Ritz Carlton Concierge
company arranged this Concierge to visit our following clients:
BV, Sutter Home Winery, Napa River Inn
From: "Ritz Carlton Concierge
Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 7:14 PM
Subject: Re: Wine Country trip
Once again, you arranged for a perfect time in Napa!!
First we went to Beaulieu. We were immediately greeted by Michelle Smedley
and Glenn Hunter. Michelle gave us a very informative tour and poured
us some really fantastic reserve wines (we bought a great bottle). She
was so warm and friendly; we had a hard time breaking away to continue
on with the day! I learned a lot; I did not know that BV had such a
We then proceed on to Sutter Home where we met Dennis Fagundes. After
we tasted the wines he poured, I realized that there is much more to
Sutter Home than one might think at first. He introduced us to the Trinchero
label and I was impressed with how good they were; Dennis gave us a
bottle of Mario's Reserve Cabernet, which was promptly enjoyed that
Last on the list for wine tasting was Merryvale with Jennifer Tisa.
I had heard about the Cask Room before but never had seen it; it was
so beautiful! Definitely a good thing to recommend if anyone needs to
hold a private event in Napa. We had some awesome wines here, too, and
a great time chatting with Jennifer. A very nice way to end the day.
After all that wine tasting we were ready to relax, so we headed for
the Napa River Inn. It was so charming; our room had so many great features:
incredible clawfoot tub, dual showers, fireplace, beautiful hardwood
floors (we later learned that those very floors had once been the floor
of a skating rink!!)and a rich decor. I loved it! In the morning I met
Lisa Koester who gave us the grand tour of the whole property. The food
venues were so cute, they had a little general store and everything.
After seeing several of the rooms, I decided that my favorite was the
type of room I stayed in. The following weekend at work I referred a
guest there who booked for Saturday night.
Lalit, thank you for always setting up very special appointments and
visits for me in Wine Country. It really helps me when I chat with my
guests as they head up to Napa/Sonoma. The better informed I am, the
better I can assist them!
I have started printing out the tasting coupons from our special webpage
that you have set up. I am hoping that my guests are taking advantage
of it (I am encouraging it!)! Do you rotate different wineries on the
site? I think it's a great thing you started, and I'll continue to use
Hope you are having a great week!
Concierge ~ Ritz Carlton San Francisco