Napa/Sonoma Pick Up Trip

Sun. 4 June 2000 - Wed. 7 June 2000

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 A. David Chan


Whose idea was this anyway?  Must have been Larry's.  Only Larry would plan on being in San Francisco for a dinner reservation at 8:30 PM at Slanted Door after a 440-mile road trip.  Didn't hit the road until 11:00 AM, but must have caught a heck of a tail wind.  We got to San Jose (383 miles) in about 5 hrs.  And since Santa Clara is right there and Wine Club has a store there and... well, we had at least an hour to kill before we had to get to Dawn's place.  Almost bought a Geyser Peak Bin 51 shiraz that I had never seen before, but $85?!!!

Got to Slanted Door in plenty of time, even after watching the Lakers slam-dunk the Blazers.  Slanted Door is a Vietnamese restaurant on Valencia near 17th in the Mission District in The City.  As usual, the parking situation was despicable.  Spring roll appetizer, clay pot chicken, squid, asparagus, Donnehoff riesling (more details to follow).

Drove to C&B's Home II after dinner and wandered aimlessly until we stumbled upon their place.

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And thus began a wine pick up trip...

Ch. St. Jean

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Flora Springs

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Harlan Estate

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Martinelli

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This is "Muscat" who is a very cool cat.  He jumped up onto the tasting counter to escape the clutches of an overly-affectionate little girl.

Mondavi

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That's Larry's joke about the To-Kalon vineyard.  "Toe"-Kalon?  Get it?  Yeah, I didn't think it was funny either.

Oakville Grocery

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There are more calories per square foot here than...

Pride who was CLOSED

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Rabbit Ridge

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                          This is Mindy RabbitRidge-012f.jpg (55793 bytes) on her last day at Rabbit Ridge.

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 This is "Refosco" and friend.  (Does everyone in Napa have a cat named after a varietal?)  Now if Larry could make the ladies purr like that...

Rochioli

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Rombauer

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Rombauer's '98 El Dorado zin and late harvest chardonnay called "Joy" are beauties.

Spottswoode

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St. Clement

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St. Clement has a cat named "Junior" so I guess not all cats are named after varietals.

St. Francis

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St. Helena Wine Store

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Turnbull

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Slanted Door

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The Diner

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French Laundry

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I FORGOT TO TAKE MY CAMERA!  AND MY WALLET!!  I really could have used both too.  We opened a bottle of '97 Rochioli "Little Hill" pinot noir and a '90 Nuits Saint Georges Aux Champs  Perdrix., Alain Michelot to go with a really fantastic dinner.