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A lifetime ago, when I was a community college professor who knew nothing about wine, I was contemplating a move to New York. I interviewed for a job at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. I stayed overnight there and thought it was such a great little city. I jumped at the opportunity to return for a day to visit Hudson-Chatham Winery’s new tasting room in Troy’s historic downtown area near the Hudson River, the third location for the winery, including the home estate in Ghent and another tasting room in Tannersville, which I reviewed previously.

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Ackerman Family Vineyards   0
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8/17/2017

I am sure that during my commutes around the city of Napa, I have passed the Ackerman Heritage House at 608 Randolph Street before. However, on this rainy February day, nothing was more inviting as my co-workers and I entered by way of a back door, thanks to Kristie, our host and brand marketing manager at Ackerman Family Vineyards. Our immediate reaction was amazement at the lovely welcome sign and warm and inviting kitchen. Over the course of five years, from 2010 to 2015, Lauren Ackerman breathed new life into this house with her estimated $2 million in renovations, ... Read full review



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Red Hook Winery   0
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8/4/2017

Red Hook Winery was founded in 2008 by Mark Snyder to focus on New York State’s best vineyards, particularly those located in the North Fork of Long Island and the Finger Lakes regions. Winemakers include Abe Schoener, Christopher Nicolson, and Robert Foley, whose name you may recognize from his Napa Valley fame.


As my companion and I approached the address of Red Hook Winery, which is located in a popular, growing warehouse district of Brooklyn, we had to pay close attention to the signage so as to not get lost. There were at least three ... Read full review



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Bella Grace - Sutter Creek   0
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5/18/2017

During the 2016 Wine Bloggers Conference in Lodi, California, I had the great pleasure of meeting Stephen Havill of Bella Grace Vineyards. During one of the conference lunches, he led me over to his table where he was pouring some of their wines. After tasting a few, I was immediately smitten and knew I had to plan a visit. It would take me three months until I could make the trek to Amador County and the winery’s tasting location in Sutter Creek, California.


Walking up Main Street in Sutter Creek is like stepping back in time. The pace of ... Read full review



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Comstock Wines   0
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4/27/2017

Bob and Sandy Comstock, who have been vintners since 2002, recently decided to live the dream of owning a small, family winery. Comstock Wines, which opened in 2015 and is managed by daughter Kelly Comstock Farris, is the culmination of successful winegrowing turned winemaking. Enlisting the winemaking skills of longtime winemaker Chris Russi, the Comstocks have created the ultimate Dry Creek Valley destination which includes fantastic wines, a state-of-the-art winery, beautiful vineyards, and a luxurious guest residence, all located immediately outside of the lovely town of Healdsburg. During my visit, I had the amazing opportunity to experience every facet of ... Read full review



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Boeger Winery   0
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4/20/2017

I am so fortunate to live in the Napa Valley, where there are hundreds of wineries to visit. However, I often have this feeling of wanderlust that I cannot seem to shake, which causes me to frequently seek out new winery destinations. Thus, when a friend suggested that I visit Boeger Winery with him in El Dorado County, California, I jumped at the chance. I was immediately enamored after researching the winery’s rich history.


Vintner Greg Boeger grew up in a winemaking family in the Napa Valley. His grandfather, Anton Nichelini, founded Nichelini Family Winery in Chiles Valley ... Read full review



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Robert Biale Vineyards   0
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4/14/2017

Not long ago, I had lunch with Maggie Pramuk Mazotti, daughter of the co-founder of Robert Biale Vineyards. Being a recent transplant to Napa, I had heard of Biale, but really did not know their story. After our lunch, I returned to work and suggested we schedule a staff tasting there.


