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damombo
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posted 11-17-2012 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
We stopped at the Glen Ellen Inn on the day we were visiting! The weren't open for lunch that day and we noticed the Secret Cottages. Drove around back to see if we could find someone - I had hoped to look inside, but we couldn't find a soul. They look charming and quaint and quiet. I'll look forward to your opinion on your stay!

Yep, sooo many wineries that we want to check out, but it's so hard to not go back to ones you already enjoyed! We will just have to do our best to get to most of them eventually

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wolfman
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posted 11-17-2012 05:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
damombo - I know what you mean about the planning...I think it is part of the fun. I have this huge list of wineries I am interested in, knowing I will only visit a fraction of them. On one hand, there are a couple I would like to visit again because I liked the wine or the atmosphere, but on the other hand I don't want to miss out one of the many other possibilities.

Speaking of which, I normally use the maps on WineCountry as a guide to the wineries in the area, but I was amazed at the number of wineries listed on Google maps. I assume many of those are small privately owned properties, but still, the number of "little red dots" is overwelming!

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wolfman
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posted 11-16-2012 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
We found a nice little place called Glen Ellen Inn, Oyster Grill, Martini Bar and Secret Cottages.

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damombo
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posted 11-16-2012 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi wolfman! Where are you staying in Glen Ellen? This was our first time through the little village and I think I'd like to stay there next time.

Is it odd to start planning the next visit practically as soon as we get back? Well, to paraphrase an old song "if planning a wine country trip is wrong, I don't wanna be right"

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-16-2012 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I bet that you would really go for Pezzi King's Royal Rot, then. Botyrized SB and completely blew me away...WAY away. I wish we'd gotten more, but its at the upper end of our price range and we still had several days left on the trip. Its not "port"-ish at all, its just different in a VERY good way.

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wolfman
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posted 11-16-2012 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
I am not a big port drinker either, I am just mad at myself for not getting a bottle of the white port from Prager during our last visit. Seemed pricey at the time, but it was so unique, I just had to have some more!

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-16-2012 06:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well, you know that you don't have to miss out on 'port's in Sonoma, right?
DeLoach's Tawny and Chris Loxton's Shiraz are delicious...and we aren't really port drnkers!

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wolfman
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posted 11-15-2012 09:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
I am just starting to put together some ideas. I will open a new thread after I review some old posts. Looks like we will be staying in Glen Ellen.

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-15-2012 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hiya wolfman! Its so nice to see a new post over here; 'specially from an old friend! Whatcha got in mind for this trip??

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wolfman
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posted 11-15-2012 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for wolfman   Click Here to Email wolfman     Edit/Delete Message
Nice to see you two are still here! I am planning a trip to Sonoma in February and I am trying to catch up on all the threads I missed the past several months. I think we found a place to stay and I think we will concentrate on Sonoma for 2 1/2 days. Not sure if we will even make it to Napa, although I will miss my stop at the Wine Garage and Prager for a nice port.

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-04-2012 08:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds good to me!

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damombo
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posted 11-04-2012 06:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
We had a very good trip - maybe too good! I'm looking at the credit card balance and YIKES! Perhaps I should have kept closer track of what we were blissfully spending. I just keep telling the kids that we are really having fun spending their inheritance

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yesilovewine
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posted 11-03-2012 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds like lots of fun D', and I am so jealous of your Maple Zin...wish I'd thought of that.

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damombo
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posted 11-03-2012 08:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
(I’m enjoying a glass of Dutcher Crossing 2008 Maple Vineyard Zin az I write this)

Our second day in wine country was spent in Alexander Valley and Dry Creek. First stop was at Field Stone - a new winery for us. We enjoyed walking around the property - it is a lovely setting right off of 128. We drove over from Calistoga and it was a beautiful drive. We enjoyed their wines, and they were quite reasonable, so a mixed case went home for us and a case of merlot went home to my brother Such a good sister!

Next stop was Sausal, a winery we had briefly visited before and thought we would check again. Turns out that the family has decided to retire and Silver Oak bought them out. So looks like this was the last chance to buy any Sausal wine, and it was all ridiculously cheap (because of the sale prices) so a case of mixed zins are on their way home.

We picked up some sandwiches at Jimtown store and headed over to Seghesio for a picnic, and then, of course, a tasting. We are members of Seghesio and have always enjoyed their wines. Their tasting room is lovely, but our visits there really vary. Sometimes it’s a friendly, fun tasting and other times it’s just a pour and not much personality. I think our host was tired, so this was a not much personality visit.

Next stop was at Bella. The tasting was in their cave and first we were offered a taste of pumpkin posole! Deelish! We brought home a couple of bottles of their Big River Ranch Alexander Valley Zin and one bottle of their Late Harvest Zin.

Our final destination that day was Dutcher Crossing for a Wine Club Member Party. We visited them for the first time in April of 2010, and we are so glad we did! Their wines are always wonderful - across the board. We have Cabs and Chards and Merlot and a bunch of zins from these folks, and keep adding more.

Our final day in wine country was spent in and around Glen Ellen. Thanks to a tip from Yes, I was able to get in to visit with Squire Fridell at GlenLyon. What a treat! The property is idyllic and Squire is the most energetic, fun, interesting wineaux! We spent nearly two hours touring the property (and helping with the port!), and tasting the various wines, and sharing stories, and just having a wonderful time. One of those very special moments in wine country. We are now members of the GlenLyon Clan - my Scottish roots are showing

We followed this unique experience with a visit to Ledson, another of our club memberships. We are always treated like family and had a wonderful tasting with Anthony. Got the chance to sample a few futures - and the future is looking (or tasting) good!

That was all we had time and energy for, but it was a great last day for a great trip. Now looking forward to the arrival of our wines! Should be a great holiday season

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