Cultivating Jocelyn Lonen Winery has been a complete labor of love for its founding family. A passion for fine wine and a high-regard for the Napa Valley drew Lonen Curtis to the wine business in the mid-1990’s. After retiring from the high-tech industry, Lonen embarked on the single-minded, serious pursuit of making world-class wine. He planted his first vineyard and began to develop the Jocelyn Lonen Winery in 1996. Lonen and his wife Susan along with his daughter Brandi Jocelyn Pack and her husband and children moved to the Napa Valley the following year.
Spottswoode is an historic winegrowing estate located on the western edge of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. The Novak family purchased the property in 1972 and produced its first Estate Cabernet in 1982. Our organically-farmed Estate Vineyard is the source for our Cabernet Sauvignon, and the Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon is the wine for which we are most known. We produce very limited quantities of this wine each year, and we also craft an exceptional Sauvignon Blanc with grapes that are from both our estate and from select growers here in Napa Valley and on Sonoma Mountain.
What a great small winery experience.
The proprietor autographed our wine purchases.
Customer service was excellent.
The pours were large enough to get a very good feel for each wine.
Don and Deedee Sodaro moved to southern California in 1966 from Chicago, Illinois, the city Giuseppe Sodaro had adopted as his home in America over 70 years earlier. Though the Sodaro passion for wine ran deep, it would be another thirty years before they would be able to realize their dream of starting a winery to carry on the family namesake in the New World. In 1996, their opportunity finally arrived, and so began their search for the perfect terroir. After an extensive nine month search through the central and north coasts, Don and Deedee came upon a magnificent property set among the hillsides and alluvial terraces of the south-east Napa Valley, and immediately they knew they’d found someplace special.
Gorgeous estate located in the Coombsville District, so its a close jaunt to downtown Napa. Fabulous views, and some of the best reds I have had the pleasure of tasting! A reservation is required, but definitely worth the planning to experience this romantic vineyard.
Adastra Winery is organic with a great history, and Chris is happy to walk you through it. He'll introduce you to the property -- which he and his wife live off of -- and the business as well. The property is wonderful, and you can tell a lot of love has built the place up. He'll share with you the old barn and his herb garden. You'll become familiar with the origins of the name and finally, with the wines themselves while sitting around his dining room table. The reds are excellent, absolutely top-notch. On our trip, my wife and I only joined two wine clubs, and Adastra Winery is one of them. The tasting and tour can be expensive, $25 per person but that fee is waived if you join the wine club. Honestly, even if you don't join the club, it's worth the fee for the experience.~
Susie provided a lot of history about the winery and the two labels - Robinson Family and Great Legs. While I only bought two bottles it was not because I did not want more it was just that I only had limited space. When I come back in January 2013, I will definitely be visiting again with my group. I appreciated the fact Susie Robinson took the time to visit during my tasting even though I was only a party of one. A nice small place, just like the places I like to visit in wine country.
Modus Operandi Cellars puts out some truly fantastic wines and Jason is the perfect host for the tasting experience. We found him years ago almost at random, joined the club, and haven't looked back since. Both Jason's whites and reds are something special and still rank among my favorites of all time.
The wine is really great...but the price point is also really high. Obviously Heidi Barrett, who was the winemaker for Screaming Eagle, has set a uber high standard for herself so perhaps the Amuse warrants the nearly $300 price tag.
Roundpond has everything required for a memorable and wonderful experience. Their long driveway lined with tall palm trees overlooking old vines invites you in to the winery. The beautiful scenery of the second level terrace allows you to see both mountain ranges and the wine is to die for. Their approach to wine tasting is a one-on-one experience at a private table, inside of outside. Their cab sav, sauv blanc, and syrah are favorites. The friendly and very knowledgeable staff will guide you through a food & wine tasting provided by their talented chef.
In 1994, Voss Vineyards was conceived and founded by Australian Robert Hill Smith, the fifth-generation proprietor of Yalumba Winery in Barossa Valley, as well as Nautilus Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand. With 160 years of Australian winemaking heritage and experience behind him, Hill Smith approaches wines in Australia, New Zealand and California with a focus on adventure, innovation and a strong respect for matching variety with terroir. With Sauvignon Blanc the priority is to craft wines that are pure and expressive.