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yesilovewine
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posted 05-03-2011 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I understand completely...its not for everyone. I guess we sort of use it as a precursor for having the face-to-face experiences- we just find where we want to learn more and plan the rest of the trip around the wineries of interest.
We have been to that compound on Dry Creek Road...I think you are talking about the same one... where Pappapietro is located? The Family wineries place was closed at the time, but we did visit Kokomo, which I would HIGHLY recommend. Its a bare bones place but very good wines come from it.
I think that I will have some good suggestions for you after our Cabernet Tour next week. After researching to decide which tours to do, and reading the descriptions of some of the wines, I am expecting to find some new favorites.
One of the places I want to visit outside the tours is The Wine Room in Kenwood. It is apparently the only place where you can sample the Remick Ridge Cab which has worked its way to a pretty high location on my priority list.

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-03-2011 11:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine,

I guess I will have to skip the Harvest Fair . . . just not my type of thing. I much prefer the one on one. If you have a little extra time, you might want to try the Family Tasting Room outside Healdsburg. It is one of those tasting rooms that has several different wineries and the host will work to find some wines that fit your palate.

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yesilovewine
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posted 05-01-2011 02:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well Hawkeye,( not that you need any real help, Mr. Super Planner) like I said before..... Harvest Fair!!! Go on Friday for the first 2 sessions- they are less crowded and you will be better able to find a spot to "take a load off your feet" when you are ready to sit down. If they do the sommelier thing again this year, so much the better- just tag along and learn stuff. There is about an hour and a half between sessions, plenty of time to wander the fairgrounds and get a bite to eat or watch qualifying "heats" of the grape stomp, or listen to one of the (usually) great jazz groups playing on the stage right outside the pavillion where the wine is.
(If you have concerns about so much walking, plan to go for the gala the previous weekend where you will still get to drink the best wines, and before they sell out, too.)
Plan the next day(s) around your favorite wines from the event...works out great because everyone else is flocking to the fairgrounds on the weekend to taste the winning wines, but you are already done with that so you can go see what else the best producers have to offer and the tasting rooms are generally less crowded.
- Hasn't failed us in 6 years....
I can't recall if I mentioned it on here or Napa, but I found a back issue of Wine Spectator that has a great feature on visiting Sonoma. The cover has a picture of Duskie Estes and her husband in front of their restaurant Zazu. Its summer of 2007, I think.
Hoping that Damombo will be piping in with the rest of her trip news soon...she'd planned to visit a couple we are up in the air about.

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-01-2011 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
When we were at St. Francis, we purchased the 07 Russian River Valley Bacchi Vineyard Zin. Have not had an opportunity to taste it yet. Believe it or not, I am beginning to plan and schedule the October trip. HELP MEEEEEEEEEE!

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yesilovewine
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posted 05-01-2011 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Don't you just love those "WOW" wine moments??
We opened the Randy Zin to have with our grilled steaks, but decided that it was too light to hold up to the grilled meat ( imagine a zin that's too light for grilled meat, but still delicious enough to plan the next meal around it!)It's a beautiful wine, don't get me wrong- wonderful aromas of cherry, chocolate and a spice- maybe anise?-
and smooth as silk...drinks like an aged Cab in that regard, but it is more of a Pinot color and Merlot in body. I would call this one an "elegant" wine. I think we will have a roast beef tonight to enjoy with this.
Anyway, we went to our stand by, St.Francis, and chose the '08 Montecillo Vyd. Karyn's Terrace Zinfandel. Great wine...a bit more tannic than I usually care for- you would probably love it Hawkeye- but that is what the steaks needed. Nice full body with deep color and flavors of dark berries with a hint of cherry and mocha.

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-01-2011 08:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Friday night we went to another of our favorite restaurants, Bocaccio Itialiano , and had Bolognese spaghetti along with a bottle of 2006 Chase Family Reserve Zin. WOOOOOOOOOOW!

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-30-2011 06:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you, Hawkeye. I appreciate you going back and finding that....I need to cull the past threads for more of your suggestions. (Though I have quite a few already! )
We'll be opening a Harvest Moon 2008 Randy Zin this eventing for dinner- will let you know what we think.
Hope you and yours were spared the horrors of last week's tornados! My word the East has had unreal weather this year...
Thanks again for the heads up .

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-30-2011 04:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine,

I thought I had been to another on your list. Here is my report from Day 2.

MILL CREEK WINERY - Kim Collins, the tasting room manager, led us through an array of wines offered by the winery. Since we skipped the whites, the first we tasted was the 07 DCV Zin which was a little to light bodied for my taste but did have a nice peppery finish. The 04 Alexander Valley Reserve Merlot was tasting quite well with good body and a nice finish, a very good Cab drinkers Merlot. The last tasting was of the 07 Sonoma Valley Cab which had great body and a nice smooth lingering finish. We did purchase a couple bottles of this Cab. They are members of the Visa Signature Card program, so our tasting was free.

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-28-2011 10:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye, I'm not done with Sonoma yet...maybe another decade and I'll take on Napa...
I didn't forget Williamson, they are on the 'already decided' list, with most of the Wilson Artisan group and the Maple Zin producers and a few others that I really
don't want to miss. There were 63 places on my "wish list", and some have been on the "must see" for quite a while, so they are 'already decided'for this trip...well,at least for my part- Left Brain and I haven't had the final meeting of the minds yet.
There are several Healdsburg tasting rooms, including Williamson, that I hope to see and I believe that we will take a half-day there and have lunch at Zin before setting out in Dry Creek.
Jeff, thanks,I did see the dining post and thanks again for your reply.
Glad you will be back in the fall- I think Nov. is a great time, especially if they haven't defoliated the vines for the winter quite yet. The crowds are pretty much gone and everyone is enjoying the afterglow of crush.

