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yesilovewine
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posted 02-27-2011 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,
I was reading through this thread and see I had mentioned Remick Ridge earlier. Knowing now that you are such a Cab fan, that is all they produce so you may want to try and squeeze in a location to try it. Weren't you going to be in Sonoma Valley on Day 1? According to the only info I have, Arrowood was the place to get Remick Ridge grapes, so maybe you could stop in.
I've tried to contact the place that the Remick Ridge website says has their wine, but I'm having trouble. That website doesn't mention Remick Ridge that I can see...but anyway, Arrowwood should have some.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-27-2011 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Oh I am crazy about Chris Loxton. He's the one who taught us about the viscosity of ports by coating the glass while rolling it.

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-27-2011 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
yesilovewine- totally agree with the unfortified port from Loxton and Chris Loxton is one of the nicest winemakers. One of my favorite stops.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-29-2011 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Hawkeye. Thanks for the Coppola information- that is a very big change since our visit.
I hope that all the Stryker "hype" proves true in your opinion. It is one of our "go to" winery stops and if Kathleen is still there ( she was the manager at our last visit) she is a fantastic server.

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-29-2011 06:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi yesilovewine,
Francis Ford Coppola offers four different tastings on their website, one of which is the tasting of Director's Cut wines called the Neighbors Tasting for $10.00. You get to taste the Director's Cut Chard, Pinot, a blend and the Cab. Guess we will go for that one.

The one I am really looking forward to is Stryker after so many on this Board have recommended it. This is what makes this Board so indispensable, the help we get from each other to discover wines we may have overlooked. I don't know how many times we have driven past Stryker on our way to and from Calistoga to Healdsburg, but it is many. We won't make that mistake this time.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-28-2011 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
By the way, Steve- if you like Ports, have you had the Shiraz Port that Chris Loxton makes?

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-28-2011 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Good Morning, Hawkeye! Greetings Steve.
I wanted to refer to an earlier part of the thread, Hawkeye....where you discuss Coppola.
When we were there, the Director's Cut wines were not on the basic tasting list, so if you don't see it right off you might check for it on an upper level tasting menu. Its been a good while since we went and now that the renovations are complete maybe that has changed but wanted to give you a heads up.
I read recently that Coppola has been designed to be a family-friendly destination which I find interesting and frankly a little spooky. I'm not sure why one would want to encourage the presence of children at a winery, unless they are trying to focus on the movie aspect of FFC's career, and that is something I'd like to hear about from you...is it a tribute to his movie career that sells wine, or is it a winery that decorated with movie "stuff"?

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-28-2011 06:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Steve, Stryker has not been on our list before, but it is this trip. Don't know how we missed it as we have driven past it 20 times or more. Looking forward to tasting their Zin which we have become very partial to.

As for the Coppola Port, I will pass, we are just not Port people . . . too sweet!

Let the board know when you are traveling to wine country and where you will be staying, and maybe we can point out some that we think are "must" visits.

Again, welcome to the board.

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steveb
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posted 01-27-2011 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for steveb   Click Here to Email steveb     Edit/Delete Message
Boy, I am glad to hear we are not the only ones who love Stryker! Their wines are all superb and the views are wonderful. We just love the tasting room and the experience there.

Also, when you are at Coppola, if you like port, ask for a taste. I don't believe it is on the menu, but they usually have one to pour and it is really yummy.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-08-2011 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks, Hawkeye!
Enjoy your flurries! We are being told that we could get a snow/ice mix here on the valley floor next week. That doesn't happen too often, thankfully. Snow is ok with me, but the ice.....yuk!
Again, I wonder how the area vintners feel about that potential. During crush the upper Willamette Valley wine producers were plagued with hungry birds and now all this rain is just soaking the vineyards; snow can't be a good thing for them.

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-08-2011 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine - I Googled Monte Rosso Vineyard and here is a website that I came up with telling about the vineyard and a listing of wineries producing Monte Rosso vineyard wines.
http://www.winereviewonline.com/Boyd_on_Monte_Rosso_Vineyard.cfm

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-08-2011 05:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
What a flurry of activity on the board! We are going to have a flurry of activity here, also. We are expecting 4" to 6" of snow here in Chattanooga on Monday

Yesilovewine - I have noticed the Monte Rosso Vineyard mentioned a few times as I was looking at websites for this March trip. When I go back over them, I will watch for it and let you know what I find. I know I have seen it!

