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JP Saleeby, MD's Wine Journal Entries

Simi Winery (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Always a big fan. Have had several laying down in the cellar for a while. On the first trip as B&B owners, they laid out the red carpet.... private tasting etc. the whole royal treatment, we felt like VIPs... then they found out we were a boutique small inn and were not going to be selling us cases after cases... non the less, they were all gracious. Good wine. Refreshing whites.

Sebastiani Vineyards (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Cool tasting room. Nice selection of Italian varietals.

Robert Sinskey Vineyards (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Merlot

Yummy wines. The Merlot is by far my fav. After G-B, this merlot has to be my second favorite. First introduced at a wine dinner in Savannah, GA. Visited on a trip to CA.

Regusci Winery (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Served up some Magnums at the B&B to our guests. Good staple.

Shafer Vineyards (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

I hear it is to kill for. Can't remember if I ever had?

Frog's Leap Winery (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Any of the cool whites

A med school pal of mine offered up a few bottles as a wedding gift. Awesome whites. Visited the place on a trip to Ca. Ribbit!

Far Niente Winery (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Ex-wife was a big fan. Served the stuff in our B&B in Savannah.

DeLoach Vineyards (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

When Mr. C. Deloach visited Savannah's First City Club for a wine dinner, I became a big fan. Only in America can a retired fireman become a great winemaker. Kudos.

A. Rafanelli Winery (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Short visit. Can't remember much... must have been one of the last hit on a heavy wine tasting day trip. Guess I will have to visit this place again.

Rabbit Ridge Vineyards (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

Visited on first trip to Ca. Good wine, took several bottles back and a t-shirt I may add that I still wear to this day. Winery at time of visit was pretty rustic as they were adding on.

Dry Creek Vineyard (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Visited on first trip out to California. memorable.

David Bruce Winery (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

On a trip up to see a friend restoring an Alfa Romeo for me in Boulder Creek.. we passed thru. Good ol stuff. Bit pricey, but introduced to a sample years ago at a party.

Ravenswood Winery (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Zinfandel 4 sure

Oh, the red Zinfandel is my fav. I once had 3 bottles with a couple of friends during dinner at Il Pasticcio in Savannah, GA... and that was after a huge wine tasting hours before.

Gundlach-Bundschu Winery (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Merlot by far.

One of my favorite wineries. Down to earth kinda place. Introduced to the Merlot at a private dinner club in Savannah years ago. Still must be one of my favorite Merlots to date. Very much of the chocolate and cigar in it.

Ferrari-Carano Vineyard and Wnry (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Beautiful grounds. Good well rounded wines. Priced right at least when I was there a few years ago.

Peju Province Winery (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 2 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Ummm. Nice gardens with sculptures. Would have really enjoyed the wine, but the horses ass that was pouring that day got on my nerves. Hint: get rid of that blow-hard and maybe visitors would buy more wine. Should he move on I will be back for a re-tasting. Initial impression was over rated and over prices wine (plunk in terms of California wine). Would recommend the gardens ONLY at this point.

Pedroncelli Winery (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Awesome stuff. Some great wines come out of this place. First introduced to this winery at a wine dinner in Beaufort, SC.

Opus One Winery (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 5 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

OK... Awesome piece of architecture, looks like some Mayan temple. But $$$ to taste the wine... come on now. Go for the scenery and the awesomeness of the place. Wines are overrated (sorry Robert) and over priced. I personally like the simple rustic places you find in Sonoma Co. where the proprietor who pours you a free tasting has soil under his fingernails from just coming in after a day of pruning the vines.

Uwharrie Vineyards (written Jul 15, 2008)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Favorite Wine: Cabernet

Story is an ex- doc com dude from the West Coast comes into town to open up a winery. Wines are pretty good for NC. Actually like the Chard. The Muscat is pretty decent. The Merlot was OK at best and the Cab (given time to mellow) was alright after laying it down for a bit.

Stonehaus Winery (written Jul 13, 2008)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Remember visiting some years back when I attended a CME in TN. Nice place. Can't recall anything negative about the wine. Surprised.

San Sebastian Winery (written Dec 07, 2007)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Favorite Wine: Port

Bit touristy for my taste... but that is St. Augustine for ya. Ok wines, but the PORT was yummy... go for the Port! Actually came back for more.

Jefferson Vineyards (written Dec 07, 2007)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Ok... a bit touristy for my taste.. wines were OK.. but the bottles were FAB! Had to buy a few just to have some very cool empties to stuff some candles in.

Horton Cellars Winery (written Dec 07, 2007)
Wine: 5 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

Cool place. Visited back in early 2000s. Dennis was friendly and the place was very laidback. Horton's Norton was the fav. Interestingly enough Larry Stone gave some good reviews of the wine.

Chateau Morrisette Winery (written Dec 07, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

OK.. been there.

Barboursville Vineyards (written Dec 07, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

The owners are from Italy.. a bit "big" on themselves, but always had a nice experience there. Haven't been there since 2004, actually owned 30 acres of land across from them for a while. Sold it to the winery as my plans to open a B&B faded. Non the less, good wines. Nice place to spend an afternoon... cool ruins.

Iron Gate Vineyard and Winery (written Dec 07, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Interesting place. The folks there were very friendly but a bit too big on their wines. Wines were good and they had a very unusual way of protecting their crop... fences and tents... wow!

Shelton Vineyards (written Dec 07, 2007)
Wine: 4 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 5 stars

Great place to hang out. Once of my favorite wineries to visit in NC. Nice job on the restaurant (service and food were great!)

RagApple Lassie Vineyards (written Dec 07, 2007)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 2 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

Visited this small operation while visiting the area. Good wines. Wish there was someone in attendance when we stepped into the place.

Childress Vineyards (written Dec 07, 2007)
Wine: 3 stars Winery: 4 stars Ambiance: 3 stars

Good wines on the back of NASCAR. Oh what a combination. No need for vaccinations to visit this winery.

Biltmore Estate Winery (written Dec 07, 2007)
Wine: 2 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 2 stars

OK... Fact: they may have the largest tasting room and the largest number of tasters per year of any winery in the USA. Fact: The wine is average! Bigger ain't necessarily better!

Chateau Elan Winery (written Jul 17, 2007)
Wine: 1 stars Winery: 3 stars Ambiance: 4 stars

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