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yesilovewine
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posted 04-08-2013 05:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
bump for summer

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-25-2012 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Yeah...I do get a little carried away...

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RC456
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posted 02-25-2012 04:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye

Sounds good. Yes, we both work in the yard a good bit with the shrubs & flowers. Have some daylilies in our front beds, but I'm sure she would love more!

After we get back Memorial Day, we'll take a look at what's coming up and make a plan for the Chattanooga trip.

Look forward to it.

Thnx
RC

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RC456
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posted 02-25-2012 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
yesilovewine,

We are in Anniston since '91. Born & raised in the Montgomery area, though.

I've made notes on your other thoughts & suggestions.....I think I have enough down for this trip and 2 more!

Thnx
RC

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-25-2012 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi RC,

That would be great if you could come up for a night. If your wife is into flowers, make it early June and we will send her home with some daylilies.

Then we could try our favorite restaurant, St. John's. Surely we can find some wine in my stash that you would like. we do have a few things other than Cabs.

-Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-24-2012 05:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi RC.
If you are Malbec fans, then you should be pleased with the Mauritson offering. A couple of years ago there was a thread about Malbec on the Trip Advisor forums, and I got some good information from that; if you want to find more Malbec you could look there.

If you have the time and inclination to explore some other unusual varietals, try Ledson's Barbera ,and at Two Amigos ( a new place in Sonoma town) they may be pouring "Suzy's Toast" which is a 100% Rousanne by GlenLyon winery.

And, if you like the less grassy style of Sauv. Blanc you might really like to try the Grenache Blanc at Bill Frick's in Dry Creek; he has lots of wines that I like, actually; he grows Rhone grapes and apparently I like the Rhones!

Another Sauv. Blanc I just recalled is the one from Haywood. They just opened a tasting room in Sonoma (town) also and his wines are REally REally good.

Mahoney Vineyards won the Best in class white 2years ago with an Albarino that was just amazing. I believe that their tasting facility is in the Oxbow Market in Napa. Its worth looking for.

So, where in Alabama are you from? We have family in Florence, Huntsville and Birmingham.

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RC456
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posted 02-24-2012 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,

I already had Wilson circled to visit this trip based on that it is always a recommend from most on this board.....so, I figured I gotta get by there and see if they have something for us!

We get into Sonoma on Tuesday night May 22nd. Sonoma wineries slated for Wed - Fri and then Napa wineries on Sat & Sun. We actually fly home on Memorial Day Monday.

As for Chattanooga, I actually drive through there almost every week. Even though I live in North Alabama, I travel the state of Kentucky. I'm a territory sales rep for a well known furniture company. Unfortunately, it is usually either very early in the morning or late evening when I buzz through.

However, the wife & I take some quick 1 night weekend trips occasionally.....have not done one to Chattanooga in a few years. So, maybe sometime during the summer months we see if schedules line up? It's only 2 hrs north for us.

Thnx
RC

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-24-2012 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi RC,

I hope you enjoy the Mauritson Rockpile Zins. Another Zin producer in the same general area is Wilson. They have many award winning wines, not just Zins. Most of these wineries produce a Chard or SB also.

Do you ever get to Chattanooga? Maybe sometime we could meet. If you are in town on an overnighter, we could meet at or favorite restaurant, St. John's. I would be happy to furnish the wine.

When is your trip scheduled?

-Hawkeye

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RC456
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posted 02-24-2012 12:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye,

I haven't tried the Mauritson Zins. As a rule, the wife & I are not Zin or Cab fans. With that being said, I know that you can't judge a varietal in a blanketed way. Case in point, Cline Cellars has an Ancient Vine Zin that we find quite good and only $18 a bottle.

I will try the Zins at Mauritson and a few other places we have down to visit. I am especially intrigued with the whole Rockpile aspect......I have read y'alls post about the Rockpile vineyards and I want to try them.

