Azat Aslanyan recommends Wineries @ Napa Valley
This is what I had sent to my friend Nancy Chan. Its a copy from her blog on Knowsee. Great app you all should download…
I love wine. However, I do not love the process of choosing wine. When Im presented with the wine menu at a restaurant, I always get the feeling that Im about to take a standardized test that I have not prepared for. I have no idea which Merlot has the best oak flavor and what Pinot Grigio has a blossomy fruity top note. One can always rely on sommeliers but I cannot help but feel that they are partial to a particular brand because the restaurant sponsors it. In other words, I rather have a friend or someone I know recommend a wine to me because they know what I like.
Fortunately, I have a go-to person for all things wine. Azat Aslanyan is a good friend and a wine connoisseur. His love of wine and traveling has taken him throughout the US, Europe and Eastern Europe. I can always trust him to give me the best recommendations for wine and where to get the best wine.
Here are Azats recommendations on wineries and wine in the Napa Valley:
Azat Aslanyan recommends Wineries @ Napa Valley
One of the things I enjoy doing most is wine tasting. I find it to be a fun experience. You get to meet new people and experience wine from 4-5 different wineries in a given region per day. Twice a year I arrange a trip up to Los Olivos and to Paso Robles for friends and family. We rent a 15 passenger van and try to visit 5 wineries a day.
Im often asked to recommend wineries. I find myself writing pretty long emails each time with both winery recommendations as well as restaurant recommendations in the given region my friends will be visiting. I have copied a sample email at the end of this post as a sample for everyone to see how much I write about wineries and stuff to friends each time they ask.
When Edward and I originally spoke about Knowsee and about the power of personal recommendations, the first thing that came to my mind are the winery and restaurant recommendations I make and how if I had a tool to do it on an individual level how much more effective it would be as compare to Yelp or even Facebook. I have already used Knowsee at some restaurants and dishes and have seen great conversation around them. Im excited to use Knowsee and cant wait for my next trip up to wine country to use it.
Below is an email I wrote to a friend who was making a trip to Napa.
My favorite winery up there is Chappellet -
I think they have the best Cab Francs in town. The winery is also very very beautiful in the summer. Its a 10-15 min drive from Napa but its great.
Another great winery is Quixote – http://www.quixotewinery.com/- the wine is really really good and the winery is architected by the famous German/Austrian architect – Friedensreich Hundertwasser
(both of the above need an appointment)
I love Stags Leap – http://stagsleap.com/index.cfm
It use to be part of the same winery as Quixote (listed above) but they split off and they produce some awesome wines. They Cab is Cask 23 is incredible.
If you can go to Rubicon/Coppola do it. Its beautiful.
(who knows maybe Mr Coppola will be there. thats the wine tasting room in a cave)
Silver Oak is great, Miner is great. These are the more popular places. Silver Oak only gives a single tasting but its probably top 5 winery up there and Miner is on a small hill overlooking some very beautiful wineries just 5 min from Silver Oak
I also love Quintessa but its so expensive
Plump Jack is owned by the Getty family and its a great place to be. Right by Rudd and Silver Oak. Their wine can be challenging at times and at 125 for a corkscrew bottle for the cab is steep but the tastings are fun and I think free. Plus the great iron work in the tasting room and great rock music blasting makes it a different winery to visit.
Sonoma has some good wineries as well. Not sure if you are going to do that side or not. I love driving up all the way to Alexander Valley for the Alexander Valley Vineyards – http://www.avvwine.com/ its not beautiful or anything but they have good wine and its all free.
I love driving to Russian River as well. The wineries are usually free or only 5-10 bucks to taste on that side of the valley and they are much grander. My absolute favorite is Preston which is a small organic self-sustaining winery that produces awesome wines for dirt cheap.
I can go on forever but Ill stop.
With the help of Knowsee, one would be prepared with Azats personal recommendations for wineries to visit up in Napa Valley. No more searching Yelp and guessing which winery to visit. No more posting Faceboook status updates with zero or Sorry cant help but have fun! replies. Download Knowsee and see what the power of personal recommendations can do!
Quixote – http://www.quixotewinery.com
Stags Leap – http://stagsleap.com/index.cfm
Rubicon – http://www.rubiconestate.com/flash.php
Silver Oak – http://www.silveroak.com/
Plump Jack – http://www.plumpjack.com/plumpjack/
Rudd – http://www.ruddwines.com/
Nickel & Nickel – http://www.nickelandnickel.com/
Alexander Valley Vineyards – http://www.avvwine.com/
Preston – https://www.prestonvineyards.com/
St Francis – http://www.stfranciswinery.com/
Chateau St Jean – http://www.chateaustjean.com/
Landmark – http://www.landmarkwine.com/
Kunde – http://www.kunde.com/
Kenwod – http://www.kenwoodvineyards.com/