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Neiman Cellars

The modest yet confident Drew Neiman is making a name for himself, albeit quietly, in the wine world. His passion is infectious and his wine is anything but timid. Drew, by the way, is no newcomer to the wine industry.

Benziger Family Winery

This is a first class operation! Every employee you see is smiling, friendly, and happy. The tour was fantastic and seeing the inside of the caves they built years ago was memorable. The tasting room was big enough and there was no pressure to purchase any wines or join the clubs. Every wine we tasted was explained in detail and needless to say, superb. We enjoyed seeing the sheep grazing on the hillside and then running back to the barn. This is a don't miss winery and tour in Sonoma County.

Colgin Cellars

Since 1992, Colgin has produced highest quality wines from exceptional hillside vineyards in the St. Helena area of Napa Valley. These unique sites, coupled with meticulous vineyard management and neo-classical winemaking techniques, produce wines with distinctive personalities. Colgin currently produces four first growth quality red wines: Tychson Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Cariad Napa Valley Red Wine, IX Estate Napa Valley Red Wine and IX Estate Syrah. All of the Colgin wines are made at the state-of-the-art winery located at IX Estate.

Colgin Cellars is not open to the public and their wines are primarily found in fine restraunts.

Hanna Winery

Hanna Winery was founded in 1985 by Dr. Elias Hanna, a world-renowned cardiac surgeon, who was eager to find a place in the country to continue the farming heritage of his upbringing in Syria. In the 1970s he realized his dream with the purchase of 12 acres in the Russian River Valley. Dr. Hanna's oldest daughter Christine now runs the winery. Great location, excellent views and a really nice and modern tasting room. Hanna makes a wide variety of wines and I was taken by their Elias Pinot Noir.

Archipel Winery

Authentically Californian in spirit, Archipel expresses the greatness of the ancient Mayacamas Mountain soils in a truly contemporary wine style. Bold and assertive with an approachable velvety texture, Archipel delivers vibrant plum and spice flavors enhanced by French and American oak barrel aging. One of the primary winemaking tehniques used is called "cold soak". Instead of fermenting the grapes immediatly after harvest, fruit is placed in stanless steel tanks and held for 5-6 days at a temperature of 44 degrees Fahrenheit. This period of cold soaking allows grape skins to maintain contact with the juice for deep color and flavor extraction.

Sable Ridge Vineyards

Sable Ridge Vineyards released its first wine in 1996 but is clearly on the fast track and becoming something of a cult favorite among its fans. Sable Ridge wines have twice been named Salute to the Arts Peoples' Choice Winery in the annual Sonoma celebration.

Szalay Winery

Szalay Winery is one of the most recent boutique wineries in the Santa Lucia Mountain
range of Carmel Valley. In the summer of 2003 Jozsef and Bette Kovacs
purchased 13 acres of land. Jozsef and Bette with their sons Jacob and Jesse began planting
and building the winery. Located sixteen miles into the valley from the Big
Sur coastline, we experience hot summer days with ocean influenced
breezes. Bud break on average is two weeks earlier than most California
growing regions, giving us a longer growing season. At 1100 foot elevation,
the south facing slope , with its sandy loam soil and sandstone base, is prime
for growing exceptional reds.

Scott Harvey Wines - Plymouth

Scott Harvey doesn't have a typical tasting room in Napa, they are located in Amador county. If you are lucky enough to get a hold of Scott, you will visit his home that he shares with his wife Jana and be treated to a low-key conversational tasting. Both Scott and Jana are wonderful warm people who you will love to chat with. Scott is an experienced winemaker with lots of history and knowledge. Oh, and don't forget his great wines!

Silver Fox Vineyards

Silver Fox Vineyards, established in 1989,
is owned and operated by Karen and Marvin Silver.
Dedicated to quality, Silver Fox makes premium
hand-crafted wines. The owners personally farm
2 1/2 acres of vineyards. In addition, two other
growers in the nearby Sierra Foothills farm grapes.
Silver Fox is located near Yosemite National Park,
at an elevation of 3000 feet, where the warm days
and cool nights help the grapes develop the
complex and intense flavors needed to produce
their gold medal winning wines.

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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