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posted 05-20-2011 05:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Some new places for the list:
Little Vineyards- cute place, next to BR Cohn and they have a guest cottage. Wines ar pretty good, but not what we would categorize as great. But everyone has different palates, so don't bank on my word, try them yourselves!
Haywood Winery- watch for the opening of their tasting room in the town of Sonoma and be sure to GO THERE!!! Excellent wines
Roessler Cellars- another Sonoma town tasting room worth visiting, especially for Pinot lovers.


posted 10-20-2010 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Welll, Top o' the mornin' to ya', Damambo!
And thanks for exploring the Mahoney question. I obviously didn't read thoroughly enough or didn't get to the appropriate info somehow.
After tasting that Las Brisas Albarino, I can see why it is sold out....delicious stuff!! The Wow Oui from Imagery was actually sold out before the Harvest Fair was over...and that was another stellar wine.
-And for me to deem any white wine stellar is saying something !!
As you are interested in Italian varietals, you might like to read the article about Barbera and Dolcetto in the September Wine Enthusiast. I was surprised to learn that Barbera is actually considered the "everyday" wine in Italy; I always thought it was Sangiovese.


posted 10-20-2010 07:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yesilovewine - I've been wandering around the internet this morning, putting off cleaning the kitchen after last night's dinner party for my brother's birthday , and I think I may have discovered the answer to your question. It looks like Mahoney (“What is an old Irishman doing making Italian and Spanish varietals?” Francis Mahoney chuckles at his own rhetorical question.") has a tasting room in Napa at Oxbow, but the vineyard that the Albarino comes from is in Carneros in Sonoma County. Another search came up with the 2007 Mahoney Vineyards Las Brisas Vineyard Carneros Albarino - $18 from JV Wines in Napa, except that they were sold out. Perhaps the new vintage hasn't made it to the shelves yet. Glad to know about this place too. With an Italian brother-in-law and a husband who likes the Italian varietals, and me being mostly Irish, this is a place we've got to go!


posted 10-19-2010 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well thanks for the feedback, y'all.
Hawkeye, I think we discussed Deux Amis once before...only I did not know that they had moved from their previous location adjacent to Wilson at that time. We will have to revisit them. Before we had conversed, I actually had the idea that they had closed, not simply changed locations.
Merriam is one I have never heard of, so I will look that up. We would like to find another Merlot brand to try...!
Your link to Mahoney appears to be the same site that I visited earlier, but they seem to be in Napa, which is confusing me since the Harvest Fair wines are supposed to be from Sonoma County. I'll have to look again; maybe I missed something. (A VERY real possibility!!)
Sure hope your trip goes well. Keeping the fingers crossed for good weather for you.
Damambo, I actually have heard of Kaz, but had not had them on my radar for some reason. Did you know that he has a radio show about wine?
We joined the wine club at Harvest Moon on this last trip and they are saying that their '07 zins are drinking exceptionally well, so if you are over on Olivet Road, you might want to stop in and taste them. That is a nice little spot with very "genuine" people.


posted 10-19-2010 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
HAVE FUN HAWKEYE!! Looking forward to hearing all about the fantastic time you and Jean have wining and dining - and about how you were able to herd all of those folks around to your various appointments! Yesilovewine - have you ever been to Kaz Winery? They are definitely different: http://kazwinery.com/ We also visited Limerick Lane a few years ago and enjoyed it (except the part where my hubby bumped my elbow and the entire taste of zin poured down my shirt) http://limericklanewines.com/


posted 10-19-2010 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yesilovewine,

Don't know if this is what you are looking for, but here is the website for http://www.mahoneyvineyards.com/wines/index.php
I did not see an Albarino listed, but maybe if you call or email them.

Here is a small winery you might try. Deux Amis Winery, 602 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg, CA, 707-431-7945, http://www.deuxamiswines.com/
Their tasting room is in an old barn with planks between wine barrels. Very charming.

Another, just up the road is Merriam
They had a very nice chard and merlot with more body than most merlot

Those are only two that I can think of right now.

Leaving tomorrow.


posted 10-16-2010 03:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I'm trying to find a winery called Mahoney that offered a great Albarino for the Harvest Fair competition. I don't see them on my map...anyone familiar with them?
I do have a penchant for finding new places with each visit. Any suggestions for small production wineries that aren't generally found on the "must see" listings? Not too particular about varietals as we do like to try new things.
For example, we have enjoyed Kokomo winery in Dry Creek- they make a great unoaked chardonnay and a very good syrah; we recently visited Harvest Moon winery in Russian River Valley and had a very nice experience there- would recommend their zinfandel.
If you like unusual varietals, then highly recommend Imagery in Sonoma Valley or Frick in Dry Creek.


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