Napa wine tastings for my wife

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Re: Napa wine tastings for my wife

#51 Post by Dave Nerland » August 14th, 2019, 2:06 pm

Opus One is a beautiful facility. If you know someone (other than just making appointment) you will taste in a private room, or go on the roof. Mondavi also offers nice wines, similar to Montelena or Beringer.

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#52 Post by Albert R » August 14th, 2019, 6:42 pm

Here goes:
Schramsberg was a big MEH for us. A one and done.....
Mumms on the patio was much more fun and I was visiting with my wife, daughters and niece
Shafer was disappointing for a few reasons. Chimney Rock was a 100 times better experience and tasting.
Mending Wall was very good
Frogs Leap is also a very good option
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#53 Post by Jeff_M. » August 14th, 2019, 7:22 pm

Rich Salsano wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 7:35 am
Schramsberg, Ehlers Estate, Chappelet (the garden tour and tasting is really quite nice), Alpha Omega, Stony Hill, Failla (for delicious Sonoma pinots and chards but with a Napa based tasting room), Matthiasson.
+1 on Ehlers Estate. Every single wine they make is delish. Going up there next month for a tasting. Chappellet does a great tour and the tastings inside are also very neat. Will also be up at Chappellet next month for the Pritchard Hill release.
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#54 Post by Randy Bowman » August 14th, 2019, 7:53 pm

Cliff Lede has some great wines and multiple options for tasting. Group of six needs to get reservations. Five or less can walk in. Christopher Tynan is the winemaker now and the wines are getting big scores. The Backstage tasting is $75 but includes the limited production wines.
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#55 Post by Wade H » August 14th, 2019, 11:45 pm

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Joseph Phelps has very interesting tastings / seminars (private tasting, blending seminar, aroma challenge) that are fun and educational. Plus their Pinots (and dare I say, even Chards) have recently been on a very positive trajectory, in addition to the classic Napa Cabs...
A few years back my best friend and I attended a seminar at Phelps that was pointed towards people ITB, but he managed to get us in via a good friend that worked for Southern. If you can leverage some connections that was a really fun and educational session. I've enjoyed Phelps wines since I was a young lad in the 80s.
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#56 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » September 18th, 2019, 5:16 am

Some random “outsider” observations from the wife’s trip:

I cannot wait to taste that $90 cabernet franc.

Someone did not tell my wife about the dangers of shipping wine cross-country in mid-summer, and allowing a box of wine to sit in the hot afternoon sun on our doorstep.

Wines do not show up to your house if you wrote down the wrong address in that tasting room where wine was flowing.

Lots of wine is coming in.

Cabs at $200 are cheap, as they cost less than Ovid.

I was asked to give up a row in my wine fridge, or get one for her.

And the best part was, she thought JCB sucked and was gimmicky!

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#57 Post by Rich Salsano » September 21st, 2019, 6:10 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
September 18th, 2019, 5:16 am
Some random “outsider” observations from the wife’s trip:

I cannot wait to taste that $90 cabernet franc.

Someone did not tell my wife about the dangers of shipping wine cross-country in mid-summer, and allowing a box of wine to sit in the hot afternoon sun on our doorstep.

Wines do not show up to your house if you wrote down the wrong address in that tasting room where wine was flowing.

Lots of wine is coming in.

Cabs at $200 are cheap, as they cost less than Ovid.

I was asked to give up a row in my wine fridge, or get one for her.

And the best part was, she thought JCB sucked and was gimmicky!
Oh boy. Lol. Sounds like she had a good time at least.......
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#58 Post by Eric White » September 21st, 2019, 7:24 am

Make an appt. at Lewelling - low key, great people, great wines.

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#59 Post by Bud Carey » September 21st, 2019, 8:48 am

Good call, Eric.
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#60 Post by MitchTallan » September 21st, 2019, 8:52 am

Whomever you might be Rob.A.Jr., I could sooner help you if you asked for information as to the mating rituals of aboriginal red-striped silver-backed Orangutans in 1542 BC.

