Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – Stags Leap Dist. AVA

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars can easily be mixed up with Stags' Leap Winery (the only thing differentiating the two: the apostrophe, and of course the wine).   Stag's Leap has definitely made its mark on the world, having won the blind-tasting portion of the Cabernet Category at the Judgement of Paris in 1976. This was... Continue Reading →

Pine Ridge Vineyards – Stags Leap District

    Pine Ridge, aptly named because low and behold! It's nestled along Palisades surrounded by pine trees in the heart of the Stags Leap District. Here is their premier vineyard site with the acquisition of some key vineyards in surrounding AVA's - Howell Mtn, Oakville, Rutherford and Carneros. All being estate fruit, I've learned that... Continue Reading →

Odette – Stags Leap District AVA

"Odette is a fabled princess… a mistress…a judge…a heroine. Odette is both of antiquity and modernity. You will find her in works of fiction and tales from history. Odette encapsulates our inspiration for this property – femininity, strength and power." Stolen straight from the website, this to me is so powerful and fitting for so... Continue Reading →

Truchard, Napa – Carneros AVA

To continue on my journey through Carneros, Truchard is an ideal stop due, really, to its location. Guests be informed, however, this winery is by appointment only and not a leisure/hangout stop. It was more a 1, 2, 3 step walk around the house that happens to lead up to a quick view in the... Continue Reading →

Bouchaine, Carneros

I mean, judging from my instagram posts I think it's pretty clear this is a winery that takes the cake. The wine was superior and some of my favorite Chard and Pinot coming from the region. Allllso something interesting, they're unique in that they offer a Pinot Meunier, a cousin to Pinot Noir and suitable... Continue Reading →

Amizetta, Conn Valley

    Amizetta comes highly recommended for not just one of the most stunning views of Napa but the Mayacamas and Vacas mountain ranges surrounding you with Lake Hennessey directly to the south. Stunning views, fire pits, elevation and an intimate tasting is what made this visit so special. They also produce one of my... Continue Reading →

Aonair, Conn Valley

Since you're ALL probably asking the same question, it's pronounced ā-ō-nair. Gaelic for one man, it reflects the hands-on nature of winemaking and the cohesive nature of one man's vision, the vision of Grant Long Jr. When I knew I was headed in this direction and going to be legitimately in the mountains of Napa I... Continue Reading →

Paraduxx – Stags Leap Dist; Best For Blends!

  Kim and I were treated so well at Paraduxx. It is, just as you may have guessed, an extension of the Duckhorn family of wines (Duckhorn, Migration, Decoy, Goldeneye and Canvasback). I chose this as a nice stop up the Silverado Trail a few minutes up from Cliff Lede and Goosecross and their wines... Continue Reading →

Cliff Lede – Stags Leap Dist., Napa

  Where Rock and Roll meets wine country. It turns out that Cliff Lede is so much more than just Cliff Lede the winery. I've seen these wines in the market but something I never realized was everything else that is part of the brand and something one wouldn't typically grasp until they show up for... Continue Reading →

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