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      08-05-2023, 12:53 AM   #969
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I like what RickFLM4 had going with his sunset post. We enjoyed this from the patio of our Airbnb tonight. Vashon Island, WA.
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      08-06-2023, 11:17 PM   #970
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Yesterday we stopped for a quick tasting at Palouse Winery on Vashon Island, Wa. They only do about 1000 cases/year. Honestly, I really wasnít expecting much. I was blown away. I tasted 7 of their wines. Every single one was great! Tonight we opened one of them. Itís very good, and can hang with ALMOST anything I have tasted from Napa. They donít distribute, so the only way to get it is to order direct. We took 6 bottles with us. I will definitely order more in the future!
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Here's a nice zin I opened tonight. I think their 2017 was a very good year and sadly, this is my last bottle. Oh well.
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      08-14-2023, 04:43 PM   #972
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We're headed to Paso Robles in August - taking a driving trip from CO and will be in the area. Looking forward to visiting the following wineries:

Justin
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Tobin James
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Also have reservations at The Hatch restaurant, although we saw French and Italian as well. Anyone have recommendations for other dinners while staying there?
Just wondered if this trip has happened yet? Can't wait for pics.
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      08-14-2023, 04:58 PM   #973
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Opened this last night. Smooth and delicious. This winery was kind of a filler for us, so no tour, just a tasting. They do their tastings out by the pond. It is a nice setting. I have 3 bottles of something from AO coming in October, just donít quite remember what!
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Catching up on another one from a few weeks ago. Torcia Abela Vineyard is made by Rutherford Ranch. This was an unscheduled visit, and we just dropped in. Weíre glad we did. We had the place to ourselves and sat out on the patio for the tasting. We enjoyed all the wines we had, and brought a couple bottles of this home with us, as well as a Rose for a friend as a gift. This winery we felt was one of the best values for a high quality wine.
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Just wondered if this trip has happened yet? Can't wait for pics.
We leave for the open road this Thursday!
Thanks for the interest, I'll be sure to post pics when we return (after 8/27).

By the way....I really appreciate your contributions to this wine thread, - you've turned my wife and I on to many wines we may not have otherwise been aware of.
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      08-15-2023, 01:42 PM   #976
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We leave for the open road this Thursday!
Thanks for the interest, I'll be sure to post pics when we return (after 8/27).

By the way....I really appreciate your contributions to this wine thread, - you've turned my wife and I on to many wines we may not have otherwise been aware of.
Thatís a great road trip, Iím jealous!

Thanks for the kind words, Iím glad youíve enjoyed. We look at it as both a hobby for long term, and a great experience in the short term, that provides great memories. Every time we open something from our travels, we get to live the experience again. Itís a great hobby!
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I’m so jealous that we can’t get most of the wines in this thread here in the UK. You guys are very lucky.
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Iím so jealous that we canít get most of the wines in this thread here in the UK. You guys are very lucky.
You aren't far from a very nice vineyard holiday, though!
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Just because itís on the agenda for BMWGUYinCO we opened this last night. We let it breathe for a solid 2 hours, and it was very nice. Man, makes me want to plan another trip to Paso!
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      08-16-2023, 06:14 PM   #980
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I was thinking of you hubbahubba when I got the email from Realm this morning.

https://www.realmcellars.com/experience
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I was thinking of you hubbahubba when I got the email from Realm this morning.

https://www.realmcellars.com/experience
Thatís great! Itís funny you bring this up. Last night I was on Google Earth, and happened across their location. I showed it to my wife, and she started digging. She found something I had never run across, a chance for allocation. I stopped what I was doing and made sure she ordered: 1- The Bard, 1- Tempest, 1-Moonracer. Should have it next Wednesday!👍🏼

After she was done, she asked me why she just spent $625 on wine, I said because Rick said so. In any case, our time for access to tastings starts now. Thank you!
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Thatís great! Itís funny you bring this up. Last night I was on Google Earth, and happened across their location. I showed it to my wife, and she started digging. She found something I had never run across, a chance for allocation. I stopped what I was doing and made sure she ordered: 1- The Bard, 1- Tempest, 1-Moonracer. Should have it next Wednesday!👍🏼

After she was done, she asked me why she just spent $625 on wine, I said because Rick said so. In any case, our time for access to tastings starts now. Thank you!
Nice work. I worked my way up to an allocation of The Absurd this year. Most expensive wine I ever bought but felt like I had to buy it. Very effective marketing they have there.
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Nice work. I worked my way up to an allocation of The Absurd this year. Most expensive wine I ever bought but felt like I had to buy it. Very effective marketing they have there.
They know what theyíre doingÖ. Iíd buy it too!
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Nice work. I worked my way up to an allocation of The Absurd this year. Most expensive wine I ever bought but felt like I had to buy it. Very effective marketing they have there.
If you need some help finishing that bottle, Iím just an hour southÖ.
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If you need some help finishing that bottle, Iím just an hour southÖ.
Well it will be shipped in the fall to FL rather than AVL.
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Just popped this for tonight. Smells great! Frank Family is a nice place with nice people. We didnít taste this while there, but hoping for the best based on their other wines.
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I took my wife to a wine pairing dinner on Wednesday for our 13th Anniversary.

Rioja is a restaurant in downtown Denver that's owned by a (multiple-times) James Beard award-winning chef.

They usually do a "theme" multi-course wine pairing dinner every month. Since it's held on the third Wednesday of the month, it's easy for us to go to.

The wines on this one were by Huia-- a New Zealand winery.

https://www.huiavineyards.com/

My wife's a pretty heavy-hitting wine snob, and she was very pleased by the Kiwi offerings-- they were all excellent.

Sometimes, the wines are all from a particular vineyard. Other times, they're wines from a specific region that pair with each of the entrees.

R.

PS: If you're in Denver-- treat yourself to a wine pairing dinner at Rioja-- they're $168 pp, but that's all-in. Dinner, tax, tip.
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Enjoying this as I type. It is ok, but Iíve had better Malbec.
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Made by Frank Family, this is a delicious wine. 25 barrels produced for 2019.
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Opened another bottle of The Bard (2018) on my wifeís birthday Monday at Limones. Last night we went to Sunset Terrace again and opened a bottle of 2015 Robert Foley. Both were very enjoyable. Only a couple of days of vacation left before the long drive back to South Florida.
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