Category Archives: Winery

A Classe A Visit to Hall Napa Valley Winery – James Melendez

I rarely get the chance to focus on visiting and writing about one winery in Napa Valley or anywhere.  I am constantly asked for a top list of places to visit in Napa or Sonoma but the next natural question … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Winery Visit: Schug Carneros Estate Winery – 9.0 – James Melendez

An idyllic setting on a gentle slope of a Carneros hill-slight tilt to have a great perspective of the beautiful Carneros district.  The facility is simple but quite fitting.  This winery specializes in one sparkling wine (Rouge de Noirs Sparkling … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Jacuzzi Family Vineyards – 9.2 – James Melendez

I have passed by Jacuzzi Family Vineyards on my way to Napa many times.  But I had finally stopped by when I did not have enough time to get to Napa.  It was a great way to discover the warmth … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: JC Cellars – 8.7 – James Melendez

Another urban wine making facility—JC Cellars shares the same roof as Dasche Cellars.  JC Cellars has an interesting assortment of wines either for purchase and / or tasting.  They specialize in Petite Sirah, Syrah, Marsanne and blends interestingly named: The … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Gruet Winery – 8.8 – James Melendez

If you are in Albuquerque or on route to Santa Fe the Gruet winery is an easy access point to stop by and try New Mexico sparking and still wines.  The Gruet family history begins in France and evolves to … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Sebastiani – 9.0 – James Melendez

Just of the south of the city of Sonoma plaza.  This winery does have views of vineyards and is located in a charming housing area of the small city of Sonoma.  The facility and tasting bar is is large.  There … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Cakebread Cellars – 9.2 – James Melendez

I have many fond memories of Cakebread Cellars; it is one of my first wineries I visited in Napa several years ago.  And I always think or at least my nose remembers the lovely barrel room—the wondrous scent of oak … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Croteaux Vineyards – 9.4 – James Melendez

A completely feel good winery; quaint, charming, friendly yet well thought out.  A great wine experience. Croteaux Vineyards’ center of gravity is Merlot—thought they do have a Rosé of Cabernet Franc.  I was there on their last day the winery … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Paoletti Estates Winery – 9.4 – James Melendez

I found Paoletti by accident one day; I was visiting Cuvaison across the Silverado Trail; I saw a large Italian flag wafting in the air.  I saw a sizable winery and nearly carless.  I took a chance and went to … Continue reading

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Winery Visit: Hannah Nicole – 8.9 – James Melendez

A memorable visit just north and east of Walnut Creek; so if you are in this part of Contract Costa County this wine country is awaiting.  Hannah Nichole is situated in Brentwood, California.  The winery and vineyard are large and … Continue reading

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