Hi Uncorked, glad you are back with us. If you can hit Mauritson, Wilson and Williamson on a weekday, it would be best. I would suggest at Williamson, if you are taking your group there, to ask for the private tasting. It is $10.00 per person. If you go in and hang out at the bar, the tasting is free, but you get more attention as a group with a pourer all to yourself. Since our group bought so much wine, they did not charge us the $10.00 fee. Ask for Christer Alli to lead your tasting. I believe he is the tasting room manager and he is very knowledgeable.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-07-2011 09:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Uncorked, The October issue of Northbiz magazine has an article about wine blending opportunities in both Napa and Sonoma.
It's title is Mix it Up. Only Ravenswood is mentioned for Sonoma, but there were 3 or 4 in Napa.

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Uncorked
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posted 01-07-2011 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye--

I'll be interested in hearing what you think of Mill Creek and Everett Ridge---I've been looking at those as well. I know, after reading here, that we must do Wilson, Williamson and Mauritson.

Another thing, yesilovewine mentioned the blending at Ravenswood----hubby and 3 other guys visited there when we were last in Sonoma and did their blending event---(they were even given t-shirts!) but they actually picked grapes, punched the must, and got to blend 3 different wines---of the 3 each guy got to blend, they picked their favorite--Ravenswood bottled it and they took it home. We had a 'tasting' one year later to see the difference---anyway, they absolutely loved the experience. I'm trying to find something similar for them to do this September...

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-07-2011 04:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Again with the questions, my friends. Does anyone here have experience with Remick Ridge? It was formerly known as Smothers Brothers and now is owned by Tom and his wife. Touring and TAsting has a nice article about them, but I am having trouble determining from that if they produce anything for sale under their own label or if they just produce for other vendors ( primarily Arrowood, apparently). The wines sound great, so I'd like to find some.
Also looking for anything with the Monte Rosso Vineyard designate; that vineyard has a succulent history,(similar to the Maple's I think, Hawkeye) and so far Rancho Zabaco is the only one I have tried.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-05-2011 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Damambo, you should also consider visiting Trecini in Santa Rosa. I think I may have mentioned this somewhere else on the board....I'm getting confused lately...but we had the Trecini 2007 Russian River Valley Merlot the other night and that is just too good to be Merlot! Wonderful color and body, great finish- we agreed that it drinks like a cab. Their Sauv. Blanc is also a stellar wine. The tasting room is in Santa Rosa, but I'm not quite sure where. Its another new winery for us since Harvest Fair this year. Its worth a stop for sure.
You are welcome to come out here and collect some of our rain. We won't miss it!

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damombo
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posted 01-05-2011 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
oooohhhhhhhh I like opulent - I'll have to put them on our list for April!

We've actually had a little rain here ourselves - but since we are now back into drought conditions, rain is good!

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-05-2011 08:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well Damambo, if 2011 doesn't dry out sometime soon I'm going to have to grow fins or flippers but otherwise I'm just great, thanks.
We really like the Stryker Alex. Valley Estate Old Vines the best. Those are the vines that you look upon from the tasting bar.- Perhaps the flavor is improved by the romanticism of overlooking the vines that you're drinking from, but we found that one to be particularly delicious.
Hawkeye, since you are definitely going to Williamson, there is another spot near them in Healdsburg that you might try. I hope I'm not repeating myself with this one, but Stephen & Walker Trust was a new to us wine at Harvest Fair that was just wonderful. Left Brain considered it an "opulent" wine...and believe me, that is a big word for him!! I looked up the address: 243 Healdsburg Ave. The 2008 Dry Creek Valley zin is what we liked.
Also, at Stryker, if you can get Kathleen as your pourer you will have a great experience. She is very very fun and will make you laugh a lot. Unfortunately she was not there on our last visit and we really "felt" the difference in our experience...not that we had a bad time, but it wasn't as joyful as when we tasted with her. They are still in the Visa signature program, by the way.

