Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Clampetts go to Napa

While I don't talk about it much on my blog, I like wine. I'm not a full on wine dork - I can't really "smell" fruit, dirt, or even manure (trust me - people claim to smell "gamey" flavors)...I just always smell "wine". But what I lack in skill I make up for in quantity. I like to have a well stocked supply (older photo):



So, after nearly three months of working in San Jose, CA I am finally doing something that I have waited years to do: going to Napa. This weekend, my wife and I will head to San Jose early and will instead hit Napa/Sonoma on Saturday and Sunday. She is on spring break so the timing worked out perfectly. While it isn't the best time of year to go because it is their 'rainy' season, I can only assume that I'll keep myself warm by thinning out my blood to the tune of about 75 octane.

Rubbing elbows with the holy grail of wine makers will be fun, but I can't help but think that I might be in a little over my head with all of the verbiage that they use. So, I'm going to try to drop a few knowledge bombs where I think I can and will use the statement "very fruit forward" as my fall-back option. Wow, this merlot sure tastes gamy. It is like a cow shat in my mouth! *knowledge bomb!!* Again, always using my quantity over quality mantra, I plan on plowing through so many wines that they taste like a fruit party in my mouth.

So, for those of you that have been - do you have any recommendations for good wineries to hit? And, of course by 'hit' I mean get loaded off of 2oz pours of wine and scream at the top of my lungs "It is just farming people!!! You are just growing grapes!!! Gahhhhhhhh!!!"

18 comments:

The Sean said...

Enjoy!! I would ask to see a selection from their wine cooler cellars... I hear those are classy.

GeorgiaSnail said...

Follow my example I used as a fine-dining waiter...

"Excuse me, while looking over your wine list we are curious about this particular wine. What can you tell me about teh Carmenet Dynamite Cab?"

"Oh, this is a wonderful wine, perfect for someone with a dicernible palate. It is dry, but not too dry. You can taste hints of chocolate, but not overwhelming. Some may say it has a little terra to it, but it will not turn you off if you are not fond of a little earthyness..."

See you give it to them but take it right back....

Jamoosh said...

Should I have read this post "Sideways." Yup, I said it...

aron said...

YAY you are going to have fun!!! you got my email about the wineries right?

Julie said...

Hi Adam,
Oh my gosh....you love wine too:) This just makes me like you even better!! I hope that you two have a great time in wine country!! I am just a little bit jealous...okay...alot jealous! I will be waiting for tons of pictures and a posting of this on your blog:) Enjoy and have a glass for me!!

ShutUpandRun said...

Have a great trip. Don't forget to drink that big bucket/vase in the middle of the bar. It's full of the best wine the house has to offer.

Running Through Phoenix said...

Ask for decaf as often as possible. When they try to explain, just shout-laugh and roll your eyes back into your skull.

Running Through Life said...

Sounds like a great trip. Get drunk and have fun!!

Erin said...

Here are my votes (all in the Sonoma area):
* Ledson Winery (pretty castle, great tasting room employees, watch for the hard sell on the wine club after your seventh pour)
* Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves (if you like Champagne, they have a neat patio with a great view)
* Benziger Family Winery (they have a slightly cheezy tractor tour, but you get to head into the wine caves and see the vineyard - probably not fun if it's rainy).
P.S. I make no promises to actually know anything "good wine"...

Pam F. said...

Awesome trip! I love me some wine, but I don't know dick about it. I never buy it at a fancy store or anything... there's a local winery less than four miles from my house that has their own vineyard and makes their own right there on site. I know which of their wines I like and don't like, but as far as sitting down at a restaurant and ordering from a wine menu, I'd be lost.

Have fun!!!

Barefoot AngieB said...

head north to Sonoma County and check out the winery's there too! Thats where I grew up! I have family in Napa too though. No recommendations but have a wonderful trip!
Totally jealous!

Rio said...

I did that trip once. Unfortunately I don't remember much about the wineries to give any recommendations. By winery #2 I was just too relaxed to care anymore. Have a fun time!

inspiREDtorun13 said...

Fun! I've been to SF twice and never was able to fit this into my schedule. Someday....

:)

Adam Culp (Crazy Floridian) said...

Hey y'all, wines are great! I 'specially like the one with the handle little handle, and boxes are simply easier to stack. (kiddin)

I was in Napa about 20 years ago and there was this vineyard named 'Casa de Fruita' that was awesome. Enjoy.

RunnuRMark said...

what? you like wine? Never hear you mention that before :) I remember reading about some running tour (I think it was in Napa) in RW last year. You ran between different B&Bs or something like that and had good food and wine. Sounded pretty awesome...you should look into that.

X-Country2 said...

I don't like wine, but I'd love to go to Napa. It just looks so fancy.

Glenn Jones said...

"But what I lack in skill I make up for in quantity." Bwahahaha!!! If I only had that line in college.- way back *before* I was married!

You know - I've lived in California my whole life. My daughter went to school in Davis (UCD), but I've never been to Napa! I hear it's beautiful though! Have fun! Pictures please.

Laura said...

I am so jealous!!! Can't wait to keep reading and hear all about this. Believe it or not, I still have never been to Napa...