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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Hall: Producing World Class Wines Since 2003

In an effort to visit all 600 wineries(400 and counting), my wife Linda and I recently had the pleasure to visit Hall Wines  in St. Helena. Kathryn and Craig Hall purchased Bergfeld Winery and have been producing world class wines on 500 heavenly acres of land since 2003.  Their attention to detail has produced the highest ratings possible in the competitive world of wine.

The Halls are very accomplished people. Kathryn was Ambassador  to Austria and both are prolific art collectors. A 35 foot stainless steel sculpture of a rabbit in mid jump on busy highway 29 let’s you know you are at a special place when you drive into their pristine property. 

Our host today was J’nai who was very knowledgeable and passionate about the great Hall story and wonderful wines.

After strolling around the art  filled grounds, we enjoyed an elegant sample of these wines in their huge tasting room.

We began with the 2015 Jack’s Cabernet Sauvignon Masterpiece named after the winery President and rated between 98-100 points. The logo on the bottle was painted by Jack’s son for a Father’s Day present. It was big, bold and very enjoyable.

Next we tasted the 1873 2014 Hall Cabernet Sauvignon that was rated 95 points by wine enthusiast. 1873 was the year the vines were first planted on this property.

The 2014 Kathryn Hall Cabernet Sauvignon was the next work of wine perfection rated 98 points. It follows a rich legacy of Kathryn Hall excellence when the 2008 was rated # 2 wine in the world. We decided to take some home with us to Danville and also join their wine club receiving 4 shipments per year.

We would highly recommend  that you visit this winery.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

James Cole Winery: Dreams Do Come True

In a quest to visit all 600 Napa wineries( 400 and counting), my wife  Linda and I were recently referred to James Cole Winery in Napa and we were not disappointed.

James and Colleen Harder are passionate people. They realized their dream when they purchased the vineyard in 2000.They are raising their son and daughter on this beautiful property and have established a stellar  reputation in the wine world for making great wines. 

Our host for the tasting was Nick whose passionate explanation of the wines was very enjoyable. The winery sits on 8.5 acres of pristine property located on Silverado Trail. Winemaker Sybrand Albertus Straus Van Zyl is from Capetown, South Africa and his wines were all great works of art.

We began with a 2017 Rose from the Sierra Foothills that was very refreshing on this warm Napa day.  Next was the 2015 Privado, which means “Private”, which was a heavenly blend of 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Merlot from Spring Mountain grapes. It was an exquisite blend of rich red wine that we brought back to Danville with us.

The third tasting was a 2015 100% Malbec  and a truly full bodied wine that was a joy to experience.  Next the 100% 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, which had a deep royal color and very smooth sensation on your palate.

The final taste was the 2014 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Umbral meaning “start of a journey” that was aged in French oak and was rich in color and flavor. It was so great that a bottle took the journey back to Danville with us.

This winery is definitely a “must do.” The wines and ambiance are special and the people are very warm and friendly. 

For lunch, we dined in downtown Napa at charming Celadon featuring  great calamari and a variety of sandwiches.

For more information and to make a reservation go to:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Pritchard Hill: Home of great wines since 1967

In an effort to visit all 600 Napa wineries( 400 and counting), we recently visited Chappellet Winery on Pritchard Hill.

Founded in 1967 by Donn Chappellet, the winery continues its world class wine creations with a second generation of Chappellets filling bottles with heavenly juice. 

The winding road that leads to this great winery on famous Pritchard Hill makes you feel that you are going to a very special place. Stunning views and sensational wine await your arrival.

Our host for today’s tasting was Amanda Gagnon a wine and food lover who recently graduated from the CIA(Culinary Institute Of America).

We began our tasting strolling around the 640 acre hillside winery overlooking Lake Hennessy with a glass of 2014 Signature Chardonnay Chappellet that had enticing aromas of citrus and apricot that leaped from your glass.

We enjoyed the heavenly  views and next enjoyed a glass of 2014 Chappellet Dustin Ranch Pinot Noir. This enticing wine had  beautiful aromas of dark cherry, vanilla and clove.

