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Travel to Napa

(Winery & Vineyard Visits), A wonderful visit to Tulocay!, Coombsville AVA, Napa Valley, California, USA // Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah

What a winery visit this was!  Fantastically engaging winemaker / owner (Bill Cadman), lovely, laid-back, completely off any beaten touristy wine path Coombsville vibe, fantastic scenery, cute as all get out wine doggy, a ceremonial plate of (oddly mostly Risky Business style) sunglasses left over from forgetful wine enthusiasts, and, most importantly…..wonderful wines at epic […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Ceja Vineyards, Napa Valley, Califorina, USA

Ceja Vineyards Wine Passion Babbling Section If you are reading this it is almost certainly because you are a member of the club of people that believe in wine.  Now when I say “believe”, I mean to imply that you view wine as an entity that can be far more than simply the sum of […]

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Dining in Napa Valley = Ad Hoc, Bank Cafe, Bounty Hunter BBQ, Mustard’s, Morimoto, Celadon, Dean & Deluca, Press Restaurant, Bouchon, Angele, Rutherford Grill, Market Restaurant, Martini House, ZuZu, etc.

Dining  in Napa is THIS good….. “Asking for extra cabbage was a first for me.” Please click on the link, immediately below, to be taken to a past magazine article of mine that I posted on Scribd. I suggest hitting the “full screen” button. http://www.scribd.com/doc/25949595/Napa-Valley-California-Dining-Guide-to-Wine-Country Recommended Restaurants http://www.adhocrestaurant.com/ http://www.celadonnapa.com/ http://www.mustardsgrill.com/ Bank Cafe (inside the Westin) http://www.latoque.com/bankbar.html […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Napa Valley, California, USA / Quick Guide – Introduction to a few of my favorite wineries

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In a two-part Napa Valley series I wrote for my past magazine column, we documented a recent tour through Napa’s wonderland… Please click on the link, immediately below, to be taken to this article that we have posted on Scribd. We suggest hitting the “full screen” button below the article, then the zoom buttons. http://www.scribd.com/doc/25949562/Napa-Valley-Wine-Guide-California […]

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Napa’s Ad Hoc Restaurant – the great “Tumbler” debate….

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Ad Hoc Restaurant is a fantastic little gem in Napa – Thomas Keller’s effort for the thinner wallet. http://www.adhocrestaurant.com/ I love the place, so I had to add to the raging debate triggered by a Wine Spectator scribe.  The author, Matt Kramer, was right, but not well enough informed about his choices. The “debate” at http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/41403 […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Far Niente, Napa Valley, California, USA

Far Niente – one of my favorite wineries….. From the entrance, the grounds, to the classy first human contact, Far Niente states loud and clear that you’ve arrived somewhere special.The smugness is not negative, it actually rings of genuine, “I’m flat out so happy to be working in this brilliant place you might as well […]

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(Winery & Vineyard Visits), Pine Ridge, Stags Leap, Napa Valley, California, Cabernet Sauvignons & Red Blends

Pine Ridge is another big proponent of cave aging, with about 7/10ths of a mile to show. I did a barrel-to-bottle tasting, and it was excellent. This is a truly great vineyard, and some of their aged wines can rival the 1st growths of Bordeaux. Also, a very, very, attractive cave and tour.   Specific […]

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