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Some teams are roaring towards Napa Valley, our next checkpoint; others are lingering in SoCal a little longer, chillin' with Paris Hilton and whatnot. And all the teams have been working hard, logging extra miles and time in the gym.<br><br>
So if you're looking to relax with a fine virtual California wine, here's how to get some: be the person to carry your team into Napa Valley (i.e., past the 3,288 point mark) and you'll win yourself some virtual California wine, along with other wine country-related virtual prizes. One person per team will win, though rumor has it there will be enough to share. I will log points in the order received; the person whose total puts his or her team at 3,288 gets the prize. You'll win whether your team's in first place or sixth, though rumor has it that the quality of the prize might decline for the teams that arrive in Napa a little behind schedule.<br><br>
Suggestions as to quality Napa Valley wines for the winners would be appreciated.
 

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I can help provide some virtual Alder Brook wine since my good friend is the assistant winemaker. I definately think the last place team should get a nice virtual bottle of Charles Shaw! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Be sure to stop by my house for a little break before heading across the bridge towards Napa.
 

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Who can recommend a nice oaky chardonnay, a great pinot noir, or an interesting dry full-bodied red to motivate me?
 

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My lack of wine knowledge and snobbery will now be apparent. It's not that I don't <i>want</i> to be a snob, I just have quite a learning curve to ascend. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Caymus is a Napa vineyard. I like one of their whites called Caymus Conundrum. It's a blend of Sav Blanc, Chard, and other varietals. I'm not much for whites or blends, but this one is not to be missed.<br><br>
One of my absolute favorites is up the road a bit in Monterey (although I think they have a Napa office). That's Chalone Vineyards. They make a truly astounding pinot noir. Based on that, I'd be willing to try just about they make.<br><br>
Cheers,<br>
Billy
 

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Billy, those sound interesting. I'll look for them next time I go wine shopping.
 
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