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posted 11-15-2012 05:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Wow. We have never had that happen at Wilson. I wonder if the fact that we usually get there toward the end of the day influences that....


posted 11-15-2012 02:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
We had a similar experience at Wilson. They weren't even that crowded, but they didn't acknowledge us within 10 minutes, so we just left.


posted 10-18-2012 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Yes - those both look interesting. I'm just concerned that we wouldn't be arriving until 15 minutes before their 5:00 closing time which is why I figured we'd try Williamson - they are open until 7:00. I guess we could drop in a see how they feel about late comers!


posted 10-18-2012 08:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Great report as always Hawkeye. Sorry that you didn't have better luck on your Sonoma Day.
Did you taste the 'Royal Rot' at Pezzi King?
If you do venture back to Sonoma one day, consider taking your group to Ridge. They have a very large tasting area with indoor or outdoor accomodations and the servers were very good. Wine wasn't too bad either...

Since Hawkeye's report has you second guessing your day, consider stopping at the Hudson Street Wineries complex in Healdsburg. Lots of wines to try, from 5 different wineries and the folks we encountered behind the bar were really fun. And it would be a little closer to your starting point.
Or, and this is one I haven't visited and know only through one glass of their second label, but DaVero has gotten my attention and will be a "must visit" on any future trips out. They are appointment only though, and you're going to be late in the day so it may not be feasible. anyway, check out their website and see what you think.


posted 10-18-2012 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
So the beer junkie puts up with the wineaux? Good for him!

Sorry you weren't wowed with the two new places. I guess this means I don't need to break the speed limits trying to get there before they close? I was going to try to get there from our last appt. on Spring Mountain, but it was going to be tight. Maybe just go into Healdsburg and revisit Williamson...


posted 10-18-2012 04:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Last year on our group trip, we did not go to the Healdsburg area to taste and a couple in the group requested that we do so this year, so here we are on Friday. There were 8 of us.

Our first stop was at Pezzi King for the estate tasting up on the hill. Once you arrive there, it is a very pleasant venue. You sit outside by the swimming pool with an incredible view of the valley. Mrs. Hawkeye and I had tasted here last year with a couple friends and purchased some of their Row 22 Zin futures which were supposed to be ready for us to pick up . . . NOT. Someone in their office forgot to send the wine up to the estate (and we were to pick up both our orders). The futures were 6 bottles so we purchased 6 more bottles so they would ship a case free. I was happy with their wines but not their customer service.

Lunch was at Bear Republic Brewing Company because of of our group is a beer junkie.

Our second tasting stop was at Everett Ridge. There was nothing here that was memorable to us.

Our third stop was at Mill Creek with the same results as above.

For a "free lance" stop, we tried Wilson winery who makes some incredible wines. Just before we got there, a limo group rolled up and there was no space at the tasting bar. Rather that be ignored, we just left.

Everyone in the group agreed that it was nice to go to Sonoma for a change, but next year they requested that we just stay in Napa.

Third day report back on the Napa Board.



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