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carjeff
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posted 01-08-2013 11:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Hi All,

We will be running the Silverado 1/2 marathon in Calistoga on April 21. Just starting the planning stages now, but have Bennett Lane and Chase on our list!

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OMRebel
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posted 01-07-2013 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo

We go to Napa on March 5-8. Can't wait to go and I am putting together an agenda now.

Will post an agenda once I have it finished.

Reb

[This message has been edited by OMRebel (edited 01-07-2013).]

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damombo
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posted 01-07-2013 08:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Guilty as charged

We opened a 2002 Schweiger Spring Mountain Cab last week. It was pretty darned fabulous - perfectly divine! A lovely nose, with deep plum and toasty oak, velvety mouth feel and a lingering finish.... happy sigh!

I think I mentioned that we were rearranging the wine cooler/cellar/closet and realized that we had several Cabs that were probably ready to open - going to be such a difficult couple of months. Forcing ourselves to enjoy the well aged wines we've been hoarding.

Reb - When is your next trip?

Cheers!

[This message has been edited by damombo (edited 01-07-2013).]

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-06-2013 03:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Tonight we opened a bottle of 2006 Benett Lane NV Cab. It was awesome!

-Hawkeye

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-06-2013 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Damombo,

I think you just like wine!

-Hawkeye

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damombo
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posted 01-06-2013 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, I have enjoyed all of the places you have sent me to! But I do believe that Chase and Jeff are my favorite - always excellent wines and always a delightful visit.

Biale was one of your suggestions - loved it.
Black Sears was one of your suggestions - loved it.
Hall Rutherford was one of you suggestions - loved it.
Scotti Stark and the wineries he represents - loved it.

I'm seeing a pattern here....

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-06-2013 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Reb,

I like both of the O'Shaughnessey Cabs also, but lean toward the Mt. Veeder.

I believe we are still waiting for Richard to post about "his best trip ever". Since I am in the process of planning, whixh he would report.

-Hawkeye

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OMRebel
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posted 01-06-2013 08:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Hawkeye,

I actually ended up having Howell Mountain and Mt Veeder with a lean to Howell for me. They were both excellent though.

Havent seen any trip reports lately. Arent we due one from somebody? I am excited about my next trip and will start working on it very soon.

Cheers,

Reb

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-05-2013 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo,

Aren't you glad that I turned you on to the Chase Zins? In addition to good wines, they make you feel like you are the most important visitors they have had. Jeff Blaum is an excellent host.

When I started this, there was a question I wanted to ask you but it flew out the window which is even closed.

I am beginning to work on a March itinerary (yes, I decided to go if further surgery doesn't get me down). Are there any ideas from the group on some wineries that we should visit? You know I like the smaller, family owned wineries, but will consider others. Thanks for your help.

P. S. I remembered my question. Where did Jeff Blaum suggest you have lunch in St. Helena?

Life is very, very good.

-Hawkeye

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 01-05-2013).]

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damombo
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posted 01-04-2013 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Happy New Year, y'all!

We had a fun New Year's BBQ/Smoked meats dinner and enjoyed a vertical tasting of Chase Hayne Vineyard Zins: 2002-2006.
Started with ribs, then pulled pork sliders, then smoked chicken, smoked sausage, & ended with brisket.
Mr. Damombo outdid himself with the smoky goodness.
The Chase wines were a great match for the meal and we enjoyed comparing the wines. The 2005 was the group favorite, followed by the 2003.

A fabulous start to 2013!! As Hawkeye says - life is very good.

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-04-2013 12:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Reb,

Which O'Shaugnessy did you have? Mt. Veeder or Howell Mountain.

I don't know any wineries you should stay away from, but if you would like a winey lunch, Give Jeff a call at Chase Family Cellars. He did an awesome BBQ lunch along with wine for our group lat year. The cost really wasn't that bad.

One word of advice, It takes a lot longer to go to a tasting with a group. Sometimes it is hard to get them to move on. You will have to crack the whip. Just don't plan as many in one day and allow more time between. Just sayin'.

If you would like to do a dinner, call Kandice Jessup at J. Gregory Cellars. She will arrange one at a restaurant in Yountville. However, it won't be cheap.

-Lee

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OMRebel
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posted 01-04-2013 12:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
Happy New Year Hawkeye and to the rest of the gang, too.

I had a bottle of O'Shaugnessy on New Years eve with a filet that I cooked on my Big Green Egg. Wine and food were both awesome!!

Getting ready to start planning our trip to Napa. We will have about 5-7 couples on this trip. Any wineries I should avoid with this size group? We will be traveling the first week in March.

Hope this is a great 2013 for everyone.

Reb

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-02-2013 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
We went to our favorite restaurant for a New Year's Eve dinner. We set our reservation for 6:30 so we could get home before the crazies hit the roads.

Mrs. Hawkeye and I both had the filet of beef, which is my all time favorite here. With that, we paired a Joseph Phelps 2008 Insigna. Normally a little out of my budget range, but heck, it was New Year's Eve. We received this when we were members of their wine club. The wine was very good, and got better the longer it was opened. However, I have had much cheaper wines that I liked better, eg. 2001 Kelham Cab, or the 2008 Spottswoode Estate Cab.

What did you have New Year's Eve or day?

Happy New Year to all my Board friends. May your glass always be half full.

-Lee (Hawkeye)

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