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 native of Asheville, North Carolina. She is a Virginia community college French and Spanish professor turned California wine industry professional turned financial relationship manager. Her experience includes relationship and membership management, direct-to-consumer sales, freelance writing, social media marketing, travel management, and community college education. Elizabeth holds a doctoral degree in community college and foreign language education from George Mason University, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in French from The University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Western Carolina University, and Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s advanced wine certification. 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. As a previous winner, she served as a judge for the 2018 Born Digital Wine Awards. Elizabeth’s passions include travel, tourism, craft beverages, food, and fitness. She is always on the move to new destinations and loves discovering inspirational stories and places to share. View all posts by Elizabeth