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Hawkeye
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posted 12-06-2012 11:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Reb,

Sorry, but I have been without a computer for a few days, my hard drive crashed. My computer guru has had it in the hospital to give it new life. I am feeling better each day. Still tired and weak but they tell me that will be the case for several weeks. Thanks for asking.

Hi Richard,

Now, you really have my curiosity up by saying" I will say, however, that it is the best trip I've had to Napa -- even better than back in the 70s and 80s. "

What made it so special? The wines, the food or something else.

I really enjoy Chris at Black Sears. When our group went there in October, he took us up above the vineyard and had a nice picnic area set up for us and spent about 1 1/2 hours with us tasting and talking.

-Hawkeye

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OMRebel
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posted 12-03-2012 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Hawkeye. Give us an update on your hospital stay. Are you healing up okay? Have had you on my prayer list. Hope all is well.

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RichardSE
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posted 12-03-2012 12:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
I know I've been remiss, but I've been so busy. I'll try to get something up in the next couple of days.

I will say, however, that it is the best trip I've had to Napa -- even better than back in the 70s and 80s.

BTW, Hawkeye, when we tasted at Black Sears, Chris was going through some written materials to show us and he had one of your day lily cards in there and mentioned that one of his customers sells day lilies. I told him that you had recommended Black Sears and he was excited by that. I hope you're doing well. We had the Black Sears Zin on Thanksgiving day and I thought of you.

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-29-2012 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
OHHH, I get it...
Good luck with that.

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-29-2012 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes,

Yes, I know he has not posted yet, just trying to prod him a little . . . hint, hint, Richard.

-Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-29-2012 05:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Hawkeye. You haven't missed a report from Richard; he hasn't posted yet.
So glad to see you here....

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-28-2012 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard,

Did I miss your trip report somewhere. I am always excited to hear how your trip went.

I get a little better each day in spite of the limited menu. I am losing some weight and gaining strength, but still a long way to go. They seem to be having trouble with my Coumadin numbers and are trying to get them down. I will get there.

-Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-26-2012 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
HIYA HAWKEYE!!!! Welcome back.

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OMRebel
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posted 11-26-2012 10:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,

Glad to see you posting. How are you feeling?

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-24-2012 11:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Did I miss Richard's trp report?

-Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-07-2012 05:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Have a great trip.

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RichardSE
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posted 11-07-2012 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Sorry, yesilovewine, but the guys wanted to focus on Napa, so we only have a touch of Sonoma. We are tasting at Patz & Hall -- their winery and fruit is in Sonoma even though their tasting room is in Napa. We're also tasting at Pride Mountain which saddles the county line. Ladera has a Russian River Pinot, but their winery is in Howell Mountain.

4 hours until the plane leaves!

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-06-2012 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Richard, No Sonoma wineries this time?

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RichardSE
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posted 11-06-2012 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Damombo,

I will try real hard to post things this time even if it isn't a detailed as previous reports.

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damombo
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posted 11-05-2012 07:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Better late than never!! All of us enjoy trip reports! A few years ago it took me nearly a month to get my act together - and I had to ignore LOTS of nagging from HE who shall remain nameless

I always go with grand intentions of taking meticulous notes and posting daily - then I get there and am swept away with the beauty of the area and the lusciousness of the wine (and food). <sigh> Poetry in a bottle, but I'm no poet.

Cheers!

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RichardSE
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posted 11-05-2012 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Damombo,

I guess doing it on the plane might work, but I have taken notes at the wineries and still haven't posted them because things get crazy. After a while, it just seems that it's so late, it's not worth it. However, this time, I'll try harder.

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-02-2012 10:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
D',
When you catch your breath I'm anxious to hear about your Sonoma adventures.
How in the world did you get your Napa notes together so fast?

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damombo
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posted 11-02-2012 06:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Have a great trip Richard! We just got back and had a fabulous time.
(Did you see that Hawkeye - WE JUST GOT BACK!)

Here's a tip Richard - write your trip report on the plane on the way home so that you don't get NAGGED by certain folks here on the boards

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-01-2012 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard,

Black Sears is at the end of the same road as Outback. You will go across a cattle guard and it is right there on your right. Thomas Rivers Brown is winemaker for both and makes some of his other client's wines at Outback and Black Sears.

Have a great one and maybe we will hear from Damombo before you leave.

-Hawkeye

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RichardSE
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posted 11-01-2012 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Hellow Hawkeye,

Introducing them to excellent wines is the plan. I was at Ladera in June of this year and it has moved up to my favorite Napa winery. I am going to miss their Lone Canyon Cab, but the HM was my favorite. I believe that I have the same vintages in my cooler.

I wouldn't mind adding Bennett Lane, but I don't know where I would fit it in. I am looking forward to the Black Sears tasting. I may have to get directions from you although I have a recollection of going by it when I visited Outpost in June.

How do you know I don't already weigh 400 lbs I may need to squeeze in a few hikes and trips to the gym during our trip.

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-01-2012 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard,

I'll tell you what, you are introducing your friends to some very excellent wines.

We just visited Ladera and their wines were tasting good. We brought home their 09 HM Cab. We already had the 06, 07, and 08 in our cooler.

You are right, you are all over the valley. Sure you don't want to make a detour up to Calistoga and Bennett Lane to show them your friends the other part of the valley?

At Kelham ask if they are tasting the 01 Cab. If not, I recommend going ahead and purchasing a couple bottles. It is probably in my top 5 Cabs that I have tasted.

I thought Black Sears Cab was tasting very good when we were up there as well as their Zin. Will be interested in your opinion.

You guys should all weigh 400 pounds by the time you return To Hawaii as much food as you are going to eat. I just seem to lose my appetite when I am there . . . wine takes up all the room.

Have a great trip. Will look forward to your report.

-Lee

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RichardSE
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posted 11-01-2012 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Last year, a buddy and I spent 5 days in Napa and we're doing it again, but this time we have two other friends.

Here's what we have so far:

Thursday:

Ladera Club tasting
Lunch at Goose and Gander
Robert Craig tasting on Howell Mountain (new to this location)
Kellham tasting (new for me)
Dinner at Café la Haye

Friday:

Hall Rutherford
Lunch at Sol Bar
Baldachi Tasting
Black Sears Tasting (new for me -- told Chris that Lee recommended it)
Dinner at Bistro Jeanty

Saturday:

Patz and Hall Club Tasting
Lunch at the Lobster feast for Silverado club members
Behrens Family Tasting
Pride Mountain Tasting
Silverado Club Tasting
Dinner at La Toque

Sunday:

Chappellet Club Tasting?
Domain Chandon Tasting?
Late Lunch at Bogetta
Dinner at Jardiniere in San Francisco

I know we're going back and forth a bit and I would have scheduled it differently except I had a rare opportunity to schedule a visit at Robert Craig on Howell Mountain (normally you taste at the tasting room in Napa) and that will take a couple of hours. Plus, for some of the people going, the restaurants are just as important as the wine tastings, so picnic's on the mountain is not an option. Since I am arranging most of the wineries, there are only a few new places for me. I'll let you know how it goes.

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