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Echelon Vineyards

Today’s world is a complicated one. At Echelon Vineyards is working to make at least one part simpler – the wine you select. Celebrating a new look and a new selection of your favorite varietals, we are excited about our new Echelon California Series: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

In 1987, Parker purchased a 714 acre ranch thirty five miles north of Santa Barbara, in the Santa Ynez Valley, where he promptly set about planning and establishing Fess Parker's Winery & Vineyard. I remember visiting some years ago the Fess Parker Winery and my wife and I having lunch at their Inn. I also remember growing up wearing a coonskin cap and pretending to be Davy Crockett. I never met Mr. Parker in person; however, I just have to admit how sentimental and touched I felt when I heard that he had died. I guess it is safe to say Fess lives on through the family he has left behind and the legacy he has left to his family and indirectly to us, Fess Parker Winery.

Cosentino Winery

We were immediately greeted by Steve with a big smile. He took our group to a semi-private room to the right of the entrance. We all got the special reserve tasting and enjoyed all the reds - so much that I ended up buying a bottle of each one, oops! The tasting pours were very generous.

Trahan Winery

This place was amazing! John's super nice and knowledgable and fun to talk to. Very nice hole in the wall atmosphere. You probably wouldn't notice this tasting room if you walked by it, but it's one of my favorites. This place is a little gem in downtown Napa where you can find some real people, pouring the wine they make, and having a good time doing it.

Peirano Estate Vineyards

In 1992, Peirano Estate Vineyards began bottling and selling wine using their estate grown grapes. Until this point, Lance Randolph, fourth generation Peirano, produced wine simply for his enjoyment and that of his close family and friends. The rest of the grapes were sold to winemakers across the country. It was well-known amongst Lance’s family and friends that he had a knack for making well-balanced, elegant wines but was not interested in selling it to the masses. At their insistence, Lance began bottling and selling his wine to wine enthusiasts throughout the United States.

Dunning Vineyards

Find this "Best Kept Secret" winery at the end the road on Niderer Road. The winery is Just 3 miles offHwy 46 in the Willow Creek Area of Paso Robles. Why not visit and enjoy this 40 acre estate and some wonderful wines that have been produced at Dunning Vineyards.

Moravia Wines

At this family operated Central Valley gem you will find some wonderful wines. We first enjoyed wines from Moravia Wines at a wine tasting conducted by Rob Bausinan who handles the outside sales for the winery. It was great to visit with him at this tasting being conducted at Total Wines in Fresno, CA. Rob extended an invited to visit him at the winery to learn more about what they were doing at Moravia Wines. When I was last there Rob was on vacation but Rich Hammond, CO-Proprietor and winemaker at the winery was available and happy to share. Often people forget just how long wines have been produced in the Central Valley, since the mid-1850"s. It was wonderful experience tasting and talking with the winemaker himself. While all the wines that were poured for me were delightful the two Symphony wines came into focus. I have always enjoyed Symphony since having tasted it in Lodi some years ago. Rich has done a wonderful job with his offering of his 2018 Symphony and 2018 Dry Symphony. The 2018 Dry is produced from a grape that is a clone from Grenache Gris and Muscat Alexander and is a totally dry wine with a floral and peach or apricot on the nose - delightfully crisp and bright. The other Symphony is semi-sweet with 4% residual sugar.*

Hours:

Mon-Fri     Closed
Sat      12:00 to 5:00pm
Sun     12:00 to 5:00pm

Goosecross Cellars

All of the wines are delicious. They off certain wines to try with chocolates
and crackers for your pleasure. They educate you on what you tasting and
give you time to make up your mind if your satisfied or not.

They recommended other wineries we should try, as well as great nearby foods places.

The "Napa Valley AmerItal Red Wine" (750ml) Goosecross Wines is truly one of my favorites.

1. First of all, Make a reservation! Make a RESERVATION! or else!
The place is hidden, small, and worth visiting but dropping by isn't going to work.

2. The place is family run, which makes it personal and incredible.

Grace Patriot Wines

The Irving family immigrated to the United States from Nova Scotia. Grandfather John Irving worked in the Comstock Lode silver mines near Virginia City, Nevada before moving to Jackson, California to mine gold. In 1890, they acquired an 84 acre ranch east of Placerville. It was known as the four mile ranch because it straddled the main road east, formerly the route of the Pony Express. An existing house on the property was present at the time of their acquisition and is listed on the county tax rolls from 1885.After years of clean up and restoration, the ranch has become one of the show places in the Apple Hill area. The property has approximately 16 acres of wine grapes, as well as, peaches and eight varieties of apples farmed by a local retail fruit operation.

Vinoce Vineyards

VINOCE IS A SMALL, FAMILY-OWNED WINERY owned by Brian and Lori Nuss. Over the last 31 years they have developed an intimate knowledge of growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc on the rugged, hillside slopes of Mount Veeder and are dedicated to creating wines that reflect the true expression of the Mount Veeder appellation.

THE MEANING OF VINOCE, pronounced (vin-o-chay):
It is a play on the Nuss Family name and Brian’s German-Italian heritage. Nuss means "nut" in German. Noce is "nut" in Italian. Intermingled with "vin" for wine, Vinoce means "wine nut."

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