Aug 222013
2012 Alpha Omega Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA, $33 (S) – Rating 92

An excellent example of what Napa Sauvignon Blanc can be. A beautiful floral nose with notes of citrus and honeysuckle. Balanced acidity with a round mouth-feel offering flavors of pineapple creme, lemon minerality and bright spice. Pairs well with summer fare and lighter meats…or just sit back and enjoy it for what it is. Buy This Wine

Jun 082013
2011 Alpha Omega Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, CA, $38 (S) – Rating 92

Think sunny warm summer afternoon with friends. This SB opens with a creamy nose of pineapple and minerality with notes of Meyer lemon. Creamy on the palate with crisp acidity. Lovely flavors of ripe pineapple, Meyer lemon and granny smith apple on the very long finish. Enjoy on its own or with lighter fare. Buy This Wine

Aug 092012
2011 Alpha Omega Unoaked Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Ca, $30 (S) – Rating 91

This crisp food-friendly Chardonnay offers a nose of ripe pineapple, spice and notes of wet stone. The palate will be rewarded with flavors of red apple and plenty of citrus with soft hints of pear and minerality. Mouthwatering acidity makes this wine a foodie favorite. We served this wine with grilled chicken and a tropical fruit salad….Yummo. Buy this wine

Aug 072012
2011 Alpha Omega Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, Ca, $33 (S) – Rating 91

A delish Sauvignon Blanc with a bright nose of pear and citrus. Refreshing on the palate with flavors pear, ripe grapefruit, ripe pineapple with hints of river stone and apricot. Very well balanced acidity with a satisfyingly long finish. Buy this wine

Jun 052011

My second day in Napa Valley was an easy going one. This is in contrast to most days, as you will see in later posts are filled with scheduled appointments, tastings and winemaker meetings. I know, you are already filled with sympathy for this strenuous job of glass tipping, jaw boning and writing.

Calistoga Roastery

We left our hotel in Calistoga and headed the 8 miles south to St. Helena for a peach muffin (the best) and a latte at Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company (The tip jar reads “Livin’ la Vida Mocha”). As we drove past Calistoga Roastery (which later becomes my new favorite breakfast hang out) who  should  jog across the street in front of us, but Bo and Heidi Barrett ( Bo of Chateau Montelena and the movie Bottle Shock fame and his wife Heidi, a very highly respected cult winemaker, Screaming Eagle & Dalla Valle to name a few).  When Conch was considering studying winemaking, it was the movie’s portrayal of Napa Valley and Bo, however inaccurate, that sealed the deal. So this can be considered a true Napa Valley star sighting. Continue reading »