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Silverado Trail TastingsWe decided to hit up the Silverado Trail and visit some new wineries and their tasting rooms. Typically we do not venture into tasting rooms anymore but it has been a while!! Wow were we disappointed. Napa (Hwy 29 and Silverado Trail) has really become everything we do not like. Ridiculously expensive tasting fees, highly over-rated and costly wines, wine "educators", extremely lavish wineries!! It is now all about the "experience" so people are paying a lot more to visit, stay, drink and eat. Good luck!10/03/15
Napa Limo TourTook another trip to a couple of wineries off Highway 29; Napa and Calistoga. Sat down with renowned winemaker, Bob Egelhoff, to taste some of his excellent offerings and fun conversations all around. Visited Olney Family Vineyards for an excellent tasting with David and Shirley08/22/15
WineAddicts trip to Crane and EgelhoffHot day in Napa pushing 102 degrees. Never hot enough to be tackling big reds though....Crane was a completely new winery and wines for us. Very low production, mostly sold through membership. Bob Egelhoff wines we have had before and are always impressed; plus Bob is a ton of fun to sit around and have a few glasses with!!10/04/14
Fisher and Montagna Trip to Napa to check out the wines of Fisher on Spring Mountain and then over to Pritchard Hill to visit Montagna. Another big Cab day; lots of purple teeth and tannins. 09/06/14
Napa Trip and Wine PickupGreat time of the year in Napa as it is relatively quiet. We called into Lewelling for a wine pickup and tasting and followed this up with tastings at Hayfork and Taplin, all wines produced from the fantastic Lewelling / Taplin family vineyards. Also called into Sequoia Grove for a tasting of their single vineyard Cabernets02/08/14
Sue New Job!Sue has joined the team at Blue Ventures Wine Marketing in San Rafael and is extremely excited (http://www.blueventureswinemarketing.com/full_site/index.html). We have been tasting some of the excellent Spanish wines they represent. More to follow...01/27/14
Limo Trip to NapaGreat day taking a limo of friends around Napa to celebrate the end of 2012. Started out at a very small winery called Caspar Estate which was really excellent, followed by a private tasting at Acme Wines in St Helena. Finished the day at another small winery none of us had visited before called Ruston. Lots of new wines and wineries; great day!!12/27/12
Beringer Cellar Sale March 2012Lining up in the rain at 8.30am on a Saturday morning to try to get some really good deals at Beringer. If you have not been to this before, it is definitely worth going, even though the first 10 minutes are pretty crazy. But it is worth it for the deals; Private Reserve Cabernets for around $50 and Single Vineyard Cabs for around $35; Alluvium and Merlot for around $12. Plus you get around 40 wines to taste. A great event03/24/12
St Helena Tasting - Appellation We had another great experience at the Appellation St Helena tasting at Charles Krug winery. 02/24/12
WineAddicts Trip to St HelenaI really love going to Napa this time of the year. The colors are beautiful and the place is pretty empty so you generally have the wineries to yourself. Definitely the best time of the year in Napa!! We had a fantastic day out at Lewelling, Anomaly, Merus and Beringer; did not have a disappointing wine all day and got treated excellently in all locations!! Happy New Year!!12/28/11
Howell Mountain VisitWent to Howell Mountain to sample Seavey and Conn Valley (again). Had a fantastic time at both. Followed up by a few samples at Maisonry in Yountville12/20/11
Company Wine Trip to SonomaTook 30 people on a corporate event to Sonoma from San Francisco. Blending class at Ravenswood, lunch at Nickolson Ranch and bocce and vino at Ledson. All followed up by dinner at Sonoma plaza. Another excellent day in wine country!12/15/11
Halloween Wine LimoAnother great trip to wine country with friends, this time in a limo in costume. The theme was '80s. Hilarious day and great visits to Etude, O'Brien, Sojourn and Michael Mondavi10/29/11
WineAddicts organize another successful company wine tripTook the executive teams from two companies around Napa for a very successful and enjoyable day at some fantastic wineries. 09/09/11
Family Winemakers San FranciscoGreat day at Family Winemakers. A lot of great wine and a lot of not so great wine. The outstanding highlights for "wines drinking today" were the Meander 2006 Cabernet and the Pride 2008 Cabernet. The Donum Pinots were a stand-out. Always a fun day out08/21/11
Surprise Napa Limo Trip with FriendsSue surprised me with a group of friends and a limo for a day of wine tasting at David Fulton, Seavey and B Cellars. Followed by a night of drinking in Calistoga. Made for a 3 day hangover!!07/16/11
Shane 40th Birthday Weekend In NapaSpent my 40th birthday touring around Napa, hitting some new wineries and some old favorites. Had excellent tastings at Sodaro, Arrow & Branch, Behrens & Hitchcock and Beringer07/15/11
