April 28, 2012: My day in Napa, CA

Tasting Current Releases at Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards

Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards
My day started at Anderson Conn Valley Vineyards‘ annual Spring Fling party. It was my first winery party and I was not disappointed. All guests enjoyed music and appetizers accompanied by tastings of current releases and some older wines, such as the 2000 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and black label Cabernet Sauvignon from a block series. All of the wines I tasted were fantastic as always. I have the beginnings of a vertical collection of the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and I added the 2009 vintage to my collection. The highlight of the day was a Signature Cabernet Sauvignon tasting and tour in the caves with Todd Anderson, where guests had the opportunity to ask Todd anything about wine and winemaking.

Pizza, salad, Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, and Westerhold Syrah at Napa Valley Wine and Cigar

Napa Valley Wine and Cigar
If you’ve never visited Napa Valley Wine and Cigar, you must. It’s a wonderful wine and cigar shop with an amazing selection. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00am until 8:00pm and often on Sundays, but call to make sure. They’re even open many holidays to assist with your last-minute wine needs. The owners and hosts, Randy and Carrie Bowman, are long-time Napa residents who can enlighten and entertain you until all hours of the evening. I was lucky enough to have the pleasure of sharing wines and pizza with Randy and Carrie and I learned so much about both wine and Napa. We tasted Herb Lamb Two Old Dogs Sauvignon Blanc, Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir, and Westerhold Syrah, all stellar examples of their varietals. The good news is that you don’t have to be in Napa to enjoy wines such as these, as the store ships to states that allow it.

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