A Tourist In My Own Backyard

Monday, August 29th, 2011 | Posted by Tom Plant

We shared a bottle of wine and he told our new friend Shaena Engle stories of life, love and his vision. There are no two ways about it, Papa is charming and engaging and it’s my hope that someday you get the chance to meet this extraordinary man.

David Vergari

Thornton Winery – Quality Through And Through

Friday, August 19th, 2011 | Posted by Tom Plant

“I take great pride in making wine that sells in the single digits or low to mid teens that people like. I want people to drink wine. I don’t want it to be a secret club where you need to know a certain handshake to get in.”


To Tip or Not To Tip

Monday, August 15th, 2011 | Posted by Tom Plant

I brought up the subject with a group of friends and a lively discussion ensued. Most agreed that’s it’s a common courtesy to leave a tip.

Bagnell Dam Strip

Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks – 1st Day

Friday, August 12th, 2011 | Posted by Tom Plant

I highly recommend the Ozark Turtle, but I don’t think you’ll go wrong with whatever you select.

Carol's Restaurant at Baily Winery

Phil Baily – Consistency Is King

Sunday, August 7th, 2011 | Posted by Tom Plant

Phil likes making a wine that he will enjoying drinking, and thinks that winemakers who cater to their clientele do them a disservice. A good gauge of how well he is making wine is that he drinks a lot more of his own wine now than he used to.

Venge Vineyards

Kirk Venge – Born To Make Wine

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 | Posted by Tom Plant

“What we’re trying to do here is something at the highest level in the Napa Valley. I can guarantee that.” It’s his hope that people leave with a sense of what it takes to make his wines.