13th Annual West Institute Wine Reception and Dinner

Sunday, July 21, 2019, it’s time for the Annual West Institute Wine Reception and Dinner hosted by Mike and Mav at the Bel Air Bay Club (BABC).

We started in the Wojo’s Cabana with a series of white wines and a cheese platter that Executive Chef Mav made, all good stuff!

We quickly moved to toast Jeni and Brad, on their recent wedding which took place on July 6th and we were unable to attend.  They returned from their honeymoon just in time to join us in this annual event.  We toasted them with a nice bottle of Champagne!

Mike then initiated our first of two conducted wine tastings of the evening.  He paired 2005 bottles from Spain, France and California which everyone loved.

  • 2005 Alto Moncayo Garnacha
  • 2005 Cote-Rotie Syrah
  • 2005 Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

We moved on to the formal dining room at the Bel Air Bay Club for our annual dinner which consisted of a three course pre-fix meal and a "special" fish taco middle course.

The executive chef and his team did a fantastic job.  A pic of the fish used for the taco mid-course can be found HERE. Oh boy!

The second conducted tasting paired two 2011 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignons, one from Howell Mountain and the other from Napa Valley.

  • 2011 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
  • 2011 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

It’s always nice to visit with the LA connection and relax (a little) as the West Institute meeting is the third of four summer sites we travel to each summer.

We hope you’re drinking something good this summer!

For those that are interested, here’s the line-up of the wine we drank throughout the evening from Mike's wine cellar.

Champaign

  • Vevre Clicquot Brut

Whites

  • 2016 Liquid Farms Chardonnay, White Hill (two bottles)
  • 2017 Carmenet Chardonnay
  • 2017 DeLoach Chardonnay, Central Coast
  • 2018 Groth Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Reds

  • 1996 Chateau Cos Labory Grand Cru Classic (two bottles)
  • 2005 Alto Moncayo Garnacha
  • 2005 Cote-Rotie Syrah
  • 2005 Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford
  • 2009 Chateau Pre La Lande Bordeaux (two bottles)
  • 2011 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
  • 2011 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

For pictures from the entire evening go HERE.

My Weekend at The Rooftop Winery

Sunday, July 14, 2019, I’m leaving “The Rooftop” for a business conference in Long Beach.  It was a quick visit to the Wojo’s before I had to leave for business an hour south.

For the record, I arrived on Friday, as my usual LAX travels have me do, and started with our customary Friday night dinner at a new place called Pikoh with some great food and wine.

Saturday, was a relaxing day, a visit to the Bel Air Bay Club to lay back, read a book and have a drink in the Cabana before dinner.  Oh, that’s right, we had dinner in the formal dining room.  That’s my favorite place!  For pics from the dining room go HERE.

Here’s the list of wines we had on this short trip:

Rose

  • 2018 Angeline Rose of Pinot Noir

Whites

  • 2016 Aubert Chardonnay, Hudson Vineyard
  • 2016 La Follette Chardonnay, Sun Chase Vineyard
  • 2016 La Follette Chardonnay, Lorenzo Vineyard
  • 2016 Liquid Farm Chardonnay, Bien Bien
  • 2017 Unique Sauvignon Blanc, France

Reds

  • 2008 Valquejigoso, V2, Madrid Spain
  • 2012 Falcor Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

Pictures from my short weekend visit to “The Rooftop Winery” can be found HERE.

UCLA Graduation Week

It’s Sunday, June 16, 2019 and it’s time to leave “The Rooftop” for home and back to reality.

We enjoyed our time here, especially watching Jackson graduate from UCLA, with a Bachelor of Arts in International/Global Studies, with a Minor in Global Health.

While Mike and Mav couldn’t stay for the actual graduation ceremonies, they gave us the house to entertain and enjoy good food and wine while they jetted off to Barcelona.

They did however host a special Pre-Graduation Party for Jackson and his friends on Saturday, June 8th.

I asked for permission, got it, and oh boy, here’s what we drank throughout the week.  All I can say is thank you Mike and Mav and please don’t do an inventory check upon your return!

