Travel

This page has info regarding some of the  trips we have taken in the current year and if you are interested in doing a trip what to expect. Also check out previous years.

 

In 2019 we had several tornado chasing trips in the spring. 

Our primary Wine Trip in September 2019 was to take Ralph and Abby out to Paso Robles.  Here are the wineries we visited and wines we/I tasted.  Nancy

Adelaida

  • 2018 Picpoul Blanc
  • 2017 Chardonnay
  • 2017 HMR Estate Pinot Noir
  • 2016 Anna’s Red (Mouv/Grenache/Cab Sauv/Syrah/Counoise)
  • 2016 Viking (Cab Sauv/Malbec/Petite Verdot/Cab Franc)
  • 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Viking Vineyard
  • 2017 Michael Vineyard Zinfandel

Whalebone

  • Ballena Rose (GSM)
  • 2016 Rancho Deluxe (Syrah/Cab Sauv/Petite Verdot/Grenache)
  • 2016 ZinAgain
  • 2017 Boneyard (GSM)
  • NV Bonefire (Cab Sauv/Malbec/Petite Verdot)
  • 2016 Bob Wine

Volatus

  • 2018 Charlie Chardonnay
  • 2017 CAVU 
  • 2018 Pinot Noir
  • 2017 Fox 2 Zinfandel
  • 2016 Fox 3 (Syrah/Grenache/Tannat)
  • 2017 Topgun Cuvee (Cab Sauv/Malbec/Merlot)
  • 2016 Bloody Well Right Tannat

Changala

  • 2016 Sintesi (Petite Verdot/Malbec)
  • 2016 Mezela de Rojo
  • 2016 Petite Syarh
  • NV Basque Honey Dessert Wine (Viognier)

Aron Hill

  • 2018 Kickass Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2018 Primrose Rose of Primativo
  • Kickass Britchen Red (Zin/Primativo/Cab Sauv)
  • 2013 Library Estate Primativo
  • 2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Turley

  • 2017 Juvenile Zinfandel
  • 2017 Kirschenmann Zinfandel
  • 2017 Dusi Zinfandel
  • 2017 Turley Estate Napa Zinfandel
  • 2017 Amadeo’s Vineyard Zinfandel
  • 2017 Tecolote Red Wine (Grenache/Carignane)
  • 2017 Turley Estate Petite Syrah

Midnight Cellars

  • 2015 Full Moon Red (Zin/Syrah)
  • 2015 Moonbeam Grenache
  • 2015 Estate Merlot
  • 2016 Nebula (Cab Sauv/Merlot)
  • 2016 Gemini Reserve (Syrah/Malbec/Merlot/Zinfandel)
    • Ralph Tasted
    • 2018 Andromeda Grenache Blanc
    • 2018 Aurora Reserve (Viognier/Grenache Blanc/Picpoul/Roussane)
    • 2018 Estate Chardonnay

Tooth and Nail

  • 2017 Stasis Albarino
  • 2015 Amor Fati Chardonnay
  • 2015 Amor Fati Pinot Noir
  • 2015 Amor Fati Syrah
  • 2016 Tooth & Nail The Feind (Merlot/Petite Syrah/Cab Sauv)
  • 2016 Tooth & Nail The Stand (Petite Syrah/Syrah/Viognier)

DAY 2

Vina Robles Vineyard and Winery

  • 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 Zinfandel
  • 2015 Petite Verdot
  • 2015 Petite Sirah Creston Vineyard
  • 2016 Fore Petite Sirah
  • 2015 Syree (sigh reeee)
  • 2016 Terra Bella Syrah
  • 2015 Signature (PV/PS)

Ancient Vines

  • 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2018 Rose of Pinot Noir
  • 2017 Merlot
  • 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 Oyster Ridge 

Clesi

  • 2018 Rose of Aglianico
  • 2015 Aglianico
  • 2016 Sangiovese
  • 2015 Conuivo (super tuscan Sangio/CS/Merlot)
  • 2016 Montepulciao

Wild Horse Winery

  • 2016 Blaufrankish
  • 2015 Grenache
  • 2016 Salvador the Lama (Tempranillo/    )
  • 2016 Mourvedre
  • 2015 Merlot
  • 2016 Dolly Lama Red (CS/PV/ME)
  • 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