On the morning of the staff tasting, fall was in the air. As I drove to Biale, I felt a little ashamed that I had not yet visited this winery fewer than two miles from where I live, on the same road, in fact. As I turned into ... Read full review



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Lightning Wines   0
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4/4/2017

A couple of years ago on my own website, I reviewed the movie American Wine Story, a documentary that follows the story of Oregon’s Brooks family (Brooks Wines) as well as others in the United States who have decided to leave their secure careers to follow their passion for winemaking. Such is the story of former Texas natives and owners, Randy and Brooke Hester, who decided to take their own leap of faith to create Lightning Wines, a brand based in the cabernet sauvignon mecca of California, the Napa Valley, yet focuses on Rhône-style varietal wines sourced from vineyards all ... Read full review



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Hudson-Chatham in Tannersville   0
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3/21/2017

In August 2015, before I was an American Winery Guide correspondent, I spent a day visiting Hudson-Chatham Winery, Columbia County, New York’s first winery. It was a fantastic experience, and I wrote about that day on my website. A month later, I began writing for AWG. It was only a matter of time before I revisited Hudson-Chatham.


This trip, I spent a couple of hours at Hudson-Chatham’s Tannersville location which opened recently to serve both residents and visitors of Greene County, New York. The town of Tannersville is a bit like stepping back into another time and place. The ... Read full review



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Hendry   0
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3/16/2017

When a few of my colleagues planned a visit to Hendry Ranch, I jumped at the opportunity. In February 2015 at ZAP’s (Zinfandel Advocates & Producers) Zinfandel festival, I tasted one of Hendry’s Zinfandels and wanted to learn more about the winery. A year and a half later, in August 2016, I visited Hendry for their owner/winemaker seminar tour (three hours, $75 per person) hosted by George O. Hendry.


During the first couple of hours of the visit, Hendry spoke to us about the ranch’s history and day-to-day operations from his perspective as a scientist turned vintner and winemaker. ... Read full review



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DaVero   0
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2/16/2017

In August 2015, I was invited by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley to participate in a virtual Twitter tasting of three wines. One of the wines I had the opportunity to taste was the 2013 DaVero Estate Altobasso ($70), a blend of 60% sangiovese from their Hawk Mountain Vineyard and 40% barbera from their Valladares Estate. The wine was a game changer in that it caused me to explore more Italian varietal wines. From this point on, DaVero was on my radar. When a friend asked me suggestions for winery visits in Sonoma County, I offered DaVero as an ... Read full review



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William Harrison   0
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2/8/2017

During my second visit to the Napa Valley in August 2009, I visited William Harrison Winery. My memories of that visit are of the bear in the tasting room, the friendliness of the staff, and their Rutherford Red blend. I am happy to share that very little has changed in seven years.


With a name like William (Bill) Moore Harrison, you would not immediately know that Harrison is of Italian descent. His grandfather, Antonio Perelli-Minetti, left Italy in 1902 and became a renowned winemaker in California’s emerging wine business in the early twentieth century. Bill’s mother was Antonio’s daughter, ... Read full review



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Crocker & Starr   0
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1/28/2017

As I turned off California Highway 29 and onto Dowdell Lane, I did not know quite what to expect, as the first part of the drive is mostly industrial parks with wine storage warehouses and the like. However, just past that, it was as if I entered a completely different place. To the west was a farmhouse, and in the distance to the north, a winery building that looked both historic and modern all at once. To the south, vineyards extended as far as the eye could see, 85 acres of prime vineyards belonging to Crocker & Starr.


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Dutton-Goldfield Winery   0
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1/12/2017

Dutton-Goldfield began in 1998 with a handshake between Steve Dutton and Dan Goldfield. Steve, a fifth-generation vintner, grew up in the farming family which founded the 35-acre Dutton Ranch. In 1987, he joined the family business full time. Today, the Dutton property has expanded to 80 vineyards and 1000+ acres. Dan, a research chemist turned winemaker, brought to the partnership a love of cool-climate, Burgundy-style wines such as chardonnay and pinot noir, as well as experience making wine at Robert Mondavi Winery, Schramsberg, and in Portugal. Dutton-Goldfield now produces around 9000 cases of wine annually.