And, I did not drink all of it, Alma, my mother-in-law and grandmother to Jackson did her fair share, so it’s not all on me.

Here’s the list of wines we drank from the Wojo’s original wine cellar throughout the week, starting with the Wojo’s party for Jackson and his friends on Saturday, June 8, on “The Rooftop”:

Whites

  • 2016 Liquid Farms Chardonnay, Golden Slope
  • 2017 Aubert Chardonnay, Sugar Shack, Napa Valley
  • 2017 Bramito Chardonnay Umbria (two bottles)
  • 2017 Carmenet Chardonnay

Reds

  • 2004 Tandem Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
  • 2005 Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
  • 2010 Guado al Tasso
  • 2011 Alto Moncayo Garnacha
  • 2012 Falcor Syrah, Napa Valley
  • 2013 Falcor Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2015 Chateau De La Croix, Medoc
  • 2017 Pessimist, Paso Robles

Thanks to all who could join us throughout the week and a special shout out to the Villante family for hosting the BABC Graduation Celebration!

Pictures from the four official events, over the past two weekends, can be accessed at the following individual links below:

  1. Jackson’s UCLA Pre-Graduation Party on “The Rooftop”
  2. UCLA Commencement 2019 - College of Letters and Science (Friday, June 14)
  3. Jackson's UCLA Celebration @ BABC (hosted by the Villante's)
  4. UCLA Commencement 2019 - International Institute (Saturday, June 15, 2019)

What a great week!

Jackson’s UCLA Graduation Party

On Saturday, June 8, 2019 Mike and Mav hosted Jackson and his college friends for a graduation party before they head off to Barcelona for a special trip with friends.

It’s always nice to visit “The Rooftop” and enjoy an evening of cocktails, wines from the original wine cellar and fellowship with family and friends.

In addition to Jackson’s college friends we were able to invite family and friends of the family to celebrate with Jackson.

The party featured a pizza station with our good friend Edgardo as well as a buffet of pulled pork, chicken skewers and Hawaiian coleslaw.

Mike used his bartending skills to create two specialty drinks, Margaritas and Blue Hawaiians that filled three large dispensers for all to enjoy.  Of course, we had beer too!

For those of us who like wine instead of beer and mixed drinks drank the following in celebration of the next generation entering the workforce!

Whites

  • 2016 Liquid Farms Chardonnay, Golden Slope
  • 2017 Aubert Chardonnay, Sugar Shack, Napa Valley
  • 2017 Carmenet Chardonnay

Reds

  • 2005 Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
  • 2012 Falcor Syrah, Napa Valley
  • 2017 Pessimist, Paso Robles

Thanks again Mike and Mav for opening up "The Rooftop" and hosting the party in celebration of Jackson and his college colleagues.

Pictures from the entire evening can be found HERE.

An Afternoon on "The Rooftop"

It’s Friday, February 8, 2019 and my business trip to Southern California has come to an end.

As stated before, anytime I'm in California I must go visit with Mike and Mav.  They have just settled into their new home, and what a nice place it is!

For those who aren’t familiar with the Wojo’s, they are the best wine/dinner hosts you can find in Southern California.  They happen to be relatives too!

Not only was I able to attend, I brought my Institute colleague and her boyfriend Bryan (update, she got engaged the next day) for an afternoon of wine tasting, paired with a nice cheese and charcuterie platter.

The weather was absolutely fantastic which allowed us to take an afternoon off and enjoy a flight of wines on "The Rooftop."

For those who care, here’s what we drank:

Rose

  • 2017 Falcor Rose

Whites

  • 2014 Costa deOro Chardonnay, Reserva Dorada
  • 2016 Aubert Chardonnay, Hudson Valley
  • 2017 Carmenet Reserve Chardonnay

Reds

  • 2005 Alto Moncayo Garnacha
  • 2008 Falcor Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2014 Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2014 The Adversary Mourvedre
  • 2015 Hunnicutt Cuvee Equite, Napa Valley

For pictures of the afternoon tasting, on “The Rooftop,” go HERE.

