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#389319 - 10-24-2018 12:07:26 Looking Back on Last Week's Trip
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After letting it all settle in and being glad we went here are some considerations on a next trip.

Although some of the favorites tasted were in Napa I really just can't see spending much time there in the future. (Again) It's just too damn expensive to just taste there. And to even find a hotel. Yikes. A couple weeks ago I believe it was the Wall St. Journal ran a travel guide, "Napa Valley for Millionaires". Not too far off the mark.

Sonoma is not too far behind in fees but the wines there are generally what we drink more often. Rhones, Pinots, Zins. So we'll go back.

Spend more time down south: Paso Robles, Santa Rita Hills, etc. Haven't been there in over 10 years.

More time in Oregon.

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#389322 - 10-25-2018 09:16:12 Re: Looking Back on Last Week's Trip [Re: Bob Davis]
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Come see us in Anderson Valley!
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#389323 - 10-25-2018 09:33:48 Re: Looking Back on Last Week's Trip [Re: Casey Hartlip]
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Will do. Not for a few years though.

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#389331 - 10-26-2018 09:21:54 WSJ Piece [Re: Bob Davis]
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They highlighted some of the truly ridiculous upgraded tasting experiences available in Napa. There are a few in Sonoma, too, and now even the Central Coast. Darioush (the Persian castle) wasn't mentioned; they must have run out of money before they got there. They have several upgrades which used to go up to $300; not sure if that one is still available.

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#389363 - 10-29-2018 05:36:50 Well... [Re: Bob Davis]
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Originally Posted By: Bob Davis
After letting it all settle in and being glad we went here are some considerations on a next trip.

Although some of the favorites tasted were in Napa I really just can't see spending much time there in the future. (Again) It's just too damn expensive to just taste there. And to even find a hotel. Yikes. A couple weeks ago I believe it was the Wall St. Journal ran a travel guide, "Napa Valley for Millionaires". Not too far off the mark.
Sonoma is not too far behind in fees but the wines there are generally what we drink more often. Rhones, Pinots, Zins. So we'll go back.
Spend more time down south: Paso Robles, Santa Rita Hills, etc. Haven't been there in over 10 years.
More time in Oregon.


Well, Bob....I've not written off the NapaVlly. But doing the wine tourist thing of stopping into tasting rooms & trying wines can be pretty expensive. And the traffic on Hwy 29...yoikes.
Mostly I just bop into the NapaVlly, see a few friends, and then hightail it out of there. The smell of all that $$'s can be a bit too much.
Tom

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#389371 - 10-29-2018 18:18:27 Re: Well... [Re: TomHill]
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The week we were there there was actually little traffic on either highway. We did enjoy most of the wines we tried over in NV. But wine touring there again is probably unlikely.

Next trip will be down south. Maybe HdR again in 2020. First time in about 13 years. We retire next year which will make traveling much easier.

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#389435 - 11-16-2018 12:00:47 Re: Well... [Re: Bob Davis]
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Wine has become way more expensive everywhere but Napa is the highest. I think Santa Barbara is a great place to visit and taste. I have also had pretty good luck in Washington.

Another thing that could make it more affordable is to mix in some beer tasting. Almost everywhere has a craft beer scene now and there are some dang fine beers coming out of the wine regions.

Russian River Brewing is great, it's obvious where they are from and Firestone in Santa Barbara is excellent. Those are just the obvious ones.

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#389436 - 11-16-2018 12:33:40 Re: Well... [Re: Brad Harrington]
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Our next trip to wine country will be south. Paso and farther down. Maybe see what's up for the next HdR in 2020.

We really liked Walla Walls but that's getting pricey and a long drive from everywhere. We plan more trips to Oregon.

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#389437 - 11-16-2018 14:46:19 Re: Well... [Re: Bob Davis]
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Originally Posted By: Bob Davis
Our next trip to wine country will be south. Paso and farther down. Maybe see what's up for the next HdR in 2020.

We really liked Walla Walls but that's getting pricey and a long drive from everywhere. We plan more trips to Oregon.


Santa Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon and surrounding area have impressed me with pretty high quality for many of the wines made there. A visit three years ago was an eye opener.
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#389438 - 11-16-2018 19:06:42 Re: Well... [Re: Florida Jim]
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We've done a few tours of Santa Rita Hills as a side trip to Hospice du Rhone. Lots of great producers down there.

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