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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    Wonderful photos, looks like you all had a great time. Makes me miss going to the May party at Foxen winery back in the 90's. Man I really need a nice relaxing wine tasting weekend!

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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    You guys went through santa nella? That's about ten miles from where I grew up.
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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    Thanks for sharing your great weekend with us! Can't wait to see the rest....
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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    04.06.08

    The next day came, Sunday, and we all got ready to check out of El Bonita before another day of wine tasting. While I threw the last of our things into the minivan Dusty went with the Widowbessler to check out at the front office. Tony and Sharon showed up in the black corvette and in no time we were off.



    Where we had dinner on Saturday night


    Leaving Napa


    Calistoga was our destination and the object was first of all breakfast. Being a native Californian you would think that I would have been up here before but this was my first time so everything was so amazingly cool to me.


    Arriving at Calistoga


    Fantasy55 and Dusty in the cafe


    The cafe


    After a breakfast in a quirky overpacked cafe we hopped back in the car and drove to our first destination of the day, Stryker winery and vineyards.

    Stryker was a winery that Dusty and I were looking forward to as we were fans of their Merlot.

    The tasting facility was beautiful with a walkway covered in wisteria leading to the front doors.



    Wisteria


    We started, of course, with whites which weren't that great and moved on to the merlot and then the estate Cabernet. Why is it called an Estate Cabernet? Because the grapes were actually grown AT the estate. Infact, the man helping us at the tasting said, the Cabernet grapes are the ones you passed as you drove up here to the tasting room.


    The path to the tasting room




    The Stryker tasting room


    Crunchy crakers to cleanse the palette


    A rose arrangement


    He then pointed out to the vines behind him through the windo and identified them as Old Vine Zinfandel. We asked the man what made a vine and old vine. "How old does it have to be?" we asked, "to be considered an old vine?" "There is no mandated rule," The man behind the counter explained, "but these out here are about 80 years old."


    The 80 year old estate Zinfandel vines


    The Stryker barrel room



    I fell in LOVE with the estate Cabernet and bought a bottle.



    Me in front of the Cabernet vines that yielded the wine in the bottle I was holding


    We left and went to Mosaic Winery. Nothing too impressive but a beautiful spot.


    The entry way to Mosaic


    Mosaic tasting room


    Next WiddowBesler and Fantasy55 insisted on taking us by a winery, not for the wine but for the beautiful gardens.

    We pulled into the estate of Ferrari-Carano

    The gardens did not disappoint.



    WiddowBessler at the entrance to the vineyard




    Tony rubbed the boar's snout for good luck










    A Harry Lauder walking stick tree







    Time for lunch. We stopped off at the local general store and pulled up to our next tasting spot, Wilson.


    WiddowBessler and Dusty in front of some Chardonnay vineyards








    A nice tasting, but an even better lunch. We shared stinky cheese and a Wilson Zinfandel.

    We needed to check into our hotel in Sonoma but we had two more wineries to stop at, Alder Brook winery and Mayo.

    Alder brook winery was okay.



    Alder Brook. Just meh


    Nothing too interesting here aside from the olive oil they were selling but, by this time, I was ready to take a break and another nap.


    We drove to Mayo next. Overall some pretty good wines here.


    A beautiful antique car sits in front of the tasting room


    Mayo tasting room


    Me in a vette in the wine country. I was in total heaven


    We rolled into downtown Sonoma and into the Sonoma Valley Inn. This place was great. Right across the street there was a coffee shop and a Whole foods and it was in walking distance of a local restaurant that we were to have dinner at.


    Our hotel


    Merritage, the restaurant we ate at


    The interior of Merritage.



    That was it for Sunday

    more to come...

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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    OMG the estate of Ferrari-Carano was gorgeous! Thanks for all the amazing photos. Tulips are some of my favorite flowers.

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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    Quote Originally Posted by tiggerfan View Post
    Great TR, but you missed the wineries of Lodi, which are among the best in the world
    And we have a bike ride next month (the Delta Century) that starts and ends at Jessie's Grove Winery, one of many.
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    If you two ever get the urge for some zinfandels, head out here (east), and we'll show you the slightly less-well-known-but-just-as-nice vineyards of the Shenandoah/Amador regions.
    That is a beautiful area, every bit as scenic as Napa Valley, but without all the cars and noise. Shenandoah School Road and Steiner are two of the nicest roads to ride.
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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    Looks like you guys had a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures with us!

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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    Fantastic report Fishy!! Really loved the pictures of Ferrari Carano

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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    Fantastic shots of the winery, inside and out. What a wonderful trip and...what a debonair couple!


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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    Quote Originally Posted by Fishbulb View Post


    The path to the tasting room

    What a beautiful picture! Wouldn't it be loverly if DL did that with the Enjoyable Path?









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    My favorite photo. Beautiful.



    Excellent TR, Fishy! I'm glad you and Dusty got to enjoy a well-deserved mini-vacation.

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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    Great pictures! It looks like you guys had a great time!

    We go tasting all the time--come up to Portland! We're 45 minutes from hundreds of wineries in the Willamette Valley. Pinots and charddonay aplenty. And just an hour from Columbia Valley (Cabernet) and a few more from Yakima Valley, the land of too many varietals to count. It's beautiful up here too.

    Plus...I'm here.

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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    Great trip report. Love all the pics and the area that I take for granted.

    I live close and wine tasting in the Napa Valley is always a fun day out with friends. Finding a DD is hardest part.
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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    Ok those are fantastic! Wow!

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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    Nice Fishy. Glad you had a great time. I hope your liver still likes you.

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    Re: Fishbulb and Dusty's adventures in wine country

    See what happens when I don't get out...
    of the Disneyland Forum? I miss out on all the fun!

    I had to laugh at your response to the Rombauer Zin Fishy, Darlene feels exactly the same as you. I like it,even though it is on the sweet side. But it wouldn't be my first choice... that would be Sin Zin from Alexander Valley Vineyards just up the road from Healdsburg.

    We gotta plan a wine-tasting weekend sometime!
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