I was graciously invited back to Whitehall Lane Winery, so I made an appointment for their club tasting at 11:00 am on July 12, 2011. I arrived unexpectedly late the night before in San Francisco and contacted the winery that I might be late, but all was well, as I was the only appointment scheduled at 11:00 am. I arrived closer to 11:30 am and was greeted in the tasting room with a glass of their current release 2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley. Lisa, the wine club manager, took me on a brief tour on the way to the gorgeous club tasting room. Awaiting me there were their fabulous cheese and charcuterie platter and three of their Cabernet Sauvignons to taste, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley; the 2007 Leonardini Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; and the 2007 Millennium MM Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley. It was a wonderful experience, so I highly recommend this tasting. The club tasting is by appointment only at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm daily and is available to club members at no charge and to the public, $25 for the tasting and $12 for the charcuterie platter per person. After the club tasting, I returned to the tasting room and tasted the 2008 Carneros Las Brisas Vineyard Pinot Noir and the 2007 Merlot, Napa Valley. I purchased the 2007 Merlot (90 points, Wine Spectator).
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Elizabeth Smith is a French and Spanish professor turned wine and travel professional. In 2013, her part-time role as executive assistant to a wine broker and importer became her stepping stone into the wine business. In January 2014, she moved from Virginia to the Napa Valley to begin her second career. Her wine industry experience includes wine club membership management, direct-to-consumer sales, and social media marketing. Elizabeth holds a doctoral degree in community college and foreign language education from George Mason University as well as Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s advanced wine certification. She has written about wine and wine destination travel for various media outlets such as American Winery Guide, Basil & Salt Magazine, Plum Deluxe, Snooth, The SOMM Journal, Wine Industry Network Advisor, and her own website. Elizabeth won the 2017 Born Digital Wine Award for Best Tourism Content with a Focus on Wine for her piece entitled, “Lodi: Beyond the Zinfandel.” View all posts by Elizabeth