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posted 07-16-2013 08:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message

Thanks for your detailed evaluation. We all learn from others. I believe that a lot of the success of a tasting is the host.



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posted 07-15-2013 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ChasD     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye....just got back from my week in Napa Valley. Thanks for your insight.

Things got a bit jumbled and did not manage all we wanted but a good time nevertheless.

Robert Sinskey --- good wines but the server left a bit to be desired

Domaine Chandon --- lovely building and nice bubbly

Pride Mountain Winery (Spring Mtn) ....great time..enjoyed the hostess...the tour and the wines.

Sherwin Family (Spring Mtn) --- Lovely location and a home style setting experience. Wines were okay

Shafer Winery --- while the wines were good tasting was expensive and the consensus was just okay.

Joseph Phelps --- overall okay rating

Crocker and Starr --- interesting personal tasting on the front porch of the small winery office. Hostess was very nice and the wines were very good.

Alpha Omega --- okay tasting but as a group we were not over whelmed with the wines.

Hunnicutt (Howell Mtn.)-- Good Host...nice tour and the wines were good.

Outpost (Howell Mtn.) --- excellant choice. Rich was an outstanding host...the scenery and tour were good ..and loved the wines.

Kelly Fleming -- the winery was a small little gem...and we had an opportunity to sit and taste with the owner. Enjoyed the visit.

PlumpJack --- nice tasting room and we were able to taste both Cade and Plumpjack in one location. Walked away with one of each.

Regusci --- Enjoyed sitting outside on the patio while we tasted some excellant wine.

Hope and Grace -- if you are in Yountville spend some time in this small tasting room. Enjoyable time.

Found myself really enjoying the various Mountain wines and hillside wines.

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posted 07-12-2013 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message

I feel your pain. I guess that is why I don't jump all over some of those requests, unless it is to say, go get a frommers guide. I wish some people would put a little effort into researching a place or trip, before they just come on any board, not just here, and basically ask for an itinaery.

I think people would learn a lot more by searching and trying new places like many of us on here do, rather than just begging for suggestions and putting in no effort at all.

Just my 2 cents. I love this board, I'm glad we have our little community, that we all contribute to.


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posted 07-10-2013 02:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mshight   Click Here to Email mshight     Edit/Delete Message
Not at all Hawkeye! I was just glad I finally got my registration completed so I could post. I have gathered so much good information from this board and figured it was time to give something back.

I was bummed that Black Sears was not available but looking forward to the other visits on Howell Mountain. I have a confirmation from O'Shaughnessy but am waiting to hear from Outpost. Will definitely check out the others you suggested.

We have never visited the wineries north of St. Helena so we are charting new territory and that is exciting.


posted 07-10-2013 02:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi mshight,

Looks like you have put together an excellent itinerary.

I hope you don't think that this was aimed toward you since we have had other correspondence.

Sorry that Black Sears was not available. You might try replacing it with Spence or Ladera. Spence tastes at their home on the patio overlooking their well manicured gardens. They are a small producer making one Cab. They also have two adorable yellow Labs that were pupoies when we were there.

Ladera is a big producer and you taste in the tasting room or outside weather permitting.


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posted 07-10-2013 02:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mshight   Click Here to Email mshight     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, I thank you for your thoughtful recommendations by email and have narrowed our itinerary down for the end of August/beginning of September. Hope I am able to make my first post on the forum now.

We are staying 3 nights in Napa at the Old World Inns and 3 nights in Calistoga at Stevenson Manor.

Taste of Sonoma -- MacMurray Ranch

Robert Baile
Hall Rutherford
Tasting rooms in Yountville
Dinner at Bottega

Robert Sinskey

Black Sears was not available:-(

Healdsburg area
St. Francis
Dinner -- Solbar-Solange

Chateau Montelena
Bennett Lane
Lava Vine

I know this is ambitious but we love to make the most of our time while there.


posted 07-10-2013 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I am really getting irritated at this Board and some of the people on it. Someone will get on the Board and ask for suggestions for their wine trip.

I put a lot of thought and time into my replies and to not have them at least say thank you just bugs the h--- out of me.

Just sayin'



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