesting to be able to recognize that flavor note.

IP: 98.198.192.251

ssala
Member
posted 07-17-2012 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
Love that, too.
Probably not in Napa, however.
I don't have exceptional tasting or olfactory capabilities, but I do find I can identify more tastes and aromas when I have some vocabulary to refer to.
Scott

IP: 75.70.79.148

damombo
Member
posted 07-17-2012 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Scott - I do love the wine aroma wheel!
Can't wait to find some of that "tar, plastic, kerosene, diesel" wine

IP: 98.198.192.251

ssala
Member
posted 07-17-2012 08:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
This is the one I use-
http://www.wine-tastings-guide.com/support-files/wine-tasting-notes-template-2.pdf

These might be helpful (and geeky) as well
Wine Aroma Wheel-
http://www.vinesofmendoza.com/blog/2011/03/29/smelly-smells/wine-aroma-wheel/

You can find other examples by doing a Google Image Search.

Cheers,
Scott

IP: 75.70.79.148

damombo
Member
posted 07-17-2012 07:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I tried that website, Yes, but I couldn't find any. Help?

IP: 98.198.192.251

yesilovewine
Member
posted 07-15-2012 01:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
You might like to look at www.winepage.com under the toolbox tab and check out the tasting sheets they suggest.

IP: 71.65.254.43

ssala
Member
posted 07-13-2012 06:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
As to notes, I have done a Google search with the terms "wine tasting template" and printed off a number of copies. This helped to structure my thinking about the wine and moved me beyond the "like/don't like" summary.It also promoted lively discussions within our tasting party.
As to coolers, last time through we purchased a cooler/shipping container (at Baldacci, as a matter of fact). We don't have a large disposable income, but like to return with a case (or a little more usually). Have a rockin' time! Scott

IP: 75.70.79.148

RC456
Member
posted 07-12-2012 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Reb,

Damombo is all over the first 2 questions....yes, tell them you are sharing and yes, store in cooler.

Use a decent size styro cooler, get the ice from the hotel using the little plastic "cleaner" bag hanging in the closet, tie it up & lay in the cooler bottom. Take one of the hotel towels, lay over the ice bag, then start putting the bottles in for the day as we go.

Most wineries will have tasting notes preprinted that I collect of the ones that either I am interested in or someone that I know may be interested in. When that is not available, I use a note taker app w/ iPad. Nothing structured, just put my thoughts down.

Don't worry about the questions.....truth is, I like seeing activity on here and don't mind chiming in when I think I have something worthy of sharing. The only thing that wine lovers like almost as much as tasting/drinking wine is talking about it to someone else!

Thx
RC

IP: 99.18.69.239

OMRebel
Member
posted 07-12-2012 07:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
I have another question for the group. What do use to take your wine tasting notes on? I am sorry to keep bugging you but you guys are my go to A-Team. Please feel free to ignore me if I am asking too many questions.

Thanks,

Reb

IP: 12.34.246.74

OMRebel
Member
posted 07-12-2012 07:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for pointing out my error on Spottswoode. I will get that corrected. Good catch there Hawkeye. You folks are simply the best.

IP: 198.254.16.200

damombo
Member
posted 07-11-2012 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi OM,

I'm not Hawkeye or RC456, but I can answer as to what we do. Yes, when I make an appointment, if I'm planning to share a tasting, I will mention that. And yes, if it's going to be hot, I will stow my purchases in a cooler for the day of traveling about tasting.

Oh fun - a champagne breakfast!

[This message has been edited by damombo (edited 07-11-2012).]

IP: 98.198.192.251

OMRebel
Member
posted 07-11-2012 08:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo.

Since we are doing the hot air balloon ride it ends with a
sparkling wine breakfast at Domain Chandon's Etoile. I hope that will make my wonderful wife happy. Happy wife=happy life.

[This message has been edited by OMRebel (edited 07-11-2012).]

IP: 198.254.16.200

OMRebel
Member
posted 07-11-2012 07:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Hawkeye, RC456 and Damombo.

Another question for you. When you book your appointments do you ask for one reservation and let them know you plan on splitting the tasting?