Eberle Winery

  • 2017 Cotes Du Robles Rogue
  • 2017 Zinfandel
  • NV Full Boar Red
  • 2017 Syrah
  • 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 Barbera
  • 2016 Reserve Zinfandel
  • 2016 Tempranillio
  • 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah
  • 2017 UP Shiraz

Parvaneh Vineyard (at the hotel)

  • 2017 Petite Sirah
  • 2016 Petite Sirah
  • 2016 Reserve Petite Sirah

We had dinner at McPhee’s which was great!  At dinner we the 2017 Sextant Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

DAY 3

San Antonio Winery

  • 2015 Opaque Zinfandel
  • 2014 Opaque Malbec
  • 2014 Opaque Darkhorse
  • 2014 Centennial 100 yrs Paso Robles
  • 2011 Riboli Family Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2015 Opaque Petite Verdot

J. Lohr

  • 2017 Fogs Reach Pinot Noir
  • 2017 October Night Chardonnay
  • 2017 Pure Paso Blend
  • 2017 Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2014 Carol’s Vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 Tower Road Petite Sirah
  • 2017 Late Harvest Riesling

Graveyard

  • 2018 Chardonnay Stainless Steele
  • NV Tombstone Red CS/S/PS
  • 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 CMS CS/Ma/S
  • 2017 Scream CS/PS
  • 2017 Tannat
  • 2016 Fire Spirit Bourbon Barrel Aged Petite Sirah
  • NV Deliverance (dessert wine)

Hearst Ranch 

  • 2016 3 Sisters Blend (G/T/PS/S/Me)
  • 2016 Randolph (CS/CF/Me)
  • 2016 Chileno Tempranillo
  • 2016 Bunkhouse Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 Pergola Petite Sirah

Hahn Estate

  • We each had a glass of wine and looked out over the valley.
  • I had Syrah

DAY4

Guglielmo Winery

  • 2017 Reserve Pinot Grigio
  • 2018 Private Reserve Dolcetto
  • 2016 Private Reserve Petite Verdot
  • 2012 Claret

Lunch at Garre Winery Cafe

  • We all had a glass of wine (Chard, Bubbles, Cab Sauv, Nonna’s Rosso)

Darcie Kent

  • NV Alpine White
  • 2018 Victories Rose
  • 2016 Rava Blackjack Pinot Noir
  • 2012 Crown Block Red Blend
  • 2015 Madden Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 Field Blend (Zin/Petite Sirah)

Rios-Lovell

  • NV California Champagne
  • 2014 Jiang’s Golden Mountain Bordeaux Style
  • 2015 Estate Petite Sirah
  • 2017 Plavac Mali (croatian zinfandel)
  • 2014 Zinfandel
  • 2014 Estate Dolce Sangiovese/Barbera

Wente

  • 2018 Artisan White
  • 2018 Rose of Pinot Noir
  • 2016 Chardonnay Anniversary 135th Limited Release
  • 2017 Riva Ranch Chard
  • 2017 nth degree Chardonnay
  • 2017 Riva Pinot Noir
  • 2017 Limited Release Zinfandel
  • 2017 Winemaker Pinot Noir Clones
  • 2017 Limited Edition Cabernet Franc
  • 2016 Charles Wetmore
  • 2016 Duetto Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2017 Artist Series Sonata (60 S/40 CS)
  • 2017 Artist Series GSM (50/31/19)
  • 2016 Small Lot Petite Sirah
  • 2017 nth degree Syrah
  • 2018 4+5 Sauvignon Blanc

At this point we did 23 Wineries tasting rooms plus 3 more wineries wines tasted at meals.  155 different wines, I think I counted correctly on both these numbers…!

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DAY 5 Sonoma

Meadowcroft Winery

  • 2018 Roussane
  • 2016 Pinot Noir Cornerstone Vineyard Los Carneros
  • 2017 Cru De La Ruche Malbec Clements Hill, Lodi
  • Anniversay Cuvee Napa Valley 
  • 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Mt. Veeder
  • 2015 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley

Gundloch Bunshu

  • 2017 Chardonnay
  • 2018 Rinefarm Rose of Pinot Noir
  • 2017 Pinot Noir
  • 2016 Zinfandel
  • 2018 Gewurtz
  • 2015 Merlot
  • 2017 Cuvee
  • 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2015 Vintage Reserve

Vinsana Sonoma

  • we tasted a splash of each of their Sangiovese (eh)
  • we had a glass of Cabernet and sat on the patio relaxing for a while taking in the view.

