About Me:

By day, I'm a Financial Executive in the Silicon Valley, but what I really love is wine and the wine lifestyle.

I write a blog entitled "ENOFYLZ Wine Blog. Why the name “ENOFYLZ”?….it’s the phonetic spelling of the word "oenophile", which is a wine lover.

As a self-described “Wine Drinkin’ Fool”, I became seriously interested in wine in my late forties, later in life than most folks who are passionate about wine. I became passionate about wine in large part because it’s a passion my wife and I share. We’ve bought way too much wine, and we’ve got much to learn ( although my wife is more interested in the drinking of wine than in the “technical” aspects of learning it). She frequently tells me that’s “too much information” when I get excited about learning more about wine…thus the blog. It’s my way of letting thoughts of wine off my mind (hey did that just rhyme – guess I’m a poet and don’t know it;-), and sharing it with family and friends. It’s challenging and fun for me at the same time to learn about wine. I’ve come to realize it’s going to be passionate life-long love affair with wine for me!

I especially enjoy trying new wines, and exploring the wines of the world. I also love the travel that comes with wine exploration. Wine country is almost always just so beautiful.

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Silver Trident Winery   0
4.5
2/6/2017

Silver Trident Winery is a Napa Valley-based winery located in Yountville, the charming “Culinary Capital of the Napa Valley” that offers a completely different and singular wine tasting experience. Silver Trident is a Tuscan-style “tasting home” featuring a sit down tasting in an upscale setting with Ralph Lauren furniture, home decor, and other accessories. In fact, it is the only Ralph Lauren outlet combined with a winery in the world! Not only that, but everything in the tasting room, which is one of a kind (not sold in any Ralph Lauren shops or their website), is for sale.


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Broc Cellars   0
4.0
6/29/2016

Broc Cellars is an urban winery located in Berkeley, California. The owner/winemaker is Chris Brockway. Chris grew up in Omaha and attended the University of Nebraska where he majored in Philosophy. After college, he worked in restaurants back home before moving to Seattle, Washington. That’s where he began to take a serious interest in wine. He decided to move to California to pursue a career in winemaking. He took classes at UC Davis but transitioned to Cal State Fresno where he studied both winemaking and viticulture and earned his second degree in enology in 2002. After graduating, he moved ... Read full review



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Donkey & Goat   0
4.5
5/19/2016

Donkey & Goat is an urban winery located in Berkeley, California. It’s owned and operated by Jared & Tracey Brandt. Theirs is a story we’ve heard before, but with a “natural” twist. They both left tech careers to pursue their dreams of making wine. They got started making wines in the Rhône Valley and returned to California to apply what they learned in France.

The “natural” twist is their focus - no, make that their obsession, on making wines as naturally as possible. While “natural” winemaking has become increasingly in vogue these days, the Brandts ... Read full review



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Urban Legend Cellars   0
4.0
1/19/2016

Several years ago a wine-loving friend of mine, who lives in Oakland, California, asked me if I’d ever tried wine made from a grape called Teroldego. I didn’t know the grape at all. I told him I hadn’t. He told me I had to try it, and that there was a winery in Oakland that was specializing in wines made from Italian grape varieties. I’m a big fan of Italian wines, so an urban winery producing grapes from Italian grape varieties was certainly worth checking out.

That was my introduction to Urban Legend Winery. Not long ... Read full review



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Stage Left Cellars   0
4.0
7/7/2015

More often than not, when a winemaker is asked about his/her favorite wine, the answer – similar to when a parent is asked about his/her favorite child - is usually something along the lines of “it depends” or “I don’t have a favorite, I appreciate what’s special about each”.

I feel the same way about my favorites among the 20+ urban wineries located in the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay area.