Our tasting then took us to a private table surrounded by wine barrels and graced by wonderful works of art painted by Laura Titus wife of winemaker Philip Titus who has been crafting great wine since 1989.

Our tasting continued with a 2014 Merlot that was an elegant blend of Mountain grown Merlot blended with other Bourdeaux varieties.

Next we sampled the 2013 Malbec with a blend with 90%Malbec, 5%Cabernet Sauvignon and 5 % Merlot. This was a lush and radiant wine offering aromas of cherry and French Oak inspired hints of vanilla, coffee and spice. It was so enjoyable that we took a bottle back to Danville with us.

The final tasting was the 2013 Signature  Cabernet Sauvignon. This was a perfect blend of 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9%Malbec, 6% Merlot, 5%Cabernet Franc and 4% Petite Verdot. It was a great way to complete our tasting. It was deep, rich and classic expression of hillside Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. A bottle of this great juice also returned home to Danville with us.

For lunch, we enjoyed Mustards, a longtime Napa treasure that lived up to its high expectations for great food and service.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Oakville: Gargiulo Producing World Class Cabernet For Over 100 Years

In an effort to visit all 600 wineries(400 and counting), our travels took us to Gargiulo Vineyards. The winery is owned by Jeff and Valerie Gargiulo and daughter April. They purchased their first vineyard Money Road Ranch in 1992 then added 575 OVX 7 years later.  Located in the famous appellation of Oakville next to the Screaming Eagle property, some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon wine has been produced for over 100 years. Rich soil, sun drenched summers and cool fall weather is a perfect combination  to create this world class wine.

Winemaker Kristof Anderson has been making great wine here for many years. His gentle and patient approach to winemaking results in exceptional wines from the two Oakville estate vineyards,  Our host was Garett who has been with the winery for 5 years and bubbles with enthusiasm sharing his vast knowledge on these great wines. The tasting room is very unique with a wooden floor from the local high school gymnasium and 4 guitars displayed reflecting the owners passion for music. 

We began our tasting with the 2017 GV Wood Ranch Chardonnay that was refined and very refreshing. The next tastings were from the Money Road Ranch Vineyard. First, was a 2015 100% Merlot that was described as a Cabernet in silk pajamas that was deep and rich yet soft and complex.  Next we enjoyed the 2015 Money Road Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a clear expression of the famous Oakville terroir. Garett described this wine as being like a “2 month old Black Labrador puppy that will grow to be big and beautiful.” We enjoyed it so much that we took 2 bottles home with us. Both of these wines were perfectly paired with Piave cheese and Creminelli Salami.
From the 575 OVX Vineyard we tasted the OVX G Major 7 Cabernet Sauvignon. The name represents a 4 note cord and blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petite Verdot and 2% Merlot. The wine strikes an optimal balance between power and grace from this mineral rich soil.

We were not able to taste the 2015 Aprile Super Oakville Red as a result of it being sold out, however this ode to the great Sangiovese wines of Brunello di Montalcino was available to purchase in large formats. We took a 1.5 liter bottle home with us and look forward to a special occasion to share with friends.

For lunch, we enjoyed nearby Brix which has been voted as one of the top view restaurants in the United States. We enjoyed an outside table overlooking their beautiful gardens, vineyard and heavenly vistas.  All of the food was great. We especially enjoyed the fried chicken sandwich. It was a generous proportion and we would recommend splitting it,

For more information and to make an appointment go to: http://www.gargiulovineyards.com/

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Couer d’Alene Resort: Famous Floating Green, Dining and Spa

Recently my wife Linda and I had the pleasure of traveling to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho to enjoy the newly renovated  Coeur d’ Alene Resort. Established in 1991, this world class resort offers golf, dining and world class spa that is perfect for a pleasure trip or business meeting.

From our home in Danville, it is an easy 2 hour direct flight to Spokane airport on  Southwest Airlines. You can arrange a driver to pick you up for a $69.00 round trip fee or rent a car to get to the resort. It is an easy 30 minute drive from the airport.  We chose to use the driver service. The resort hotel has just been totally renovated and upon arrival you receive a warm welcome from the attentive, happy friendly staff dressed in knickers.

