Friday, August 14, 2015

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars : 2013 Arcadia Vineyard Chardonnay Review



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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 2013 Arcadia Vineyard Chardonnay
$50 per bottle

This is a very very good Chardonnay.  It spent some time in the #1 spot at the top of my list of favorite chardonnays over the past year.  We've drank many a bottle and loved every sip.  A fruit forward crispness that is balanced with aging 8 months sur lies 20% New French oak.

This creates a very light oakiness that is not overwhelming in the slightest.  The hint of spice is more than my palate's ideal, but the crispness and creaminess balances extraordinarily well.  All in all we both highly recommend this chardonnay.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Starmont Winery and Vineyards : Tasting Room Review


We visited Starmont Winery & Vineyards tasting room twice.  Once a couple of days after their grand opening and once again after a few more weeks had passed.  I was surprised at the lack of patrons, both times we had the place to ourselves.

Starmont Tasting Room Back Wall

Looking out from the bar at Starmont Tasting Room

Outdoors at Starmont Tasting Room

This is a very nice indoor/outdoor tasting room with bottle service and by the glass wine service.  Why aren't more people here enjoying this fabulous environment?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Frank Family Vineyards : 2013 Lewis Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay Review




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2013 Lewis Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay
$65 per bottle 

This is currently my favorite chardonnay.  It really is delicious by itself or paired with a variety of foods.  I tried my first glass of  Frank Family wines while dining at The Pear in Downtown Napa one evening.  I was impressed enough to visit their vineyard for a tasting the very next day.

We both love this Chardonnay.  The subtle balance of the oakiness and the crispness make for a very, very drinkable wine. This is the type of wine that I savor each sip with a smile and an occasional guttural "Mmmmmmm".  The first sip will coat your entire mouth with a creaminess that lingers just the perfect amount of time and then it finishes crisp without being overtly acidic and barely a hint of alcohol.  If tasting this wine blind, I would assume it to be much more expensive than it is.

If you enjoy a chardonnay, you will LOVE the Frank Family Vineyards 2013 Lewis Vineyard Reserve Chardonnay.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Alpha Omega Winery : Tasting Room Review



Welcome friends,

This is our first post on our new blog.  We thought it fitting that it would be about the first winery we visited in Napa Valley, Alpha Omega.

Shawn (@shawntheactor on Instagram) and I (@shawndrinkswine on Instagram and Twitter) moved to Napa last year for a new job.  We work 91 scheduled hours a week and get precious little time to explore Napa and enjoy the #napalife.

About 6 months ago we decided to step out and begin to explore the local wineries and WOW, we had been missing out on the quintessential experience of living in Napa.

Our first stop, Alpha Omega Winery.