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 wasContinue reading “Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars – Stags Leap Dist. AVA”

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 the qualityContinue reading “Pine Ridge Vineyards – Stags Leap District”

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 soContinue reading “Odette – Stags Leap District AVA”

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 theContinue reading “Truchard, Napa – Carneros AVA”

Dry Creek Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley

I’m not gonna lie, I used to sell these wines in San Francisco but when I continue to come back to this winery time and time again, even when I don’t have to, you know it must be one of my favorites! Hospitality to boot.   THE AVA Dry Creek Valley AVA (American Viticulture Area)Continue reading “Dry Creek Vineyards, Dry Creek Valley”

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 myContinue reading “Amizetta, Conn Valley”

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 IContinue reading “Aonair, Conn Valley”

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 winesContinue reading “Paraduxx – Stags Leap Dist; Best For Blends!”

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