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Hey Bong,

I know I've probably pimped it before in the other wine thread, but I'm a big fan of [sign in to see URL]'s Cabernet. It's all high-altitude stuff from the Mt. Veeder AVA. Franciscan Winery carries their bottles since they are also a distributor. It's near Oakville, close to the Killer Cab joints. Mt. Veeder Winery doesn't have its own tasting room.

Franciscan also makes a good stopping point because they carry a bunch of wines from Drylands winery in New Zealand. They do a great everyday Sauv Blanc (I mean, it is New Zealand, right?). I also had a chance to try one of their Pinots a couple months back. Drylands is the type of winemaker that you buy the wine a case at a time to keep around for guests or to just nurse yourself to sleep on a good, inexpensive bottle.

That Claret looks interesting. Any NW distribution? A trade for an Oregon Pinot maybe?

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Hed, the only Woodenhead I see is on the Russian River. Is their one in Napa Valley?

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Thanks for the heads up on that Chef. Franciscan is right between Sequoia Grove and Heitz so I’ll try to squeeze in a visit between them. I’ve heard good things about Mt. Veeder from some other winos, and I am a big fan of the NZ SB’s. I have been drinking a lot of the Brancott this summer:

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So I’ll definitely give the Drylands a shot in the rotation now as well. It looks like nice stuff for summer quaffing. For an under $10 bottle, I’ve also grown fond of this Veramonte SB from Chile as well:
 
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As for the Claret, it is definitely worth a try, and our good friend LM might be able to give you some particulars on NW availability since it is one of his babies.


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it's north of santa rosa close to kendall jackson. not in napa per se, but west of saint helena a few miles. not sure how far off the beaten path you are going.

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Bong - didn't even see the post from your Ventura adventures. Nice.

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Bong - didn't even see the post from your Ventura adventures. Nice.

Be very afraid of wine recs from tehehd, they could lead to all-nighters and other nefarious forms of contraband.



this one i went to with my parents. they are clean living folk, so it's a safe one. although that night was my buddy's wedding at korbel, and my girl was puking at the end of the night. good times.

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Going to have to hit that one next time hed.

Heading east tomorrow and will be a long way from the river.

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Had a great time down on the Central Coast.

Stayed at the Cliff's in Pismo most of the week.

Closed Harry's one night, and Alex's is still rocking the ribs.

Hadn't been to Avila in years.

Going to try to get back down again later this summer.


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harry's is one classy joint baby. splash cafe bread bowls were worth the drive from slo town every time. shell beach to the right of the cliffs used to be our spot, until they built a subdivision and parking lot on top of it, and then it became just as overrun as the pier area. you had to be pretty skilled to get down the cliff with a surfboard and supplies in hand.

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Ah yes, I see you know the place.

Only the highest class of barflies pass through the door . . .

I was a bit surprised by how much things built out down there, it has been years since I traveled that way.



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I was down in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Pismo Beach last week, and had the opportunity to sample and stock up on some of the local wines. It is great Pinot country, and still off the radar for many despite Sideways. I am looking forward to popping this Summerland Pinot:

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Sometime in the near future, and I had the pleasure of opening this nice DFV 2005 Claret:

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I picked up in my travels. It is a very nice blend that has a very rich fruit taste that is very easy drinking, that went well with the Giant comeback last evening. I didn’t have time to stop by the winery LM, or I would have given you a call, but I did find the bottle above in Morro Bay.

I am currently in Sonoma, and had some great success last year doing the Sonoma wineries to the north, with Geyser Peak and Rodney Strong treating me very well, but I am heading over to Napa next week to pick up some big Cabs. I have Sequoia Grove, Heitz, Merryvale and Frank Family on the definite list, and will try to squeeze in Grgich Hills and Silver Oak. Going to try and keep the spending to five or six bills, but we will see how that goes. It is like being a youngster in the toy store.

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Billabong, now yer talking. Summerland makes some great wines. Their Pinot's are pretty super. Also their viognier is quite nice too!! I know because I sell their wines. Yep I have the fun job of selling wine to restaurants and wine stores. Another great wine from that region is Laetitia. Awesome Pinot in their own right.

Folks just remember, not all great wines come from CA. Oregon and Washington produce some outstanding wines at a nice price!!!

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Going to have to hit that one next time hed.

Heading east tomorrow and will be a long way from the river.

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Had a great time down on the Central Coast.

Stayed at the Cliff's in Pismo most of the week.

Closed Harry's one night, and Alex's is still rocking the ribs.

Hadn't been to Avila in years.

Going to try to get back down again later this summer.




   I would recommend breakfast at the Custom House in Avila.
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