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Mark and Sonja

Salvestrin Estate Vineyard & Winery (1/15/2017)
5.0
5.0

A heavy fog lay draped across an historic block of vineyard, dividing the world into two at eye level and serving as a curtain to ... Read full review


Castello di Amorosa (1/15/2017)
4.5

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” From the moment we approached the Castello di Amorosa, I felt as ... Read full review


Palmaz Vineyards (1/14/2017)
5.0
5.0

The tectonic plates that slammed together to form Mount George and the other noteworthy peaks at the southern end of the Napa Valley had long ... Read full review


Calafia Cellars (1/14/2017)
5.0
5.0

Randle Johnson is a slender man, appearing to be perhaps in his late 50’s, with graying hair, a gentle smile, and a persistent warmth and ... Read full review


Ledson Winery & Vineyards (1/13/2017)
5.0
5.0

The Ledson Winery in Sonoma is about people. I didn’t yet realize that the first time my wife, Sonja, and I visited the grand estate ... Read full review


Rombauer Winery (12/28/2016)
4.0

When I think of Rombauer wines, I think first of overstatement. Their famous Zinfandel typically sits just under a hot 16%, while their notorious Chardonnay, ... Read full review


Arbor Day Farm (12/28/2016)
4.0

As a boy, one of my favorite stories was that of The Lorax by Theodor Geisel, better known to most of us as Dr. Seuss. ... Read full review


Honig Vineyard and Winery (7/23/2016)
5.0
5.0

Michael Honig stepped casually into the room dressed in a sport coat and blue jeans, his hair ever so slightly mussed, the faintest beginnings of ... Read full review


Chateau Montelena Winery (7/03/2016)
5.0
5.0

You’ve heard of Chateau Montelena. I pen (type) that line with a high degree of confidence because you’re reading this review on a web page ... Read full review


Ballentine Vineyards (7/03/2016)
4.5

So many of the historic wineries of the Napa Valley exist in stone and splendor, chateaus in name or in appearance, carved into massive hillsides, ... Read full review


John Anthony Vineyards (7/02/2016)
5.0
5.0

The sun was coming down rather intensely on a late afternoon in Napa, occasionally ducking behind a cloud for a moment, only to reemerge shortly ... Read full review


Pellet Estate (7/01/2016)
5.0
5.0

Lately my wife, Sonja, has been pestering me about getting rid of my old Jeep Wrangler. It isn’t practical, she says, for a family man, ... Read full review


Pine & Brown Estates (6/30/2016)
4.5

This past spring, I attended an event that boasted around 40 small producers all from the Napa Valley. Included in the cost of admission was ... Read full review


Tamber Bey Vineyards (6/29/2016)
5.0
5.0

While Robert Redford was filming The Horse Whisperer, he would regularly make his way down the winding mountain paths to the valley floor near Calistoga, ... Read full review


Reverie (6/29/2016)
5.0
5.0

On my recent trip to the Napa Valley, I visited so many tasting rooms that pretty soon they all began to look alike: polished wooden ... Read full review


Tedeschi Family Winery (6/29/2016)
5.0
5.0

Down a little dirt road in the small, up-valley town of Calistoga in the Napa Valley, there sits yet another vineyard, tiny by the standards ... Read full review


Kimmel Orchard & Vineyard (6/14/2016)
4.0

Not far down the road from The Arbor Day Lodge in Nebraska City sits the Historic Kimmel Orchard and Vineyard, founded by Richard Kimmel in ... Read full review


Makovicka Winery (5/29/2016)
4.0

“Makovicka” is a name that I, like so many Nebraskans, grew up with in the 1990’s, though I grew up far from the little Hamlet ... Read full review


Chatham Vineyards (5/17/2016)
4.5

Down a dusty country road that looks as if it came straight out of a James Taylor song sits Chatham Vineyards, where John Wehner crafts ... Read full review


Mermaid Winery (5/05/2016)
4.0

It was a gloomy afternoon in Chesapeake, Virginia. Having checked into our hotel and run a few necessary errands, we decided that the rainy afternoon ... Read full review