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MacRostie Winery   0
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12/15/2016

Thirteen years after beginning his career as a winemaker at Hacienda Winery in 1974 making Burgundian-style variety wines such as chardonnay and pinot noir, Steve MacRostie founded MacRostie Winery and Vineyards in 1987. Over the course of the past 30 years, MacRostie has developed relationships with some of the best Sonoma Coast vineyard owners, including the Bacigalupis, Duttons, Martinellis, and Sangiacomos. Today, MacRostie sources grapes from 30 chardonnay and 15 pinot noir sites, as well as MacRostie’s own Wildcat Mountain Vineyard.

In 2015, the new era of MacRostie hospitality began with the opening of their modern and ... Read full review



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Shelburne Vineyard   0
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11/10/2016

Shelburne Vineyard is a partnership between Ken Albert, Scott Prom, and most recently, Sam Coppola. The idea of winegrowing in Vermont began approximately 35 years ago when Ken Albert was growing grapes in his backyard as a hobby. Later, he leased three acres from Shelburne Farms to begin commercial winemaking and Scott Prom joined the venture, with the first vintage being in 2000. In 2008, they opened a LEED-designed, green, sustainable winery on new land primarily planted with marquette grapes. Sam Coppola joined the ownership team in 2013. Shelburne Vineyards is now comprised of 16 acres on three sites – ... Read full review



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Lincoln Peak Vineyard   0
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10/26/2016

Three miles north of Middlebury and 25 miles south of Burlington in New Haven, Vermont, is one of Vermont’s premier wine producers, Lincoln Peak Vineyard. Situated on 16 acres of picturesque farmland are 12 acres of vineyards and a couple of modest buildings, including a tasting room and a production building. Blessed with stony loam soils, Lincoln Peak produces around 2400 cases of wine, including la crescent, Louise Swenson, Swenson white, adalmiina, petite pearl, prairie star, frontenac blanc, frontenac gris, frontenac noir, and marquette.

Lincoln Peak Vineyard has quite a story. Owner and winemaker Chris Granstrom, who ... Read full review



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Sabina Vineyards   0
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10/15/2016

A few miles north of the town of St. Helena and a few miles south of Calistoga in the St. Helena AVA of the Napa Valley is a gem of a winery, Sabina Vineyards. Named for the matriarch of the family, Sabina Sabin, Sabina Vineyards was founded in 2002 by serial entrepreneur, son David Sabin, and his wife, Susan. Some may recognize David Sabin as the president and CEO of the Fuller Brush Company, now based in Napa, and former chairman of Salton, Inc., the founding company of the George Foreman Grill. David and Susan modeled Sabina after boutique Burgundian ... Read full review



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La garagista   0
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9/27/2016

La garagista farm + winery is located on Mount Hunger in the Piedmont hills near Barnard, Vermont. The homestead and land have been farmed for over 200 years. Acquired by Deirdre Heekin and Caleb Barber in 1998, the farm's gardens provided vegetables for their sister project, a restaurant named osteria pane e salute in Woodstock, Vermont, then expanded into wine and cider production. In 2010, La garagista offered its first vintage of wine, and in 2014, the farm grew to include two additional parcels of land, two "rehabilitation projects," in the Champlain Valley. Guests are welcome to visit by invitation ... Read full review



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O'Brien Estate   0
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8/25/2016

O’Brien Estate is a hidden gem of the Napa Valley. I have had a few of the O’Brien wines in the past, but had never visited, so I was surprised to discover that it was located off the beaten path in a residential neighborhood of the Oak Knoll District AVA of the Napa Valley. The property was acquired in 2000 and enjoys a premium location in the shade of Mount Veeder. The estate sits on 40 acres, 33 of which are planted to vine, and includes the residence of the owners, Barb and Bart O'Brien, their gardens, ... Read full review



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Trentadue Winery   0
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8/17/2016

Beginning in 2008, I was working for a wine sales and marketing company as their business travel manager. The owner of that business arranged for me tastings and tours in Napa and Sonoma for my spring break in March 2009. During that trip, I visited my first Sonoma County winery, Trentadue. Shortly thereafter, I became their business travel manager. I would return to Trentadue annually through 2013 and continued managing their travel until I started my new career in the wine business in 2014. Earlier this year, I decided to join Trentadue’s wine club as a show ... Read full review



