Author Archives: rednikki

Appellation Trail wrap-up

We decided to do the Appellation Trail for a few reasons. We love wine, it was an excuse for us to go to places we’d never been, and we figured it would be inexpensive and give us an opportunity to see lots of our friends. So how’d that work out for us? Loving Wine I […]

Jessup Cellars: Napa Valley – In Search of Snobs

Jessup Cellars jessupcellars.com 6740 Washington Street Yountville, CA 94599-1304 (map link) (707) 944-8523 Once again, we’d gone into our trip without very much pre-planning. After all, with over 400 wineries in Napa, we figured we were sure to stumble onto something good even if we just went door to door until someone let us in […]

Napa Valley Toffee Company: Napa Valley – The Search for Snobs

Napa Valley Toffee Company napavalleytoffeecompany.com 1470 1st Street, Napa, CA 94559 (map link) (707) 224-4907 Once upon a time we would have visited five wineries in a day, but after two we felt like our palates couldn’t fairly judge any more until they’d rested for a long time. We headed back to our hotel for […]

Silenus Vintners: Napa Valley – In Search of Snobs

Silenus Vintners www.silenusvintners.com 5225 Solano Ave., Napa, CA 94558 (map link) (707) 299-3930 As part of our aforementioned fabulous LivingSocial deal (this is not a product placement! I swear! It was genuinely fabulous!), we received a free tasting at Silenus Vintners. We made an appointment for the earliest time we could, 10am. We got there […]

Napa Valley: In Search of Snobs

It’s been an entire year of tasting wine, and we didn’t go up to Napa until late December. Why? We’d been avoiding it. Neither Mike nor I had ever been to Napa. But we’d heard all the stories. Napa people are snobby, the wine tasting rooms are snotty and mean, the food is way overpriced, […]

Woodinville Wine Party, Part 3

Writing about a big multi-winery event is tough, and not just because the crowds jostle your elbow and make it difficult to take notes. Most wineries are pouring only a couple of wines, and they’re usually not the winery’s best. The format is designed so that wine tasters will move through the tasting quickly rather […]

Hollywood Hills: Woodinville Wine Party

On Shawn’s 20-winery shortlist (yes, Woodinville has so many amazing tasting rooms that 20 constitutes a “shortlist”) was a winery called Hollywood Hills. Mike and I met in Hollywood, so clearly there was no way we could pass up a winery with that name. Shawn and Matt cheerfully tromped with us through the misty, cloudy […]

Woodinville Wine Party, Part 1

We agreed after our visit to Lodi earlier this year that visiting wineries during a big event weekend wasn’t an ideal situation for our purposes. In general, during big event weekends wineries aren’t necessarily pouring their best wines, and the tasting staff is just doing their best to get wine tasters out the door rather […]

Skinner: The Road to El Dorado

Skinner www.skinnervineyards.com 8054 Fair Play Road, Fair Play, CA 95684 (map link) 530-620-2220 The folks at Holly’s Hill had given us many recommendations for tasting in Fair Play, but one name stuck with us: Skinner. Dick gave us fantastic, precise directions. And thank goodness for that; it’s easy to get lost in Fair Play. Deliciously, […]

Holly’s Hill Vineyards: The Road to El Dorado

Holly’s Hill Vineyards www.hollyshill.com 3680 Leisure Lane, Placerville, CA 95667 (map link) 530-344-0227 We were sure that we would look back on Miraflores Winery as the high point of our day. We were positive no other winery could come close to touching what Miraflores did. We were so, so very wrong. We headed up a […]