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Trefethen, Napa County

November 22, 2010

It has been about seven years since the WC tasting crew has visited beautiful Trefethen Family Vineyards in the Oak Knoll AVA of Napa Valley. We waited too long! The winery, on Oak Knoll Avenue between Highway 29 and Silverado Trail, is a magnificently lovely property in the fall. You enter through a handsome set […]

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Shafer, Napa County

October 6, 2010

We didn’t know much about Shafer until our friend and informal consulting wine guru, Suma, recommended the place to us. Located in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley, turns out that we’d driven by the place dozens of times without ever realizing it: Shafer doesn’t have a sign on Silverado Trail. Business is that […]

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Konzelmann Estate Winery, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

September 30, 2010

There are many exciting wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake and I just can’t remember any longer how we decided to go to Konzelmann, but I’m sure glad that we did. This winery is situated right on Lake Ontario and there’re even views of Toronto from certain vineyards on the property. Their web site suggests that wine making […]

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Rutherford Hill, Napa County

August 23, 2010

Hegui was familiar with Rutherford Hill from a wine tasting excursion there several years ago with some friends with whom we’ve now lost touch. I was visiting people in New York, so missed out on this delightful wine experience. On our recent trip to Napa, we had just finished a lovely picnic lunch at Pride […]

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Pride Mountain Vineyards, Napa and Sonoma Counties

August 18, 2010

Some of the crew went to Pride Mountain Vineyards for a tasting appointment last weekend. If you’ve never been, we highly recommend it. Situated on the border of Napa and Sonoma Counties, this stunningly beautiful winery at the top of Spring Mountain in the Mayacamas range produces marvelously complex and succulent wines in a magnificent […]

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Paraduxx, Napa County

July 6, 2010

We went to Paraduxx on the recommendation of a frequent member of the weirdcombos tasting crew, Carey M. She had gone there a few months prior and remembered it to be an excellent experience. The winery is the “child” of Duckhorn, located further north in Napa. At the “parent,” like much of Napa, they produce […]

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Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Napa County

June 8, 2010

A few of the weirdcombos crew headed up to Napa for wine tasting recently. The weather here in Northern California has been unseasonably wet but we were blessed with a gorgeous sun-shiny day and pleasant temperatures in the low-70’s: perfect for exploring the region and enjoying some cabernet. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars is famous in […]

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Darioush, Napa County

June 2, 2010

Darioush has to be one of those Napa winery must-see places if only because of the spectacular facility and stunning wine tasting room. The WC crew had visited before a few years ago but as we’d been tasting all day and our palates were fatigued, we skipped the wine and simply admired the place and […]

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Twomey Cellars, Sonoma County

May 3, 2010

We went to Twomey by chance after attending the Williams Selyem “members only” event a few weeks ago in Healdsburg. Actually, we tried going to Matrix across the way on Westside Road instead. But their tasting room was mobbed and just as we arrived a limo pulled up with at least a dozen young overdressed […]

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two 2008 Owen Roe reds

April 20, 2010

I’m always seduced by wine labels from the Pacific Northwest. A few weeks back we tried some Columbia Valley reds that I picked up at Berkeley Bowl West merely because of the price and the attractive labels. Today, I’ll report on two Owen Roe reds that I got at Whole Foods, mainly because of the […]

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