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posted 06-09-2013 11:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Nice trip! My jealous meter is running high right now...I've got 3 friends headed out and here I am on the wrong coast...!


posted 06-09-2013 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Our group of 9 spent two days in Sonoma county and two days in Napa Valley.

The Sonoma County visits were to Sbragia, Ferrari-Carano, Dutcher Crossing, Ridge, Williamson, and Ledson.

At Ferrari-Carano, we by-passed the upstairs tasting and headed downstairs to the beautiful tasting room and the reserve wines. It was the first stop on our 4 days of wine tasting, and the group enjoyed these wines very much. We took a couple of bottles of the PreVail Back Forty with us for dinner that evening (at John Ash, on the Vintner’s Inn property, which is a Ferrari-Carano hotel). The gave us passes for free corkage, which was very nice.

We visited Sbragia and tasted through their reds. Our hostess was very accommodating and let us do a series of side by side tastings to really try to identify the nuances. Next up was a picnic at Dutcher Crossing followed by a tasting - everyone was impressed with these wines and the folks at Dutcher Crossing. They are our favorite in the Dry Creek Valley

Next was Ridge. We had never been there before, so it was nice to check them out. My husband was more impressed than I - so we ended up with a couple of bottles. They took us out into the vineyard and talked with us about the history of Ridge and all sort of things - we were out there long enough for me to actually get sunburned, so I may not have been at my best for the tasting. Hot and cranky doesn’t put one in the right frame of mind

Last was Williamson. They were pretty crowded, so we stood at the bar and that was perfect, because we were right in the middle of the hilarity that is Williamson. We enjoyed the tasting and the tidbits that go with each wine. I only brought home a Rose this time, but I bought the Sweet Beet & Horseradish mustard to put on a smidge of Irish Cheddar Cheese and serve with the Rose - love those off the wall pairings that work so beautifully! Also bought the Balsamic Garlic & Herm jam - just can’t remember what it paired with - whoops...

The next day, we had a private tasting at Ledson, which is always impressive and elegant. Anthony is our guy there, and he puts on a lovely tasting. And he always educates us in the process. Since there were 9 of us, it took a while. After our delightful morning at Ledson, we headed to Sonoma for lunch at the Hopmonk tavern. Great lunch, but it took much longer than expected. It only left us with about half an hour to walk around the square, which meant no time to actually do anything. Before we knew it, it was time to head over to Napa and an appointment at Elyse.

It was a fun trip and everyone enjoyed the beauty of the various wineries. One of our party is a great photographer, so he really enjoyed the choices (I had tried to select wineries with that in mind, as well as good wines)

Can't wait to go back


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