Oops, a second question. If you buy wines from the winery and take them with you do you put them in a cooler? Don't want them to get too hot while we are doing our other tastings. Thanks so much.

[This message has been edited by OMRebel (edited 07-11-2012).]

[This message has been edited by OMRebel (edited 07-11-2012).]

IP: 198.254.16.200

damombo
Member
posted 07-11-2012 07:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
OOOOHhhh a new (to me) restaurant! The Goose & Gander looks intriguing

Itinerary looks wonderful - Do you have any time to consider Domaine Chandon? It's right across the highway from Yountville and since your wife is a champagne fan, then maybe y'all would enjoy a visit. They have a restaurant - Etoile - so perhaps that would be a suggestion for your undecided night.

Have a wonderful trip! Cheers!

IP: 98.198.192.251

RC456
Member
posted 07-11-2012 07:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Reb,

Looks like a very good plan! I know that you will enjoy.

I would be interested to hear back from you about the Hot Air Balloon venture. We have talked about doing this on several trips....just haven't pulled the trigger.

We did the Round Pond olive tour in May....we really enjoyed it. The 'after the tasting' part when you get to enjoy the fresh veggies, cheese, & oils was the best part for me!

Day 3 dinner......maybe Bistro Jeanty? Or, venture just outside of Yountville going north and try Mustards Grill. In all of our visits, May was the first time that we didn't go to Mustards for either a lunch or dinner.

Again, great plan & hope you have a wonderful time.

RC

IP: 64.134.177.30

Hawkeye
Member
posted 07-11-2012 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Rebel,
Just saw your amazing itinerary. On Day 1, you have two of my favorites, Baldacci and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.

Day 2, you have two mor of my favorites, Hall Rutherford and Kelham. Please try and taste the 01 Cabernet, it is amazing.

Day 3, you may have already caught this, but Spottswoode is available only on Tuesday and Friday at 10:00 AM. I would plan on 2 hours depending on how many are in the group. Chase and Redmon are also special to me. Unless you just want to take the tram ride, Sterling wines are not worth taking the trip for. If you have been on one tram ride, you have been on all.

And Day 4, What more could you want? Black Sears and Outpost are Thomas Rivers Brown made wines and are awesome. O'Shaughnessy has some awesome Cabs, but they may be sold out . . . I would check before trying to find them. Ladera and Burgess also have some outstanding wines.

Very good itinerary, please write and tell us how you like them all.

-Hawkeye

IP: 173.247.28.96

OMRebel
Member
posted 07-11-2012 05:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message

Day 1
Robert Mondavi
Cakebread
Goosecross
Baldacci
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
Dinner at Bottega

Day 2
Caymus
Round Pond (olive tour)
Hall Rutherford
Kelham
Dinner at Goose and Gander

Day 3
Chase 
Spottswoode
Redmon
Sterling
Schramsberg
Dinner undecided

Day 4
Black Sears
Outpost
O' Shaugnessy
Ladera
Burgess
Dinner at Redd

I have changed this several times already and I am sure more changes are coming.  
We will do a hot air balloon ride(on my bucket list) the 2nd morning. We will be in San Francisco August 21-25 and head to Napa Valley on the 25th. We will be staying in Yountville for 4 nights  You folks are the greatest. I received my Preiser Key and it has been a huge help. Thanks again for all your kindness, encouragement and recommendations. Mucho, mucho gracias. 

IP: 198.254.16.200

All times are ET (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | winecountry.com | Privacy Statement

copyright Winecountry.Com

Powered by Infopop www.infopop.com © 2000
Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.45c

1. Acceptance of Terms of Usage
Freerun Technologies provides a collection of online resources, including website/portals, bulletin boards and email services, (hereafter referred to as "the Service") subject to the following Terms of Use ("Terms"), which may be updated by Freerun Technologies from time to time. By using the Service in any way, you are agreeing to comply with these Terms.

2. Content
All postings, messages, text, or other material posted on, transmitted through, or linked from the Service, are the sole responsibility of the entity from whom the Content originated. Freerun Technologies shall have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse or delete any Content that is available via the Service, for any reason.