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Sounds like a great day. I haven’t been to Far Niente, but it is on my short list. It looks like you will have ample time there, which is good from the feedback I’ve gotten as there is a lot to take in there. I’m not familiar with Keplinger, and while I haven’t been to main restaurant, we had lunch at the Tra Vigne Pizzeria my last trip through this summer and it was excellent. I got turned on to a pretty good wine board a while back:

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There is a post on Far Niente from last year:

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Thanks, Billabong. Looks like a cool board. I just bookmarked it.

The pizzeria is actually more my style after a day of drinking. I've only been to the main restaurant though. Don't they pool tables at the pizzeria? Chances are we bail on the res at the main and just eat at the pizzeria.

I recommend to everyone the Martini House in St. Helena as well. I think that's my favorite restaurant (just in general). It's great for a romantic or celebratory occasion. ]Martini House


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Thanks Chef,

I just ordered a few bottles. Looking forward to crackin those open.



Cool! Did you get the Reisling?

In St. Helena, I'm a big fan of Cindy's Back Street Kitchen. We did our rehearsal dinner there. The rabbit tostada is one of the best things I've ever [sign in to see URL] my life. So innovative. It's like the said, "how can we add some oomf to a chicken tostada?"

The place is a little more casual, but they've got a good bar and nice wine list. Save a couple bucks from some of the bigger name joints in St. Helena.

I also like Market in SH. They do that whole American Food Done Fancy thing, but without the bullshit. I haven't been in 3-4 years, though.

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Yep I bought the Riesling, the Fete, and sangiovese. They should arrive in the next few days.

I love Market also. They have some of the best fried chicken ever.

Strange, I've never even heard of Cindy's Back Street Kitchen. I'll check it out pronto.

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That's the place ucla. Right across the road from the Merryvale tasting room, which is worth a try if you haven't already had your fill. We ate outside on the patio since it was a nice summer day, but they do have a bunch of pool tables inside.

Also have to give a thumbs up to Back Street along with chef.



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I've got a great wine for you guys. One that I just opened yesterday.

2005 - Lavender Ridge Syrah

Wow is that good. Around 26-28 a bottle. I'm going to go out and buy some more.

My wine fridge broke several weeks ago, so I've had to put the damn bottles in the fridge. It's fine but they won't age at all. It takes a considerable amount of effort to keep my apartment around 74 degrees - so a new fridge was necessary. All I could afford on my law school budget was an 18 bottle one. Oh well. It will accommodate my Quintessa's, Pine Ridge, and others.

I opened one of my father's 2007 Merlot bottles a few days ago. And I must say, in the words of Chef, that !@#$ was "bangin."

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UCLA their you go. Quintessa is nice, but man Pine Ridge makes a fantastic Chenin Blanc-Viognier!
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Yes, indeed.

Ahhh, I feel quite safe on this thread from some of the other ones on this board...

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Anyone here familiar with Breckenridge Cabs?

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They are part of the 5 cent sale at Bevmo now.

They have them at $ [sign in to see URL], so basically $ 33 per bottle.

I saw 01, 02 and 03 on hand at the local Bevmo.

Thought I'd check in here to see if anyone had sampled them before I bought.

I picked up a couple of bottles of the Vichon Merlot-Grenache on a flier as I like their Pinot, and was pleasantly surprised.

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Those all sound like fine, robust communist wine.



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