Among my favorites is Stage Left Cellars, located in Oakland, California. What makes Stage Left special is its singular ... Read full review



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Heitz Wine Cellars   0
4.5
4/4/2015

Napa Valley means many things to me, most of which are associated with positive feelings. It has an intriguing sense of history when one considers its ascendancy in a relatively short period of time to the status it enjoys today in the wine world. It has a unique geological profile with a multitude of soil types packed into a comparatively small area, which I find fascinating. And of course, there are the world-class wines and a flourishing culinary scene.

On the other hand, traffic can be a nightmare. And the tasting fees, which add up quickly, can ... Read full review



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Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery   0
4.5
8/26/2014

Smith-Madrone Vineyard and Winery is a family run, estate-bottled winery located on Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena. The winery was founded in 1971 by brothers Stuart and Charles Smith who are the Managing Partner/Enologist and Winemaker respectively. In addition to the brothers' surnane, the name of the winery includes the name of the predominant tree on the ranch. The Madrone is an evergreen with a red-brown trunk and branches. In the spring, the tree bears lily-of-the-valley-like flower clusters; in fall orange-red berries appear.

When the Smith brothers purchased the ... Read full review



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Buehler Vineyards   0
4.0
4/24/2014

On our most recent trip to Napa Valley, my wife and I were looking for a complete different kind of Napa Valley experience. Something we’ve never done during decades of visiting the Napa Valley. Something that I didn’t think existed in the Napa Valley.

Free tasting!

Such experiences are few and far between, but they do exist. After poking around the World Wide Web (including AWG), one of the more promising experiences looked to be Buehler Vineyards, a small family owned winery located near the base of Howell Mountain. ... Read full review



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Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs   0
4.5
4/7/2014

Ridge Vineyards is an iconic California winery that has long been benchmark for world class wine. They are best known for producing single-vineyard premium Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon Blend ("Monte Bello"), Zinfandels, and Chardonnay. Ridge has two estates properties - Monte Bello, located in the city of Cupertino in Santa Clara County, and Lytton Springs, located in the city of Healdsburg in Sonoma County.

Ridge Vineyards commenced full-scale production as a commercial winery in 1962, but the history of the original winery dates back to 1885 when Oseo Perrone, a doctor from northern Italy ... Read full review



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Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello   0
4.5
3/24/2014

Ridge Vineyards is an iconic California winery that has long been benchmark for world class wine. They are best known for producing a single-vineyard, premium, Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvignon Blend (“Monte Bello”), Zinfandels, and Chardonnay. Ridge has two estates - Monte Bello, located in the city of Cupertino in Santa Clara County, and Lytton Springs, located in the city of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. The Monte Bello estate is nested on a summit high atop Monte Bello Ridge, in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.

Ridge Vineyards commenced full-scale production as a commercial winery ... Read full review



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Tablas Creek Vineyard   0
4.5
12/29/2013

My wife and I have been making an annual trip to the Central Coast region of California for the last five years. For the first couple of years, we built our trip around Santa Barbara wineries. But the last few years, our trips have been built around Paso Robles wineries. Tablas Creek Vineyard is the primary reason our focus has shifted from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles.

Tablas Creek Vineyard (TCV) is probably the best known of all Paso Robles wineries specializing in Rhone style wines. The vineyard and winery is a partnership between ... Read full review



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Jeff Cohn Cellars   0
4.0
12/1/2013

I have the good fortune of living in the East Bay between Oakland and San Jose. It's a wine-lovers paradise. Napa Valley, Sonoma, the Santa Cruz Mountain, and Livermore Valley wine regions are all within a 90 minute drive.

