Sep 29 2015

Yountville in Napa

In Napa.

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Sep 29 2015

The French Laundry

In Yountville in Napa. We couldn’t get a reservation. Passing by it. It’s expending – construction is under way.

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Sep 29 2015

Maison Fleurie – A Four Sisters Inn

6529 Yount Street,
Yountville, Napa CA 94599

They put out afternoon tea in the afternoon: wine, cheese, charcuterie.

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Sep 29 2015

Tamber Bey Vineyards

One of the gangs knew the owner. They hadn’t seen each other for 20 years.

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A neat bathroom

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Sep 29 2015

Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

738 Main St
Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 963-4555

With a reservation @ 7 pm, we weren’t seated till 7:43, on a Monday evening. Not cool.

High ceiling, wood, open kitchen, all to my liking. Food was good, so was service. The corkage fee is $5, which they donate to different organizations each month.

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Sep 28 2015

Napa, CA

IMG_1186During our save water drink wine trip, we only visited three vineyards in the valley. Other couples visited more while we were doing other sightseeing at the tourist traps down south.

  1. Wolf Family
  2. Bressler
  3. Tamber Bey Vineyards

2015.09.30, Wed: YountvilleMaison FleurieThe French Laundry

Sep 28 2015

Wolf Family – Birkenstock Cinderella

The first tasting of the trip.

We met up with the gang at Wolf Family’s home on White Lane, with Karen, the wine maker for a private tasting. I lost my sandals – had to have my friend to call her from Bressler’s … just can’t take me anywhere – where the Birkenstock Cinderella came from.

The wine above was purchased by our neighbor a few years ago. We had it with a hot pot dinner after returning home from the trip.

Sauvignon Blanc 2014: we’ve this one in 2019. It tastes really nice, fruity and yummy. By now it’s no longer available on their site. 2017 however is available at $38: 50 cases produced.

Phaedrus 2013, nice name for a wine: 800 cases produced.

The precipitation or sediment in the wine.

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We shipped two home:

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Sep 28 2015

Moss Landing state park

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Sep 28 2015

Napa, downtown


First dinner in the wine country.

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Sep 28 2015

Bressler Vineyards

St. Helena, Napa CA 94574

After the Wolf Family, we drove over to the Bressler’s, at their home too. They didn’t set out to make wine. But at their housewarming party, someone said, their home site is an excellent fertile ground for grapes. The rest is history.

They’re small producer, making 500 cases of wine annually (3 barrels yield around 75 cases). We also get to visit their wine cellar, which is featured on many magazines. The story he told was: the builder of their cellar had no web site at the time and Mr. Bressler offered to barter.

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The vine with white cup at the bottom is newly planted, to distinguish from the rest. The low tech tubs on the field. Repeat pickers have their fave rows.

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They’re gladly losing money .. There are wineries that provide every step of the process but Bresslers hire their own manager and staff, enjoying the fun, the labor of love,  along the way.

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Mixing the wine is an important step in the long process. Oddly, the wineries don’t hire a focus group (like politicians to consumer products and commercials would do) to determine their wine, good to know. They rely on their own instinct.

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