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Josh,

I visited Napa for the first time fairly recently, and I wanted to know your personal thoughts on the wineries in that area that are at the top of my list.  If you've been to any of these wineries, do you have a favorite wine?
1.) Del Dotto (the caves)
2.) Kuleto
3.) V. Sattui
4.) Domaine Chandon

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Michael,
Unfortunately I don't get to visit Napa as often as I would like. I have not been to Del Dotto and have very limited experience with their wines. I also have not visited Kuleto although I am a fan of their wines. Their red blends are quite good and a relative bargain for Napa Valley. V. Sattui is a very unique place. I did visit there some years ago and enjoyed the wines very much. And it's one of the more fun places to visit on the Valley. Because they only sell direct I haven't had many opportunities to try the wines since then. Domaine Chamdon is a beautiful place and I like their wines very much.  As much as I enjoy their sparkling wines I'm particularly fond of their still Pinot Noir.  

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Joshua Farrell

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I can answer most any question about wine- types, styles, grape varieties, regions, vintages, proper storage, production, wine and food pairing, wine service, decanting, proper glassware, serving temperatures etc. Regarding questions about specific bottles of wine, since I live in the U.S. my focus is on wines imported here. I can't answer questions about spirits and liquor valuations.

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I have over 20 years of experience. I was a wine buyer and sommelier in NYC for many years including 4 years at Windows on the World which was NY's number one wine restaurant. I created and taught a Wine Appreciation Course at Borough of Manhattan Community College. I have worked for the past 15 years for the Wine Enthusiast Cos. as Editor, Columnist, Wine Storage Consultant and am currently Wine Director and Buyer for their online wine website wineexpress.com, I recently judged in the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. Follow me on Twitter @WEX_Josh

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Diversions Magazine

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Windows on the World Wine School- completed all courses from beginning to advanced. Former member of the Sommelier Society of NY. Competed in the Food and Wines of France Sommelier Competition. Traveled to wine regions in Europe including, Bordeaux, Rhone Valley, Alsace, Tuscany, Piedmont, Veneto, Rioja, and Jerez. Visited wine regions in NY's Finger Lakes, California's Sonoma, Napa and Central Coast and Oregon's Willamette Valley.

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