Thank You to Wineries That Generously Contributed to Holiday Party — by Bob Ecker

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glass of red wine in Napa Valley (photo © April Orcutt)
glass of red wine in Napa Valley (photo © April Orcutt)

The BATW would like to thank the following wineries for their generous contributions to our annual holiday party held aboard the Jeremiah O’Brien on December 11, 2010.

Artisan Family of Wines, a wine company based in Suisun Valley under the labels of Sly Dog, Red Cote and Seven Artisans provided us with many wonderful red wines including Petite Sirah, Meritage, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah.  (Their elegant Rose was also a hit)  Information about Artisan Family of Wines can be found at

Benson Marketing based in Napa kindly donated samples of sweet French and dry American wines including a few marvelous examples from Washington State’s Columbia Valley.  The off-dry Hogue Genesis Riesling was a surprising winner for both fans and even non-fans of this varietal.  See: for more info on Hogue.

The Clos du Val Wine Company, located on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley donated classic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines, both utilizing Carneros fruit.  Enjoyed to the last drop, the full bodied, peachy Chardonnay went particularly well with the chicken dish served at the luncheon.  More information about Clos du Val can found at:

Concannon Vineyards from Livermore Valley provided an assortment of wines from their historic winery, begun in 1883.  Members sampled Concannon Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet and Petite Sirah; all were happily tasted and enjoyed.  Concannon has undergone a huge expansion as of late and the winery is definitely worth a trip.  See for additional details.

Hop Kiln Winery of Healdsburg graciously donated samples of their excellent HKG Chardonnay and luscious Russian River Pinot Noir.  Featuring fine wines and a distinctive building, Hop Kiln is a delightful winery to visit in the Russian River area.  They’ve also recently opened a new tasting room in the little Sonoma town of Glen Ellen.  More Hop Kiln Winery information can be found at:

Octavin Home Wine Bar donated one of their unique containers holding 3 Liters of a very tasty, crisp Silver Birch New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  A crowd pleasing wine in a sustainable package – BATW members went wild over it.  See:

Sonoma Cutrer Vineyards out of Windsor donated bottles of classic Russian River and other stunning Chardonnays.  Lucky attendees could envision the loamy soils and foggy Sonoma County mornings while sipping these delicious Chards.  For more information about Sonoma Cutrer, see:

Thanks again to all of our generous friends in California Wine Country.  We at the Bay Area Travel Writers sincerely appreciate their contributions.

— Bob Ecker



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