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    Diamond Winery

    by Agraichen Updated Aug 14, 2015

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    On one trip to Napa, instead of our "standard" wine stops, we decided to take a "back road" over to Sonoma. On the Oakville Grade, just a few miles from Highway 29 we found the Diamond Winery. It is located high on a hill overlooking the Napa Valley.

    Diamond has some pretty good wines. While not as heavy as some in Napa we found they were good for the price.

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    Johnson-Turnbull now called Turnbull...

    by atufft Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This winery has a distinctive Redwood sided barn-like appearance, a design created by Turnbull Associates, the original owner of the winery. The style both contrasts and complements the mission revival style of the nearby Mondavi Winery. The winery was recently sold, and so I can't comment on the changes in staff and winemaking at this time. However, the winery is worth visiting for its traditionally great Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The name change suggests to me that less home grown grapes and more purchased grapes will be used, but I really don't know. Please check out the winery and provide feedback. In any case, the unique first-class redwood architecture itself is worth the stop. Winery information is provided at the link below.

    Johnson-Turnbull in 1987
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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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    Far Niete

    by atufft Written May 8, 2006

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    Far Niete was rather famous for producing a very rich malolactic fermented style Chardonnay that was bottled in a very ornate package. In the 1980's, Far Niete sold their wine for $30- per bottle, a very high price at the time. The wine was indeed very good, but many serious wine consumers found it oversold in terms of quality, especially given the fancy bottle. However, I like to keep a bottle around to wow friends who are less serious about wine, from time to time. Gil NIckel cultivated a sense of secrecy, making wine tours "by appointment only" exclusive to the wine industry only, and so raised the stakes for other wineries to raise their bottle prices and sense of exclusivity at the same time. The winery building has plenty of history and is worth the visit as it's not just another stone building. Check out the website for more details. The winery is now open to the public, "by appointment only", but be sure to be ready to part with some cash for this tour.

    Far Niete as seen from Hwy 29
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    • Luxury Travel
    • Wine Tasting

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    Oakville Grocery: Good place to stop for picnic supplies

    by atufft Updated Feb 15, 2007

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    The Oakville Grocery is legendary in terms of mixing wine and food. Great pates, cheezes, and other foods normally associated with wine are sold there. The bottle collection is good too. They have many different types of mustards, vinegars, dried tomatoes, mushrooms, and other condiments that will tease the buyer. This place is an easy stop if the parking lot isn't already full. The building is an authentic old grocery store at the main corner in Oakville, which after all is little more than a farm town crossroads without even a stop light to brake the traffic.

    What to buy: I'm personally not a big fan of Oakville Grocery anymore as they have raised their prices on so many items, and then when I'm there, I have to wait in line while other tourists are being served. Neverthess, newcomers to the valley will find this a convenient stop because it's easy to find. They have many culinary items that will tease the buyer into purchasing. From here, it's easy to drive up the hill or Vichon, continue to V. Sattui, or drive over to Rutherford Hill or even Chappellet wineries where good picnic grounds are found.

    What to pay: High prices, but also unique items.

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