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yesilovewine
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posted 12-20-2010 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Uncorked!!!
I just LOVE Seghesio. It is one of my very favorite wineries to visit. I think that fact that it is truly a family business is what attracts me to it; our first visit we met 3 generations' worth! Absolutely fabulous. They are very gracious people and I'm sure you will have a great time with your dinner. Their Rockpile Zin is just fantastic- do try it if you aren't familiar with it.
I bet that you and your group would enjoy the Harvest Fair Gala the last weekend of September, if the timing is right. That is when they announce the winners for the Harvest Fair competition and it is supposedly quite a party. We have never made it to the Gala but usually make it to Harvest Fair the following weekend.

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Uncorked
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posted 12-19-2010 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Yesilovewine----i've not been on in a while----very busy. I"ve been missing the reading though! Wanted to tell you, we visited Matanzas Creek last time we were in Sonoma area and loved it! It was their 30th anniversary and they brought out a 1998 Merlot. I'm not normally a merlot person (one of many zin fans on this board!), but it was quite good. I'm planning a group trip (now up to 14) next Sept. We are having 'dinner' at Seghesio--I cannot wait. We are 'building our own pizza, and the chef will place in wood-fired oven. All this with tastings and visiting, etc. I look forward to it---I really like their zins.

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-09-2010 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
So, I'm playing with the following ideas for winery stops on our next (proposed) trip in the spring. Most are places that participated in the Harvest Fair and had wines of interest to us, but some are old favorites.
Way up in the county, nearer to Geyserville: DeLormier, Truett-Hurst,Sbragia, Dutcher Crossing, David Coffaro, Mazzocco and Teldeschi.
In the Healdsburg area: Williamson ( a must stop this time), Seghesio ( one of my favorites),Armida, Rodney Strong, Limerick Lane area. I also want to go visit the Maples' vineyard and meet them in person.
Russian River/Green Valley: Sunce, Harvest Moon, Martin Ray. Trecini and Carol Shelton in Santa Rosa.
Sonoma Valley: Matanzas Creek, Kunde, Audelssa,Mantra and Loxton. Maybe Ravenswood as its been a while since we were there.
Any impressions about any of these would be appreciated.
We really aren't 'technical' wine people- we just know what we like and are trying to expand our horizons, so places that are too emphatic about the gritty details ( like brix and maleoactic fermentation's effects) are not our favorites; we'd rather talk about where the grapes grow and how that produces the flavors that we like ( or not) so we can build on that knowledge to be better consumers ( not THAT kind... ).

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-06-2010 10:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi uncorked. I know exactly what you mean about the urge to head over to California after reading the board entries. Drives me nuts!...which leads to driving the Left Brain nuts; this has yet to produce the desired result of "spur of the moment" visit so far, but I'm trying to refine my technique.
I think that you would enjoy the Harvest Fair event with a large group. Especially if you can go on Friday and avoid the crowds. Its so nice to have the opportunity to taste from so many places without having to drive all over!!! And there are plenty of food vendors around the fairgrounds so you don't have to leave to eat, either. -As long as fair food suits you. Though last year one vendor had this delicious paella lasagna that was unbelievable!
Hope it works out for you to attend.

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Uncorked
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posted 11-05-2010 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the information about the Harvest Fair. We'll definitely try to make it. Hawkeye, can you send me info on wine dinners in Chattanooga? It's possible we could come to one (and stay the night!) We are about 1 1/2 hrs away. Back to my next year's trip, every time I come to this forum or anything about Napa/Sonoma, I am ready to go immediately!

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damombo
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posted 10-15-2010 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
That's a great idea! Plan a trip around the Harvest Fair... I always seem to get to Napa or Sonoma before or after our various clubs have some event or just miss things like the Harvest Fair. We are going next in mid-November, probably in mid-April with a group, so planning a trip next October sounds reasonable to me. That sounds fabulous - thanks for the info!

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yesilovewine
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posted 10-15-2010 02:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Uncorked, if you are planning to visit in the fall of next year, then I highly recommend that you look into making the Harvest Fair part of your plan if possible. Its a great venue for tasting a lot of different wines all in one place, and you can create your own flights just by comparing the wines in a category. www.harvestfair.com is the website for the event, I think; its part of the Sonoma County Fairgrounds website but I am pretty sure there is a direct link also.
The event is always held the first full weekend in October.

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Hawkeye
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posted 10-15-2010 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Greetings Uncorked,

Welcome to the message board! Always glad to hear from someone new. It is fun to participate and to give and receive. You are lucky to live close to Nashville and have the airport there with great fares rather than Chattanooga who has Deltal

We have a great restaurant in Chattanooga which has some great wine dinners. Don't know if that is too far for you to drive, but they are superb. Last time they featured Ladera wines.

Join in, share your likes and dislikes. One nice thing about wine is that you are always right. Each persons palate is different so we don't all have to like the same wines. Our preferences are our own! WELCOME!

