Saturday, January 16, 2010


Jim and I headed out to Napa today to meet up with his niece Leslie and her friend Lindsay from Washington. This is a group picture of us at Crocker & Starr. Myself, Jim, Leslie and Lindsay.

We started out our morning at Crocker & Starr which is a wonderful "boutique" winery. Only in the valley do you start drinking at 10:00 a.m. We had a wonderful tasting with Wendy of a 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, 2007 Cabernet Franc and a 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. We do drink a lot of Cab at our home but I really did like the Sauvignon Blanc. It had a wonderful body and I would highly recommend it. Next we were on to Chapellet.

We got there a few minutes late as we had a hard time finding them. Chappellet is very much in to word of mouth and not a lot of signage. They believe in being a part of nature and avoid chemical pesticides. They have recently installed solar panels to take care of the winery's electrical needs. The tour by Daniel Santos was great and we are now a member of their wine club.

We then met up with Matt, one of the 4 brothers of Buonchristiani. This is our second visit to their "cave". The first time we were their we had brother Erin. The cave, above, is still under construction but they hope it to be finished by the end of the year. Their wines are awesome and Robert Parker tends to agree.
We had a wonderful day!!

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