Hi to all you oenophiles,
My husband & I are traveling to Napa for our 10-year anniversary at the end of February. We have been to Napa/Sonoma/Healdsburg/Russian River so many times I cannot count. My husband actually learned to make wine while he interned in Napa before we met, and we have been making wine for about 10 years now, procuring grapes from Napa & Anderson Valley and driving them down in one day to San Diego to crush the same night! So much fun! But I digress...
Every time we go to wine country we love discovering the small-production wineries, and thought that you all could maybe help us in our quest? To give examples of what Napa wines/wineries we have really enjoyed visiting in the past, we love Robert Biale, Elise, Bell, The Terraces, White Rock. Wineries like Sattui, Darioush, Sterling (big established tasting rooms with nationwide acclaim) are not our cup of tea - not that I'm criticizing, but it's just not what we're looking for.
Has anyone tried Hendry, Porter, Crane, O'Brien, Falcor, Truchard, Gustavo, Del Dotto, James Cole, Reata, Tulocay, Shafer, Hunnicutt, Failla, Hagafen, or Venge?
Oh please do not tempt me with Sonoma/Healdsburg or even Calistoga picks, b/c my head may very well explode knowing that we are missing out and just cannot make it to those regions for this trip. Much to our dismay, we have got to focus!
Thank you in advance for your suggestions. It is so nice to have a place to inquire about these oh-so-important 1st-World topics of interest.