And now it's time to share the additional wines I enjoyed throughout the weekend at various venues, including dinner at the Bel Air Bay Club, and at the new home with my son Jackson.

Whites

  • 2010 Julien ColloVray White Burgundy
  • 2012 Frazier Chardonnay, Russian River
  • 2014 Liquid Farm Chardonnay, Golden Slope
  • 2015 Aubert Chardonnay, CIX
  • 2017 Bramito Della Sala Chardonnay
  • 2017 Carmenet Reserve Chardonnay (two bottles)

Reds

  • 2005 Favia Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2009 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2009 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain

Pictures from our Bel Air Bay Club dinner and pictures throughout the weekend can be found HERE.

California Fun: Wine, Cocktails and More

It’s Tuesday, July 17, 2018 and I’m wheels up at 6:00 a.m. out of LAX to Des Moines, IA.

I’m looking forward to finding a steak house to match my favorite, Tornado Steak House, in Madison, WI, where the Institute team dined last month to start our summer travel season.

When I left the East Coast heat wave on July 6, I arrived in Los Angeles to the same, if not worse, heat wave Californians have experienced in the last couple of years.  Oh boy!

So if the weather is hot, you must stay hydrated, and to that end, we did a number of our favorite specialty cocktails over the week and why not start with a Moscow Mule for a prelude to our opening dinner?

For a before and after shot of the mule, or what was left of it, go HERE.

We stayed with tradition and upon my Friday arrival we did our Friday evening dinner at Casa Nostra restaurant in Pacific Palisades.  With a $15 corkage fee, Mike decided to bring two great bottles for dinner, a 2015 Aubert Chardonnay for Mav and a 2015 Alto Moncayo Garnacha for the boys!

On my bucket list when coming to LA, is to play paddle tennis and enjoy Ray Poblick’s Bloody Marys.  I’m happy to say I checked that box on my second day in town.  Go HERE for those pics.

Thanks Ray, it’s been two years since I got to visit with you in your Cabana and enjoy your bartending skills.

Before I go on and on with all the specialty cocktails made throughout the ten days I thought I'd just give you a list of the cocktails and pictures.  Here we go!


Mid-week we had our West Institute Annual Wine Reception and Dinner with staff and friends.  This year’s event was once again held at the Wojo Cabana and dining room at the Bel Air Bay Club (BABC).  They did a special mid-course surprise that can be found HERE. The Grouper was incredible!

We were also fortunate enough to have some old friends join us to celebrate a great week at Loyola Marymount University (LMU).  For pictures from that event go HERE.

For the weekend post Institute we started with a couple of Clementine Martini's.  Oh boy they were good!

See below for a list of the wines we consumed over the course of my stay.

Rose

  • 2017 Cougar Crest Cabernet Franc Rose
  • 2017 Domaine De Fontsainte

Whites

  • 2013 Falcor Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
  • 2014 Chalk Hill Chardonnay, Chalk Hill Appellation
  • 2015 Aubert Chardonnay, Sugar Shack, Napa Valley
  • 2015 Liquid Farm Chardonnay, Golden Slope (three bottles)
  • 2015 Peter Michael Chardonnay, La Carriere
  • 2016 Carmenet Chardonnay, Napa Valley (three bottles)
  • 2016 Cougar Crest AlbariƱo, Walla Walla Valley (two bottles)
  • 2016 Cougar Crest Chardonnay, Walla Walla Valley (two bottles)
  • 2016 Frank Family Chardonnay, Carneros
  • 2016 La Follette Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Reds

  • 1994 Stagliano Sangiovese, Napa Valley
  • 2003 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain
  • 2003 Retro Petite Sirah, Howell Mountain
  • 2004 Linne Calodo, Paso Robles
  • 2005 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
  • 2005 Vinum Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2006 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
  • 2008 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2011 Cougar Crest Cabernet Franc, Walla Walla Valley
  • 2012 Scurati Nero D'Avola
  • 2012 Stagliano Sangiovese, Rutherford, Napa Valley (two bottles)
  • 2013 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
  • 2013 Torrin Akasha, Paso Robles
  • 2014 Chateau L'Argenteyre, Medoc
  • 2014 Justin Isosceles, Paso Robles
  • 2014 Liquid Farm Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
  • 2014 Pickpocket Grenache, Paso Robles
  • 2015 Admirable Malibu Ruby Blend
  • 2015 Alto Moncayo, Garnacha
  • 2015 Robert Craig Affinity Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (two bottles)

Thanks Mike and Mav for your hospitality and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

Pictures for my entire stay can be found HERE.

