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Napa Valley Fall Trip

IMG_0179Only ten more days and off to Napa Valley we go and as all plans do ours have changed already. We have pretty much decided to not make any plan and just go with the flow when we arrive. Now maybe that statement is not all true. I did make an appointment with Elyse Winery; a friend who is a cousin of the owners suggested trying them. After checking out their web site and trying some wine I can’t imagine how we missed them in our last seven visits. Elyse is located on Hoffman Lane just south of Yountville heading down valley from St Helena. In 1987 Ray and Nancy Coursen started Elyse with 286 cases of Zinfandel from the Morisoli Vineyard. For a decade they made their wines at various custom crush facilities before buying their Hoffman Lane location in 1997. Ray honed his skills in winemaking with a nine year stint at Whitehall Lane Winery where he started as a cellar worker and moved up to head winemaker. We have tasted their 2007 A.K.A Zinfandel and 2005 Morisoli Vineyard Cabernet, both of which were excellent wines. Can’t wait for this stop, we also made an appointment with one of our favorites; Venge Vineyards. Venge is in the process of building new winery facilities and actually pressed their first fruit there this year. We are excited to see the progress! So with no other plans at this time I am thinking about that first day, arriving in the valley and making our first stop at Regusci Winery a visit that has become tradition. Ah, back home in the valley!

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