Catching up on some recent visits to the Sparkling Houses of Napa with my thoughts: Domaine Carneros - the Napa HQ for Tattinger's U.S. endeavors. What a bustling location, tons of visitors. We were able to sit in the cafeteria style lounge and have some food along with a tasting of some of the latest offerings. … Continue reading Some Recent Winery Visits…
So..... it's been a while. With the end of the year activities, I've been busy. Nonetheless, here's the update: I took the Guild of Sommelier's Introduction to Master Sommelier course and exam at the beginning of November and passed. All in all, I felt with the two day cram it was a pretty easy exam. … Continue reading I Passed!
I'm enrolled to take the Intro class and Exam through the Court of Master Sommeliers Guild. I'm excited, slightly nervous, and looking forward to it. Check back here in November for the results!
$4.49/btl. 4 stars. Go get it, while it's still warm out. Chill it in the fridge. Enjoy!
Labor Day weekend found us visiting some places in the Rutherford and St. Helena AVAs. Since it was hot out, I was seeking some nice chilled white wines to add to my cellar. Elizabeth Spencer - Rutherford AVA, wines sourced from various regions. I had visited E.S. a few years ago, back when they were … Continue reading Elizabeth Spencer, Heitz Cellars, Corison
Some thoughts on the visits to the Robert Mondavi and Pride wineries... I setup a tour and tasting at both these wineries for a relative of mine who was visiting with his wife. Both are still new to the world of wine, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a day … Continue reading Mondavi and Pride Trip Report
I'll be finally making a trek to pay homage to the "Father" of Napa's winery: Robert Mondavi. I also have a Summit Tasting scheduled at Pride Mountain Winery - my 3rd Summit tasting with them. It should be a good day, as I will be hosting my cousin and his lovely wife. With the outstanding … Continue reading Upcoming Trip to Napa – July 9th
This past Saturday I took a group to visit Napa and our first stop was Ram's Gate Winery. This winery has a great presence - gorgeous architecture and appointments, and a decent view. Unfortunately, the experience with the employees leaves me wondering what the mission of Ram's Gate is: a winery producing very good wine … Continue reading Ram’s Gate Winery
The following wineries were visited in the May 2015 trip: Scribe - Great story here with the two brothers starting the winery. Their whites are delicious, and they even produce a Sylvaner - a rare bird in the New World. Unfortunately, they didn't have any of the Chardonnay fermented on it's skins to pour this … Continue reading May 2015 Napa Visit