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Donum Estate   0
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8/3/2016

The Donum Estate, formerly part of Buena Vista Winery’s Tula Vista Ranch before it was developed as an estate on its own, was created by winegrower Anne Moller-Racke, whose quest is to craft the best pinot noirs from their vineyards in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. The estate’s first offering, a 2001 Pinot Noir, was released in 2003. Today, the Donum team is a partnership between Anne and Winside, Inc., a company comprised of three Danish investors who love both wine and art. The team would not be complete without winemaker Dan Fishman, consulting winemaker Kenneth Juhasz, vineyard ... Read full review



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Materra Wines - Cunat Family Vineyards   0
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7/21/2016

Materra, translated as Mother Earth in Latin, is the lifelong dream of the Cunat family, the reward of many years of entrepreneurship. The Cunats, an American-Asian blended family, brought with them to the Napa Valley their love of farming, fine cuisine, wine, and art to found their family vineyards in 2007. When they first arrived, they did not have their own production facility or tasting room. However, they were able to make their first vintage wines in 2007 with fruit coming from the land they owned. They rented a tasting room in St. Helena while waiting for the ... Read full review



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Pride Mountain Vineyards   0
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7/13/2016

In all of my visits to Napa and Sonoma prior to moving here, I never discovered Pride Mountain Vineyards until recently. After traveling in a tour bus along curvy Spring Mountain Road, which changes to Saint Helena Road at the Napa and Sonoma County line and leads to the far-removed estate, I knew I had discovered a remarkable location for grape growing and winemaking. Located in the Mayacamas Mountains at an elevation of 2100 feet, Pride is noteworthy in that it’s a bi-county estate, with its 235 acres split between Napa and Sonoma Counties. Due to this ... Read full review



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MacLaren Wine Company   0
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5/5/2016

In March 2014, shortly after moving from Virginia to Napa, I had a cool-climate syrah moment at a Rhône Rangers public tasting. The syrahs were produced by Sonoma’s MacLaren Wine Company. Six months later, I finally found myself in the tasting lounge with winemaker and Scotsman, Steve Law. He said to me, “Did you know you have an accent?” My reply, “No, you have an accent.” The ice was broken and from that point on, I was enamored with the wines and story of MacLaren.

MacLaren Wine Company is a husband-and-wife team comprised of ... Read full review



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Patz & Hall Winery   0
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3/24/2016

Patz & Hall was founded in 1988 by Donald Patz, James Hall, Anne Moses, and Heather Patz, who combined their experience in enology, winemaking, and wine sales and customer service to create a premier wine brand and tasting experience. Beginning with their first offering of 300 cases of chardonnay, Patz & Hall has grown into a 40,000-case production winery focusing on chardonnay and pinot noir from revered vineyards in cool-climate areas such as Sonoma County’s Carneros, Sonoma Coast, and the Russian River Valley, as well as a few wines from Mendocino County and the Santa Lucia ... Read full review



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Madrigal Family Winery   0
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3/11/2016

In 1938, the grandparents of third-generation vintner Chris Madrigal emigrated from Mexico to the United States to seek a new farming life in the Napa Valley. The Madrigal family was one of the Napa Valley’s first Mexican farming families, growing apples, grapes, pears, and walnuts. In the late 1970s, the Madrigals began focusing on grape growing, selling their grapes to wineries such as Clos Pegase and Duckhorn. In 1995, the Madrigal family began producing and selling their own wines, starting with 500 cases of their flagship petite sirah. Today, the Madrigal name is known in the Napa ... Read full review



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Domaine Carneros   0
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1/7/2016

My first visit to Domaine Carneros was Labor Day Weekend 2012 during a visit to Napa. I joined a friend there for a tasting on the patio and was mesmerized by the experience. In the back of my head, I had an idea. If I were to ever move to Napa, this would be the first wine club I would join. As fate would have it, I moved here in January 2014 and four months later, I went to Domaine Carneros and enrolled in their Chateau Society wine club.

