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Latest Wine Journal Entries

Deerfield Ranch Winery (written Dec 28, 2011)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars
We visited in March 2010 during the Savor Sonoma festival. This was my husband's absolute favorite wine during that trip; he still talks about it. He prefers very bold in-your-face wine, and if that's your style, you will probably also like Deerfield. I thought the wine was very good--especially the Red Rex, but I find it to be a bit too bold for everyday drinking. If you're enjoying a good steak, then this is your wine, but I think it needs strong food to complement it. I loved the winery--when we went they had recently completed the tasting room caves, which were nice. I also loved the quirky giraffe art on the property. And I really enjoyed the people--not pretentious at all. This winery represents what I find so appealing about so many Sonoma Valley Wineries--people who know that wine should be FUN and who don't take themselves or their wine too seriously. That being said, they are producing some great wine with a lot of depth; I just find it a bit too bold for my taste.

De Lorimier Winery (written Dec 28, 2011)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Domaine Chandon (written Dec 28, 2011)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars
During our trip to Napa / Sonoma Valley in March 2010, I made a point to visit a "champagne" house every morning, and this was one of my favorite ones. It's one of the places I always recommend to friends because I think this is what most people want when they go to Napa Valley. The wine is good; not great, but good. The grounds are absolutely gorgeous; I loved the "mushroom garden"! The tasting room is stylish but very impersonal. It was already busy at 10:00 a.m. (we were there on a Saturday). You are not going to have a conversation with the person pouring the wine here; it feels more like a bar than a winery. My husband and I ordered our wine and took it outside to enjoy on the patio. Overall we had a nice time. I'd go back if I were in the area, but I wouldn't say this was one of the best experiences overall during my trip.

Cornerstone Cellars (written Dec 28, 2011)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars
We visited in March 2010. Nothing special about the tasting room itself. It's stylish, but somewhat impersonal, although the guy pouring our wine was friendly. The tasting room is in Yountville, which was a strange town for me, but I'm sure a lot of people love it. (Yountville, overall, felt a little over-planned, and seemed to lack character. But everything was nice, neat, and well landscaped, so if that's your thing, you'll love it.) That being said, I LOVED this wine! It was not overpowering, but it had lots of depth and character. I'd rank it as among the best wine during our trip to Napa / Sonoma Valley. If you're in the area, it's worth stopping by to taste. It may be the only reason I return to Yountville.

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