12th Annual West Institute Wine Reception and Dinner

It’s Thursday, July 12, 2018 and time to enjoy another successful week at this year’s West Institute for Organization Management program.

As tradition has it, we always celebrate the successful week with a wine reception and dinner with our West Coast hosts Mike and Mav.

Better known as the Wojo’s!

We did invite a few of our friends to join us in the Wojo Cabana and the Bel Air Bay Club (BABC) Dining Room.

We enjoyed some flatbreads to compliment the wine selected by our in-house Sommelier Mike in the Cabana before walking down to the dining room for dinner.

And we threw a surprise into the mix!

We want to thank Chef David and Chef de Cuisine Shannon for a wonderful grouper mid-course entree that is going to be the latest hit at the BABC.

For a picture of the grouper mid-course entree and the next best thing at the BABC go HERE.

And for those who like wine, here’s the list of wines we enjoyed throughout the evening.

Whites

  • 2015 Liquid Farms Chardonnay, Golden Slope (two bottles)
  • 2016 Cougar Crest Albarino, Walla Walla Valley
  • 2016 Cougar Crest Chardonnay, Walla Walla Valley

Reds

  • 1994 Stagliano Sangiovese, Napa Valley
  • 2004 Linne Calodo, Paso Robles
  • 2005 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
  • 2006 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
  • 2012 Stagliano Sangiovese, Rutherford, Napa Valley (two bottles)

Ten people, ten bottles of wine, the math sounds right!

For pictures of the evening go HERE.

Wine, Cocktails & Friends in Pacific Palisades

Today is Sunday, July 16, 2017 and I’m on my way to the LAX airport to return to reality.

Yes, the Pacific Palisades and the West Coast can be a fun and fanciful place to be any time of year.

I must say the first weekend started with a fresh Pomegranate Martini made with Tito’s and a special juice from Stirrings.

We moved quickly to the wine and started with a very nice Hunnicutt Chardonnay.  It didn’t last long.

When I arrive in California, which is usually on a Friday, we make our way to Cosa Nostra. This Friday was no different and you must have the Branzino special.

The middle of the week was filled with West Institute activities and the new venue for graduation at the The California Yacht Club was fantastic!  For a pictures of that event go HERE.

As tradition has it, we ended the week with our Annual West Institute Wine Reception and Dinner at the Bel Air Bay Club with Mike and Mav as our hosts.

We started with a reception in the Wojo’s Cabana and moved to the formal dining room for an incredible evening of food, fun and fellowship.

We were so glad that our Institute National Board Chair and West Institute Chair could attend with their spouses.

Go HERE if you want to see a review of that event and a listing of the 21 bottles tasted that evening.

My last weekend in Los Angeles started with a Paddle Tennis Tournament that Mav was in and she was a rock star and showed off her athletic ability, and then we went to the beach bar to have Bloody Mary's and oh boy, Tequila Mockingbird's when we returned home.

And one more thing, Mike has a new passion, it's smoking things!  Here he is smoking almonds.  I must admit, they were great!

Ok, I've spent too much time describing what I did in Los Angeles and it’s now time to review the wine we consumed during the week.

Hate the game, not the player (Madison's favorite saying)!