Domaine Carneros is the American ... Read full review



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Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards   0
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12/16/2015

In 1978, thirty-seven years ago, Jerry and Flora Komes discovered an old ghost winery property just south of Saint Helena and founded what would become Flora Springs. Under the leadership of Jerry and Flora's children, John and Carrie Komes and Julie and Pat Garvey, Flora Springs has grown into Napa Valley’s third largest, family owned and operated winery. The third generation, Nat Komes and Sean Garvey, will lead the winery into the next era of family winemaking.

Flora Springs produces around 50,000 cases and has nine estate vineyards across Napa Valley totaling 650 acres, including ... Read full review



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Alpha Omega   0
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12/9/2015

Founded in 2006 by vintners Robin and Michelle Baggett, Alpha Omega Winery is a relatively new winery in Napa Valley. Robin's and Michelle's backgrounds include grape growing and hospitality development. Robin founded Tolosa Winery in San Luis Obipso in 1998, and Michelle brought with her architectural design, marketing, and public relations experience. Both Robin and Michelle are also active in the Napa Valley community as philanthropists.

The winemaking team is comprised of winemaker Jean Hoefliger and consulting winemaker Michel Rolland. Alpha Omega produces world-class wines from their own vineyards, as well as from some ... Read full review



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Opus One Winery   0
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12/2/2015

When my friend asked me if I would like to visit Opus One, I was a little hesitant. I was afraid it might be too fancy for me, as it has quite a formidable reputation, in Napa Valley and around the world. However, I thought twice about it and decided to say yes; it was the right decision.

Opus One is the result of a partnership between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi that dates back to 1979. In 1981, a case of Opus One sold at the inaugural Napa Valley Wine Auction for ... Read full review



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Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards Tasting Room "The Room"   0
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11/19/2015

When you drive into the parking lot at Flora Springs’ The Room just south of downtown Saint Helena, you are immediately taken in by the building's unique structure. This isn’t just a regular tasting room; it’s designed to look and feel as if you are tasting in an estate cave, but a beautifully decorated one. Behind the tasting room, there is an open outdoor space, the Vineyard Courtyard, where event gatherings are held and one can catch a glimpse of vineyards and beautiful sunsets later in the afternoon and evening. Above the tasting room, there is a roof-covered, open-air ... Read full review



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Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery   0
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10/27/2015

Countless American wineries begin with a moment of clarity when someone decides to change direction and follow his or her passion. Such is the case with Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery in Chester County, Pennsylvania, founded in 2005 by Brad Galer, a doctor, and Lele Galer, an artist, who at the time decided that they “wanted to do it right or not at all.”

When arriving at the winery and Red Lion Vineyard location in Kennett Square, you will notice the beautiful wood buildings built from trees that were cut down to plant the original ... Read full review



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Penns Woods   0
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10/13/2015

In 2002, longtime wine importer and distributor, Gino Razzi, after having successfully made his first Italian wine, a 1997 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo called Symposium, set out to find out more about Pennsylvania wine production. In his research, he discovered that vineyards were growing good grapes, but that the winemaking process was what needed addressing. He decided to create a micro-fermentation of about 80 cases of red wine with grapes sourced from quality vineyards in Pennsylvania. The resulting wine, his 2002 Ameritage, an American version of a Bordeaux-style red blend, turned out wonderfully and confirmed to him that quality wine could be ... Read full review



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Kemmeter Wines   0
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On August 1, 2013, just over two years ago, winemaker and proprietor Johannes Reinhardt opened his own winery, Kemmeter Wines, to the public after being the winemaker at Anthony Road Wine Company since 2000. Reinhardt, who emigrated from Germany to make wines in the Finger Lakes, has a celebrated history as a winemaker, and also as a person who, with the support of many, successfully championed to remain a resident of the United States.