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#61 Post by nburglin » October 25th, 2019, 12:28 pm

K John Joseph wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 7:52 am
J a y H a c k wrote:
August 14th, 2019, 7:42 am
K John Joseph wrote:
August 13th, 2019, 5:52 pm
. . .
Schramsberg top wines and cheese pairing is the best brunch tasting in Napa. . . .
I have not done this but I have heard from a lot of people that Schramsberg is a good visit. Same for Domaine Carneros, which I have also not done.
I recommend both, but they're very different. Schramsberg is kind of old and grizzly looking with some neat old-build house buildings, but when you go inside, it's into a room on the edge of their caves and looks and feels like it. The tasting area is quaint and nice, but nothing like Carneros, which is built like a gaudy chateau. Even so, the patio area at Carneros is really lovely, and sitting out there in perfect weather drinking a flight of their good stuff is pretty enjoyable. Schramsberg's location gives you much better access to the valley, though. You could do a 10:00 tour, then hit lunch somewhere nearby and be right in St. Helena. Gotta drive for Carneros.
I've done Domaine Carneros (and am now a member because my fiancèe is obsessed), but seeing all the good reviews about Schramsberg we'll have to make a point to stop there next time we're around!
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#62 Post by Tammy V » October 29th, 2019, 8:13 pm

Domaine Carneros is a gorgeous place with awesome bubbly. Classy, elegant. Another beauty not far away is Artesa. Cheers!
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#63 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » November 11th, 2019, 4:38 pm

Wtf. No Pinot. And she said, “I don’t recall buying this.” Lol. I ask no questions.

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#64 Post by Merrill Lindquist » November 11th, 2019, 4:46 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Wtf. No Pinot. And she said, “I don’t recall buying this.” Lol. I ask no questions.


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#65 Post by Chris Seiber » November 12th, 2019, 7:21 am

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Wtf. No Pinot. And she said, “I don’t recall buying this.” Lol. I ask no questions.


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What’s the alcohol on that Chardonnay?

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#66 Post by Steve Crawford » November 12th, 2019, 8:14 am

Chris Seiber wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 7:21 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Wtf. No Pinot. And she said, “I don’t recall buying this.” Lol. I ask no questions.


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What’s the alcohol on that Chardonnay?
labeled or actual?

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#67 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » November 12th, 2019, 8:53 am

Chris Seiber wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 7:21 am
Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 4:38 pm
Wtf. No Pinot. And she said, “I don’t recall buying this.” Lol. I ask no questions.


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What’s the alcohol on that Chardonnay?

14.7%

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#68 Post by Chris Seiber » November 12th, 2019, 10:00 am

I’ve seen many WS chards at over 15%, which is really weird considering their house style for reds.

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#69 Post by DanielP » November 12th, 2019, 10:17 am

So that's who buys WS Gruner...
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#70 Post by Chris Seiber » November 12th, 2019, 11:04 am

DanielP wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 10:17 am
So that's who buys WS Gruner...
[rofl.gif]

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#71 Post by Robert M yers » November 12th, 2019, 6:26 pm

You know they have like 37 bottlings, I would definitely be expecting more.

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#72 Post by Robert.A.Jr. » November 12th, 2019, 6:30 pm

Chris Seiber wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 11:04 am
DanielP wrote:
November 12th, 2019, 10:17 am
So that's who buys WS Gruner...
[rofl.gif]

Pissing my pants. I was like, WTF. She doesn’t recall it either. #partygirls.

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#73 Post by David Glasser » November 12th, 2019, 8:03 pm

Robert.A.Jr. wrote:
November 11th, 2019, 4:38 pm
And she said, “I don’t recall buying this.” Lol. I ask no questions.
I’m trying that line the next time a box arrives.
Like tomorrow.

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