Clos Du Val – Stag’s Leap Dist., Napa

“Estate wines from renowned vineyards” is the backbone of Clos du Val’s philosophy.   Their hospitality was absolutely beyond and our host Scott took great care of us. We opted for the Key to the Library private tasting which allows guests and industry professionals to access limited production and reserve wines of our choice, winesContinue reading “Clos Du Val – Stag’s Leap Dist., Napa”

J Vineyards and Winery – Russian River

Although I used to sell J Vineyard wines and have done a couple different tastings and tours here, this by far was the most special – a true guest experience in all its cheese and food pairing glory thanks to renown Chef Carl Shelton. Trade hospitality is always so fun and educational but this timeContinue reading “J Vineyards and Winery – Russian River”

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”

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”

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 suitableContinue reading “Bouchaine, Carneros”

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”

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 forContinue reading “Cliff Lede – Stags Leap Dist., Napa”

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