Napa - Miner Family. I enjoy just about every varietal they make and even though it can be crowded at times, they still take the time to make sure you're enjoying yourself and they still pour good sized tastes.
Three wineries I will visit every trip I make to Napa.
Etude: I can not think of another winery that does both Cabernet and Pinot as well.
School House: Nothing like tasting outstanding Pinot on Spring Mountain of all places in the Kitchen of really wonderfull down to earth people. Feels like you are visiting family you have not seen in years.
Trespass: Don is a great guy that is generous to a fault with barrel samples. More like meeting a buddy for a drink than vising a tasting room. Meet him at the vineyard on you way up Spring Mountain or in the Venge Caves on your way up Howell Mountain.
Posts: 87 | Location: Alpharetta, GA | Registered: Jun 10, 2006
I'll second or third Trespass and Pride for different reasons. Don for his down-to-earth, friendly nature and Pride for the wonderful view. Equally important, both labels represent above average QPRs, IMO.
Posts: 864 | Location: Baltimore, MD, USA | Registered: May 09, 2003
Trespass- caves and vineyard are a great tasting and the people and wine are very good.
Trespass: Don is a great guy that is generous to a fault with barrel samples. More like meeting a buddy for a drink than vising a tasting room. Meet him at the vineyard on you way up Spring Mountain or in the Venge Caves on your way up Howell Mountain.[/QUOTE]
i probably pimp them too much already, but, i really do think that my favorite now is Babcock, and has been for a while... the last few vintages, i just havent had a bad wine from them, even the Cabernet and Cab Blends (which ive notoriously slammed from Central Coast wineries, but chalk it up to better sources and improved farming in the Santa Ynez Valley and ridiculous pricing from Napa & Sonoma)... everything i think is priced fairly for the quality, and i love visiting the tasting room off hwy 246.
Lewelling. Wights are great people making great wine.
2nd: David Arthur, Seven Stones for the views. Plus Roy Piper at Seven Stones took us for a drive to find Screaming Eagle, Bacchus vineyard, etc...don't try it at home kids cause it resulted in flat tires haha...
Posts: 186 | Location: San Diego | Registered: Dec 15, 2005
Napa: Though I have not been in a very long time, the Diamond Creek release party is absolutely wonderful. I also enjoy Outpost when TRB is around (so you can barrel taste Maybach, Schrader, etc...). The view is amazing.
Sonoma: Medlock Ames. They have a zeal about what they do and their dinners in the vineyard are not to be missed. Also good is Peter Michael. While it is a little white shoe, it is a wonderful tour and tasting.
Posts: 209 | Location: New York, NY | Registered: Oct 17, 2008