In Vino Veritas
So Mrs. Dude and I took a little anniversary trip last weekend. Yep, we survived the pivotal one year, so congrats to us! Anyway. I had planned to do a full travelogue of our travels (and, occasionally, travails) through Napa and Sonoma Valleys, but it may not happen. So in the meantime I wanted to offer a little tip of the cap to one particular place that welcomed us warmly.
Before we called it a night tonight, we opened a newly-arrived bottle of 2004 merlot from Miner Family Vineyards, located on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. I believe the exact town is considered to be Oakville, but they’re really not in any town. They have a gorgeous, open tasting room with a spectacular view that I wish I had a photo of.
Anyway, after a couple of days mostly spent at the big names — we visited Rubicon Estate (formerly Niebaum-Coppola, aka Francis Ford Coppola’s winery, aka the place where you can see Vito Corleone’s desk), and we visited Robert Mondavi Winery and we visited Domaine Chandon — we wanted something a little more off the beaten path. So we hit the Silverado Trail, which is more of a secondary route. Visited ZD Wines, where we had a nice experience, and overheard another couple telling yet another couple what a wonderful time they had at Miner. So we took the advice, not even directed at us.
Best move of the trip. From the start, we felt welcome. The wines were fantastic. I don’t like Chardonnays, and I liked theirs. I hadn’t had a Merlot I’d enjoyed all weekend, and I liked theirs. And everything else was great too. We went through their tasting, liked everything and basically decided that rather than ordering a bottle or two, we wanted to join their club.
About that time, we were introduced to a fellow who worked there who hailed from STL. And he wanted to talk food, and wine, and home. And he set us up. Gave us a taste of one bottle after another, all really tasty. Gave us a (very good) dinner recommendation. Asked us for tips for where to go these days in STL. And just generally made us feel welcome.
So anyway. Big thanks to Miner Family, both for a great experience and for a tasty wine that we started to enjoy tonight. And if you’re in the area, go check them out. If you’re out there and from STL, tell them, and if the gentleman (whose name, horribly, we never did get) is there, he’ll probably take care of you too.