Even so, I frequently find myself also taking advantage of the multitude of urban wineries in the East Bay. That's because the East Bay features some of California's finest urban wineries. While they may lack the bucolic vibe of a winery located amidst the vineyards, what they do have is access to great ... Read full review



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Steven Kent - La Rochelle Barrel Room   0
4.0
9/18/2013

Steven Kent winery is owned by Steven Kent Mirassou. The Mirassou family has been growing grapes and making wines in California since 1854. That's when Steven's great-great-great grandfather Pierre Pellier, who sailed from t2010 he Port of La Rochelle, France, arrived in San Jose with wine-grape cuttings from his brother Louis. It was Pellier who introduced Pinot Noir to California. Eventually Pellier's son-in-law, Pierre Mirassou succeeded him and the name of the family winery became known as Mirassou Vineyards, which was ultimately sold to Gallo. Today, Steven Kent Mirassou is the only son with a wine brand.
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Joseph Phelps - Freestone Vineyards   0
4.5
8/19/2013

My wife and I do more than our fair share of wine tasting. More often than not, especially when visiting wine country, we plan to visit at least a few wineries. However, we it find equally satisfying when we visit one or two wineries, as part of a larger experience. Whenever we seek such an experience, we head west to the beautiful Sonoma Coast. Aside from some great Sonoma wineries, its beautifully rugged coastline, beaches, hiking trails and proximity to redwood forests offer a multitude of opportunities for Pacific Ocean sightseeing, strolls on the beach, picnicking, and hiking among ... Read full review



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Dashe Cellars   0
4.0
6/19/2013

I have the good fortune of living in the East Bay, between Oakland and San Jose. It’s a wine-lover's paradise. I live within a 90-minute drive of Napa Valley, Sonoma, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and Livermore Valley wine regions.

Even so, I frequently find myself also taking advantage of the multitude of urban wineries in the East Bay. That’s because the East Bay features some of California’s finest urban wineries. While they may lack the bucolic vibe of a winery located amidst the vineyards, what they do have is access to great fruit ... Read full review



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Yorkville Cellars   0
4.0
1/20/2013

On our most recent trip to Anderson Valley, our first stop was Yorkville Cellars. We first went to Yorkville Cellars a few years ago, and had long since drank the wines we purchased. As good fortune would have it, we have friends who love Mendocino County, and go every year. They are in the Yorkville wine club. So although we haven't been we've had a steady supply of their very good wines. The only know winery where all 8 of the Bordeaux varietals are estate grown and then offered as separate varietal wines. Yorkville recently celebrated 26 years of certified organic farming. My tasting notes on the wines we tasted follow: 2011 Yorkville Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Randle Hill Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Very pale straw color with grapefruit, citrus and apple aromas. On the palate, it light-medium bodied, fresh and smooth with grapefruit, citrus and green apple flavors. Medium-finish. Barrel fermented and aged 13.5% abv (87 pts.) 2010 Yorkville Cellars Sémillon Randle Hill Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Pale golden yellow color with honeyed citrus and stone fruit aromas. On the palate, it's dry, and fresh with citrus, pear and sweet yeast flavors. 13.5% Organic grapes (87 pts.) 2010 Yorkville Cellars Eleanor of Acquitane Randle Hill Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Pale straw yellow color with honeyed grapefruit and citrus aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and smooth with grapefruit, lime and mineral flavors. Medium-long finish. Blend of 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. 100% barrel fermented in small French oak barrels. Organic grapes. 13.5% abv (90 pts.) 2009 Yorkville Cellars Malbec Rennie Vineyard Yorkville Highlands - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Garnet color with dark cherry, cassis and pomegranate aromas. On the palate, its medium bodied and balanced with cherry, raspberry, and a bit of blueberry flavors. Medium finish. Organic grapes. 13.0% abv(88 pts.) 2009 Yorkville Cellars Petit Verdot Rennie Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Carmine color with earthy red fruit aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and slightly tannic with cherry, plum and spice flavors. Medium finish. Organic grapes. 13.5% abv (88 pts.) 2009 Yorkville Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Rennie Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Deep garnet color with cherry, herb and a hint of chocolate aromas. On the palate, it's a lighter style Cab that's well-balanced cherry, chocolate and a bit of spice flavors. Medium finish. 13.5% Organic grapes(89 pts.) 2009 Yorkville Cellars Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Deep garnet color with raspberry, tobacco, cherry, and cedarwood aromas. On the palate, it's balanced with good acidity and cherry, barrel spice flavors. Long finish. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Carmenere, 5% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. 13.5% Organic grapes (90 pts.) 2011 Yorkville Cellars Malbec Sweet Malbec Rennie Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Unique wine. Fire engine red color with fruity cherry, strawberry and plum aromas. On the palate, surprisingly not overly sweet - more off-dry, and a bit frizzante with fresh ripe strawberry and cherry flavors. Very nice chilled. 10.5% Paired very nicely with an almond cookie (88 pts.) Yorkville was a great first stop. I really enjoyed their wines, and the variety of wines they offer. It's a great place to taste the Bordeaux varieties. Plus the wines offer very good value. They had the most surprising wine of the day - their Sweet Malbec. It left me delightfully surprised because it wasn't cloying sweet like so many dessert wines. We picked up a bottle of their newly released Sparkling Malbec.

