Please remember to approach the world of wine responsibly
RIDGE WINERY. GEYSERVILLE. A great place to work on your winefullness
Look at the picture. Imagine you are sitting on the bench with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.
You take a drink. You now take another drink. You then take another drink.
You are now on your way to nirvana and should feel at one with the glass. If you're not, then you've not drunk enough!
THE WISDOM OF WINEFULLNESS
A person without a drink needs telling!
I'd rather have wine inside me than wine on my white shirt!
You can take Guru Harries to water, but you can only make him drink Penfold The Grange.
Red wine is a wine that's embarrassed because you're not drinking it quickly enough.
Talk to the hand, not the glass!
Schramsberg do a great tour. Famous for their sparkling they are now starting to branch out into reds.
Beringer has upped its game in recent years and some of the reds are earning high marks!
For me this is one of the places where it all starts and ends. Chateau Montelena. The day that Steven Spurrier walked through the door was the day that Napa went global!
The Coppola Winery is attempting to combine a resort and a wine experience.
The Romeo tasting room in Calistoga has Nathaniel pouring some great wines and Emma managing the growing expectations. This place won't stay a secret for too long if they carry on doing what they do so well.
Newton Vineyard is worth a trip. Not only do they make some interesting Chardonnay, the views and gardens are a place to mull over you wine thoughts.
The Ridge vines up in Lytton Springs were dormant when I dropped by. They were expecting bud break at any moment.
This was part of the tasting at the Peter Michael Vineyard. The wines were superb and the quality of the visit really showed the high end of Sonoma Valley.
It was a happy 94th birthday to Mike Grgich on the day I revisited Grgich Hills. He might not be working there but I'm assured he owes his longevity to the two glasses of wine he drinks every day!
This barrel comes from the tasting room at Chateau Montelena and it is signed by all those who were involved in the making of the film Bottleshock! A real bonus as one tastes some mighty fine vintages.
In Calistoga you'll find the friendly Tank Garage Winery. They're a little off centre with their approach, but their wines are interesting and it's a great venue to taste. Very strange labels as well!
I know this was in the last edition, but I just love the way this picture shows a little bit of the history of the wonderful Napa Valley.
A LITTLE BIT OF WHAT YOU FANCY...
Name the Winery
(and win a prize)
All you have to do is name the winery and if your name is picked out you'll win some Winefullness goodies.
Just send your answer in an email to [email protected] (titled VINEYARD COMPETITION) along with your name, e-mail and address, and we will pick the winner on June 31st
Go on, it's free to enter so what have you got to lose?
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LAST MONTH'S VINEYARD
Château Mouton Rothschild
Take the tour around this beautifully evocative winery that is steeped in history and blessed with an excellent gallery and eventually you'll end up here. Originally it was used as the barrel room but now it's there for the tourists. At the far end are interesting pieces of wine memorabilia and a couple of interesting bottles from the Mouton Rothschild collection.
Clue: Follow the trail and you're bound to stumble into this place. Try a flight of fizz as the sounds of Santana come to mind.