The Hilltop: A Must When Conducting Business in California

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 the business meeting was over and it was time to enjoy an afternoon and evening on The Hilltop.

The Hilltop's resident sommelier Mike Wojo and his lovely chef de cuisine wife Mav hosted three repeat customers from the East Coast.

The only one missing - our great friend and colleague Clinton!  We'll get him here next time!

While we've been here before as a group, it must be said that we can never get enough grape and Mike can never seem to thin out the number of bottles that continue to grow inside the cellar.

I'm sure you've heard the saying "it's nothing I need but it's something I gotta have."

That's how we feel about our wine tastings on The Hilltop.  We are able to taste wines that we could never dream of in the course of our normal lives.

The wines below were properly pulled from the racks (some of the older ones got a little agitated when we turned them for inspection), decanted when needed, and tasted. You know, after being in the bottle for over 10 years, it just needs to be enjoyed!

In addition, we picked a couple of bottles to go to my favorite Italian restaurant, Casa Nostra, right here in the Highlands.

As always, we did our best to thin the cellar but when you're tasting ten bottles it doesn't put a dent in the thousands of bottles on the racks.

Don't be jealous, just sit back and enjoy the wine and sunset pictures HERE and please note the picture of our toast to our great friend HERE who couldn't make this trip - until next time!


  • 2012 Liquid Farm Chardonnay (Magnum)


  • 2001 Joseph Phelps Syrah, Napa Valley
  • 2003 Richard Partridge, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
  • 2004 Realm Napa Valley Red Wine, The Tempest
  • 2004 Quinta Tecedeiras Reserva
  • 2005 Araujo Syrah, Eisele Vineyard, Napa Valley
  • 2006 Copain Syrah, Mendocino County
  • 2006 Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley
  • 2013 Sunset Hills Custom Blend, Virginia

For a slideshow of the evenings event go HERE.