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FEL Wines   1
4.5
1/7/2013

We had a great experience at this winerie starting first and foremost with the outstanding wines! We tasted 9 wines. I rated all between 89-93pts. Breggo was easily our winery of the day (we visited 3 others). The tasting room is tastefully decorated, though smallish. Our wine tasting attendant was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Wonderful experience! Highly recommend!

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FEL Wines   1
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We had a great experience at this winerie starting first and foremost with the outstanding wines! We tasted 9 wines. I rated all between 89-93pts. Breggo was easily our winery of the day (we visited 3 others). The tasting room is tastefully decorated, though smallish. Our wine tasting attendant was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Wonderful experience! Highly recommend!

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Yorkville Cellars   0
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On our most recent trip to Anderson Valley, our first stop was Yorkville Cellars. We first went to Yorkville Cellars a few years ago, and had long since drank the wines we purchased. As good fortune would have it, we have friends who love Mendocino County, and go every year. They are in the Yorkville wine club. So although we haven't been we've had a steady supply of their very good wines. The only know winery where all 8 of the Bordeaux varietals are estate grown and then offered as separate varietal wines. Yorkville recently celebrated 26 years of certified organic farming. My tasting notes on the wines we tasted follow: 2011 Yorkville Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Randle Hill Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Very pale straw color with grapefruit, citrus and apple aromas. On the palate, it light-medium bodied, fresh and smooth with grapefruit, citrus and green apple flavors. Medium-finish. Barrel fermented and aged 13.5% abv (87 pts.) 2010 Yorkville Cellars Sémillon Randle Hill Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Pale golden yellow color with honeyed citrus and stone fruit aromas. On the palate, it's dry, and fresh with citrus, pear and sweet yeast flavors. 13.5% Organic grapes (87 pts.) 2010 Yorkville Cellars Eleanor of Acquitane Randle Hill Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Pale straw yellow color with honeyed grapefruit and citrus aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and smooth with grapefruit, lime and mineral flavors. Medium-long finish. Blend of 60% Semillon and 40% Sauvignon Blanc. 100% barrel fermented in small French oak barrels. Organic grapes. 13.5% abv (90 pts.) 2009 Yorkville Cellars Malbec Rennie Vineyard Yorkville Highlands - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Garnet color with dark cherry, cassis and pomegranate aromas. On the palate, its medium bodied and balanced with cherry, raspberry, and a bit of blueberry flavors. Medium finish. Organic grapes. 13.0% abv(88 pts.) 2009 Yorkville Cellars Petit Verdot Rennie Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Carmine color with earthy red fruit aromas. On the palate, it's medium-bodied and slightly tannic with cherry, plum and spice flavors. Medium finish. Organic grapes. 13.5% abv (88 pts.) 2009 Yorkville Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Rennie Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Deep garnet color with cherry, herb and a hint of chocolate aromas. On the palate, it's a lighter style Cab that's well-balanced cherry, chocolate and a bit of spice flavors. Medium finish. 13.5% Organic grapes(89 pts.) 2009 Yorkville Cellars Richard the Lion-Heart Rennie Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Deep garnet color with raspberry, tobacco, cherry, and cedarwood aromas. On the palate, it's balanced with good acidity and cherry, barrel spice flavors. Long finish. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Carmenere, 5% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, and 2% Petit Verdot. 13.5% Organic grapes (90 pts.) 2011 Yorkville Cellars Malbec Sweet Malbec Rennie Vineyard - USA, California, North Coast, Yorkville Highlands - Unique wine. Fire engine red color with fruity cherry, strawberry and plum aromas. On the palate, surprisingly not overly sweet - more off-dry, and a bit frizzante with fresh ripe strawberry and cherry flavors. Very nice chilled. 10.5% Paired very nicely with an almond cookie (88 pts.) Yorkville was a great first stop. I really enjoyed their wines, and the variety of wines they offer. It's a great place to taste the Bordeaux varieties. Plus the wines offer very good value. They had the most surprising wine of the day - their Sweet Malbec. It left me delightfully surprised because it wasn't cloying sweet like so many dessert wines. We picked up a bottle of their newly released Sparkling Malbec.

