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RichardSE
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posted 09-02-2013 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Hello damombo,

I agree that there's lot of places we haven't visited in Napa and Sonoma. Still, it's nice to try different wines from different places. I'll let you know when we've selected the wineries.

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damombo
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posted 08-29-2013 08:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard,

We enjoyed a brief visit to Paso Robles last May and one of our favorite stops was Jada. I would love to hear about your visit when you return - we are thinking that we need to expand beyond Napa/Sonoma, but it is hard since there are still so many places there to explore!

Hey Hawkeye - yep, I've nixed a few places once I've seen the tasting fee. I've gotten used to the idea of $25 - $45, but beyond that is really stretching it for our budget. I'd like to experience those higher end wines, because I could see us buying a few bottles to put away and really savor, but the exorbitant tasting fees tell me that I'm not in that league.

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RichardSE
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posted 08-29-2013 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Hello Hawkeye,

I will be in Napa in the later part of October. This year, the guys' trip is going to include Santa Barbara, Paso Robles and end in Napa (with a little side trip to Amador County). We're looking forward to it. I'll post some information about what we'll be doing once we figure it all out.

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Hawkeye
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posted 08-28-2013 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard,

Good to see you post again. Not much has been happening lately. I have a few of the wine clubs that I receive "FREE" tastings from, but pay for it in another way, purchases. I have also made some very good friends who do not charge me a fee.

However, if you have no track record and want to taste their wines, I guess you have to pay the fee!

We have had a taste of fall here in southeast Tennessee and now the temps have risen again. Wish it would make up it's mind. Sometimes I wish I had a constant 80 like you.

Have a great one and let us know when you are returning to Napa.

-Hawkeye

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RichardSE
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posted 08-28-2013 12:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,

I know what you mean. Lately, I have been doing tastings at a lot of places where there have not been charges either because of a club membership, the wine I've purchased in the past or because of their policy of refunding fees with a purchase. That tends to make it easier to pay the higher fees, particularly if it's a wine that I wouldn't purchase otherwise. A couple of years ago, we did the Insignia and Baccus tasting in part because I wouldn't but one of their wines, but $75 for a tasting was okay. I'm not sure that I would have felt the same way if I had to pay for all the other tastings that I got for free.

I suppose they charge as much as they do because people will pay for it. However, I wonder if they consider that a lot of people I know tried wines at tastings and became fans and future purchasers and that may not have happened if they hand't tasted their wines.

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Hawkeye
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posted 08-27-2013 04:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I have been working on our itinerary for March 2014 for 8 people. The tasting fees seem to be going through the roof. $50.00 is not uncommon, instead, more common than $25.00 . . . or maybe it is just the wineries I want my friends to taste. Four of them will not have been to Napa Valley but have been consuming wine in accordance with the Wineaux doctrine. Shafer Hillside is in their realm.

I have encountered $65.00, $75.00 and $100.00. Now, I do enjoy a good bottle of wine as well as anyone, but they are pricing me out. The majority do not even rebate a partial if you make a purchase.

My question is, "How long can they continue to jack up the tasting fees and still get people in their tasting rooms"? With all costs going up, this may have to be my last trip to Napa.

There are still a few who are reasonable, let's give them our business.

Life is very, very good.

-Hawkeye

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