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grapefriend’s adventures at colgin

If you’ve never heard of Colgin, here’s what you need to know: they’re incredible Bordeaux-style blends and Cabernets (and a little Syrah) from Napa, they’re expensive (starting at $350 a bottle), they make roughly 2500 cases each year, and you won’t be able to get any since there are 2000 people on the wait list. People go crazy for it and, should you feel the need to inflict a little pain on yourself reading about what you might never have, my topline on them is that they’re balanced, more fresh tobacco and earth than black fruit, and insanely elegant. But more than just geeky tasting notes which everyone else has done and will do ad nauseum, when grapefriend goes to visit the owner Ann Colgin (from Texas and super fun) here’s what I loved.

1 they name some of their barrels after harry potter characters

no boring numbers here

no boring numbers here

2 custom m&m’s

TOTALLY need to do these for grapefriend

TOTALLY need to do these for grapefriend

3 ann’s dogs are named Corton and Gevrey

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And they licked my toes during the tasting. Too freaking cute.

4 it’s baller

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Colgin fans Pat Riley, Lebron James, and the Duke coach all gave Ann signed basketballs. Don’t worry, I expressed my utter dismay about the non-Giants atrocity in the back row.

5 ann has her lips on bottles and cast into electric art

her lips on the bottle at the left, the art in the mirror

She was once asked to sign a bottle for charity and instead kissed it – now many bottles given to charity get her lips, which have since also been cast as art which you can see in the mirror (right above me in the shot – really professional).

6 this is their non-colgin wine cellar

yeah, it's just a little sicker than yours. seriously it's like a wine museum, and I really want to go to one of their dinner parties.

Yeah, it’s just slightly sicker than yours. Seriously it’s like a wine museum, and I really really want to go to one of their dinner parties.

7 they serve you pretty damn good wine

colgin wine

We tried the 2005-2009 vintages.

05 and 07 were my faves - earthy, superfine tannins and just gorgeous

05 and 07 were my faves – earthy, superfine tannins and just gorgeous

8 and let you take a roadie for the vineyard walk

yippee

yippee

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