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yesilovewine
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posted 06-12-2011 10:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Omaha.
I was just reading through the posts and I see your original plan was to attend the Gala, and then visit wineries that had winners the following day.
Sometimes I don't follow too well so I need to clarify with you, are you planning to be in the area the weekend of the Awards event or the weekend of Harvest Fair?
If you are concerned about finding results, I'm betting its the weekend of the Awards, huh? If you can't get a booklet with the awards info, and you are going to be in the area, the next best thing I can think of would be to get the Press-Democrat the next morning as the winners will be listed there.
Won't help for overnight planning, but maybe you could work on it over breakfast!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 06-07-2011 12:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Omaha,

Welcome to the Board. Just remember, we all have our preferences and our palates are not all the same.

We lived in Council Bluffs (native Iowans) from 1962 until 1974 when we moved to Tennessee for a new job. Best move ever!!! As a Hawkeye, I really got tired hearing about the Cornhuskers and Bob Devany.

Okay, back to the wineries. You seem to be all over so I would tighten things up a bit. I cannot comment on Deerfield Ranch as I have not tasted there but I have most of your others. Damombo liked DR, so I would follow her lead. I would Keep Williamson and try to time it to have lunch in downtown Healdsburg where ther are lots of little restaurants. Williamson is normall a free tasting and tidbits but for groups, I think they require a reservation and there is a small fee. Well worth it!!

Mauritson would be an excellent stop. They have many Zinfandels and if they will do it, request a flight tasting of their Rockpile Vineyard Zins . . . awesome.

Then, to cut down on travel time, I would stop at Wilson on the way back (or reverse). They have many wonderful award winning Zinfandels.

Sausal is way our of your way unless you are going to or from Calistoga.

Sounds like your group is going to have a great time. Can we give you any help in Napa?
Cheers!

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damombo
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posted 06-07-2011 08:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Howdy Omaha,

I vote for keeping Deerfield on your list. We visited on a whim in April - too early for our next appointment which was nearby, saw their sign, and pulled in. SO GLAD we did. Enjoyed their wines so much that we joined their club (even though we had agreed NO more clubs)

Williamson in Healdsburg is also a keeper - a fun experience and tasty wines served with a little cheese which pairs nicely.

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yesilovewine
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posted 06-06-2011 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Omaha, in the past the results from the awards event have been posted in the Press-Democrat website. If I understand correctly, that is still planned for the weekend prior to the fair so you should be able to find the winners there a day or so after the Awards event. Also check the Harvest Fair website- they usually post prior to the Fair itself.

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Omahawino
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posted 06-06-2011 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Omahawino   Click Here to Email Omahawino     Edit/Delete Message
First time post, long time lurker on this board.

We were very sorry to see the format change. A group of us has been planning a trip to Napa and Sonoma for the past 5-6 months. We chose our dates around the harvest fair. We HAD planned to got to the Gala on Saturday night and then go to some of the award winners on Sunday. Spoke with the Harvest Fair orgainizers and I think we will be able to get the booklet of the winners on Saturday Night. Was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions for finding out some of the awaird winners or for that matter a comment on some of the places we are considering. I copied a post I put on TripAdvisor. Any comments would be aprreciated!


My other post:
"Have a fairly large group coming out to the area at the end of September. 3 days in Napa area and 2 in Sonoma County. The second of our 2 Sonoma days we plan on going to winning wineries in the Sonoma County Fair. So obviously that day is TBA. On our other day we are looking to stay in the northern part of the county as we have done the southern. We have a fairly long list that we are trying to pair down to 4. Would love help in narrowing our choices. We are interested in smaller wineries, Reds only (or port). Also looking more for Zinfadel, Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir. Our current list:


Mauritson


Sausal


Frick


Kokomo


Williamson


Deerfield Ranch


Armida


Please feel free to suggest anything not mentioned. Also not looking for tours, just tasting. Thanks."

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-30-2011 02:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yesilovewine,

I knew you couldn't leave us in the lurch . . . thanks and keep commenting.

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yesilovewine
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posted 05-30-2011 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Just received notice that the HF format is changed again.
This year there will be no Friday daytime sessions as there were the last couple years. Instead there will be a "grand tasting" on Friday night that will be attended by winemakers, etc.
Given that it will be a Friday night, I expect that this will not be much different than the Sat/Sun event except that its limited to 3 hours and the purchase of drink tickets isn't necessary.
Don't think we'd attend this year even if it were possible..... too much potential for unbridled drinking!

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yesilovewine
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posted 10-05-2010 11:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
For the 5th year we attended the Harvest Fair in Santa Rosa. We have determined that we get the most out of the Friday "special sessions" format rather than the Sat/Sun free-for-all format. For one thing, its a one-price event, and the other plus is that its arrangement is by varietal rather than appellation so its a lot easier to find the wines you want.
The Friday format has recently changed a little so that the tasting opportunity is broken into 2 segments of about 3 hours each: first segment is intended as an educational opportunity where there are "roving" sommeliers to answer your questions and provide commentary on some wines; second segment is intended more for socializing with folks that you bring with you so you can compare notes among yourselves, and no sommeliers are available. The only wines poured on Fridays are the Sweepstakes, Best in Class and Gold medal winners. It cuts out a significant number of wines poured and really does allow you to create a very effective learning experience if you plan ahead just a little.
In the 2 sessions, we tasted and evaluated about 60 wines. I did take advantage of the posting of the judges results prior to the event and had an idea of what I wanted to look for before we got there and I think that helps me stay a little more focused.
I do recommend this event to anyone who really wants to learn about Sonoma county wines.

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