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Snooth User: vin0vin0

Russian River and Napa November 2014

Original post by vin0vin0, Nov 14, 2014.

We're doing a long weekend in Russian River and Napa this weekend.
 
Flew into San Francisco yesterday with no problems. Friend picked us up at the airport, definitely 
beats the heck out of fighting the huge crowd at the rental car counters. Why don't they have a 
contiguous highway from the airport to hwy 101.
So what's the first thing to do in wine country? Hit the Russian River Brewing Co for lunch.
 
First wine stop was a real pleasure - Old World Winery. Tasted with Darek Twobridge, the owner and winemaker. Really nice wine and one surprise, a very nice red made from Abouriou, a very rare grape with only one 4 acre plot known to exist outside of random field vines.  There's some good info on his website. The wine tastes like a cross of a big RRV pinot and a lighter zin - really interesting.
 
Second stop was at Russian Hill Estate. We tasted two pinots, a syrah and a really tasting viognier.  Nothing overwhelming but not bad either.
 
Third and last stop was Moshin.  Rick Moshin has been making pinot for almost 25 years and you can tell he enjoys his work.  We've been here several times over the years and always have fun with the folks in the tasting room. They also do fun things during the summer, like free movies on their crushpad. We tasted a 2009 chardonnay, three of their pinots, a nice red blend and a .syrah. All were quite enjoyable.
 
We have a busy day planned for today, stayed tuned.

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Reply by EMark, Nov 18, 2014.

I swear.  Sometimes I think I've been taking stupid pills.

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Reply by outthere, Nov 18, 2014.

Don't sweat it Mark. When I get to be your age I bet I'll be putting salt in my coffee and and forgetting how to get home.  ;)

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Reply by EMark, Nov 18, 2014.

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Reply by EmeritusWines, Nov 19, 2014.

I had such a great time hosting you all!  So glad you enjoyed your trip.  Come back and see us next time you're in RRV! 

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Reply by vin0vin0, Nov 19, 2014.

Emark, thanks for the kind and encouraging words re: my trip report, it was a tough assignment but someone had to do it.

Emeritus, us too!  Count on it.

Here's the lineup of wines purchased by day (we also shipped three bottles of Failla and joined the Spring Mtn Wine club with their two bottle fall shipment on its way):

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Reply by EMark, Nov 20, 2014.

Well, v v, I count 15 bottles.  You seem to have more resraint than I normally have.  I can't remember the last time I left a tasting room with less than 3 or 4 bottles.  On the other hand, I usually don't have to fly my bottles home--just find space in the car.  That does bring up the question, though, of how you did transport these.  Do you have a Wine Check or something similar?

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Reply by vin0vin0, Nov 20, 2014.

Emark, our normal routine is to do the tasting and between us pick out the one or two wines we liked the best.  We try to limit ourselves to two cases total since with our airline we get one checked bag free.  What we've been doing is buying two shipping boxes at one of the first stops and filling them as we go (I've learned to bring packing tape and a large marker with us). We try to monitor our collection so as not to exceed our 24 bottle limit. We were pretty much on our mark going into the last day with four wineries on our agenda. We ended up purchasing three bottles at Failla and along with the three our friends bought we decided to ship these.  At Spring Mtn. we ended up joining their wine club in time for their November shipment so we didn't buy anything to take with us.  Luckily, our friends made up the difference in our second case. Oh yeah, we drank a few during the trip.

OT mentioned the Wine Check (wine luggage) and I seem to remember a set of posts here, I'll do some research as I'm sure I'll be adding this to the Christmas wish list.

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Nov 20, 2014.

I did the same as VV on my trip to Sonoma this summer.  We bought a shipper for 10 bucks at one of the wineries we visited and checked it as luggage on our return flight.  It worked great.

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Reply by napagirl68, Nov 21, 2014.

What can I say?   Looks like a phenomenal trip!  OT and Vin0Vin0 are two very handsome men ;-)

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Reply by vin0vin0, Nov 21, 2014.

NG, I have to say that of the many wine-centric trips we've taken, this one is at or near the top of our list. A lot of credit (and thanks) has to go to fellow snoothers since much of the visits were at wineries that were recommended here.

Oh, and thanks for the compliment but next time you're checking out the pics, you may want to put your glasses on.

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Reply by SecretSanta, Nov 21, 2014.

Hahahahaha!

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 21, 2014.

What's that got to do with you, Santa??

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Reply by SecretSanta, Nov 21, 2014.

Don't you have a park to build somewhere?? ;)

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Reply by EMark, Nov 21, 2014.

Don't mess with Santa, DM.  There is no upside.

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Reply by SecretSanta, Nov 21, 2014.

You are wise beyond your year EMark!

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 21, 2014.

Bah humbug!

Unless you're ready to sleigh some pergolas across the ocean, that is (and hopefully with some Sonoma pinot, syrah, zin, chardonnay and a couple surprise stocking stuffers in the saddle bags)...

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Reply by SecretSanta, Nov 21, 2014.

Sorry but the radiation throws off my navigation system.

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Reply by dmcker, Nov 21, 2014.

I thought that's what kept Rudolph's nose shining? What's powering the sleigh, anyway (always wondered how the reindeer got so amped up)?

Or are we carrying this a bit too far??

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Reply by Lucha Vino, Nov 21, 2014.

Wasn't there something in the story about "Magic Dust?"

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Reply by SecretSanta, Nov 21, 2014.

That was the Cheech and Chong version.



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