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Malbec One of my favorite duties as a Sommelier is the opportunity to taste and discover new exceptional wines. (Yes, I do love my job, but I assure you that is only part of it!) And when I can’t get to the wineries due to the everyday demands of my job, I simply love it when the winery—and the winemaker—come to me!  Such was the occasion when Aaron Buoncristiani of the Napa Valley family winery bearing his name visited me at the Inn with an extraordinary line up of wines. Aaron and his three brothers are running the show at Buoncristiani Family Winery. The Winery was established in 1999 by ...
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Opus One has earned a sterling reputation for being one of the best wines in the world, and it certainly is one of my favorites. I’ve tasted and served the wine to delighted guests at The Bernards Inn for several years now, but it was my visit to the winery itself in the Napa Valley that revealed how a wine of such superb quality is produced—with passion, knowledge and utmost care. It was a bright and crystal clear afternoon on the day of our visit to Opus One. The setting was so spectacular as we approached the winery and  it took my breath away. When you arrive, you immediately get the fee...
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Spring is finally here but it wasn’t long ago when the winter season’s last blizzard collided with our Silver Oak Wine Dinner. We thank those who braved the near-whiteout conditions—determined to attend--and enjoyed the delightful wines and company of special guest, winemaker Daniel Baron. Daniel was very entertaining while delivering a wide array of information about the Silver Oak Cellars. A few facts discussed that may interest you: Daniel Baron has been with Silver Oak Cellars for 17 years, and previously had been with Dominus for 12 years. Daniel also spent time in France honing his s...
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Recently, Charles Roy from Roy Estate passed away unexpectedly. Charles was such an inspiration to everyone he met with his positive attitude, boundless energy and great enthusiasm. I met Charles a few years back, and was elated to try his first vintage of Roy Estate Cabernet and Roy Estate Red Proprietary Blend. The wines were incredible--showing such elegance, charm, and finesse to mimic the personality of such an incredible man as Charles. I couldn’t wait to place these wines on our wine list and tell our clientele the story of how Charles was from NJ, then moved to Napa Valley after purch...
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Charlotte and Christiane Charlotte and Christiane Krimmel are very special to me and all of us at The Bernards Inn. The entire Krimmel Family are great supporters of the Inn, and sisters Charlotte and Christiane always choose to celebrate their special occasions with us. There have been many memorable birthdays, recitals, anniversaries,  celebrations, etc.  Both girls have an avid interest in the makings and running of a restaurant and are fascinated with the operations at the Bernards Inn.  They love cooking, baking, and the overall experience of dining. We'd like to think that we have inspi...
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