September 1, 2006
Music To His...Palate

I'm sitting here writing a review of The Kitchen, scheduled to be in The Bee's Sunday Ticket on Sept. 10. Colleague Chris Macias isn't at his computer adding to his blog because he's in the Napa Valley picking up a bottle of the Shafer Vineyards 2002 Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon ($190), a magnificent wine that seems to grow in stature with each vintage. As a measure of that esteem, as well as a reflection of the vigor of the economy despite high gas prices and a slumping housing market, about 100 people began to line up at 6:30 this morning for the first-day release of the wine, reports Chris. What's more, the winery limits each person to two bottles. Winery owner John Shafer and longtime winemaker Elias Fernandez were on hand to sign bottles. You might see Chris on his drive back to Sacramento. He's the guy with the bright-yellow sign in the back window warning other drivers that he has "Wine On Board."

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