Since our Sonoma days are Wed - Fri on this trip, maybe they won't be so crowded and I get someone who will take the time on the comparison tasting.

Who knows.....we may come back Zin converts!

Thnx

RC

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-23-2012 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi RC,

Have you not had the Zins at Mauritson? They are some of the best around, especially the Rockpile Vineyard Zins. They used to do a comparison tasting of the Rockpile Zins and if they still do it, it is a good way to compare. One of my favorite Healdsburg wineries but not one of my favorite tasting rooms. They are normally crowded, especially on weekends, and hard to get attention. I used to be a member of their wine club but they did nothing special for members, just threw you in the general crowd.

-Hawkeye

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RC456
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posted 02-23-2012 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Wolfman

Not too late....will be out there the week before & weekend of Memorial Day.

I do have Mauritson already on my must list. Had their SB not long ago & really liked. Peaked my interest to see what else they offered.....I see that they have a Pinot Noir & Malbec that I would like to try.

Thnx for the input!

RC

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wolfman
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posted 02-23-2012 07:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
I know I am a little late on this thread, but I would like to throw in my two cents and give a nod to Mauritson. I prefer the reds, but was pleasantly surprised with their Sauv. Blanc.

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RC456
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posted 02-20-2012 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Kod,

Circled Lynmar, but didn't see Freeman on the map.....if close to Lynmar then I'm sure I'll run up on it. Will be in that general area for sure, since I am definitely going to Harvest Moon & Russian River (have dinner reserv @ Cork's based on a friends high reccomd). Also have circled Rafanelli. Have Armida down because of their SB best of class win at Harvest Fair.

Thanks,
RC

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Kod
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posted 02-19-2012 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
I visited Papapietro Perry 3 years ago and they had little left to taste. All their good pinots were unavailable. I'd call there first and see what they have to taste before going there.

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Kod
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posted 02-19-2012 07:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
I had a private visit at the small Freeman Winery in Sebastopol 3 years ago. They have 2 excellent highly rated pinots. I also enjoyed the pinots at Lynmar, a pretty place nearby. I did not care for the pinots at Armida and Moshin, way too harsh. Rafanelli, known for its Zin, has a very nice cab and and an excellent merlot in the mid $20's.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-17-2012 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Hawkeye. I made repeated attempts to contact Remick Ridge through the SB website, to no avail, last spring when we had several days planned in the valley. I found "The Wine Room" just today...I'm not sure if its the same as the "Family Wineries" co-op but I think its a different entity...both co-ops but serving different facilities.
I've been looking forward to trying the Remick Ridge for a couple of years, so I hope this plan works! Their Merlot is also supposed to be good.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-17-2012 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes, me again,

Just looking for the Smother's Remick Ridge wines for you. Here is their website http://www.smothersbrothers.com/remick.html there is also an address for their store in Kenwood at 9575 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA 95452 (707) 833-1010 ‎

Let me know how it is.

-Hawkeye

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-17-2012 12:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Yes,

Unless there is a second Wine Room in Kenwood, both the Kenwood and Dry Creek are "Family Wineries". Here is the website: www.http://familywines.com/ We have tasted at the Dry creek shop several times and when we go in, the host, Shaun Burke knows us. We have tasted at the Kenwood room a couple times. He is excellent and if you can describe the wine you like, he will find it for you and even if it isn't open, he will open it. Nice guy. I did not see the Remick Ridge that you are looking for on their list.

Buy the way, I did purchase a couple bottles of Dasche Zin to bring home. This is the one that Shaun recommended when we told him what we liked. They both are no longer with us.

-Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-17-2012 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I thought of a couple more that might interest you, RC.
Right there in the Family wineries complex with Pappapietro's are Dasche and Kokomo. I think Dasche is actually in the Family wineries co-op's line up and I have them as a "go see". I first read of them on the Drink Dry Creek blog, and guess something from that sparked my interest...it would be a handy stop to make if you go to Pappa's.
Also in that complex is Kokomo- its the one housed in an old Quonset Hut. Great memories of their wines and they make very good whites- their Un-oaked chard got 3 stars from me. They have been in the medals at Harvest FAir for different things in the last couple of years and they do participate in the Visa Signature program.
In Sonoma Valley, try hitting "The Wine Room" in Kenwood. Its a co-op for several small wineries in the area and they purportedly serve the elusive Remick Ridge that I have been trying to find. That is Tom Smothers' winery and all they make are Merlot and Cab. I'm going for the Cab, but you should try the Merlot- it sounds good.
Its starting to sound like you need an extra day in Sonoma this trip

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RC456
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posted 02-16-2012 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Hawkeye & yesilovewine,

Added Papapietro Perry & Armida to the list. Thanks for the additions!

You were safe, yesilovewine, I had Matrix down already......maybe you or someone had mentioned in another post once upon a time, but I had it down for some reason. I did read back a page or more of post when I began making my list for May.

Now, here's the problem we all run into: I have circled on my trusty Winery map 24 wineries so far! That is just the Sonoma side! Glad we are spending 3 full days on the Sonoma side this trip. I could probably do 6 or 8 a day, but my wife wouldn't go for that many......maybe one afternoon while she is doing her spa treat, I'll sneak out to a few!

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-16-2012 11:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
RC,

Another that I just remembered, Papapietro Perry has 8 or 10 Pinots. They are in the same area as the Family Wineries Dry Creek Tasting room, though not in the same building. I did thast these and was quite impressed.

-Hawkeye.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-16-2012 08:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
RC, was doing some research and see that Armida's Sauv. blanc won best of class at Harvest Fair. Might be worth a look.
Also, can't believe I forgot to mention Matrix for Pinot Noir. Very nice location up in Dry Creek.

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RC456
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posted 02-15-2012 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks to everyone with the replies so far!

Looks like I was on the right track with several: I already had Wilson, Mauritson, Sojourn, Girard, Duckhorn, & Ledson on my list.

Will add: Trecini, Roessler, Merriam, & Sawyer.

If you think of more or if anyone else wants to chime in, let me know!

Damombo: We stopped in at Ledson just for re-con last August......it was early and believe it or not, neither of us felt like doing a tasting that early! But, I did make note to put them on our May visit list. And you are right about the deli & such. Even though too early for a tasting of wine, didn't stop us from buying some food items for later that day!

RC

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damombo
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posted 02-14-2012 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi all,

We have been enjoying the Sauv Blanc from Ledson. They also have a HUGE selection of wines and a wonderful deli with lots of tempting stuff for a picnic. If you haven't stopped in there, I would recommend you give it a try at least once. The building is beautiful and we are big fans of their wines - many of their Zins and Cabs are resting comfortably in our wine room.
We are not big Pinot fans, but did enjoy our visit to Sojourn in Sonoma (town). It was a Hawkeye suggestion, and I always do what Hawkeye suggests (if it's legal)

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-14-2012 07:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi RC,

Pinot - Sojurn in Sonoma town, Girard in Yountville.

Merlot - Merriam south of Healdsburg, Sawyer between Rutherford & Yountville, Duckhorn is famous for their Merlot on the Silverado Trail.

I know there are others, but these are the ones that pop into my head.

-Hawkeye

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-14-2012 03:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi RC.
Sauv Blanc- Trecini, Wilson, Mauritson gets good reviews but I haven't had it. Now fyi, we like the citric, not grassy style.
Pinot- Roessler Cellars in Sonoma
Merlot- also Trecini;I think its the best we've ever tasted.

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RC456
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posted 02-13-2012 05:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Need your help.....for our May trip want to know your favorite houses for PN & Sauv Blanc. While we are at it, a velvety Merlot as well. I think that it's fair to say that most on here prefer Zins & Cabs. If you have a palate for the less tannin wines, let me know your suggestions.

BTW, posted on both sides.

RC

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