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Dashe Cellars   0
4.0

I have the good fortune of living in the East Bay, between Oakland and San Jose. It’s a wine-lover's paradise. I live within a 90-minute drive of Napa Valley, Sonoma, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and Livermore Valley wine regions.

Even so, I frequently find myself also taking advantage of the multitude of urban wineries in the East Bay. That’s because the East Bay features some of California’s finest urban wineries. While they may lack the bucolic vibe of a winery located amidst the vineyards, what they do have is access to great fruit ... Read full review



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Joseph Phelps - Freestone Vineyards   0
4.5

My wife and I do more than our fair share of wine tasting. More often than not, especially when visiting wine country, we plan to visit at least a few wineries. However, we it find equally satisfying when we visit one or two wineries, as part of a larger experience. Whenever we seek such an experience, we head west to the beautiful Sonoma Coast. Aside from some great Sonoma wineries, its beautifully rugged coastline, beaches, hiking trails and proximity to redwood forests offer a multitude of opportunities for Pacific Ocean sightseeing, strolls on the beach, picnicking, and hiking among ... Read full review



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Steven Kent - La Rochelle Barrel Room   0
4.0

Steven Kent winery is owned by Steven Kent Mirassou. The Mirassou family has been growing grapes and making wines in California since 1854. That's when Steven's great-great-great grandfather Pierre Pellier, who sailed from t2010 he Port of La Rochelle, France, arrived in San Jose with wine-grape cuttings from his brother Louis. It was Pellier who introduced Pinot Noir to California. Eventually Pellier's son-in-law, Pierre Mirassou succeeded him and the name of the family winery became known as Mirassou Vineyards, which was ultimately sold to Gallo. Today, Steven Kent Mirassou is the only son with a wine brand.
Read full review



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Jeff Cohn Cellars   0
4.0

I have the good fortune of living in the East Bay between Oakland and San Jose. It's a wine-lovers paradise. Napa Valley, Sonoma, the Santa Cruz Mountain, and Livermore Valley wine regions are all within a 90 minute drive.

Even so, I frequently find myself also taking advantage of the multitude of urban wineries in the East Bay. That's because the East Bay features some of California's finest urban wineries. While they may lack the bucolic vibe of a winery located amidst the vineyards, what they do have is access to great ... Read full review



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Tablas Creek Vineyard   0
4.5

My wife and I have been making an annual trip to the Central Coast region of California for the last five years. For the first couple of years, we built our trip around Santa Barbara wineries. But the last few years, our trips have been built around Paso Robles wineries. Tablas Creek Vineyard is the primary reason our focus has shifted from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles.

