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Hawkeye
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posted 04-20-2013 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I guess that is a good enough reason.

-Hawkeye

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bigsemi
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posted 04-20-2013 08:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
$200 cheaper for the 4 nights.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-20-2013 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Bigsemi,

Thanks for the great first day summary. My question, if you are traveling to Calistoga so much, why not just stay up there?

Looking forward to hearing about your V Sattui experience. Wish we were with you.

-Hawkeye

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bigsemi
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posted 04-19-2013 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Arrived into San Fran late Thursday night, headed to the BW in the Vines, hit the hay.

Up early and made the trek up to Calistoga for breakfast at Palisades!

After, we picked up a couple tasting and restaurant discounts at the visitor center. Then with a $1 off coupon headed over to the Geyser, our friend with us had never been.

The geyser was extra active today because of all the rain, so we got to see it erupt 2x in about 30 min, and got to feed the various goats and sheep on the property.

After we headed to Twomey, because Summers was not open yet. At Twomey we really liked their PN, not so much the cab or merlot. 2 bottles took care of both our tasting fees!

Then it was back over to Summers, tasted a bit, and bought a Sav Blanc, Charbono, and Rose Charbono, used a 10% off coupon from the visitor center.

We then braved the construction and hit V. Sattui to visit with a few friends and grab a quick bite. Thankfully the traffic from all the road work was not too bad. We did not taste because we had a 1:00 at Sinsky, and I wanted to be with it for the tasting.

At Sinsky we did the Cave Raider Tour, $50 per person, at bit pricey, but it was a decent cave tour, and we got to try pretty much what ever we wanted after. They shear their own sheep and sell the wool yarn at the winery, and since my wife and her friend are both big knitters the girl doing our tour/tasting threw in 2 skeins for each of them on the house, she just wanted pics of what ever they knitted up with it, I thought that was pretty awesome considering they sell it for $18 a skein. We bought 2 of their different PN's, a PN rose, and blend, nick named the sheep wine, because of the sheep on the label, and we joined the club, I had a feeling it was going to happen, we really enjoyed everything about the winery. We also got $15 back on both of our tastings with the wine purchase.

From there we made a quick pit stop back at the hotel to drop off the wine.

We then started back up valley to Round Pond. They have just released a new lemon peppered flavored olive oil, which according to the employees is the new winery favorite, and a rose Nebbiolo, which we tried, but were not thrilled with, we had planned on attending The Sunset Lounge, but their deck was closed for a private event.

Then went back to V. Sattui to actually drink a little wine and talk to a couple more friends.

From there we hit Boskos in Calistoga for a great Italian dinner, great food, wine, and beer.

Headed back to napa and the BW, to turn in early. Big day Saturday in Coombsville and Lobsterfest at V. Sattui!!

[This message has been edited by bigsemi (edited 04-19-2013).]

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