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The Old Vines of To-Kalon: MacDonald & Detert

A Visit to MacDonald & Detert Oakville, Napa Valley Alex MacDonald For the longest time, I have wanted to see for myself the To-Kalon vineyards, to be surrounded by its treasured vines and walk its hallowed soils.  I wanted to experience first... (more...)

Spottswoode

Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery Visit  plus the 30/40th Anniversary Tasting  St. Helena, Napa Valley & New York City Welcome to the beautiful Spottswoode Estate      Spottswoode Estate not only... (more...)

“The Vineyardist”

“The Vineyardist” Diamond Mountain Napa Valley May 28, 2012      While researching our trip to Napa, I came across a new wine made by Mark Herold, who made wines in the late 90’s and early 00’s that garnered... (more...)

Crocker & Starr

Crocker & Starr “2 Years in the Making” St. Helena, Napa Valley May 25, 2012 A few years ago I had visited Napa on a whim and in a flurry booked the few appointments that I could muster. Crocker & Starr…  Read More →

Napa Valley & Sonoma 2012

Napa Valley &Sebastopol (Sonoma) May 23-28, 2012      During our recent trip to Napa Valley (and one day in Sonoma), we met with some of the best producers of fine wine in Sonoma and the Napa Valley. We met with some old... (more...)

Hyde De Villaine Syrah

2004 Hyde De Villaine Syrah HDV (Carneros, Napa Valley) I have been drinking a lot of Syrah lately and here is another one I have had on deck for a while. We drank the 2004 HDV Syrah last evening with some Berkshire pork chops that were quite delicious!... (more...)

Supery Meritage Napa Valley

1997 St. Supery Meritage Napa Valley RedDrinking well, but near the end of its optimal drinking window. Color: Dark red center, lightening edges, but still pretty dark for 11 years of age. Nose: Dark red fruits – cherry and currants, sage and some... (more...)

Blackbird Merlot

Merlot? Blackbird Merlot!Yes, I said Merlot! And it  Read More →

Chinon

A Tale of Two Cabernet FrancsI had a Chinon this past Saturday night and it blew me away so I wanted to have a Cabernet Franc from my stash with dinner tonight. Chinon is located in the Loire Valley of France and is famous for its Cabernet Franc based... (more...)