We stayed in the Lake View Tower.  Our 16th floor room had a stunning view of Lake Coeur d’Alene complete with a balcony, fireplace, new carpet and very comfortable bed.

We enjoyed a tour of the property, spa and especially enjoyed the water taxi that takes you to the golf course with it’s famous floating green golf hole.
The world class spa offers a variety of services. A golf massage before or after you play is highly recommended.

A variety of dining choices include casual dining overlooking the floating green to fine dining at Beverly’s overlooking the lake. Beverly's was named after resort owner Duane Hagadone's mother.

We chose to dine at Be
verly's and were not disappointed. Before dinner, we experienced a wine tour and tasting that happens each night at 4:30. The 2 million dollar wine cellar is the largest in the Northwest and offers a wide variety of world class wines including a 1945 Chateau Latour that sells for $10,000. If you bring your own wine, it is a $20.00 corking fee.

The iconic restaurant has been rated in the top 60 restaurants in America to “dine before you die.”

Chef Jim Barrett and Manager Annie Megofna made our food experience very special with attentive service and a variety of food choices.  Located on the 7th floor of the Lake Tower with stunning views of the sun setting over the lake enhanced this divine dining experience.

We began our dinner with 2 perfect manhattans and warm orange marmalade and sour dough rolls from the on site bakery. Chef Jim told us he was originally from Michigan, as we are, and we instantly bonded.. We were going to order New Zealand  Lamb Chops and Copper River Salmon but Chef Jim suggested that he personally prepare a variety of entrees from his extensive menu. 

With a picture perfect presentations, we enjoyed a variety of foodie delights. Some of the items were masterfully crafted crab cakes, tender and elegant elk chops, melt in your mouth scallops, beef with a heavenly whip cream like horseradish sauce, finely dusted calamari, and fresh ahi flown in from Hawaii. Everything was very special and "simply" sensational.
For dessert, Chef Jim recommended the  signature and sinful chocolate and huckleberry souffle's and beignets as “must do’s.” They take 30 minutes to prepare allowing your dinner to settle and extra enjoyment of the stunning views.
The next morning, we enjoyed golfing on the 6800 yard perfectly manicured golf course. The driving range has panoramic views of the lake and an on site masseuse to loosen up your golfing muscles. 

 The golf course  has a variety of tee choices to meet all levels of golfing skills. Linda found the lady tees to be very friendly. 

We especially enjoyed the famous floating green hole and were very pleased to avoid depositing too many golf balls into the lake.   A golf taxi takes you to the green and it plays between 99 and 200 yards depending on the tee.  In addition, a knowledgeable fore caddy is assigned to each group to advise you on yardage, reading putts and help speed up play. A $25.00 gratuity per bag is recommended.

In conclusion,  the renovated resort is a slice of heaven and offers many travel packages to make your visit unique and special.

The “bad news” is that it is sad to leave this renovated refuge and escape from the rigors of modern life. The “good news” is that we are looking forward to a return visit.

 For more information and to make reservations, go to Coeur d’Alene. com

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

San Francisco Icon Zuni Cafe

In an effort to dine at all 3000 San Francisco restaurants( 900 and counting), my wife Linda and I recently dined at the famous Zuni Cafe that remains a “City By the Bay” favorite after 40 years of serving outstanding food and drinks.

This angular designed restaurant is located in the vibrant Hayes Valley District.

It is advisable to get a reservation but you can go early and sit at the elegant copper bar and savor
the heavenly scents from the large wood fired oven and enjoy a  unique people watching experience while you wait for your table.

We sat at the bar flanked by a piano player and many youthful patrons enjoying high energy conversations.  They have an assortment of unique drinks, fresh oysters and appetizers to suit anyone’s desires.

The restaurant is on Market Street with high ceilings and lots of windows to enjoy the views and beat of the bustling city.

We were advised to try Perdon  an aperitif originating from many cafes in the passionate city of Paris. It is served in a cocktail glass with a decanter of water and
glass of ice to mix to your taste buds delights. It is a refreshing drink that has a reputation of igniting many authors to write famous novels.

After a short 15 minute wait, we were seated and began our unique foodie experience.

