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Hawkeye
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posted 08-14-2011 07:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Uncorked,

Sorry, they would not know me. Have a great trip.

-Hawkeye

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Uncorked
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posted 08-12-2011 04:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks, Hawkeye. We will definitely try to do Bennett Lane. I did have in my notes that you really liked that one. Should I tell them the guy from Tennessee sent us?

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Hawkeye
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posted 07-31-2011 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Uncorked,

Welcome back to the Board, it has been a while. While you are in Calistoga and on your way home, please stop at Bennett Lane which is right on Hwy 128 to Healdsburg. Their Cab blend Maximus, is just about the best bottle of wine I have tasted for the price point. Their Cabs aren't bead either. Have a great trip.

-Hawkeye

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Uncorked
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posted 07-30-2011 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
yesilovewine--I haven't been on here in a while, but really enjoy reading all that I've been missing! I am going to Healdsburg (14 of us!) in Sept. We arrive on Sat. and have a reservation for a "pizza party in The Grove" for dinner. We get to pick our own toppings and then the chef will place in the wood-fired oven. Yum! I love their Zins too. On Sun. we are going to the 25th annual music festival at BR Cohn and hear the Doobies, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Feat, among others. Should be a fun day. Monday we are heading to Napa, and have reservations at Biale; then heading to Oxbow Market for lunch and maybe some tastings there. After that we have a reservation at Del Dotto for their cave tour. From what I hear about that, we'll probably go straight back to the hotel! (I know I'm supposed to be on the Sonoma board) Tues., girls are doing a spa day at the spa in our hotel (Hotel Healdsburg) while the guys either bike or raft the river. That afternoon, we are all doing a segway tour, followed by dinner at Dry Creek Kitchen on their screened porch. On Wed., we are doing our Sonoma winery day--Gary Farrell, Mauritson, Coppola (and lunch at Rustic) and end with Stryker. With so many of us, it will be difficult to visit more than that in one day. I've made all our tasting/lunch/dinner reservations and I can hardly wait to be there. Thursday is our "free" day and my hubby and I will head out on our own. I know I want to do the Bottle Shock tour (already made reservation for that) and end up at Ledson (we are wine club members there). Lots of driving, but it is beautiful there in the fall. Hope all is well with you and best of luck in your new endeavors.

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yesilovewine
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posted 07-24-2011 11:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
SAVE ME!!!!! I have the computer for 2 more days...let me live vicariously through your upcoming trips!!! Surely SOMEBODY has got to be going to Sonoma this year.....
And tell us, what are you drinking while you plan your trip?

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 07-24-2011).]

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RichardSE
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posted 06-26-2011 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
Since I was talking about Seghesio Sonnoa County Zin, I checked and I had one more bottle of the 2005 vintage which was rated 90 points and one of the 100 top wines by WS in 2007. I loved it for the cost
! It still has lots of cherries and jam, but the acidity is starting to faid and anise is a bit stronger than I remember it. Still quite nice.

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RichardSE
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posted 06-26-2011 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
If you go to Russian River Vineyards, they have a restaurant at the winery called Corks. I've never been but I was thinking of going on our last trip since on Thursday, they have no corkage fee for any wines you bring in. Coppola also has a nice restaurant.

Some of the wineries that I've been to and would recommend or was considering on my last trip (but decided to focus more on Napa) are:

Arrowood (good cabs)
Sojourn (really nice pinots)
Seghesio (great zins)

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yesilovewine
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posted 06-25-2011 10:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
The Korbel tour/tasting has had good reviews on several sites. I guess it depends on your interest in sparkling wines as to whether its " worth the trip out".
By the way, that trip will be closer to an hour and a half...its right at 80 miles betwen Napa and Armstrong....just so you know.
There are quite a few wineries of note that could be convenient, depending on your route; Gary Farrell, Joseph Swan, Harvest Moon, Martinelli are all just off River Road, and Porter Creek, Moshin and Russian Hill Estate are not far afield from that road.
If you are thinking more in terms of 116, then Iron Horse, Russian River Vineyards and Dutton Estate may interest you.

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winegirl1976
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posted 06-24-2011 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for winegirl1976   Click Here to Email winegirl1976     Edit/Delete Message
A list of wineries we visited. I apoligize for posting the late info. we had a wonderful trip loved it all can't wait to go back. Thanks to everyone for your information. My notes are (quick notes)


Anaba - great wines
Jacuzzi - good
Gloria Ferrer - Great views
Audelessa - good a little expensive, also share same wine maker as Sojourn
Sojourn - made a appt. wasn't able to make it
Hawkes- good wines
Roessler- Cab. - good wines

Day 2

Rodney Strong - great wines
J Vineyards - great wines and bubbley
Raymond Burr - good Cab.
Preston - wine ok
Bella - great wine caves, wine ok

Day 3
Chateau Montelena - it was OK, not what I thought
Wine Garage- great place (John was great)
Envy Wines- wines ok
Day 4
Twomey - great wines
Merryvale - great wines
Beringer - great place
Francis F. Coppola - good wines and (Rustic-loved it)

Day 5

DeLoch- great wines
Inman- wines ok
Pellegrine- great cabs.
Sunce Vineyard- not good
Charles Krug(Peter Mondovi)- great cabs.

Day 6
Ledson - we loved all the wines and Marc was(the bomb)


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aeh0725
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posted 06-24-2011 09:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for aeh0725     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Everyone,

We will be visiting the Napa and Sonoma area next month. It will be our 2nd visit and we will be staying in downtown Napa. On our first visit, we spent all of our time in Napa so we would like to explore Sonoma on this trip. I am interested in visiting the Armstrong State Reserve and was wondering if any of the wineries in that area would be worth the trip out. My husband and I do not mind driving and I know it is over an hour's drive from where we are staying. I was thinking of visiting Korbel while we are there since it is close to the park. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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