Rose

  • 2016 Les Jeunes Rose, Santa Barbara County
  • 2016 Liquid Farm Rose, Santa Barbara

Whites

  • 2006 Vincent Dancer Meursault
  • 2010 Falcor Chardonnay, Henry Ranch, Napa Valley
  • 2013 Falcor Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
  • 2014 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley (two bottles)
  • 2015 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County
  • 2015 Carmenet Chardonnay, Napa Valley (four bottles)
  • 2015 Hunnicut Chardonnay, Napa Valley (two bottles)
  • 2015 Hunnicutt Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
  • 2015 Liquid Farm Bien Bien Chardonnay, Santa Maria
  • 2016 Chateau Montelena Riesling, Napa Valley

Reds

  • 1993 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 1993 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 1995 Castillo Ygay Rioja, Gran Reserva Especial (Magnum)
  • 1999 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 1999 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2002 Kaesler Stonehorse Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre, Barossa Valley
  • 2004 Chase Zinfandel, Hayne Vineyard
  • 2005 Tenuta Guado Al Tasso Bolgher
  • 2005 Downing Family Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2006 Falerno del Massico, Italian Blend (Double Magnum)
  • 2008 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2008 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2013 GeekZ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
  • 2014 Irony Pinot Noir, Monterey
  • 2015 La Follette Pinot Noir, Russian River, Sonoma County
  • N/A Tandem Red Wine (two bottles)

For pictures of the week go HERE.

11th Annual West Institute Wine Reception and Dinner

It’s Thursday, July 13, 2017 and time to celebrate another great week with our volunteers, faculty and staff.

And I should say our family too, yes, the Wojo’s have become family to so many of us over the past 11 years.

We started with a reception in their Cabana and moved on to the formal dining room for dinner.

Of course we had a photo shoot, found HERE, for your viewing.  For many, it’s always a struggle to find the perfect outfit, right ladies and gentlemen?

But I digress, let’s move on to the main attraction and the celebration in front of us with a selection of wines we enjoyed throughout the evening.

And did I mention that our very own faculty member, Brian Baker, from Chateau Montelena brought a number of wines that our sommelier Mike had to match from his private collection for the evening.

Here’s the list of wines we had, all great!

Whites

  • 2006 Vincent Dancer Meursault
  • 2014 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay Napa Valley (two bottles)
  • 2015 Hunnicutt Chardonnay, Napa Valley (two bottles)
  • 2015 Carmenet Chardonnay (three bottles)
  • 2016 Chateau Montelena Riesling, Napa Valley

Conducted Tasting (at dinner)

  • 1993 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 1993 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

  • 1999 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 1999 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

  • 2008 Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2008 Dunn Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Reds

  • 1995 Castillo Ygay Rioja, Gran Reserva Especial (Magnum)
  • 2006  Falerno del Massico, Italian Blend (Double Magnum)

For pictures of the evening go HERE.

Super Bowl Weekend

It's Monday February 6, 2017 and that means it's time to head to LAX for my flight home after a great weekend with the family and some familiar food and beverages.

Yes, the kind of fruit that comes in a bottle and food from one of our favorite restaurants, Casa Nostra's in the Pacific Palisades.

We also asked the resident Sommelier (Mike Wojo) to become a mixologist to get us started each afternoon (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) before tasting the wine from the cellar.

And so we started each afternoon with the following happy hour drink: Friday was Blood Orange Martini's; Saturday was Lychees Martini's; and Super Bowl Sunday was a pair of Bloody Mary's from the Bel Air Bay Club.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention a special Bloody Mary that was delivered by my good friend Ray Poblick. You can see that gem HERE.  It was just what I needed to help my paddle game at the club.

Speaking of paddle tennis.  We had a great family match with Mav and I taking on Madison and Jackson, the next generation.  We split sets and all went to lunch happy.

As the weekend progressed we dug a little deeper into the wine cellar and pulled/enjoyed the following wines.

