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yesilovewine
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posted 12-27-2010 02:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Nice try, Hawkeye!!!!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 12-27-2010 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Darn . . . I had another word, but this one will suffice.

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damombo
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posted 12-27-2010 12:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I'm not so sure that she trusts my palate so much as she loves to have us buy things for her!

Hawkeye, old buddy, old pal - don't hold your breath!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 12-27-2010 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Three years ago, I had a speaking engagement in the Finger Lakes region of NY. A friend, who was my host for the trip, knew I liked wine so he suggested that I arrive at least a day early so we could go wine tasting, so I did. We must have hit every winery within a 50 mile area (anyway, it seemed like that many). I have yet to find a NY wine that I like. As you might guess, they were all waaaaaaaaaaaay to sweet for me.

I hope those of you who visited and tasted at Williamson in Healdsburg purchased some of their Fizz sparkling wine to toast in the New Year. Mrs. Hawkeye and I may just get a couple extra long straws and suck that sucker into 2011.

We had 4" of snow for Christmas day. The first white Christmas here since 1989 and the most on Christmas since way back in the 1800s. For a transplanted Iowan, it was a glorious sight.

Damombo, next time you go to California, you could ship me a case of wine home. I will leave it up to your palate as to which wines you ship.

Happy New Year to all and most of all, be safe.

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 12-27-2010).]

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-27-2010 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well isn't it nice that she trusts your palate so much??

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damombo
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posted 12-27-2010 09:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine - my daughter and I visited the Brotherhood winery in Washingtonville, NY a few years ago. We've been taking mother/daughter trips to NYC since she was 14, so when she turned 21, I had had enough of just shopping and suggested we venture out and see more of the state. She was willing so off we went. We took the tour at Brotherhood and then did the tasting. She was just beginning to try wines and preferred sweet white wines, so that is what she opted for. They had a Muscato that she enjoyed and we chatted with the pourer about it - I asked where the grapes were from, thinking she would say "the vineyard over the hill to the left" or something like that. Nope. "We get them from Texas" was her answer. Cracked me up - probably from the Sister Creek winery which was makes the wine that Jill liked the best! Now she is a little older and her palate has expanded, so whenever we head to Napa she tells me that she'd be happy to have us ship a case or two of whatever we'd like to send. Dear girl!! Always thinking of her momma!

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damombo
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posted 12-27-2010 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Every once in a while, we find a bottle we didn't know we had. We belonged to Locals for a year and they would send bottles which they selected that were from very small wineries, so now when we find an obscure bottle, we just nod and say "Locals".

We did have a bottle of a Miner Chardonnay in the wine refrigerator for a while, and I kept saying that "Oh, Lisa must have given that to us" and Mr. damombo said, "No, I think we went there" and I said "No, I've NEVER been to their tasting room" - and I should know, since I do all the planning, right? Last September we drove past their place on the Silverado Trail and it all came back to me (insert sheepish looking smiley). We did stop in there once, briefly, and we bought the one bottle. Guess we will have to go back so I can fully appreciate their wines! Sometimes it does take a few trips to decide... And now that I have begun to write out trip reports, it does help to solidify those memories into the aging memory banks!

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yesilovewine
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posted 12-26-2010 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Yes, and quite a surprise.
Yesterday we enjoyed bottle of Glenora 2009 Dry Riesling with a wonderful quiche. Glenora will not be found in Sonoma..., or even Napa..., or even California.
Glenora is located in the Finger Lakes region of New York! In the town of Dundee.
A surprisingly delicious dry Riesling with wonderful balance of fruit and acid. Could not find a fault with this wine at all- it has a solid citrus flavor that is not at all overpowering and finishes with just a hint of sweetness to remind you that its a riesling. wonderful!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 12-26-2010 07:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
A few years ago we must have visited the Alexander Valley Vineyards in, where else, Alexander Valley. We certainly don't remember it. However, last night we pulled the cork on a 2004 Alexander Valley Vineyards Cab. What a surprise! It was, as Damombo says, jammy with a with a long finish. We will definitely return to the Alexander Valley Vineyards next trip.

Have you had a surprise wine lately?

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