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The Coombsville Appellation

The Coombsville Appellation

Officially established in December 2011, Coombsville is the 16th and newest of Napa’s sub-appellations.   The region is in the southeast corner of Napa, just a short drive from the town itself.  For years, it’s been easy to overlook this little wine nook, but that’s changing rapidly.   Many of the vineyards are planted with […]

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Caldwell Vineyard

Caldwell Vineyard

John Caldwell is the sort of character you can’t make up.  With his ready grin, salty language and weathered looks (he is a farmer, after all – albeit one of top-quality grapes), he is clearly having the time of his life.   He greets us at the entrance to the caves, leading us down a […]

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Tournesol

Tournesol

During a recent trip to Napa, we were lucky enough to visit Tournesol with friends of the owners, Bob and Ann Arns.  This meant that we got to meet the couple in their wine cellar, not the tasting room.   The property is tucked away in Napa’s Coombsville appellation.  After getting out of the car […]

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Palmaz Vineyards

Palmaz Vineyards

One of the most interesting wine tours in Napa is at Palmaz Vineyards.  After all, it is a state of the art winery perched high on a hillside – in part to accommodate the five level gravity-flow winery that spans a whopping 18 stories.   Four of us paid a visit on a bright, warm […]

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Biking Calistoga

Biking Calistoga

Who knew that a bike tour through Calistoga would be one of the funnest ways to see wine country?   For me, much of the enjoyment stemmed from not having ridden a bike since (probably) high school.  The first wobbly moments back on two wheels made me feel like a kid again.  But it’s also […]

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