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posted 10-16-2012 07:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
A couple more things...
I failed to mention that we must've liked Martin Ray's offerings pretty well as we put together an entire case to be shipped home!
Being in desperate need of some solid whites for summer consumption was part of that, but there were really some very interesting things offered here. I think we bought 6 of the Sweepstakes SB, and then mixed the Gewurtz', Cab and Rose`. There was a special ship for free offered w/ case purchase which we were going to jump on, but then learned that they can't ship to NC!
Go figure!!! So, since we already had the thing put together, she offered us club pricing on the wines and threw in 2 logo glasses. Not a bad deal in the scheme of things, except of course the hit to the purchasing budget at such an early part of the trip.
I did go on about our visit to Pezzi King, huh? It was really something to remember. BUT, what I forgot to tell y'all is that the tasting room in Healdsburg had a much more extensive offering than that presented to us at the house. Its a little hard to find because its around the back of the Roma Station building on Front Street, and you actually have to go back to where the Hudson Street Wineries is located and then around the corner of THAT building to a separate little building. Are you confused? So were we. But once you get to Hudson Street Wineries' lot you will see signs for PK. And a side note here, Hart's Desire has been in the gold/silver winners' list for the last several years and seems to be consistently producing likable wines. They are located in the Roma Station building that faces the river. We skipped them this year, even though we were so close, but I think they may be worth trying on an upcoming adventure. If any of you try them, would you please post about it?


posted 10-14-2012 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I forgot to tell you something....When we were visiting with Chris Barrett at Pezzi King, he mentioned that he is also the winemaker for DaVero which is just down the road that dead-ends into Madrona Manor's driveway. As you cross the creek approaching the Manor, they are on the left.
We had some of THEIR secondary label,Falco, at the art show and it was very good. We didn't make it back to try DaVero, but I think they may be worth investigating; another one for "next time".
They also make a variety of olive oils, vinegars, jams and jellies according to their website. I think this may be a case of "the one that got away" for us!

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posted 10-12-2012 06:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
When y'all get back from your respective visits, I would love for us to have discussion about the quality of the wines for 2009 and 2010 vintages. These were the predominant wines at Harvest Fair and we really felt that in general terms the wines were lacking in complexity and depth. Like I noted in some of the notes in my (overly) long reports, The wines were ok, but there just wasn't much to crow about this year in our estimation.
When you get back, let's open that discussion, ok?


posted 10-11-2012 01:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Reading this is making my mouth water!


posted 10-11-2012 10:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Okay, I'll make this less detailed and may be that will work.
I'll "bare bones" this and y'all come back with any questions, ok?
Day 1- Arrival day! WAHOO!! Took the long way, up the coast and enjoyed the trip immensely. Beautiful scenery. Lunched in Bodega Bay at Lucas Wharf.
Merry Edwards- free tasting and good but not great wines
Martin Ray- stopped here because they took the Sweepstakes award for the Whites category: 2011 RRV Sauv. Blanc from their "Angeline" label. Other wines tried:
2011 RRV Rose
2010 RRV Pinot
2009 Sonoma County Cab
Angeline wines:
2011 RRV Sauv. Bl
2011 Chardonnay Reserve
Courtney Benham wines tried
2011 RRV Gewurtz'
End Day 1- ran out of time
Day 2-
Short Day due to tasting BY APP'T at Pezzi King and then Harvest Fair Art Show and Sale that evening
Pezzi King- Exceptional experience! We had the pleasure of meeting Chris Barrett, the winemaker and this was a highlight of the trip. Nicest, most down to earth young man you could hope to meet.
Chris has the distinction of being the winemaker for TWO of this year's sweepstakes awards- the Sweepstakes REd- his 2010 Row 26 Reserve Zinfandel ( delightful Zin and deserved to win in our estimation) and the "Other" category Sweepstakes for his 2010 "Royal Rot"- a Botrytis Sauv. Blanc that you absolutely will flip over if you try it. Its just incredible! Honest! Nothing in wine has had this effect on me since my first Maple Zin, and y'all know what THAT did to me!
But I digress...
Other wines tasted here:
2011 DCV Sauv. Blanc- stellar wine and would be the Granddaughter of the Royal Rot
( had the 2 day old juice from these vines and the 2 week old juice from the DCV and folks, its gonna be one Rockin' wine...watch for that one)
2011 Ritchie Vyd. SB
2009 Estate Cab
2010 Harris Kratka Zinfandel
2010 Old Vine Zinfandel
2009 Reserve Zin/ Serracino Vyd
( We also had the 2012 from the barrel--yum)
Next stop- Hudson Street Wineries ( a co-op for 5 small wineries)
Kelley & YOung-
2011 AV Sauv. Blanc- just as nice as you described, RC, but we actually preferred the WillowBrook
2011 Kathleen Rose AV Rose`
2011 Nuits de Young AV Rose`
2010 Sauv. Bl/ Sonoma County
2009 Pinot/ Sonoma Mountain/ Kaufman Est.
2010 Chardonnay/ Sonoma County

End of Day- didn't take notes at the Art show, but should have. Had some unfamiliar labels that bear noting- I'll see if I can find the list and then recreate impressions.

Since this is long, lets start another page


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