History and family are both very important to Reinhardt. Kemmeter is a family name that dates back to 1438 when ... Read full review



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Hudson-Chatham Winery   0
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Hudson-Chatham Winery was founded in 2006, when Carlo and Dominique DeVito purchased a circa 1780 farmhouse and the surrounding property in Columbia County, New York. In a very short time, they opened Columbia County’s first winery and have since been pioneers and catalysts for the development of the area’s local craft beverage industry. They recently opened a new tasting room across the Hudson River in Tannersville, New York, so that the wines would have a new audience of enthusiasts. Hudson-Chatham is growing, yet the winery is staying true to its philosophies of history, terroir, dirt, rocks, fruit, and wine. The wines are exemplary examples of what can be done when its producers are driven by their passion for quality and success. During my visit, I tasted many wines, many of which are made from less commonly known, hybrid grapes, like Baco Noir, Chelois, Léon Millot, and Seyval Blanc. For those who have not had the experience of tasting these grape varieties, Hudson-Chatham should be your first experience. The wines are terroir-driven, meticulously produced, not overly extracted, exquisitely balanced, lower in alcohol, and at a price point that is consumer friendly. Hudson-Chatham also has another brand, Paperbirch, a line of port- and sherry-style wines, grappa, and gin, all made from their grapes, which are equally delicious and fun to taste.

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Amizetta Vineyards   0
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5/31/2015

If you continue down Conn Valley Road past Seavey, turn onto Greenfield Road, and go all the way to the top, and by all the way to the top, I mean ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP, you will discover perhaps Napa Valley’s best kept secret, Amizetta Estate Winery. As you enter the gated property, do not stop at the small house on the left, as family still lives there, but continue to the VERY TOP, where you will discover Amizetta’s sloping vineyards, tasting room, production area, and barrel cave, as well as the most amazing view in Napa Valley, which overlooks Lake Hennessey. Like Seavey, Amizetta has a long history, founded in 1979 by Spencer and Amizetta McFadden Clark, both with Texas ranching and farming experience. Their sons, Perry (President), Edward (Winemaker), and Spencer Jr. (Vineyard Manager and Tour Guide), have taken the helm of the day-to-day operations of the winery, and are creating exceptional, Napa Valley wines made to be consumed sooner rather than later. The winery produces grapes and wines for other wineries, as well as award-winning wines under their own label, including Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux-style red blend called Complexity, and also a Merlot, which was already sold out when I visited. The winery has wine clubs as well, a Reserve Wine Club (two cases per year) and a Case Club (one case per year). Our tour of the winery included a visit to the patio and gardens overlooking Lake Hennessey, the production area, and their beautiful barrel cave. Tastings and tours at Amizetta are also by appointment only and are $50 per person. They also accept helicopter tours.

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Seavey Vineyard   0
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Seavey Vineyard, which I have had the good fortune to visit twice, is as about as relaxed and unpretentious as you can find. The vineyard itself dates back to the early 1870s, when 143 acres were purchased by Charles Volper. In 1881, he built a stone dairy barn, which still exists today as the winery production area and tasting room. William and Mary Seavey purchased the property in 1979, replanted the vineyards, and produced grapes to sell to other wineries until 1990, when they produced their own Seavey Vineyard branded Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. In 1994, they released their first Merlot, and in 1999, released their second Cabernet Sauvignon called Caravina. When you arrive at Seavey, you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, except for their state-of-the-art solar energy, wine production, and wine order processing systems. William (Bill) Seavey still lives on the property and the five Seavey children have continued the family’s legacy of producing world-class, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot. When you visit, you will often be greeted by Dorie or Art Seavey, who manage sales and marketing at the winery. Tastings and tours at the winery are by appointment only Monday through Saturday. The tasting fee is $45 per person and one tasting fee is waived per three-bottle purchase. The winery also has a vintage wine club (two shipments per year) as well as a library wine club (three shipments per year).