We secured a table in the upstairs area of this restaurant overlooking the many happy patrons and
deco art gracing the walls.

The Pedron was so good we decided to order another one while we waited for the signature roasted
chicken dinner for 2. It takes about 60 minutes to make this famous recipe in their 700 degree wood fired oven and well worth the wait.

My friend told me that Pedron can be known as a “brain eraser” and to be careful as “one is fun and
two you are done.”

While we waited for the chicken, we split their Caesar’s salad that was the best we have ever eaten. 
Fresh, chilled and painted perfectly with anchovy infused dressing and large acme bread seasoned croutons was a great way to start the meal.

Longtime chef Judy Rodgers passed away a few years ago and masterminded the roasted chicken recipe.
The tradition continues as this is always on the menu along with many other unique choices  to suit your foodie fantasies . The menu is changed every day.

The whole chicken is cooked  in a 700 degree wood fired oven and exceeded its high recommendation
and expectations by our knowledgeable and very attentive waiter. It was succulent and elegantly served in easy to eat pieces on a bed of perfectly seasoned dressing. It was definitely worth the wait and didn’t seem that long as the drinks, salad and restaurant vibes were very enjoyable to experience.

There are a variety of choices for desserts but we decided to pass as the chicken and salad were very
generous proportions.

In conclusion, it is no wonder many chefs dine at this iconic San Francisco treasure that remains
on the list of the top 20 dining establishments to enjoy before you die in the “Great City By the Bay.”

For more information and to make a reservation go to. Zuni Cafe. com.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Bucket List Must Do-Sensational Sydney and New Zealand

Recently my wife Linda and Hall of famer son MJ had the pleasure of traveling to “Down Under” and experiencing the sensational city of Sydney, Australia for 4 days then cruising from Sydney around New Zealand for 14 days retuning to Sydney then flying back home direct to San Francisco.
The flight from San Francisco is 15 hours and went very smooth pampered by an attentive staff on a new United 787 airplane.

We left San Francisco on a red eye to keep our normal sleep patterns on this journey. You loose one day and we arrived after breakfast at 8 in the morning Sydney time rested and ready to go.

We had a driver pick us up and take us to our 5 star Shagri La Hotel recommended by our world traveler friends with a great location and attentive service in what is known as the Rocks District.

The hotel rooms have panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and the famous Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House.  At night, the breathtaking views sparkle with joy and are very soothing to your soul.

The vibrant city of Sydney is full of beauty, youthful energy and very kind people. March is their fall season with sunny and pleasant temperatures in the mid 70’s every day. It reminded us of the “great city by the bay” with its vast beauty and high energy aura.

We always hire a private driver to tour the cities on these trips. Our driver Antonio was very knowledgeable and gave us an extensive tour of this great city. It was highlighted by the iconic Sidney Opera House with its world class sea shell design by Danish architect Jorn Utzon proudly perched on Sydney Harbor, the Harbor Bridge and beautiful warm Bondi beach filled with many young people surfing and swimming in the clear warm water overlooking the city.

Our hotel was holding the Asia Pacific Conference and was bustling with energy and high security as 3 of the 10 prime ministers that attended this meeting and their entourage were staying there.
On the top of our hotel is one of the best views in the city complete with a modern decorated bar with comfortable couches and a world class restaurant called Altitude.  We dined there one night and it was fantastic enjoying sucking pig and mushroom risotto and toasting to Sydney drinking perfect manhattans as the sun set over stunning Sydney Harbour.

The city is easy to walk around and very fun to explore the outstanding variety of shopping and restaurants. We also enjoyed sitting  in one of the many cafes and having a very interesting “people watching” experience.

After 4 days of fun, we boarded our ship for our 14 voyage to New Zealand. After 2 days of smooth sailing, swimming, and enjoying the warm breezes from our suite deck, we arrived in Dunedin. We sailed on St. Patrick’s Day and the ship provided lots of Irish food, decorations, live music and a Irish sing-along to the many famous Irish songs, green champagne, and a variety of Irish deserts. “Erin Go Braugh.”  Our voyage continued to  Akaroa, Wellington Napier, Tauranga, Auckland and then back to Sydney on the stately Sun Princess Cruise line.

