Shafer "Hillside Select" remains close to my heart since I first tasted it in the 1980's. It is one the first wines I bought to cellar as a vertical and I was lucky enough to purchase several vintages back then in large format. The big bottles are all gone now-mostly consumed with close friends and family during some memorable events over the years, but the palate memories are forever ingrained...
Location: Monmouth Beach, NJ
Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).