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yesilovewine
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posted 10-13-2010 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi uncorked. I had not been keeping up with this thread; my apologies for not acknowleding you!
We have only visited Yadkin Valley, we lived on the east coast part of the state multiple times over the years. Some of the places you mention were not even open yet when we went!
The area has done well, though. Our favorite was Shelton.
Regarding Sonoma County zins, I hope you're keeping up with all my name-dropping on that other thread. I'll have to look it over and then share any other missing links for you.
Before your next trip, do take a look at the Harvest Fair results. That list is a great tool for planning, IMO.

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Uncorked
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posted 10-13-2010 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye-
I mentioned to yesilovewine, I'm new to this forum. Happy belated anniversary by the way. I'm a TN girl---live in Smyrna, near Murfreesboro. I'm making notes of your suggestions as well. Last time we were in Sonoma we visited Ledson and loved it---joined their wine club---reds of course! I'm a real Zin fan myself, hubby loves Cabs, but enjoy many red varietals/blends.

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Uncorked
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posted 10-13-2010 01:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
yesilovewine--

I just joined this forum and am enjoying reading all the posts. I see you are from Yadkin, NC area. Hubby and I visited there last summer and were really impressed with some of the wineries/wine we found. We really liked Shadow Springs, Raffeldini and Ragapple Lassie. All were very different from each other but fun. We had a great time. We both love reds, but do enjoy whites in the summer. We also love to visit Napa/Sonoma but don't get there nearly enough! Planning to take a group of 12 there next fall...... counting down the days/months! I'm making notes of the wineries you and others have suggested.

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yesilovewine
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posted 10-08-2010 08:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye-
Was reading your Napa threads and see you are planning some time in Dry Creek. Would love to suggest a couple stops for you there, especially to intorduce you to Malbec.
Mauritson is right at the junction of Lyton Springs Rd. and Dry Creek Road- not only do they have a great Malbec, but their zins are very good. Highly recommend the horizontal flight of Rockpile zins to fully appreciate the influence of terroir.
For a truly unique experience, with very unusual varietals, head up to Frick on Wailing Road. He is about a mile past Pedroncelli's- when you think you will never find it go another 100 yds. He specializes in rare and unusual Rhone varietals like Grenache Blanc and Cinsault, among others. A very interesting guy and a charming if not elegant tasting room.
In the general vicinity of these is DeLorimier, who had several gold medal winners at the Harvest Fair this year. We didn't get to the tasting room, but had the 2008 Stone Ranch Zin and the 2005 Alex. Valley Estate Mosaic Meritage at the fair and were impressed.
If you have some holes in your plan, try these and let me know what you think.

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-27-2010 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well thanks for the Southern Hospitality offer!
Yadkin Valley, NC is a fairly new up-and-comer in the wine scene. Very pretty area and some drinkable wines to be found there. It has blossomed considerably since we last went; Tasting and Touring did an article on the area last year. It would make a nice "Spring Break" trip from your neck of the woods.

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Hawkeye
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posted 09-27-2010 08:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine,

No. never been to the valley. We live in the Chattanooga area. If you are ever coming through the Scenic City, give us a holler and we will un-screw a cap! :-)

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-26-2010 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
By the way- we're from the south too. NC.
Ever been to Yadkin Valley?

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-26-2010 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye.....I'm a wine lover but I'm not ridiculous about it....well, at least I don't think so...!
I didn't mean that we are going to visit that many places- that is the number I'm trying to pare down from; hence the need for shortcuts and suggestions from outside my circle.
Our max in a day was 12- and that was where we went to an enclave of 5-6 wineries' tasting rooms in one of the "Family wineries" locations in Sonoma, in addition to several individual wineries. You can't taste much by the end of a day like that, even when taking all precautions to save the palette, so the last few were really wasted on us.
We usually split the day into wineries before lunch and wineries after lunch and end up with 6-8 visits depending on how close the places are to one another. Its rare that we taste an entire flight, and we almost always share them so its not as much as it sounds...honest. I'm too old for THAT sort of shenanigans and it just ends up to be a waste if the palate gets fried.

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Hawkeye
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posted 09-26-2010 07:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine . . . ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR COTTIN' (I am from the south) PICKIN' MIND? 36 wineries in 3 days? You had better have a limo driver and taste on the run!

I have probably done 8 or 9 in a day, but they were one after the other on Hwy. 29, and one of them was probably a combine tasting room.

I have our October trip planned and 6 in one day is the most. Of course, at my age, a nap in the afternoon is a must plus by the time I am through tasting, I am a quart low on my Diet Coke. :-)

Good luck on your trip.

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 09-26-2010).]

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-25-2010 11:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for checking, hawkeye. As you seem to lean toward the reds, do try a Malbec and see what you think. Let me know. As you aren't too familiar with it, I can tell you that Mauritson makes a very good one. I think it would offer a nice introduction to the varietal.
I have several area maps ( info junkie!!!) and have a route planned for each day of the upcoming trip, but was really looking for shortcuts through recommendations....I've got 3 days to work with and 35 wineries I want to visit! :}
...The hazard of being an info junkie...!

