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What are the 'not-to-miss' wineries at this tasting event?

My wife is going to a tasting event on Thursday (Oct 29), a fundraiser for the arts, featuring many Napa wineries. She asked my advice on which tasting stations she should be sure not to miss. There are many big name wineries pouring, like Shafer, Diamond Creek, Stag's Leap, Spring Mountain, Grgich Hills, etc...

However, there are also many wineries with which I have no familiarity. I am wondering if some of the Napa-philes on this board could comment on the following wineries (or at least on those that are noteworthy)...

Barlow Vineyards

Blackbird Vineyards

Boeschen Vineyards

Cain Vineyard and Winery

Diamond Terrace

Faust

John Anthony

Laird Family Estate

Miner Family Vineyards

Oakville Ranch Vineyards

Pahlmeyer

Robert Craig Winery

Silverado Vineyards

Terra Valentine

Ziata

Thanks for any insights you can offer regarding these wineries about which I know nothing.

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  1. I like Faust a good deal. Wonderful, drinkable Cab. Read the back label if you get a chance. I've had this wine at least 20 times and am never disappointed.

    Laird makes some beautiful wines, and I am in love with their Jillian's Blend, a blend of Cabernet and Syrah.

    Pahlmeyer is famous (read about it).

    The Reserve Cab from Silverado is elegant, with power. Huge difference between it and the regular release Cabernet. The Chard is very well crafted and flavorful -- it's rare I like a Napa Chard this much.

    Terra grows beautiful fruit and makes some lovely wines. Deserves a stop.

    Of course, everything depends on the wines each of the wineries is pouring at the event. With the exception of Faust, which makes only the Cab.

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    1. re: maria lorraine

      Thanks, Maria! I knew you'd be in the know. (and yes, I've heard of Pahlmeyer and know they are a big name but have not tasted any. Sounds like a worthwhile stop?)

    2. I'd be most interested in the Pahlmeyer from that list.

      1. I like Miner Family wines.

        1. John Anthony is certainly worth a stop. I may be their only customer in Vermont but my dealings with them (John and Michelle Truchard) to be rewarding both personally and from a wine quality standpoint. I'm sure that whatever they are pouring (likely to be Sav Blanc, Syrah, and Cab Sav) will be very enjoyable. I hope your wife can stop by their table and tell them Anthony from Vermont sent her !

          1. I love Terra Valentine, they make some great wines up on Spring Mountain. And Blackbird has a fantastic reputation, though I've not been lucky enough to taste their wines yet.