Goosecross Cellars in Napa Valley

One of our favorite experiences in Napa Valley recently was at Goosecross Cellars. The key word is “experience” because at Goosecross we tasted some excellent wine, met some fabulous and smart people, and had a lot of fun. That’s a winning combination. In addition, Goosecross gets extra points – lots of them — for being so involved in social media. Goosecross owner David Topper is @goosecross on Twitter; he and co-owner/wife Colleen offer Napa Valley Wine Radio (podcasts with feeds on iTunes and iPhone), video and a blog. And they’re on Facebook. There’s even a Goosecross  Cellars Concierge to help plan your visit to Napa Valley.

David sums it up on the website:  “Here at Goosecross our first priority has always been to establish a personal relationship with every customer. With that in mind, we’ve created this highly interactive education community. We offer wine education, entertainment, and wine appreciation information from an insider’s perspective and invite you to become involved.”

And let’s not forget the wines – co-owner and winemaker Geoff Gorsuch excels at both whites and reds. Regular readers of this blog know that I’m not a big fan of whites. But on a hot Napa Valley day, Goosecross Cellars 2007 Sauvignon Blanc was perfect! It was refreshing – with a particularly noticeable and pleasant lingering finish of grapefuit mixed with pineapple.

Another favorite was 2006 AmerItal Red. This “American Italian” blend of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Barbera was amazing — rich, juicy and, we discovered when we got home, a perfect companion to Dave’s delicious spaghetti.

And, since Cab is King of the Valley, I must give a nod to Goosecross Cellars 2004 Howell Mountain Cabernet. As Matt McCollough, the friendly staff member pouring for us, declared: “Howell Mountain Cabernet screams out for a nice fat T-bone steak.”  This cab has it all – rich, intense and aromatic with firm tannins. Hey Dave – it’s time to barbeque!

This wasn’t our first trip to Goosecross Cellars – we’ve taken home their bottles etched with greetings for special occasions, and stared longingly at the decadent chocolate-dipped wine bottles too. But this trip was special because we also had a wonderful time with David and Colleen, and we feel like we made new friends.

Goosecross has the whole package – and we know we’ll go back again and again.


Napa Valley Visit

We had an amazing time in Napa Valley last week – the best we’ve ever had – because we met some wonderful people in addition to tasting some incredible wines. This visit far exceeded our expectations. So I hope regular readers will understand that in the coming weeks, I will be posting about our Napa trip in addition to our continued focus on Washington state wines.

So to begin – a special shout out to Goosecross Cellars’ David and Colleen Topper and to Christophe Smith of Titus Vineyards, whom I met on Twitter. They gave us a warm Napa Valley welcome and shared some fine wines. I’ll be writing separate posts about those experiences. Also, thanks to several family members, friends at work, on Facebook and on Twitter for your recommendations — Gerri Sinclair, Mathew Levenson, Laura and Todd Taylor, Jacques Geoffrion, Erin Bray, Tim Marklein, Lisa Zeitler, Joel Vincent and Paul Mabray. Thanks to you, we experienced some new wineries in addition to some old favorites.

We visited 11 wineries over three days; we stopped by two wineries two times; and we spent more than one hour at a couple of them. Here are the wineries we visited – stay tuned for details about many of them in the days ahead.

 There are stories from every stop along the way – please come back often for details.


174 out of 600 Washington Wineries-Part 1

We were quite surprised to discover that we’ve tasted wines from less than one-third of the 600 wineries in Washington state. How did we come to that conclusion? Simple – we put our heads together and made a list. The next several blog posts will list and link to the wineries that we have experienced at least one pour – either at their tasting rooms, at wine bars or at one of the many events we attend each year.

So here is Part 1 in alphabetical order – Washington wineries from A-C: