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dessert wine tasting at wineries

ztarsh Mar 25, 2009 09:42 AM

my husband and i are spending some time in napa and sonoma and we both enjoy dessert wines, especially muscats. are there any wineries we should be visiting to taste sweet wines?

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: ztarsh Mar 25, 2009 10:05 AM

    Paradise Ridge's 2007 LH Sauvignon Blanc is worth a detour. They have tastings both at the winery in Santa Rosa and at a tasting room in Kenwood.

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      Adamsimpson RE: ztarsh Mar 25, 2009 10:12 AM

      Where about in Napa and Sonoma, and do you like Fortified and Red LH as well?

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        Robert Lauriston RE: Adamsimpson Mar 25, 2009 10:20 AM

        That's my only current recommendation. I don't drink a lot of California wine.

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          Adamsimpson RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 25, 2009 11:24 AM

          Oops, I meant for that to be a reply for 'ztarsh.'

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          ztarsh RE: Adamsimpson Mar 25, 2009 11:36 AM

          we'll be travelling b/w Napa and St. Helena, both on 29 and silverado trail and then b/w sonoma and healdsburg with stops around forestville and sebastapol. i'm not very familiar with fortified and red lh - however i am happy to try anything. I do really enjoy port.

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            Bryan Gros RE: ztarsh Mar 25, 2009 12:52 PM

            One of my favorites is the Holdredge LH Pinot gris. Holdredge (good pinot as well) is on the south side of Healdsburg, near the river. They also have a LH Gwertz, but it doesn't quite have the acid of the pinot gris.

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              Adamsimpson RE: ztarsh Mar 25, 2009 10:28 PM

              Port is a fortified wine. Fortified means that it is 'fortified' with a neutral spirit, commonly brandy.

              Since no winery's specifically make dessert wines (with the exception of some port houses) "good" dessert wines will vary vintage to vintage. If you go into tasting rooms and ask for JUST dessert wines, you will likely get some weird looks. Go in with an open mind, and try all the wines. They wont kill you...if you spit

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            SFDude RE: ztarsh Mar 25, 2009 01:46 PM

            Praeger Port works in Napa makes a wide range of good ports.

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              rahir RE: SFDude Mar 26, 2009 12:26 PM

              I second this one. Praeger is one of my favorite stops:)

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                maria lorraine RE: rahir Mar 26, 2009 01:54 PM

                It's spelled Prager, and, to my palate, the Prager ports are very disappointing.

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              jimtak RE: ztarsh Mar 25, 2009 02:04 PM

              Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville has two - Moscato d' Oro 2007 and a Sauvignon Blanc Botrytis 2000

              1. Ruth Lafler RE: ztarsh Mar 25, 2009 02:20 PM

                If you really like dessert wines, it might be worth planning a trip to Madera county at some point. Last time I was in that area we visited both Quady (many delicious and unique dessert wines) and Ficklin (port, using true Portuguese varietals). There are other wineries in that area that I would guess also make dessert wines.


                1. daveena RE: ztarsh Mar 25, 2009 11:20 PM

                  One of my favorite dessert wines is Merryvale's Antigua. It's a fortified muscat with really prominent hazelnut and fig notes, and it's not super-expensive. I don't love any of Merryvale's other wines, but I will stop by when I'm in Napa to restock my Antigua.

                  1. BernalKC RE: ztarsh Mar 26, 2009 01:45 AM

                    For port I'd recommend Heitz Cellar, especially if you can get them to pour from some of the older vintages.

                    For moscat, try Robert Pecota (!!! have not had it but sounds so interesting), St Supery, Beaulieu, Mondavi,Chateau St Michelle... Sattui has one, but I am loath to suggest going there. I just discovered that Cosentino has a sauterne that I know nothing about, but its Cos so I want it.

                    Another intriguing possibility is Martinelli in Windsor. I've never visited them, but it looks intriguing just because of the history of the place and the winery. Anyone been there?

                    1. maria lorraine RE: ztarsh Mar 26, 2009 02:10 AM

                      This thread has a good list:

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                        maria lorraine RE: maria lorraine Mar 27, 2009 02:12 PM

                        Here's a new one to try that sounds fantastic. Written up in today's Napa Register:

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                        newhart06 RE: ztarsh Mar 27, 2009 08:42 PM

                        Joseph Phelps has a lovely Eisr├ębe - http://www.jpvwines.com/jpvwines/curr...

                        I am excited about this thread and look forward to other responses!

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