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Hawkeye
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posted 04-04-2013 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo,

I believe it is dependent on which wife you have with you. Some are better than others.

-Hawkeye

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damombo
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posted 04-04-2013 08:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye - aren't wives' palates usually better than husbands'?? (insert googlie-eyed smiley face, which I don't know how to do)

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-03-2013 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Rebel,

Great report. I talked with Kandice Jessup a couple day ago about their new release,Extol, a Cab/Merlot blend which I ordered. Se was very comlimentary about your group.

Our experience with lunch at Chase was excellent, also. We had the BBQ lunch which really paired well with their Zin.

I am happy that Chris Jambois at Black Sears took good care of you. It is one of our favorite stops, also.

Glad you had a good trip and that you wife did the selections. I have been told that her palate is better than yours.

Good report.

-Hawkeye

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OMRebel
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posted 04-03-2013 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
It could have been the cold that made Celadon seem less than what it was. I will definately give it another try. It looks like I am going to have to invest in another wine cooler or drink more. Maybe both.

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damombo
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posted 04-03-2013 10:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Great trip report!

My heart is a little broken that my fabulous Celadon was just fair for you

What a bummer about your cold! But I do love that your wife got more carried away than you - we had a similar experience last October. I usually try to rein in the husband, but I was off my game and not paying close enough attention. It was shocking what we came home with!! Ah well, the kids don't need an inheritance.

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OMRebel
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posted 04-03-2013 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
Well I am sorry to be so long in getting my trip report out. I have been sick and also been out of town so that has delayed my posting. You folks on here again have made our visit to Napa so much better. We stayed in the town of Napa(not my choice) and were traveling with a group of eight. Some wanted a limo(again not my choice) so that was that.

DAY 1: We started our day on Wednesday(3-6) and went to Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. The experience was good but I was coming down with a cold so my taste buds were off. I turned all purchases over to my wife for the trip(she was worse than me…she bought more than I would have) . Next we went to Chase and had lunch there. It was outstanding as we had grilled chicken and sausage with their Zin. I highly recommend it if you get a chance. Katie did a very nice job and Rebecca was outstanding as the chef.

We had some extra time and one in our group wanted to go to Del Dotto so we popped in. Time was short and I wished we had skipped it but we did some barrel tastings. From here we went to Hall Rutherford as I wanted the folks in our group to experience the wonderful tasting room. We tasted 5 wines here and again my taste buds were so out of whack but the experience was great.

Our final stop of the day was at the home of Mark and Kandice Jessup, owners of J Gregory Winery. They were wonderful hosts and our group really enjoyed the experience. Everyone made a purchase here and again thank you Hawkeye for this recommendation. Awesome experience. We had dinner at Celadon and it was just fair.

DAY 2: We started the day at Chateau Montelena and did the Bottle Shock Tour. It was okay and our tour guide was okay but I wasn’t blown away. Maybe my cold influenced how I felt about the tour. From here we went to Solbar for lunch and met Scotti Stark. Lunch was great and then Scotti took us to Phifer Pavitt. The tasting was in an old barn that had been moved and reconstructed on the owners property. It was one of my favorite stops of this trip. My wife was intrigued with The Date Night wine.
From here Scotti took us to Charnu…it was another small winery in a cave tasting room. Next stop was Black Sears up on Howell Mountain. Chris Jambois was our host and he is quite a character…. a free spirit. This was another of my favorite stops. From here we went to dinner in Yountville at Botegga. A good finish for the day.

DAY 3: We only had time for two wineries today as we had to go back to Frisco. Our first stop was Robert Biale and again another good stop . The group all bought wine. From here we went to Surh Luchtel and probably the groups least favorite stop.

All in all, a very good trip. I probably would leave off Del Dotto, Surh Luchtel and Charnu if I had it to do over again. Secondly while the Limo was nice to be able to have everyone together, I would rather have my own vehicle. Finally, I am sorry I wasn’t able to give any reviews on the tastings but my cold got worse as the week wore on and I couldn’t give a fair assessment on how anything tasted to me. Lastly, I know Hawkeye has stated before that so much of the experience is enhanced by the host or hostess and I would totally agree.

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