Tablas Creek Vineyard (TCV) is probably the best known of all Paso Robles wineries specializing in Rhone style wines. The vineyard and winery is a partnership between ... Read full review



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Ridge Vineyards Monte Bello   0
4.5

Ridge Vineyards is an iconic California winery that has long been benchmark for world class wine. They are best known for producing a single-vineyard, premium, Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvignon Blend (“Monte Bello”), Zinfandels, and Chardonnay. Ridge has two estates - Monte Bello, located in the city of Cupertino in Santa Clara County, and Lytton Springs, located in the city of Healdsburg in Sonoma County. The Monte Bello estate is nested on a summit high atop Monte Bello Ridge, in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.

Ridge Vineyards commenced full-scale production as a commercial winery ... Read full review



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Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs   0
4.5

Ridge Vineyards is an iconic California winery that has long been benchmark for world class wine. They are best known for producing single-vineyard premium Bordeaux-style Cabernet Sauvignon Blend ("Monte Bello"), Zinfandels, and Chardonnay. Ridge has two estates properties - Monte Bello, located in the city of Cupertino in Santa Clara County, and Lytton Springs, located in the city of Healdsburg in Sonoma County.

Ridge Vineyards commenced full-scale production as a commercial winery in 1962, but the history of the original winery dates back to 1885 when Oseo Perrone, a doctor from northern Italy ... Read full review



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Buehler Vineyards   0
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On our most recent trip to Napa Valley, my wife and I were looking for a complete different kind of Napa Valley experience. Something we’ve never done during decades of visiting the Napa Valley. Something that I didn’t think existed in the Napa Valley.

Free tasting!

Such experiences are few and far between, but they do exist. After poking around the World Wide Web (including AWG), one of the more promising experiences looked to be Buehler Vineyards, a small family owned winery located near the base of Howell Mountain. ... Read full review



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Smith-Madrone Vineyards & Winery   0
4.5

Smith-Madrone Vineyard and Winery is a family run, estate-bottled winery located on Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley town of St. Helena. The winery was founded in 1971 by brothers Stuart and Charles Smith who are the Managing Partner/Enologist and Winemaker respectively. In addition to the brothers' surnane, the name of the winery includes the name of the predominant tree on the ranch. The Madrone is an evergreen with a red-brown trunk and branches. In the spring, the tree bears lily-of-the-valley-like flower clusters; in fall orange-red berries appear.

When the Smith brothers purchased the ... Read full review



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Heitz Wine Cellars   0
4.5

Napa Valley means many things to me, most of which are associated with positive feelings. It has an intriguing sense of history when one considers its ascendancy in a relatively short period of time to the status it enjoys today in the wine world. It has a unique geological profile with a multitude of soil types packed into a comparatively small area, which I find fascinating. And of course, there are the world-class wines and a flourishing culinary scene.

On the other hand, traffic can be a nightmare. And the tasting fees, which add up quickly, can ... Read full review



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Stage Left Cellars   0
4.0

More often than not, when a winemaker is asked about his/her favorite wine, the answer – similar to when a parent is asked about his/her favorite child - is usually something along the lines of “it depends” or “I don’t have a favorite, I appreciate what’s special about each”.

I feel the same way about my favorites among the 20+ urban wineries located in the East Bay area of the San Francisco Bay area.

Among my favorites is Stage Left Cellars, located in Oakland, California. What makes Stage Left special is its singular ... Read full review



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Urban Legend Cellars   0
4.0

Several years ago a wine-loving friend of mine, who lives in Oakland, California, asked me if I’d ever tried wine made from a grape called Teroldego. I didn’t know the grape at all. I told him I hadn’t. He told me I had to try it, and that there was a winery in Oakland that was specializing in wines made from Italian grape varieties. I’m a big fan of Italian wines, so an urban winery producing grapes from Italian grape varieties was certainly worth checking out.

That was my introduction to Urban Legend Winery. Not long ... Read full review



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