WPO Wine Reception

On Saturday, February 9, 2013, The Hilltop Winery hosted 19 wine enthusiasts from Canada and the United States.  They even let a few locals in, as well as, their brother-in-law from Washington they can't seem to get rid of - get over it!

The reception started with a selection of Chardonnay's, we then proceeded to the backyard for a quick picture or two of the sunset and then immediately ran to the cellar where the fun began on pulling some reds.

Let's not forget to mention our caterers who were fantastic, Monrose Catering Company based out of Malibu delivered on the promise of an exquisite evening of hors d' oeuvres.

The following 25 wines were consumed.


  • 1995 Kistler Russian River Chardonnay
  • 1996 Chassagne-Montrachet Burgundy
  • 2004 Alsace Riesling
  • 2005 DR Stephens Chardonnay
  • 2007 Staglin Chardonnay (two bottles)
  • 2009 Ramey Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (two bottles)
  • 2010 San Simeon Chardonnay (two bottles)
  • 2011 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay


  • 1984 Shafer Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Hillside Select
  • 1985 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1989 Caymus Special Select Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1991 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Blend
  • 1994 Dunn Vineyards Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1994 Maya Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1996 Eisele Vineyards Syrah Araujo
  • 1999 Eagle Rose Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2000 Constant Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2000 Downing Family Zinfandel
  • 2002 McWilliams Cabernet Sauvignon (Australia)
  • 2002 Muga Rioja Unfiltered (Spain)
  • 2004 Alto Moncayo Garnacha (Spain)
  • 2007 Stagliano Sangiovese

For a slideshow of the evening event click HERE.

A View From The Hilltop

On February 8, 2013, The Hilltop Winery welcomed me back for a quick visit and dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Casa Nostra.

We began the tasting at the house with the Chardonnay and moved on to the Petite Sirah from Howell Mountain. We took the Zinfandel to dinner.

Tasting details on the wines:

For a few pictures of the wines and a view from the hilltop click HERE.