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yesilovewine
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posted 05-23-2011 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
You don't need an appointment there.
Since Sojourn and Audelssa have the same winemaker, I think you would enjoy the opportunity to compare. Besides, you really don't want to miss the Chocolate Cabernet sauce at Audelssa.....

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RichardSE
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posted 05-23-2011 11:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
I don't know if we'll have a chance to go to Auldessa. We have booked 3 tastings a day and if we do it, it would have to be one of the drop-ins. I can hardly wait!

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yesilovewine
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posted 05-21-2011 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Richard,
If you are going to Sojourn, then you should definitely head to Auldessa in Glen Ellen. Eric Bradley is the winemaker at both locations and his Auldessa wines were terrific.

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-10-2011 12:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard,

Good choice. Hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Looking forward to your report.

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RichardSE
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posted 05-09-2011 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Based on Damombo & Hawkeye's recommendations, we've booked a visit with Sojourn. We'll let you know how it goes, but I'm looking forward to it!

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damombo
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posted 05-07-2011 12:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks carjeff - he is home now and snoring away in his favorite chair.
I hope you enjoy those three wineries - all three very different tasting experiences. And when you visit Ledson, go sample the array of hot mustards that they have. Most are too hot for me, but my husband and son are wild about them: the curry mustard and the sweet fire IPA are favorites.

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yesilovewine
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posted 05-06-2011 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Oh, Jeff-
sonomavalleywineries.org may be a helpful site for researching that area. As far as I can tell it lists all of the wineries in the valley and has links to the websites of all that have them. If you persue it far enough to read the tasting notes on the wines I think you may find some with stellar potential.
I'm still drooling over Richard Arrowood's Cabernets..

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yesilovewine
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posted 05-06-2011 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well, D', what happened last time YOU were laid up? I'd say that is the determiner...."turn about is fair play", ya know.
Hawkeye, too bad that you won't see Sonoma on your next visit. Aside from our Cab-tour we have about 6 visits scheduled with the Cabs in mind.
Interesting that you two have found a winemaker to follow...that idea never occured to me before. We have always follwed the vineyard or some natural aspect of the wines.

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-06-2011 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I know what Mrs. Hawkeye would tell me!!! Even though knee replacements are an everyday thing now, they still take some rehab that isn't fun. Same with a hip. I had a partial one about 5 years ago and now they tell me that I need a whole one. Why didn't they do the whole thing while they were in there? I may just have to order an extra case of wine to get through this one.

You will see the Brown wineries when I put out my schedule. Here it is only May and I am getting excited.

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damombo
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posted 05-06-2011 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Oh I am jealous about the Thomas Brown wineries! Which ones?
I haven't gotten to have any wine all week - I ask you: just because the hubby can't drink anything, does that really mean I can't!??!

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-06-2011 11:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo,

You reports are always so good. I enjoy every one and wish I had more trips or more time to wine country (generic).

I am glad you liked my suggestion of Sojurn. I had never tasted Pinot like those before. They had enough body for this Cab drinker. But even more important, since you liked their wines, I do not have to send you one of my bottles.

Am working on our October trip, and even though we will have 6 days, there is no time to get to Sonoma County. Other than our few favorites over there, we always seem disappointed with what we find. So, this time, this Cab drinker will stay on the Napa side. So far I have 5 or 6 Thomas Brown wineries on our schedule.

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carjeff
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posted 05-06-2011 06:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the great report. Hope your husband's recovery goes well.

We are looking for a few wineries in the Sonoma Valley/Carneros area for our Nov trip. I have added Deerfield Ranch, Sojourn and Ledson to our list of possibilities.

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yesilovewine
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posted 05-05-2011 03:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Great report D'.
Kelsey is our favorite server, too and it can get to be a long event so its easy to see how you ended up taking 2 hours.
Deerfield Ranch has a Monte Carlo night scheduled during our visit and we are considering that, so I'm glad to hear your opinion.
Hope the hub's recovery goes well...

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damombo
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posted 05-05-2011 03:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
(sorry this has taken so long to post - hubby had knee-replacement surgery on Tuesday and it’s been a wee bit crazy around here...)

Our first appointment of the last day of wine tasting was at Loxton. We didn’t really get a chance to chat with the owner, whom everyone says is quite a charmer, but the young lady pouring the wines was very sweet. These wines were not really to our liking, but my husband did like their Port, so off we went with yet another Port Since our tasting was finished fairly quickly, we had time before our next appointment to check out another winery. As we drove back toward Ledson (our next appointment), we saw a sign about Zinfandels, and the car just turned into their drive.

Deerfield Ranch Winery. Definitely go by for a visit. The tasting room is in their cave, and it is a little bit of a walk, but then you have several nice areas to sit and sip. We liked everything we tasted - another wonderful find and we did join the club. We sent home a 6-pack: 2 ‘06 Buchignani Garcia Vineyard Zinfandel, an ’09 Windsor Oaks Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc, an ’04 Los Chamazal Vineyard Cab, an ’06 Syrah, and an ’03 Trio Vineyard Meritage.

Next up was Ledson. Another of our clubs, we do enjoy the vast array of zins and cabs they offer. As members, we had a private tasting in a lovely room upstairs with Kelsey Ledson, nephew to the owner/winemaker. Kelsey is a hoot and really works at it to make you feel at home and very special. This tasting was a blast but took two hours and made us late to our next appointment!

Which was Sojourn, just off the square in Sonoma. We arrived late, but I had called and they said No problem, come on. The tasting at Sojourn is held in a little house at the dining table. There were 9 of us and the hostess was able to keep up with all of us, even though we were several pours behind the others. Yes, Hawkeye, these Pinot Noirs are more to our liking - a bolder Pinot than others we’ve tried. We had a blast with the other guests - I felt kind of guilty that perhaps we weren’t paying enough attention to the wine, but there were two couples at my end of the table who were just hilarious and delightful - they were from New Jersey and this was their first day of tasting. Anyway, we had a wonderful time, my husband chose a six-pack of one of the Pinots and two of the cabs. We will see what we think when they arrive (which now looks like won’t be until next Fall - they do not ship if the weather is too warm and Texas is not cooperating... already too warm for Sojourn)

One last stop before leaving the area and we finally made it to Viansa. I seem to always have them on the itinerary for the last stop and we never have made it there. This time I was actually game for one last stop (in trips past I’ve been pretty wined out by the end of that 4th day) We didn’t have a lot of time before closing, so we did a quick tasting and a quick look around. What we saw and tasted makes me want to visit again and spend a little more time. I bought a couple of bottles of whites for my daughter and my husband bought a Barbera and a Primitivo.

We headed on down the highway towards Oakland and the airport. One last great meal at Skates on the Bay and home to start dreaming of our next trip!

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