Who would win in a fight? Napa or Sonoma? (Wellll... Napa would probably win... IMHO), but Sonoma would put up a good fight. Point is, it's really not necessary to choose one over the other. Napa/Sonoma are both gorgeous places, full of great people who love to make great wine and we are the lucky beneficiaries of their labors. Here are pics with blogger compadres Neil and Scott during my last trip to Napoma/Sonapa.
This is an ancient intro to Falcon Crest (a spin-off of Dynasty). The home they used in the footage is actually Spring Mountain Vineyard in St. Helena (Napa Valley). When I first visited Napa as an adult (just a little over a year ago), I thought of that music.
Below is even more footage of Sping Mountain Vineyard, courtesy of Conan O'Brien. I will be visiting Napa and Sonoma again in a few days. Looking forward to it!!!
What better way to start the month than with a trade tasting! Here's how today went... I was at my 401k job, and it was about 1:00pm when the lights went out, all across the building. We were in the dark for a couple of hours, and watched as SDG&E tried to fix the line... apparently they would have to shut down Pacific Coast Highway for them to fix it. So, I left work by 3:30pm today. Nice! It just so happened that the staff at HiTime was invited to a trade tasting hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits, American Wine Distributors and Pacific Wines, held at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine. Great timing! If it hadn't been for the power outage, I would not have had the time to go at all. The event started at 4pm and I was there by 4:30. As I entered the ballroom, I tried to supress my smile, because I was grinning from ear to ear.... a kid in a candy store. Im limiting my notes here since I'm tired and it's almost 1am! :) I was spitting (most of the time). Here's what I tried ...
2006 Pierre Boniface Apremont (wonderful, light fruit. a beautiful wine!) Champagne Jean Laurent Blanc de Noirs NV Chandon Chardonnay Sparkling NV Chandon Pinot Noir Sparkling NV Moet & Chandon White Star NV Veuve Clicquot Rose NV Chandon Etoile Brut Moet & Chandon Imperial Nectar NV (wonderful!) 2004 Cheval Des Andes (incredible, a big new world Bordeaux blend) 2004 Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta (swallowed that one) *Gosset Brut Excellence NV (swallowed) (one of my favorites) 1998 Gosset Celebris 1999 Gosset Grande Millesime Gosset Grande Reserve Brut NV Gosset Grande Rose NV Yellowtail Sparkling NV (Chuck from Bevmo, (one of our competitor stores) urged me to taste this, which only goes to show that friends don't let friends drink Yellowtail) Freixenet Carta Nevada Brut NV Segura Viudas Heredad Brut Reserva NV 2006 Vionta Albarino (first time trying Albarino... Great!) 2005 Bigi Orvieto 2005 Bigi Est! Est! Est! (never had Est! Est! Est! before, so I thought I'd give it a try... tasted like Windex) 2005 Simonnet Febvre Chablis De Venoge Cordon Bleu NV 2006 Canaletto Pinot Grigio (light and fruity) 2003 Canaletto Montepulciano 2005 Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico 2004 Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico Riserva (silky and smooth) *2001 Villa Cafaggio San Martino (favorite!) 2003 Villalta Amarone 2006 Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Emmolo Syrah Rose 2005 Torres Sangre de Toro (tried this out of curiousity) 2005 Paraiso Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2005 Paraiso Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands (awesome! I sell this at our store all the time and it remains wonderful and a great value) 2005 Paraiso Pinot Noir West Terrace 2005 Paraiso Riesling Santa Lucia Highlands 2003 Paraiso Syrah Santa Lucia Highlands 2003 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District 2004 Pine Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville 2004 Sebastiani Secolo 2004 Sebastiani Cherryblock Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Whitehall Lane Napa Merlot 2004 Whitehall Lane Cabernet Sauvignon (glass closure!) 2004 Whitehall Lane Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (glass closure) 2006 B.R. Cohn Chardonnay Carneros 2004 B.R. Cohn Merlot Sonoma Valley 2004 B.R. Cohn Estate Olive Hill Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma Valley (YUM!) 2005 B.R. Cohn Silver Label Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Charles Krug Cabernet Sauvignon Napa 2004 Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2004 Trimbach Riesling 2004 Trimbach Gewurztraminer (LOVED IT) 2005 A by Acacia Chardonnay 2005 A by Acacia Pinot Noir 2005 A by Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir 2006 Jurtschitsch Gruve 2006 Jurtschitsch Gruner Veltliner Steinhaus 2006 Jurtschitsch Gruner Veltliner Dechant 2006 Jurtschitsch Riesling ZOB Urgestein 2006 Jurtschitsch Gruner Veltliner Scentk (ALL of the Jurtschitsch wines were wonderful) 2004 Nittnaus Gruner Veltliner Premium Eiswein 2005 Martin & Weyrich Moscato Allegro (delightful!)
There were still plenty that I didn't hit. Not bad for a Monday and definitely a good start to the month.
I work at one of the best wine stores ever: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa (www.hitimewine.net), as well, I moonlight selling wine for a small French distributor. I love learning about wine as well as sharing my enjoyment of it with my friends.