Jacuzzi Winery

  • 2017 Sagrantino
  • 2016 Barbera
  • 2017 Primitivo
  • 2016 Rosso Di Sette Fratelli
  • 2016 Montepulciano
  • 2017 Teroldego (grandfather of Syrah)

DAY 6 Napa Valley

Robert Foley

  • 2015 Charbono
  • 2014 Merlot Napa Valley 
  • 2013 Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2014 Claret
  • 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
  • 2014 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
  • We purchased Petite Sirah, and drank it that night. Phenomenal!! must order more!

Cliff Lede 

  • 2017 Fel Chardonnay Anderson Valley
  • 2016 Claret (32CS/30Ma/20PV/13Me/5CF)
  • 2015 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 High Fidelity (51CF/34Me/14CS/1PV)
  • 2016 Rock Block “Soulfire” Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

Dakota Shy

  • We had several wines with Fr. Zarse and his family including
  • 2017 Dakota Shy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • ?vintage Cakebread Pinot Noir
  • 2016 Robert Foley Petite Sirah

DAY 7 Napa Valley

Envy

  • 2018 Coco’s Cuvee (Chenin Blanc/Pinot Blanc/Semillon)
  • 2018 Night Rose of Malbec
  • 2018 Day Rose of Pinot Noir
  • 2017 Bee Bee’s Blend (45CS/45Me/10PS)
  • 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • 2016 Estate Merlot
  • 2016 Oakville Petite Sirah Fortuna Vineyard
  • 2017 Estate Petite Sirah

Summers 

  • 2017 Charbono
  • 2017 2 Acre Zinfandel
  • 2017 Adrianna’s Cuvee Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 Estate Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2014 Checkmate Bordeaux Blend

Storybook Mountain

  • 2018 Zin Gris Rose
  • 2015 Mayacamas Range Zinfandel
  • 2014 Antaeus Blend (52Z/CS/PV/Me)
  • 2016 Eastern Exposure Zinfandel
  • 2016 Four Red Blend
  • 2018 Viognier

Hess

  • 2016 Small Block Rockpile Zinfandel
  • 2015 Mt. Veeder 19 Block Cuvee (30Ma/CS/Z/Me/S/PV)
  • 2015 Small Block Napa Valley Petite Sirah
  • 2013 Small Block Collectors Cuvee (50CS/25S/25M)
  • 2015 The Lion Cabernet Sauvignon (81CS/17Ma/1PV)
  • 2016 Lion Tamer Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Priest Ranch

  • 2015 Petite Sirah
  • 2015 Double Barrel (50PS/50Ma)
  • 2013 Coach Gun (30CF/20CS/20Me/13Ma/1PV)
  • 2014 Coach Gun (23CS/20Me/19Ma/19PV/19CF)
  • 2016 Snake Oil Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2014 Somerston Napa Valley Block 96 XCVI Cabernet Sauvignon

DAY 8 Sonoma

Quivera 

  • 2018 Rose (60G/12S/11Counoise/9Mouv/8PS)
  • 2017 Alder Grove Sauvignon Blanc DCV
  • 2017 Q Collection Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2017 Pillsbury Vineyard Zinfandel DCV
  • 2016 OTP Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2010 Petite Sirah

Zichichi

  • 2017 Northblock Zinfandel
  • 2016 Pyramid Vineyard Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2016 Estate Northblock Petite Sirah DCV
  • 2018 Estate Zinfandel (Barrel Tasting)
  • 2018 Estate Old Vine Zinfandel (Barrel Tasting)
  • 2018 Estate Petite Sirah (Barrel Tasting)

Bella

  • 2018 Ru’s Farm Rose of Pinot Noir RRV
  • 2017 Ru’s Farm Sauvignon Blanc RRV
  • 2013 Ten Acre Boots Block RRV
  • 2016 Westphall Rockpile Zinfandel
  • 2016 Collier Falls Zinfandel DCV
  • 2016 Big River Ranch Zinfandel RRV
  • 2015 Block 10 Zinfandel
  • 2017 Late Harvest Zinfandel
  • 2013 Big River Ranch Petite Sirah Alexander Valley

Stephen & Walker

  • 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2017 Fountain Grove Syrah
  • 2018 Fountain Grove Syrah
  • 2017 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2018 Petite Sirah DCV
  • 2016 Portentous Petite Sirah Port

 

 

 

 

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