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Napa trip planning

Tomorrow starts the month of May and that means only two months until we leave for Napa, the excitement is starting to build. Although, this year I am trying hard to go slow with the planning and keep the excitement level down just a bit so I don’t let my summer slip by with my thoughts all caught up in the trip. Trust me; it is hard as I am always excited when a Napa trip is on the horizon. We normally start picking out wineries brand new to us, and make appointments to visit, but as it stands now we have yet to make any new tasting appointments. We do however all agree on some return visits for this trip. Venge Vineyard is at the top of the list, along with some others. We had such a good time last year tasting some excellent wines and have fond memories of being the last customers to visit the old location. Now that Venge is open at their new location; the 12.6 acre Berlin Ranch in Calistoga we are excited to see it. Another return stop will be Grgich Hills Estate. If you remember, we visited there last year prior to another appointment and did not have much time to learn enough about the winery and the fabulous wines they make. The wines we tasted that day were all very good and I recall wondering why I had never tried Grgich wines prior to the visit. Grgich has a long Napa history including the famous Chardonnay that won the Paris tasting made by Mike Grgich himself as wine maker at Chateau Montelena. To be such a big part of the history of California wines is huge and we look forward to learning more about Mike and his wines, as well as their Biodynamic farming methods. Additional kudos to Grgich for their use of solar power at the winery, another environment friendly plus. Yes, we are looking forward to these two visits as well as many others you will learn about in the coming weeks. While we love to discover new wineries we have not yet visited, there are those we would never miss returning to.

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