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Hawkeye
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posted 01-21-2011 07:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Uncorked, sorry to hear about your car. It can be replaced, but what about you? Any injuries? I will be in Nashville this weekend for a daylily symposium out by the airport. Hope the roads between here and there are clean. Get back to your wine trip and that will take your mind off the wreck.

I found another blending seminar that is a little more reasonable, but it is over in Napa on the Silverado Trail ad Judds Hill Winery. It looks like it would be fun. Here is the info. http://www.juddshill.com/scripts/cpg.cfm?id=3

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Uncorked
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posted 01-20-2011 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,

Thanks for that information. It looks very promising. I understand about leaving early---last trip, we left our home around 4:00 a.m. Gotta get to Wine Country early and not miss out on any 'tasting time'! I'm looking forward to hearing all about your trip. Haven't been on here much lately---dealing with other issues---hit a deer and totalled my car. Wine trip has taken a back seat!

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-20-2011 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo, we leave at 5:40 AM, but have to be there about an hour earler at 4:40 AM so that means that Mrs. Hawkeye has to get up at 2:40 AM to get her face on and get ready. I just fall out of bed into the car and have the skycap throw me on the plane without losing a minutes sleep. So, what is the big deal?

Mrs. Hawkeye's shopping trip will be the second afternoon, the first day of tasting. I believe I am going to sneak in a tasting or two on the travel day. One will be at Sojurn in Sonoma town where we already have an appointment. There are a couple others around that maybe we will hit. Should be at the hotel by about 2:30 PM.

I am one for saving money to spend on wine. Cheers!

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damombo
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posted 01-20-2011 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I just noticed - YOU LEAVE CHATTANOOGA AT 5:40!?!?!? IN THE MORNING?!?!?
Sheesh, and you still have the energy to go all day... Oh I get it now - that's why you have time on the first day for Mrs. Hawkeye to wander around the Sonoma Square shopping - you're counting on her saying she'd rather have a nap than spend time (and money) shopping! You are a sly one, Hawkeye!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-18-2011 03:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Uncorked,

Was it you who is looking for a wine making/blending program for your group? Try this in sonoma. http://www.stfranciswinery.com/visit/planning_a_visit/index.asp#WineFood

Scroll to the bottom of the page.

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yesilovewine
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posted 01-14-2011 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, this is a great list. You will have a lot to tell us about when you return.
We really like St. Francis and became members there recently. They have a wonderful members only tasting room where there are some absolutely brilliant wines to be tasted.The Dry Creek Old Vine Zin from Amann vineyard will take your breath away...at least the 2006 won us over BIG time. We bought the last 3 bottles of that vintage that were available!

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-14-2011 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Since my experiment of putting up a .pdf address didn't work, I will list the wineries we are going to visit.

Day 1:
ST. FRANCIS WINERY New
PARADISE RIDGE - New
MAYO FAMILY RESERVE ROOM - Tasted at their main room, but this one will be different.
KUNDE FAMILY ESTATE - Tasted several years ago.
VJB CELLARS - New

DAY 2:
MILL CREEK VINEYARDS AND WINERY - New
EVERETT RIDGE WINERY - New
ARMIDA WINERY - New
STEPHEN AND WALKER TRUST WINERY - New
RAMEY WINE CELLARS - New
FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA WINERY - New
STRYKER SONOMA WINERY - New

Some of these are by appointment. I normally schedule some that do not require an appointment in between in case we get hung up somewhere, it won't hurt if we miss one or two. Cheers!

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Uncorked
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posted 01-12-2011 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye-

I've tried looking at this one and the one on the Napa board, but cannot pull it up.

I talked with Kandice at Robert Biale----she definitely remembered you. You are one of her favorites. I made a reservation for our group and they will accommodate us. I'm excited. (Also joined the Black Chicken Society!)

I want to get out of here too---tried this morning, but couldn't get up the driveway....

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-12-2011 01:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo,
We normally wait until we get there to talk about dinner and decide on that day what strikes our fancy. In March, normally there is not a problem getting in somewhere.

We do have Sunday morning with nothing scheduled, but I think we will wait and see what we feel like doing. Normally, we will go back to Sacramento the day before our flight returns home. Then we can get up in the morning and have a leisurely breakfast and head for the airport.

Take a look at some of the winery web pages that we are visiting . . . they sound very good. I am especially looking forward to the Silverado Trail tastings on Saturday. Should be some BIG Cabs there. Also on Friday on Hwy 29. Well, I am looking forward to Sopnoma also. Guess that covers it all. With all this snow, I am ready to get our of here.

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damombo
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posted 01-12-2011 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Looks like another great trip, Hawkeye. Looking forward already to the trip reports

I hope that Francis Ford Coppola isn't too jammed, but perhaps being a weekday and March will help. We do love our "house" zin!

I didn't see any mention of lunch or dinner reservations? Do you wait until you get there and see what sounds good or is that the next step in your planning? You know me, I love to have wonderful meals in between all of that wonderful wine!

For Mrs Hawkeye - don't forget to look past the square to just off the square. I didn't even know that there were shops down the way near the Ledson Hotel side of the square. Kind of in the middle of that block. We were looking for our restaurant and passed a number of shops there.

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Hawkeye
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posted 01-11-2011 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Planning a trip is half the fun and I appreciate all of the help and suggestions from you fellow "boarders". I also appreciate having WineCountry.com available. I am excited about this trip because we are visiting so many new wineries.

On Wednesday, we will have 3 new (to us) wineries, St. Francis, Paradise Ridge, and VJB. We have tasted Mayo before but found the wines not to our taste. However, they have a new "Reserve Room" with a wine and food pairing, so I decided to give them another try. Besides, wines can change from vintage to vintage. Also, we tasted at Kunde several years ago and I remember bringing home some of their wines. I had to leave some time in the afternoon for Mrs. Hawkeye to peruse Sonoma Square.

On Thursday, all 7 of the wineries will be new to us. What a treat. I think most of them came from "boarders" suggestions. Thanks.
I am skipping Williamson, Wilson and Mauritson this time because I would guess the wines they are pouring now are the same as they poured in October, so the new wineries will be a treat.

I don't know if this will work or not, but here is a .pdf file of the first two days. Try pasting this in your .pdf reader or your browser. Let me know if it works.
C:\DocumentsandSettings\Lee\MyDocuments\Marchday1and2.pdf

As always, your comments are welcome, but it is pretty much too late to make changes.

We had 8" of snow on Sunday, a 3-glass Cab night.

I just tried pasting the above address into my web browser AND IT WORKED!!!! Whoopie

Days 3 and 4 of the trip are on the Napa board.


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