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damombo
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posted 11-02-2012 06:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
You BOTH TALK! but not too much

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-01-2012 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I do, Hawkeye. And the only way I get to talk to anyone is to write over here...I seem to stay by my lonesome on the Sonoma board. I think I talk too much...

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-01-2012 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes,

I wouldn't dare place in one place the wines that we brought home from our last trip. First, the dining room table is probably not big enough and probably not strong enough either. Yesterday when the FedEx driver arrived, he asked Mrs. Hawkeye, "Are you starting a bar?" He doesn't know that the UPS driver has been here also.

I confess to being a wineaux.

Yes, do you sometimes feel that we are the only ones on this message board?

-Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 10-31-2012 09:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I'm not sure when D' gets back...I thought it was Thursday, but I'm not sure.
We enjoy visiting with the small producers too, but I think that since we are so new and still learning, we tend to be more interested in trying new places than cultivating relationships at this stage of the game. That doesn't mean that we haven't forged some friendships along the way, but I'm sure they're nothing like the relationships many of you have cultivated over the years. Largely because we've been doing this less than a decade!
Plus, the breadth of varietals grown in Sonoma just seems to be never ending so we are constantly hearing about these wonderful things no one has bottled before- like Counoise!- and being somewhat afflicted with ADD, all it takes to distract me is the mention of something new
and BOOM! I'm off on another quest.
I got to laughing last night as I unpacked our wines from the trip and the latest club shipments because I had 100 bottles of wine covering the table in the dining room and it became clear that we have a definitely got a wine problem! I think there were about a dozen different varietals represented on that table, and something like 30 wineries...so I guess one could say we are well-rounded wine drinkers if nothing else.

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Hawkeye
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posted 10-31-2012 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes,

I know you are as passionate about Sonoma as I am about Napa.

One of the things that delights me is to find the small family owned winery that makes one or two wines, preferably Cab. Knighton was one of several that I have found over the years. These are the ones that treat you like friends rather than like you are another taster. I put them in the category of Chase and Redmon (among others) for being customer friendly.

Don't get me wrong, I still purchase from the likes of Bennett Lane, Cornerstone, Hope & Grace, etc., but I still don't consider them to be the big boys like Merryvale, St. Supery and Berringer.

I would guess that Damombo is home by now. DON'T FORGET YOUR REPORT, DAMOMBO. And RichardSE is making the trip in November, so that is another report to come.

_Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 10-29-2012 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,
I think its great that you are so intent to let us all know about these small producers that are "good folks". Thanks so much for keeping these little guys in the forefront and making us aware of them.

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Hawkeye
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posted 10-29-2012 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
One winery I failed to mention from our recent trip because we really did not taste there was the Knighton Family Vineyards, and believe me, they are worthy of mentioning.

We met Jim and Ann Knighton a couple years ago at a tasting at Vineyard 29 just south of Calistoga on Hwy 29. We began talking and Jim told me that some of the wines we were tasting at V-29 were made from grapes grown by him. He also told me that they were beginning to make their own wines here at V-29. I asked if they were available and he said soon and gave me his card. Last year I remembered that conversation and contacted Jim and had him send me 2 bottles of his 2008 Cab. We enjoyed it immensely.

They do not have a tasting room, selling their wines by word of mouth and their website at http://www.knightonfamilyvineyards.com/

Prior to our trip, I contacted Jim and arranged to purchase 2 more of the 2008 Cab, plus 2 of the 2009 vintage. We thought we might be able to meet for dinner, but that was right in the middle of crush so that did not happen. However, they did deliver the 4 bottles to our hotel.

On the night that we had planned to have dinner but could not, we ate at All Seasons Bistro in Calistoga. Unknown to us, Jim or his wife Ann had left a bottle of their 2009 Cab at the restaurant to have with our dinner. Well, the restaurant did not deliver the wine until the end of our dinner. We thought they probably wanted to sell their own wine. Anyway, we opened the bottle when we returned to the hotel and shared it among friends. A very nice thing for Jim and Ann to do. These are the the type of people I like to do business with. Made for a special visit.

-Hawkeye

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 10-31-2012).]

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