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      03-29-2024, 06:50 AM   #1189
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I am such a sucker for cheap wines...Tisdale Sweet Red is my favorite. Hard to find in Virginia, I end up ordering from NY
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My wife and I spent a long weekend in Napa a few days ago (and I'm not really much of a wine fan, but my wife and our friends? They could pass a Somme test tomorrow). A few recommendations:

Titus Vinyards: We did a tasting there-- excellent reds, and their Sauv Blanc isn't any slouch either as a "summer sippable". The tasting facility is very nice and the price-point is almost reasonable. Reservations required.

BASH2024: Wine tasting & food pairing competition at the Culinary Institute of America. This was a **LOT** of fun, and if you're remotely a foodie, I'd really recommend going next year. 25 stations with thee-person CIA-student teams. Each station had a 'bite' of food with an appropriate pairing-- and some of the wines (mostly Reds, but a few Whites and Rose's) were from very small vineyards. My wife and our friends found a couple that really enjoyed and are going to check out. It was a little on the spendy side, but we had a blast-- we'll definitely be going again in 2025. As a bonus, my buddy's wife won the raffle-- ~$700 worth of wines (6 bottles) that were poured that evening.... score!

Wine pairing lunch with Moone-Tsai Wineries: (Mostly) reds in the French style, so my wife was in heaven. My wife and my buddy's wife bid on an auction at some wine event that I wasn't at, and this was the result-- a lunch/wine pairing event for six. They're more of a "custom crush" winery and they're a little on the spendy side. However, one of the other couple that was with us (friends of friends) is in the wine industry (Cakebread) and he was very impressed.

Mumm Napa: We had a tasting here as well that featured their "local" bubbles (i.e. not the ones you get at Costco. Very nice, but maybe a bit drier than my usual preference (which is more along the lines of Shramsberg). To be fair, they're at a *far* more reasonable price point than the Shramsberg or Grand Dame that I'm fond of.

All in all, it was a great weekend. We stayed at Dr. Wilkenson's, which is a fun spa/hot springs hotel in downtown Calistoga.

**ALL** of the wineries I listed are very much recommended-- there wasn't a bad one in the bunch.

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      04-07-2024, 04:54 PM   #1191
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Today I received an email from AxR letting me know that they are being featured at a wine dinner in Phoenix on 4/23. We opened this tonight to verify whether or not we should attend. Last time this vintage crossed my lips was straight from the barrel, and it was delicious. Keep you posted.
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Last September, we visited Alois Lageder Vineyard south of Bozen, italy. Highly recommend if in the area. 🍷
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My last bottle of the ‘18.
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      04-19-2024, 05:14 PM   #1195
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I love Pride Mountain. The setting is just plain gorgeous. Having pizza later, figuring this will go nicely.
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I assume all these wines are part of your official physical therapy/recuperation protocol?
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      04-19-2024, 07:12 PM   #1197
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I assume all these wines are part of your official physical therapy/recuperation protocol?
Yes sir! Pain relief…
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Chile tonight!

Been a while since a good bottle. Went with the Chileans tonight. Clos Apart 2012. 66% Carmenère, 19% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very good, off the beaten path wine.

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Picked up a few "reasonably priced" bottles at our local Costco for the Minister of War & Finance.

I'm not much of a wine guy, but she's got a *serious* lust for Pinots and associated reds.

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Been a while since a good bottle. Went with the Chileans tonight. Clos Apart 2012. 66% Carmenère, 19% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Very good, off the beaten path wine.
Fixed it. It's sideways because it's too big. I reduced it to 1200X900 from 2133X1600.


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... Very good, off the beaten path wine.

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Fixed it. It's sideways because it's too big. I reduced it to 1200X900 from 2133X1600.


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Thanks. I just posted it and was enjoying the wine too much to bother with the correction!
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I love Pride Mountain. The setting is just plain gorgeous. Having pizza later, figuring this will go nicely.
Yes...Pride Mountain is an awesome place! I used to have a guy there that would give my family and our visiting friends and family tours there. He once bottled us a rose straight from the tank that they didn't offer to the public because he said it wasn't up to the winery's standards. Which is mind blowing because it was one of the best rose's I have ever had...they used to just give it to the workers as gift bottles. Finished products, I love their Merlot & Viognier the best
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Enjoyed a bottle of 2019 The Bard from Realm Cellars along with a filet mignon today. First steak and wine since late January (dental issues) was very enjoyable.
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Another (unknown) wine club bottle and another wine I'll be buying in the future. I recommend you do the same if you can.

Cheers, friends.

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At St. Elmo’s Steakhouse tonight in Indy. Driving with BMW next two days on the GP track. Had to have one of my faves.
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For tonight’s spaghetti and meatballs
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Going to Italy tonight with a tasty Cab Franc from the Bolgheri region of Tuscany. Pairing it with tequila shrimp over Spanish rice. Feeling multicultural.
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Wasn’t planning on anything tonight, but Mrs H said she could have some wine. Who am I to argue?
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