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damombo
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posted 01-04-2011 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
and P.S. - about Stryker
We like all of their zins, but if I must choose, then Patty's Patch is a favorite, as well as the Monte Rosso Vineyard and the Estate Vineyard Alexander Valley. But then also ...
hee hee, like I said, we pretty much like all their zins.

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damombo
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posted 01-04-2011 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yesilovewine! How's 2011 treating you?

We are hoping to go back in mid-April. Some friends of ours want to go with us, and she is super busy at work until April 15th, so we will shoot for April 17 - April 22. April 17th is also her birthday, so that kinda works out nicely.

I'll probably start looking at things pretty soon - Hawkeye, I'll watch your plans closely and see what I can borrow

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-04-2011 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Too bad you will miss the dinner, Hawkeye. We also try hard to avoid crowded events- that's why we try to do Harvest Fair on Friday and stay away on the weekend days when thousands show up.
Regarding Stryker, it is one of our favorites too. This year they took the best in show red at Harvest Fair with their Cab entry- which surprised me because I think of Stryker as a Zin house. Their old vine zin offerings are exceptional. Since you like Wilson, I'm sure you would like Stryker wines.
Hi Damambo, by the way.

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damombo
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posted 01-04-2011 02:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
ha ha Hawkeye - sorry I've fallen off the map a bit, but I haven't fallen into the lake! Even in Texas, that would be too cold this month.

Stryker is one of those wineries where we like all of their wine. In particular, their cabs and zins. And they have quite a few. The tasting room is beautiful, partly because you have a marvelous view of a vineyard and mountains. The tasting room has always been staffed by jolly, knowledgeable, friendly folks. If you are there in March, won't the mustard be in bloom? Which means you will drive past several blooming fields as you approach their property. Definitely a must stop! And then it's a straight (sort of) shot down to Calistoga - so, see, it's a perfect addition to your plans!

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-04-2011 12:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine - Unfortunately, we will be in the Healdsburg area on Thursday and the Williamson dinners are on Friday. That is also the weekend of the barrel tasting. I do not like large crowds and will do everything in my power to stay away. This is one event I can stay away from. Plus, I have a problem walking distances and some of these events you end up walking some distance.

Damombo - We haven't heard from you in quite a while, and I was about ready to send the Navy Seals to look for you in that lake. Thanks for the Stryker suggestion. We have driven past it many times but for some reason have never stopped. Do they have something special that you would recommend?
When is your next trip and when will you start planning?

Now that I have the two days in Sonoma County planned, I will have to move on to the Napa Valley.

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damombo
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posted 01-04-2011 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Looks good, Hawkeye!
I wouldn't change anything, but I do have an addition, if you are heading over to Calistoga at the end of the day. Stryker Sonoma is a wonderful place. Seems like it would be on your way from Dry Creek area to Calistoga. Have you been there?
And don't forget to stop into the Wine Garage in Calistoga at some point during your trip.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-04-2011 09:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Looks great, Hawkeye.
Will your visit coincide with the Williamsons' Epicurean dinner? I was noticing that there are several events on the Sonoma.com website that is hosted by Wine Country....March looks to be an interesting month in the area. The Crab and Fennel Festival, Savor Sonoma and Pigs and Pinot are all in that month. I hope you can manage to take advantage of one of them.
If your stay in Sonoma (Town) allows, and the timing is right, scoot over to Ravenswood for the wine blending event. I have read good things about that experience.

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-03-2011 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Part of the fun of traveling to wine country is the selection of the wineries to visit. One of the best sources is WineCountry.com. Check out their maps, the winery and restaurant listings, and special coupons you may find for one free with one purchase wine tastings. There is lots of stuff if you will just lo0ok for it. Another excellent source is the people on this message board.

For this day 2 in March, I have looked at maps and websites to select our itinerary. As with day 1, this is not set in stone yet and I would appreciate any input you may have. We will be driving up from Sonoma and at the end of the day to Calistoga.

MILL CREEK
EVERETT RIDGE
ARMIDA (for the Maple Zins)
WILLIAMSON (set in stone)
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA (I want to check out the director's cut Zin that Damombo speaks highly of).
WILSON (for their Zins)

Tell me what you would change.

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