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posted 04-19-2014 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo,

A little late with this reply. I had a great 78th birthday in Napa. On that day we visited Tresspass Vineyards Owned by Don and Dana Gallagher. They are a small family owned winery and make a nice variety of wines at reasonable prices. One person in our party said that the wines were under priced about $30.00 per bottle. Don hosts the tasting personally and it is set in their vineyard. One of my favorite stops for wine and venue.

Our second stop was at Chase, a winery that I have visited many times. We had a BBQ lunch there. Katie Simpson is the owner and she hosted our tasting personally. I have been a very big fan of Chase for several years. However, I felt that their Zins were not up to standard. Needless to say, I was disappointed.

The third and fourth stop was at Anomoly Vineyards. I always enjoy this tasting down in their cave. This year the tasting was hosted by Genvieve Bechtold, Director of Hospitality. They make one wine, an excellent Cab. You do get to taste 2 or 3 vintages.

Also at Anomoly, we got to taste the current vintage of Zeitgeist Cabernet. This is a release by Mark Porembski, who also is the winemaker for Anomoly. Mark makes a special Cab.

Dinner that night was at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen which was a first time for me and very enjoyable. Two of the couples went together and gave me a new Coravin for my birthday.

What is a Coravin you may ask. It is the BEST wine device I have ever seen. For centuries, the cork had to be removed in order to enjoy a glass of wine—that era is over. The Coravin System keeps the cork in the bottle, where it's been since it was first sealed in the winery. Now you can explore your finest wines by the glass whenever you like, and feel confident that instead of oxidizing, the wine remaining in the bottle will continue to evolve naturally.

When the Coravin System is put in place, a thin, hollow needle is inserted through the cork to extract the wine. You don't need to remove the foil, or the cork, to access the wine.

The bottle is then pressurized with argon, an inert gas that's in the air we breathe. Once the bottle has been pressurized, the wine flows through the needle and pours into your glass.

When the Coravin System and its needle are removed, the cork reseals itself. The remaining wine never comes in contact with oxygen, and continues to evolve naturally.

This is not an offer to sell, I have no stock in the company nor do I get a commission. I am so sold on mine that I thought I would share this with you.



posted 03-15-2014 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I know you are currently in the heart of wine country and I'm sure you are having a wonderful time! Hope you have a terrific birthday!!


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