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Seavey Vineyard, which I have had the good fortune to visit twice, is as about as relaxed and unpretentious as you can find. The vineyard itself dates back to the early 1870s, when 143 acres were purchased by Charles Volper. In 1881, he built a stone dairy barn, which still exists today as the winery production area and tasting room. William and Mary Seavey purchased the property in 1979, replanted the vineyards, and produced grapes to sell to other wineries until 1990, when they produced their own Seavey Vineyard branded Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. In 1994, they released their first Merlot, and in 1999, released their second Cabernet Sauvignon called Caravina. When you arrive at Seavey, you feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, except for their state-of-the-art solar energy, wine production, and wine order processing systems. William (Bill) Seavey still lives on the property and the five Seavey children have continued the family’s legacy of producing world-class, age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot. When you visit, you will often be greeted by Dorie or Art Seavey, who manage sales and marketing at the winery. Tastings and tours at the winery are by appointment only Monday through Saturday. The tasting fee is $45 per person and one tasting fee is waived per three-bottle purchase. The winery also has a vintage wine club (two shipments per year) as well as a library wine club (three shipments per year).

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Amizetta Vineyards   0
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If you continue down Conn Valley Road past Seavey, turn onto Greenfield Road, and go all the way to the top, and by all the way to the top, I mean ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP, you will discover perhaps Napa Valley’s best kept secret, Amizetta Estate Winery. As you enter the gated property, do not stop at the small house on the left, as family still lives there, but continue to the VERY TOP, where you will discover Amizetta’s sloping vineyards, tasting room, production area, and barrel cave, as well as the most amazing view in Napa Valley, which overlooks Lake Hennessey. Like Seavey, Amizetta has a long history, founded in 1979 by Spencer and Amizetta McFadden Clark, both with Texas ranching and farming experience. Their sons, Perry (President), Edward (Winemaker), and Spencer Jr. (Vineyard Manager and Tour Guide), have taken the helm of the day-to-day operations of the winery, and are creating exceptional, Napa Valley wines made to be consumed sooner rather than later. The winery produces grapes and wines for other wineries, as well as award-winning wines under their own label, including Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux-style red blend called Complexity, and also a Merlot, which was already sold out when I visited. The winery has wine clubs as well, a Reserve Wine Club (two cases per year) and a Case Club (one case per year). Our tour of the winery included a visit to the patio and gardens overlooking Lake Hennessey, the production area, and their beautiful barrel cave. Tastings and tours at Amizetta are also by appointment only and are $50 per person. They also accept helicopter tours.

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Hudson-Chatham Winery   0
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Hudson-Chatham Winery was founded in 2006, when Carlo and Dominique DeVito purchased a circa 1780 farmhouse and the surrounding property in Columbia County, New York. In a very short time, they opened Columbia County’s first winery and have since been pioneers and catalysts for the development of the area’s local craft beverage industry. They recently opened a new tasting room across the Hudson River in Tannersville, New York, so that the wines would have a new audience of enthusiasts. Hudson-Chatham is growing, yet the winery is staying true to its philosophies of history, terroir, dirt, rocks, fruit, and wine. The wines are exemplary examples of what can be done when its producers are driven by their passion for quality and success. During my visit, I tasted many wines, many of which are made from less commonly known, hybrid grapes, like Baco Noir, Chelois, Léon Millot, and Seyval Blanc. For those who have not had the experience of tasting these grape varieties, Hudson-Chatham should be your first experience. The wines are terroir-driven, meticulously produced, not overly extracted, exquisitely balanced, lower in alcohol, and at a price point that is consumer friendly. Hudson-Chatham also has another brand, Paperbirch, a line of port- and sherry-style wines, grappa, and gin, all made from their grapes, which are equally delicious and fun to taste.

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Kemmeter Wines   0
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On August 1, 2013, just over two years ago, winemaker and proprietor Johannes Reinhardt opened his own winery, Kemmeter Wines, to the public after being the winemaker at Anthony Road Wine Company since 2000. Reinhardt, who emigrated from Germany to make wines in the Finger Lakes, has a celebrated history as a winemaker, and also as a person who, with the support of many, successfully championed to remain a resident of the United States.