Private Tasting at Conn Valley VineyardsStill raining in May!! Thought today would be a nice sunny day in Napa. Got that wrong. Lots of rain but had a great tasting at Conn Valley in Howell Mountain05/28/11
Clos Pegase - Wine Cave DinnerLobster dinner in the wine cave at Clos Pegase with approx 100 work colleagues. Really great time eating with our hands and drinking lots of vino05/24/11
Sue's Birthday in NapaWhat a day. Started the day with some champagne followed by a great trip to Pride. Had a fantastic tasting with Scott. We found a great new winery called Meander Cellars at the bottom of Spring Mountain which we really enjoyed. Finished the day at Maisonry in Yountville followed by dinner and drinks at Bottega... Fun, fun, fun. Happy birthday Sue01/15/11
Evening in YountvilleA very decadent day in Napa Valley. An excellent tasting at Shafer followed by dinner at The French Laundry. Wow!! Extremely expensive but if you get a chance it is an unbelieveable dining experience. You definitely could not afford to do it too often though12/16/10
Appellation St Helena TastingGreat tasting at the Appellation St Helena media tasting at the Rudd Center in the Culinary Institute. We had already been very impressed with the 2007 vintage from Napa Valley, and this tasting gave us an opportunity to try a variety of 2007 wines; very impressive all around. Five flights of wine altogether. Unfortunately we missed the first 2 flights but were very impressed with what we did get to try.11/03/10
Ian's 40th Birthday Wine TripFor Ian's 40th we took a bus to Napa for some wine tastings. Champagne on the bus, Beringer for the morning and Del Dotto cave tour in the afternoon. Great day and happy birthday Iano!!10/30/10
Vineyard 29 Summer PartyA great day out at Vineyard 29 in St Helena. They were pouring the very good 2007 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon along with a pre-release sampling of the 2008 Cru and a barrel tasting of the 2009 Cru. Nice food, good wine and music. We're looking forward to trying their estate Cabs next!!!07/31/10
Antica, Astrale e Terra and Krupps WineriesSpent a beautiful and fun weekend at a wine estate on Atlas Peak with stunning views over the Valley. Took a few hours out to visit three local wineries on Atlas Peak and had a great day out. Beautiful wines, great service and killer locations. Great visits all around06/11/10
Clos du Val and Zeitgeist Release PartiesA WineAddicts trip to Clos du Val for the release of the 2006 Stags Leap Cabernet and up to 750 Wines in St Helena for Zeitgeists release of the 2007 Cabernet (and their excellent to be released Syrah). We also stopped by Del Dotto and Long Meadow Ranch. Another fun day in Napa!!05/08/10
Duckhorn Open HouseA bunch of us attended the Duckhorn Open House that is always a fun event. Lots of good wine and food. Beautiful day too. Pretty hungover today though!!05/01/10
St Helena Wine Bus TourWe took a bus with 20 friend's around 4 wineries in St Helena for another great WineAddicts outing. All of the wineries had very low production wines and were all great finds; it amazes me that with all of the time we spend in wine country we keep finding great new wineries!! Trespass, Marston, Allora and Bremer were all excellent places to visit.04/10/10
Winter Wonderland WineroadWe followed the Winter Wonderland Wineroad event for Sue's birthday and had same great wines and awineries on and off the trail. The standouts of the day were Stuhlmuller, Stonestreet and MacPhail.01/17/10
Annual Blind Chilli and WineThis year we had 6 blind chilli and 8 blind wines - followed by a few more along with UFC PPV. Not everyone felt very well the next day.07/11/09
Happy 40th SteveTo celebrate our friend Steve's 40th, his lovely wife Sandy arranged a bus trip to Napa for friends. We savoured champagne in the Ansel Adams gallery at Mumm and outdoor wine tasting on the new Beringer patio behind the Rhine house where we presented Steve with a 6L Private Reserve !!07/04/09
Divide and conquerAddicts split up for the weekend to cover tastings North and South. Wine festival in Paso Robles and Duckhorn open house in Napa.05/02/09
Sonoma Superstars TastingAttended the Sonoma Superstars event in SOMA, lots of Pinots, Chards and a few Cabs and Zins. Our favourites of the night came from Fort Ross winery.02/19/09
ZAP Tasting 2009First time at the Zinfandel Appreciation event at Fort Mason in San Francisco. Hundreds of people, over 300 wineries poured a selection of Zins. The vent filled two of the pavilions at Fort Mason. We got there early and managed to set a wineaddicts record of 100 tastings in a day.01/31/09
Holiday TastingsQuick visit to the wineries during the holiday break. Some good finds during a quiet time at the wineries including Maisonry and Girard12/30/08
Xmas Season arrivesWine and Cheese bonanza - 1999 horizontal, with some old favourites and new tipples. 12/13/08
70s DinnerA special tasting at Four Seasons in Palo Alto that included several 1970 Bordeaux and 1994 Harlan.10/27/08
Beringer Cellar SaleTwice a year Beringer open the cellar doors to members and public as they clear space by offering substantial discounts on current and vintage wines. We had an opportunity to taste a mini vertical of Private Reserve before purchasing the 1995 and 1997 - great wines that still have time to develop.10/25/08
