Wine Tasting

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
Trip End Sep 30, 2009

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Flag of United States  , California
Saturday, May 16, 2009

Following our corny stop in Davis, we braved the traffic and the crowds to head to the Napa and Sonoma Valleys for a bit of wine tasting. Americans being Americans (i.e. generally wankers), they charge for wine tasting... even for trying as few as four wines ($10-$20 for tiny sips of wine). However, we got a pearler of a winery (Frog's Leap) that charged $15 but had us seated at our own table on the back verandah, with a knowledgeable cellarhand describing the wines and an accompanying plate of cheese and fruit to compliment the different wines. So impressed were we that we bought a couple bottles of their Zinfandel, a wine we don't get much of in Australia.

We also stopped in to a winery called Loxton, where the winemaker is a South Aussie from, you guessed it... Loxton! He has kept his accent but relented in calling the shiraz he makes syrah (funnily enough the Americans use the French term despite the long held animosity between the Yanks and the Frogs). Here we bought a late harvest zinfandel (sticky red), but restricted ourselves to one bottle - we already had a few bottles of wine and given the tight liquor laws in Canada we can't carry more than 1 bottle each across the border! Mind you, given our fondness for the drink, we might have drunk a case before then!
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