History and family are both very important to Reinhardt. Kemmeter is a family name that dates back to 1438 when ... Read full review



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Penns Woods   0
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In 2002, longtime wine importer and distributor, Gino Razzi, after having successfully made his first Italian wine, a 1997 Montepulciano d'Abruzzo called Symposium, set out to find out more about Pennsylvania wine production. In his research, he discovered that vineyards were growing good grapes, but that the winemaking process was what needed addressing. He decided to create a micro-fermentation of about 80 cases of red wine with grapes sourced from quality vineyards in Pennsylvania. The resulting wine, his 2002 Ameritage, an American version of a Bordeaux-style red blend, turned out wonderfully and confirmed to him that quality wine could be ... Read full review



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Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery   0
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Countless American wineries begin with a moment of clarity when someone decides to change direction and follow his or her passion. Such is the case with Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery in Chester County, Pennsylvania, founded in 2005 by Brad Galer, a doctor, and Lele Galer, an artist, who at the time decided that they “wanted to do it right or not at all.”

When arriving at the winery and Red Lion Vineyard location in Kennett Square, you will notice the beautiful wood buildings built from trees that were cut down to plant the original ... Read full review



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Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards Tasting Room "The Room"   0
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When you drive into the parking lot at Flora Springs’ The Room just south of downtown Saint Helena, you are immediately taken in by the building's unique structure. This isn’t just a regular tasting room; it’s designed to look and feel as if you are tasting in an estate cave, but a beautifully decorated one. Behind the tasting room, there is an open outdoor space, the Vineyard Courtyard, where event gatherings are held and one can catch a glimpse of vineyards and beautiful sunsets later in the afternoon and evening. Above the tasting room, there is a roof-covered, open-air ... Read full review



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Opus One Winery   0
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When my friend asked me if I would like to visit Opus One, I was a little hesitant. I was afraid it might be too fancy for me, as it has quite a formidable reputation, in Napa Valley and around the world. However, I thought twice about it and decided to say yes; it was the right decision.

Opus One is the result of a partnership between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi that dates back to 1979. In 1981, a case of Opus One sold at the inaugural Napa Valley Wine Auction for ... Read full review



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Alpha Omega   0
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Founded in 2006 by vintners Robin and Michelle Baggett, Alpha Omega Winery is a relatively new winery in Napa Valley. Robin's and Michelle's backgrounds include grape growing and hospitality development. Robin founded Tolosa Winery in San Luis Obipso in 1998, and Michelle brought with her architectural design, marketing, and public relations experience. Both Robin and Michelle are also active in the Napa Valley community as philanthropists.

The winemaking team is comprised of winemaker Jean Hoefliger and consulting winemaker Michel Rolland. Alpha Omega produces world-class wines from their own vineyards, as well as from some ... Read full review



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Flora Springs Winery & Vineyards   0
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In 1978, thirty-seven years ago, Jerry and Flora Komes discovered an old ghost winery property just south of Saint Helena and founded what would become Flora Springs. Under the leadership of Jerry and Flora's children, John and Carrie Komes and Julie and Pat Garvey, Flora Springs has grown into Napa Valley’s third largest, family owned and operated winery. The third generation, Nat Komes and Sean Garvey, will lead the winery into the next era of family winemaking.

Flora Springs produces around 50,000 cases and has nine estate vineyards across Napa Valley totaling 650 acres, including ... Read full review



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Domaine Carneros   0
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My first visit to Domaine Carneros was Labor Day Weekend 2012 during a visit to Napa. I joined a friend there for a tasting on the patio and was mesmerized by the experience. In the back of my head, I had an idea. If I were to ever move to Napa, this would be the first wine club I would join. As fate would have it, I moved here in January 2014 and four months later, I went to Domaine Carneros and enrolled in their Chateau Society wine club.

Domaine Carneros is the American ... Read full review



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