Coach Trip with the familyOur friend Deanna organized a coach trip with parents and friends - Chandon, Sullivan, Diamond Oaks and Beringer. Beringer was a late add with the ever hospitable Carlos due to a local fire canceling our final wine stop of the day.10/11/08
Two new WineriesTried out two new wineries in Napa: Reynolds Family and Signorello08/30/08
2008 Family WinemakersAnother year, another vast selection of great wines. This was the first time for Jules, and he was pleasantly surprised.08/24/08
Looking southWe tasted at Uncorked Event's South American tasting. What a busy week of wine tasting07/16/08
Wineaddicts go on vacation !!A long weekend in Sonoma with trips to some great wineries including Bravante and another memorable visit to Beringer07/11/08
Annual Chilli and Wine Blind tastingThree way cook-off, Marcus was King of the chilli this year07/05/08
Visit to LodiBranching further afield to wineries in Lodi. Michael David's, Jewel and carnival games at Lucas06/21/08
1000 Wine Reviews !!!Crossed the 1000 ratings barrier and added ratings and editors for International wines.05/16/08
Paso Robles Wine FestivalSue & Shane attended the 26th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival05/16/08
Del DottoAn entertaining visit to Del Dotto and a few other wineries.04/20/08
Clos Du Val Spring FlingA vertical tasting at home for fellow members - may be a new tradition.03/22/08
The First Wine Addict Bud BreakCongrats to Sue and Shane on the arrival of baby Elsa - the newest wineaddict.03/03/08
Favourites in FebruaryUpdated tastings at some of our favourites for the new year: Clos Du Val, Beringer and Duckhorn02/17/08
Spring Mountain in JanuaryFirst trip of the new year for the Addicts up Spring Mountain, including some new favourites: Terra Valentine, Behrens & Hitchcock and the memorable Paloma01/20/08
WineAddicts.com Awards 2007 First annual awards from WineAddicts.com 01/01/08
Pinot tasting in Russian RiverA record day of 40+ wines tasted Alderbrook, Davis Family, Dutton Estate, Gary Farrell, Holdredge, Longboard and Lynmar12/07/07
Napa in OctoberVisited Napa for some new and some old favourites Dutch Henry, Keever and Revana Family10/13/07
Hop into the tubPop in on the way to Tahoe to visit Jacuzzi, one of the newest wineries in Napa.09/01/07
Triple 7Addicts and friends visit some of our favourites; Beringer, Duckhorn, Montelena and Clos Du Val.07/07/07
500 ReviewsReached 500 wine ratings since we began the site 2 years ago. 07/04/07
Trying some new names in NapaWith some good and not so good results: ACME Fine Wines, Cliff Lede, Clos Pegase, Alpha Omega and Sullivan04/11/07
Surprise Birthday VisitA surprise wine bus trip for David's birthday that included Gloria Ferrer, Merryvale, Beringer and Clos Du Val. Our Beringer tasting pushed their rating to DD - the first to reach top level as we were again treated to a great tasting with crafty Carlos. 04/07/07
Spring Mountain tastingAttended a Spring Mountain tasting festival at Fort Mason. 02/08/07
Superbowl wine tastingSuperbowl Saturday trip to Ehlers, Rutherford Grove and Peju. 02/03/07
Welcome to 2007First trip of the year with good experiences at Benziger, Valley of the Moon and Arrowood. Lets hope these good experiences continue throughout the year.01/06/07
Blind Wine Tasting 2006 Added a summary of our annual Blind Wine Tasting, where a wine from Spring Valley Vineyard in Washington was wine of the night.12/01/06
Hearts of Sonoma Valley Open House, 200522 wineries over a two-day period in Glen Ellen and Kenwood11/25/06
Site RevampCleaned up the site with blogging added to homepage, thanks to Tico for help with the graphics.11/10/06
Wine of the Month AwardsAdded Wine of the Month to the left side of our homepage for regular visitors. We will now be adding tasting notes for all California wines, including those drank from our own cellars.11/04/06
Private Beringer TastingPrivate tasting at Beringer in the Rhine House.10/28/06
Wine Spectator Wine Experience 2006An amazing day at the San Francisco Marriott that started with tasting 10 top California Cabernets and finished with a night of Grand Tastings of some 190 of the best California, Oregon and Washington wineries. 10/26/06
Turley ZinfandelsFlying visit to Top Zinfandel producer, Turley09/30/06
More Duck pleaseAdditional tastings at Duckhorn, one of our favourites08/12/06
Coach tour to NapaCoach tour of 3 new finds: Elyse, Farella Park and Laird Family Estates06/10/06
February tastingsPosted updates for our trips in february which included reviews for Heitz Cellars, Havens Wine Cellars and Corison, and updates to Duckhorn and Sequoia Grove.02/20/06
Clos Du Val 1st Annual Grape StompThree of the addicts + one guest addicts, drove up to Napa empty handed, and returned satisfied and trunk full of reserve magnums.10/22/05
Family WineMakers of California 2005Our first visit to a memorable wine tasting event at Fort Mason08/21/05
Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Growers Association, 2005Vintners' Festival: A Taste of the Mountains06/11/05
Wine is good for you !!!01/01/05