Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What is a "go to winery"?

A "go to winery" is a winery a brand that almost never, if ever, fails to deliver satisfaction with its wines across the whole spectrum of its production.
Why talk about this subject?
The other day I was listening to a wine-spokesperson list a bunch of wine companies she would recommend, and if or when you buy any of their wine products, you'll be happy or satisfied that you did so; I couldn't, based on my own experience of some of those wines, disagree with her more.
My comments are not about whacking any particular wine company, but there are not many across-the-board wines from a winery (found in the tiny state of NH) that I'd say "buy" without a thought to the Quality/Price/ Ratio value of the wine(s) you're buying.
'You' don't have the time, don't care too much about the cost, and just want to get a bottle or two of wine and run; I'd definitely would go with any of these wineries.
So, rather than criticize her choices of wineries or brands, here I offer-up my own USA "go to wineries".
This is a work in progress, and some wineries maybe unlisted if there is a negative trend.

Beringer's Vineyards
Beringer Wineries, Why They are go to wineries.

Buehler's Winery

Buehler Vineyards of Napa Valley, why it's a "go to " winery.

Clos Du Val Family Owned Estate Vineyards
Clos Du Val Family Owned Estate Vineyards, Why it's a "go to winery".

Darioush of Napa Valley

Dry Creek Vineyards

Dry Creek Vineyard, why it's a "go to" winery.

Frogs Leap Winery

Frog's Leap Napa Valley, Why it's a "Go to Winery."

Grgich Hills Estates Vineyards

Grgich Hills Estates, why it's a "go to winery".

Groth Vineyards

Groth Vineyards, why it's a "go to" winery.

Hahn Winery

Hahn Family Estates Winery, why it's a "go to" winery.

Hall Winery of Napa valley

Honig Vineyards

Merriam Vineyards

Merriam Vineyards, why its "go-to" winery.

Pine Ridge Vineyards

Ridge Vineyards

Ridge, why it's a "go to" winery.

Rodney Strong Winery

Sequoia Grove Vineyards

Shafer Vineyards
Shafer, why it's a "go to" winery.

Stags' Leap
Stags' Leap Napa Valley, Why it's a "Go to Winery."

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Waterstone Winery


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  1. You have chosen some fabulous wineries, but the Groth 2010 Reserve has to be my very favourite in this little batch. Good choices!

  2. VG: Are you saying that Groth Winery is your choice as an across-the board go-to winery for assured quality and confidence that the wine(s) you might purchase there will be worth the money you plonk down? Just asking! ;-)

  3. This blog has become my favorite place to find new wines. Keep up the great work! Love reading this.