Whites

  • 2010 Ramey, Chardonnay, Hudson Valley
  • 2011 Ramey, Chardonnay, Hudson Valley (2 bottles)
  • 2014 Au Bon Climat, Chardonnay, Santa Barbara
  • 2014 Aubert, Chardonnay, Carneros
  • 2014 Aubert, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Richie Vineyard
  • 2014 Liquid Farms, Chardonnay, Bien Bien
  • 2015 Carmenet, Chardonnay

Reds

  • 1994 Stagliano, Sangiovese, Napa Valley
  • 2003 Downing Family Vineyards, Zinfandel, Napa Valley
  • 2009 Tamarack Cellars, Syrah, Columbia Valley
  • 2010 Melee Grenache, Napa Valley
  • 2012 Stagliano, Sangiovese, Rutherford, Napa Valley
  • NA The Transcendentalist, Santa Barbara (Magnum)

The weekend ended with a great Super Bowl party at the Bel Air Bay Club on Sunday evening.

Just for the record, sunny California was not sunny this trip!

For pictures from the entire weekend go HERE.

California Dreaming: Wines We Drank From The Cellar

It's Monday morning, July 18, 2016 and it's time to catch my flight home to reality.  The past week was filled with memories of Institute, family and a variety of grapes from around the world.  It’s important to have fruit in your daily diet.

Mike and Mav opened their home and wine collection and the juice did not disappoint!  And did I mention the new VIEW?

Some of the wines listed here are also mentioned in the 10th Annual West Institute Wine Reception and Dinner blog post which was held the evening of the July 14, and can be found HERE.

In addition to the daily tastings throughout the week, I was able to visit some of my favorite restaurants, including Casa Nostra (to dine on the Branzino), Nagao (to enjoy some sushi), and C&O Trattoria II (for the garlic balls and pasta).

And keeping with tradition, the last evening in California, Raymond makes his spaghetti.  This year Alma and Chip joined Raymond, Mike and Mav for a great evening of fellowship and a shared appreciation for wine.  By the way, any dinner with these wines would be a great dinner no matter what was served.

Whites

  • 2011 Donkey and Goat Late Harvest Chardonnay, El Dorado (half bottle)
  • 2013 Groth Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
  • 2014 Liquid Farm Chardonnay, Golden Slope, Santa Rita Hills
  • 2014 Aubert Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Reds


  • 2002 Salus Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2006 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
  • 2007 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2013 Hunnicutt Cuvee Equite, Napa Valley

The weather was great and the wine was even better!  Here’s the list of bottles that were removed from their resting place and consumed over the course of the week.  I’m sure I missed a bottle or two or three.

Whites

  • 2005 deiuliis Semillon, Hunter Valley
  • 2006 Chateau Ste Michelle Gewurtztraminer, Columbia Valley
  • 2010 Chateau Montelena Riesling, Napa Valley
  • 2011 Donkey and Goat Late Harvest Chardonnay, El Dorado
  • 2011 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope, Santa Rita Hills
  • 2011 Staglin Chardonnay, Napa Valley
  • 2012 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay, Napa Valley
  • 2013 Groth Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
  • 2013 Liquid Farm Chardonnay, Bien Bien, Santa Maria
  • 2014 J Lohr Chardonnay
  • 2014 Ceritas Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains
  • 2014 Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope, Santa Rita Hills
  • 2014 Liquid Farm Chardonnay, La Hermana (two bottles)
  • 2014 Liquid Farm Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills
  • 2014 Aubert Chardonnay, Lauren Vineyard
  • 2014 Aubert Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
  • 2014 Aubert Chardonnay, East Coast
  • 2014 Carmenet Chardonnay, Napa Valley
  • 2014 Ceritas Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
  • 2015 Liquid Farm Rose, Vogelzang Vineyard (two bottles)

Reds

  • 2002 Salus Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2003 Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley
  • 2005 Favia, Cerro Sur, Napa Valley
  • 2005 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
  • 2006 Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Guigal
  • 2006 Feather Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley
  • 2006 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2006 Staglin Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley
  • 2006 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley (two bottles)
  • 2006 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2007 Kobalt Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2010 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2010 Marac Bourdeaux
  • 2012 Torrin Bourdeaux Blend
  • 2013 GeekZ Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2013 Hunnicutt Cuvee Equite, Napa Valley (two bottles)
For pictures from the week go HERE.