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carjeff
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posted 04-28-2011 02:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine,

Soory about the confusion on Merry Edwards. I think I had high expectations after reading all her great reviews. And they were also sold out of her Sauvignon Blanc - which I was really looking forward to. It didn't help that the couple we travelled with didn't care for Pinots. Even though we are good friends, I never realized it until he said "I don't really like Pinots" when he took a look at the wine list!

I had added some restaurant reviews to your other post - not sure if you saw them yet.

My wife and I will be running a 1/2 Marathon in Calistoga in Nov... a good excuse to go back. I can't wait.

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-28-2011 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I have not been to a lot of your selections, but one I would cross off is Raymond Burr. They have the same winemaker as Duex Amis and neither of them were to our taste.

We have been to VJB and you can see my comments on Sonoma Day 1 or 2, not sure which.

If you are going to be on Limerick Lane, one you might want to add would be Merriam. They had a couple good Chards and a very good Merlot.

I don't see Williamson on your list.

Sorry, that is all the help I can give . . . now, if you want to go to the good side, I can make more suggestions.

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-28-2011 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Oh, I see. I guess I didn't pay close enough attention to what you said before. Thanks for the pick-up and clarification.
Thanks again for taking the time to give me feedback.
Are you going to make it back in the fall?

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carjeff
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posted 04-28-2011 10:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
You actually do taste at the Merry Edwards Winery, it's just that the tasting room is just like a conference room, rather than a bar. And the tasting is similar to the Mauritson Rockpile tasting in that you taste the same varietal, but from different sources/vineyards. If you are into RRV Pinots, I would say it's a must. Merry Edwards does have a great reputation.

http://www.merryedwards.com/winery/

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-27-2011 02:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks carjeff.
I thought I recalled reading about Landmark on here recently, but a quick check through the threads didn't produce it. Thanks for re-telling the tale for me. We do prefer the crisp-style chard, so I think we may go there.
I'm still not a big pinot person ( I know, that's heresy here in Oregon! ) but I think its because we just haven't found the right style yet...they are either too light bodied or too smokey/tobacco-ey/earthy for us; not to mention the price of that varietal..
I wanted to hear about Merry Edwards because I had read about her in a couple of publications and I have seen her wine on the "Best" list for a couple wine magazines in the last few months. Did not realize that you taste in a non-winery setting...that may be a deal-breaker for this trip....we'll see. With so many great scenic spots to hit, I may have to pass on her again.
Thanks again..
I don't recall where y'all stayed on your trip, but could you check out my list of potential retaurants on the dining listing and offer an opinion if you have one?

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carjeff
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posted 04-27-2011 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine,

And here's my reviews of the wineries on your list I have visited.

Merry Edwards – the last stop of the day for several different single vineyard Pinot Noirs. They we all very good, but I couldn’t tell much different between them – our palates were probably a little worn out. The winery itself wasn’t much – it looked like an office with a board room for a tasting room. Ron, our pourer was very knowledgeable, explaining the history of the Winemaker/Winery (Merry Edwards is one of the pioneer female winemakers) and showed a map of all the different single vineyards.


Landmark – Fantastic Chardonnays. Interesting history (winery started by great-great-granddaughter of John Deere), and well-decorated tasting room. We tasted 6 different Chardonnays, the Grand Detour Pinot, and Steel Plow Syrah. All the wines were excellent. The chardonnays were crisp, not very oaky or buttery. Probably our next wine club.

In a nutshell, if you like RRV pinots, and don't care about an atmosphere or view, I would recommend Merry Edwards. They have great pinots, but you'll feel like your sitting in a conference/boardroom (which you are. It's an office, not a tasting room.

Landmark - If your Chards crisp, and not the over-oaked, buttery style, I would highly recommend it. Never did join there wine club - mainly because I can buy there wines here in NJ - just bought several bottles of Overlook on sale last week.

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-27-2011 11:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
So, trying to pare down from the following list of POTENTIAL visits for our stay in Sonoma. This will be my longest venture yet- 4 full and 2 half-days, so there is a lot of choosing to do.
We have 8 visits set through the event itinerary, all in Sonoma Valley, and I'll tell you about those when we get back.
Also have 4 more planned to cover the Wilson Artisans group, and another few for the Maple Zins...not concerned about mapping out as yet, just the "worth it" estimation of the following locations:
Sbragia, Unti, Montemaggiore, Talty, Limerick Lane, Christopher Creek, Pezzi King, Jordan, Stephen-Walker, Truett-Hurst, Ridge, Mill Creek, VJB, Arrowood, Toad Hollow, Schug, Lambert Bridge, Merry Edwards, Woodenhead, Russian River Vineyards, Russian Hill, Raymond Burr, Lynmar, Landmark, Pellegrini, Hwy 128, Meeker.
One of my concerns is that several of these are appt. only places, which is a new thing for us. If its a really stupendous location, we might try it, but I'd need to know how much time to allow for that situation.

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-08-2011 11:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well damombo, if you can drink Sonoma County dry then your liver isn't the only thing that will need attention! LOL

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damombo
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posted 04-08-2011 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Well Wahooty and Congratulations!! We will try to leave some wine behind so that you have something to taste

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-07-2011 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
My WAAAA-HOOOOOO!!!
The kid goes to Sonoma in May! !!!!

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damombo
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posted 04-07-2011 07:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
uuhhhhhhhhhh hear what? I knew my memory wasn't so great, but I guess my hearing is going too...

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-07-2011 07:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Here what? Did a tree fall in the woods?

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yesilovewine
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posted 04-07-2011 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Did ya?

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