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”

Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Sonoma

Built for either the ultimate family experience in wine country or a pool-side cabin trip with your girlfriends, Francis Ford Coppola Winery has more to offer than I even realized. All together the estate boasts a full day’s worth of activities with an endless array of wines – stylistically – to suit anyone’s personal preferences.Continue reading “Francis Ford Coppola Winery – Sonoma”

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”

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”

Larson Family Winery, Carneros

A leader in the “Dog & Family Friendly” winery category, Larson Family is the perfect place to spend an afternoon without even having to think about a next stop. After you arrive and settle in it’s so easy to forget about the time and as the hours pass you’ll have an array of experiences youContinue reading “Larson Family Winery, Carneros”

Gloria Ferrer, Carneros AVA

Back to Carneros! We actually arrived at the perfect time for viewers of this blog to see exactly why Carneros is just right for Pinot and Chard. Enter #KarltheFog. Being a San Franciscan we all know Karl, but wino’s forget that he is what makes these grapes maintain their acidity throughout the growing season. ExactlyContinue reading “Gloria Ferrer, 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”

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