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posted 02-12-2013 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Josh and Scotti I certainly agree with - I just haven't been to the other places yet!
I'll have to think about who in particular, but I do agree that the host/hostess of a winery can make a huge impression - and help determine whether or not you come back again.
For example: I will never bother with Darioush or Plump Jack again. It was painfully obvious that we were not young enough or cool enough or stylish enough to grace their tasting rooms. Even though we probably could afford to buy more wine than many of the "hip" youngsters in the joint!


posted 02-11-2013 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Who among this group has found that the personalities of the hosts/owners at wineries to be almost as important as the wine itself? If I had a winery (or any other business), I would look at the personalities of those that I hired as one of the most important attributes of the hire. To that end, here are some of the hosts/owners that I enjoy. How about adding yours?

KANDICE JESSUP AT J. GREGORY WINERY - We first met Kandice when she was the manager of the tasting room at Robert Biale. She left there and now shared the duties, including wine tastings, at the winery she and her husband founded. Mark, her husband, was the owner and winemaker at Jessup Cellars in Yountville until selling out and starting a new winery. They are mainly a Cab maker but do make small quantities of other varietals.

Lisa and her husband Scott began making wine in their garage (as many do). Their Cabs and Cab blend are made from the grapes of their own vineyard. They produce less than 300 cases of Cab each year. Lisa is a very entertaining hostess and enjoys talking about her wine.

Black Sears Winery sits on top of Howell Mountain literally at the end of the road. Josh is married to the owners daughter and manages the daily operations of the winery. They make an excellent Zin and a Cab that rivals any on the mountain.

Scotti represents five different wineries, two of which we have tasted. He will host you at Phifer Pavitt in the unique winery tasting room on the Silverado Trail. He will then take you down the Silverado Trail to taste at Charnu in their small cave. Both are small wineries that produce outstanding Cabs. Scotti is very upbeat and we enjoy being around him. The other wineries he represents are Switchback Ridge, Moffett and Caband.

The Hope & Grace tasting Room is in the heart of Yountville. They make a couple Cabs and a few other varietals. Matt is very friendly and knows his wines.

There are others, but these are my favorite favorites. Why not add some of yours?



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