Some highlights of the side trips included a pub crawl and visit to a brewery, two famous wineries, one in Auckland and one in Napier, city tour of Wellington and  Christ Church, and in Tauranga visiting the home of the thermo reserve and boiling mud and geysers. We also watched the smart sheep dogs do their amazing work on the acres of beautiful green grass farmland.

On the ship, we bonded with Head Waiter Antonio and he invited us to a fabulous private wine tasting.

The tasting began with Taittinger Champagne which brought back great memories of when we toured this famous producer when we were in France a few years ago.  Next was Kim Crawford Pinot Gris from Marlborough, New Zealand that delivered flavors of warm spicy fruit and had a bright clean finish.  Nobilo Chardonnay was also from Marlborough and was rich mouth filling with abundant fresh fruit and a long appealing finish.  Boschendal Blanc de Noir from South Africa was the next taste. It is delicate blush that has graced the tables of wine lovers for generations.
From Tasmania, we tasted Tower Estate Pinot Noir. The palate was long and concentrated with a subtle savory oak support and smooth tannins  The last taste was Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia. Named after legendary winemaker Jack Mann, this is a fine wine of elegant power balanced by soft fine tannins.

In conclusion, we would highly recommend that you put this great part of the world on your “must do” bucket list. When you leave this peaceful paradise, they don’t say good bye to you.  They say “see you again soon” which is a great thought to etch into your happy memory bank for a return trip.

For more information and to plan your bucket list cruise venture to “Down Under" contact our travel professional at DispensaCruises@comcast.com.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

A San Francisco Classic: Cliff House

In an effort to dine at all 3000 San Francisco restaurants(850 and counting), my wife Linda and I recently had the pleasure of dining at Sutro’s at the famous Cliff House.
The rich Cliff House history goes back to 1858 when it first opened. With stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Ocean Beach, it is a favorite destination for locals and tourists. It is no wonder that City Guide named it “best view restaurant in the city.”

There is a casual Bistro restaurant that does not require reservations and a more elegant one called Sutro that requires a reservation. 

Sutro’s 2 story windows allows memorable vistas, sunrises and sunsets over the deep blue Pacific to be eternally deposited in your memory bank.  In 1896 former mayor and wealthy businessman Adolph Sutro opened the Sutro baths on this property. The Sutro Bath was the largest indoor public swimming pool in the world.  It was open to the public and remained open until 1966 when a fire destroyed the facility.

We enjoyed a window table at Sutro that immediately removed any stress one may be feeling from the rigors of modern life.  Our server was very helpful and radiated with joy feeling fortunate to work at this famous restaurant. There is an exceptional wine and beverage list and extensive variety of foodie delights.  We always bring our own wine and the corkage fee  is $25.00.

We began our dinner with the Ahi Tuna Tartare with pine nut, Asian pear, mint, quail egg yolk, habanero infused sesame oil, and Aleppo pepper that was as soothing as watching the waves crashing on Ocean Beach outside our window view table.  For the main course, Linda ordered the bacon crusted Scottish Salmon with pink lady apple, full belly farm rainbow chard, potato purée and whole grain mustard sauce that was presented perfectly and tasted even better.  I ordered the Sakura Pork Chop“Crepinette” with pistachio parsley crust, grilled broccolini, guanciale cauliflower purée and toasted cumin pork jus that was sensational.  For dessert, we shared the Carmel Apple Cheesecake with roasted apple compote, apple chip and salted carmel sauce that was a regal ending  to a great meal.

At the end of the day, the iconic, classic Cliff House perched high above the “great city by the bay” is a “must do” for lucky people that live nearby and for tourists visiting from all over the world.

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Larkmead: One Of The 4 Original Napa Valley Titans

In an effort to to visit all 600 Napa wineries(350 and counting),  my wife Linda and I recently visited Larkmead Winery in Calistoga. Our wine staff Ron and Josiane Hable also joined the fun. From our Danville home, it is a 1 hour drive.

Established in 1895, this is one of the oldest family run wineries in Napa. Proprietors  Cam and   Kate Solari Baker continue to preserve the rich history.