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Hawkeye
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posted 09-24-2010 08:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine . . . sorry, I am not familiar with the three wines you mentioned. They are not in my palate range! :-)

I don't remember when you are going to wine country, but if you have time, I would suggest that you print off a map from the web and find the wineries in the area you are looking to visit and email them or check their websites.

My contact was of not help on the unoaked chards.

Have a good trip. We are looking forward to ours the last of October.

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-20-2010 01:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks, Hawkeye.
I think you are probably giving me way too much credit as a "wineaux"!; we have spent a fair amount of time in Sonoma County, but we are still trying to educate our palates so we do a lot of what I call "power tasting" and not nearly as much touring and exploring as we'd like. Our time available in the area is always too short...
Viognier, Malbec and Barbera are our other current interests- any insights on those in Sonoma County?

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Hawkeye
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posted 09-16-2010 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi yesilovewine,

Deux Amis is owned by partners Phyllis Zouzounis and Jim Penpraze as I am sure you know. Phyllis is also the winemaker at Raymond Burr. Of the two, my preference leaned toward the Deux Amis wine.

Un-oaked Chards is a tough thing. I know I have run across some in Napa, but not sure where since Chards are not mu cup of wine! I have put out a feeler to see if there are any in the Healdsburg area. Will let you know if anything comes of it.

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-14-2010 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well, Hawkeye, you are definitely up on me- I did not know that the partner at Deux Ami is associated with Raymond Burr- another of my "need to visit" locations.
Any thoughts on where I might go for some good un-oaked Chards? They are pretty hard to find. We are focusing on the Western part of the county this time so I know there will be Chards aplenty, but not sure that I'll find the un-oaked variety.

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Hawkeye
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posted 09-13-2010 12:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi yesilovewine.com,

Sounds like you have been around as much if not more than we have. Maybe it is you who should be giving us suggestions.

I think Deux Amis moved within the last year to 2 years. The second partner is also the winemaker at Raymond Burr.

As I told you, we opened a bottle of Sausal 2004 cab for dinner Sunday night. It was good, but not really outstanding. Probably the price reflected that also. We must have brought it home in 2006 and put it in our cellar. I have a 2004 Sausal zin that we will open next.

Keep copius notes and tell us about your trip.

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-13-2010 11:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Hawkeye. We must have similar taste as some of our very favoites are on YOUR list!
The address for Deux Amis surprised me though, because they were adjacent to Wilson when we visited them last. Do you know when they moved?

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Hawkeye
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posted 09-12-2010 03:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi yesilovewine,

We have been to two of your Alexander Valley wineries, Hannah and Sausal. In fact, I just cracked a bottle of Sausal cab to have with dinner tonight. I would say that both their wines are okay, but nothing special.

As far as the Dry Creek area, I know I have been to Yoakim Bridge, Amphora and Dutcher Crossing but I can't remember anything about their wines so they must not have been too special.

If you want to visit some special places in the Healdsburg area, I would suggest the following:

Deux Amis Winery
602 Limerick Lane
Healdsburg, CA
707-431-7945
http://www.deuxamiswines.com/
You will need to make an appointment
Good zin and Pinot

Williamson Winery Tasting Room
134 Matheson Street
Healdsburg, CA
707-473-0193
http://www.williamsonwines.com/
This is a free wine and food pairing tasting, no appointment needed.
Good variety of wines

Mazzocco Sonoma
1400 Lytton Springs Road
Healdsburg, Ca 95448
707-431-8159
http://www.Mazzocco.com
No appointment needed. Excellent zins.

Mauritson Family Winery
2859 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 431-0804
http://www.mauritsonwines.com/
No appointment needed. Outstanding zins

Passalacqua Winery
3805 Lambert Bridge Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
877-825-5547
http://www.passalacquawinery.com/index.asp
No appointment needed. Very good variety.

And last but not least,
Wilson Winery
1960 Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
707-433-4355
http://www.wilsonwinery.com/
No appointment needed. Excellent zins.

Most of these wineries have other than zin, but I just happen to be a zin person.

Hope this helps.

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-12-2010 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Damombo. These boards don't seem to get much use, so I appreciate your reply.
will gladly relay a trip review when we get back- watch for it in about a month.

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damombo
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posted 09-08-2010 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
We have only been to two of the places on your list, and I don't really remember much about the wines - but I do remember the tasting rooms. Hanna in Alexander Valley has a beautiful setting for their tasting room - the views are magnificent! I remember enjoying the wines, I just couldn't describe them for you. Same for Sunce - the tasting room was small, rustic and charming, but I couldn't tell you about the wines. So not really much help - sorry! Perhaps when you return from your trip you would post your review of these places. We are always looking for new treasures!

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yesilovewine
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posted 09-03-2010 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I'm looking for any feedback on the tasting experiences for the following places in Sonoma County:
In the Russian River area- Hook and Ladder, Sunce,Hanna,Marimar, Harvest Moon, Dutton Est.
In Dry Creek-Yoakim Bridge,Amphora,Dutcher Crossing
In Alexander Valley-Sausal, Hanna, White Oak
Also, if anyone has rec's for good UN-oaked Chardonnay, I'd love to hear about them.
Also looking for good Sangiovese.
Thanks

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