Tuesday, March 24, 2009

in the vines

I was in Napa on the weekend and visited two very cool and very different wineries. First on the agenda was Boyd Family Vineyards. I am not a big Merlot drinker but Stan's Merlot could change my mind. Also love the Big Ranch Cuvee. Tasting wine with the Boyd's is like going back in time in Napa Valley. You sit at their table outside on the porch (or inside their house if it's cold) and taste with them, the winemakers. After Boyd's we made out way north out of Stan's frying pan and into the fire of Brian Fleury. He is one of the most enthusiastic people in the wine business. With his wife Claudia, they own Fleury Winery and make some fantastic Cabs. The consensus is that we all loved the Passionne but we went nuts for the barrel samples of BDX and Big F$%&* Red futures. You cannot go wrong with either winery but get ready for red teeth and lips, great, great wines and spectacular entertainment!
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