Before prohibition this 150 acres of beauty was considered one of the 4 titans in Napa Valley along with BV, Inglenook and Beringer.  One of the original owners was Lillie Hitchcock Coit. Lillie was a free spirit who loved the firemen that rescued her in a few devastating fires.  When she passed away, she left a fortune to the city of San Francisco to build the famous  Coit Tower replicating a fire hose and proudly overlooking the “great city by the bay.”

Our host today was John Hamill who is a worldly person with a zest for life and love of wine. He explained to us the elaborate “no press” wine process that won winemaker Dan Petrowski  2017 San Francisco Chronicle Winemaker of the year.
In addition to sharing the winery’s rich history and wine process, he told us the name Larkmead came from many meadow larks that were originally on the property. Simply the meadow lark bird name was reversed and the name Larkmead was born.

We enjoyed tasting 4 of Dan’s great wines in the elegant Howard Backen designed tasting room with a warm fire burning overlooking the vineyard graced by the yellow mustard in full bloom.

We began with the 2015 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Proprietary  Red that was bursting with flavor and smooth finish. It was a very enjoyable blend that warranted taking home a bottle  with us.
The next carefully crafted gem was a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon that was 93% Cabernet and 7% Petite Verdot. It was also a refined blend of excellence.  Next, we tasted 2014 Dr. Olmo and 2014 Solari.  We enjoyed these 100% Cabernets in a side by side tasting. There are 7 types of soils on this rich land and these were from the “A Block” which is the vortex of this heavenly property.  Both were described by John as having “angels in your mouth” but after careful consideration, we decided to take a bottle of the Dr. Olmo home with us.

We look forward to returning soon for their spring and fall party as we also joined their wine club.

For lunch, we enjoyed another great meal at “Reliable” Rutherford  Grill in  nearby Napa.  All of their food is fantastic and the first bottle of wine has no corking fee. There are no reservations and usually a short wait to be seated in this popular Napa bistro.

As you enter this high energy restaurant filled with happy people, the sweet smell of their famous barbecue ribs radiates from their open kitchen. It brings an immediate smile to your face in anticipation of a great foodie experience.  We highly recommend the hot steaming corn bread served in a cast iron pan to start your meal. It is a perfect way to compliment a fun day of wine tasting.

For more information and to make reservations to visit Larkmead go to:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Spring Mountain Magic: Vineyard 7 and 8

In an effort to visit all 600 Napa wineries(350 and counting), my wife Linda and I recently had the pleasure of visiting Vineyard 7 and 8 on Spring Mountain. Our wine team Ron and Josiane Hable also joined the fun.

The Steffens Family acquired  this 40 acres of beauty in 1999. Proprietor Launny Steffens love of finance and numerics was an inspiration for the name of this great winery.  The number 7 represents good luck in the Western culture and the number 8 represents prosperity and happiness in the Eastern Culture.

Our host for the tasting was Julia Moretti who was a wealth of wine knowledge and proud to share this fine wine with us. In the elegant tasting room overlooking the hillside property,
we sampled the 2014 Chardonnay and enjoyed side by side tastings of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from grapes grown at this magical Spring Mountain setting.
Winemaker Martha  McClellan and Estate Director and Assistant Winemaker  Wesley Steffens have created some  high quality wines.

The 2014 Chardonnay was smooth, sensational and one of the best we have ever tasted. It was so great that we all took bottles of this clear joy back to Danville with us
The side by side tasting of the Cabernets  were also elegant and very enjoyable. The 2010 was rich in flavor and would be perfect when paired with your favorite steak.
  2012 is a big aggressive wine with complex flavors soothing to your palate.  2014 was an approachable and bright blend of sweet fruit.  All of these wines have been rated in the mid 90’s by Robert Parker.
We especially enjoyed the 2012 and took some back to Danville with us.

For lunch, Julia recommended the new Charter Oak Restaurant, which is located where the former Tra Vigne Restaurant was, for their famous cheeseburger. The restaurant was recently renovated and reopened last June. We were not disappointed and enjoyed the cheeseburger, professional service and modern decor.

For more information and to make reservations to taste these great wines go to: