Charbay vanilla bean rum

The Charbay Artisan Distillery and Winery is know as The Still on the Hill in the St. Helena area of the Napa Valley.


Gail and I visited this winery during our trip to Napa Valley last April.
At this small winery which rests 2100 feet above sea level we found copper pot stills, where we received a short but informative lesson about the distillation process they use in the making of their spirits, which we could not taste due to California laws.

The triple distillation should leave the product very clean and crisp to the taste, none of the alcohol or oily taste that often lingers with many pot stilled rums.

While in Napa we tried in vain to find a bottle of Charbay rum to bring home with us. Our hotel bar did stock Charbay vodkas but not the rum.

I had all but forgotten about this rum, when, finally, the quest was over, a bottle of Charbay Vanilla Bean Rum appeared at our local liquor store.

A white rum with good rum legs and a vanilla nose this rum is quite tasty as a sipper. It should make a good rum and coke as well as a nice mojito.

The triple distilling process truly does present a smooth, clean, crisp finish.

The vanilla bean flavor is very up front but not overpowering.

A great bar shelf rum, a little pricey ( I paid $40ish for it), but certainly fun for me since I was at the distillery.

The Charbay story of a family owned distillery and one of only few in the U.S. to have pot stills, is very interesting and informative.

If you can find this rum give it a try, it is different enough to enjoy and you are buying American.







Review: 2015 Goya Quad 118 (The Wave Slayer)

Casey’s Blog:

Well I sold my 104L quad , witch I loved, and replaced it with the 2015 Goya 118 quad. thinking to bridge the Big wave board WindSup gap.  I don’t even know were to start, this board is even more amazing then the 104 was.  its in fact! “ridiculous fun”.   I have crushed more Lips on the 118 the last Fall then I did all year on everything else combined(Kites/Sup/Surf included).  Its rips! in on shore/side/and side off condition, Big waves, little waves,( and it really excels in big waves), 5-35 knots, what ever you throw at this board it can handle it, The range on this board is huge. The 118  planes up pretty quick for a wave stick, is super smooth, turns amazing for a board so big, ect, ect.  The only couple of negatives I could find with it was it did get a little bouncy on a real choppy wave, moving the mast track forward helped with that. The  second negative was it is still a “Big” board in the “air” so try not to do any big moves you will most likely break your ankles.   Now I could go on and on about technical Bull shit. But the end result for this board is always the same. It just leaves you with a big smile on your face every time.  If your a heavy weight (200Lb+) who wave sales or wants to get into riding waves on the great lakes, east coast, or anywhere were conditions that are not perfect.   Then its real simple get the 118L Goya quad. There is  no better wave board out there for “real world conditions” period.  If you are a lighter person look into the 104L or 94L Version, I sure you are going to have the same results.

If your looking to pull the trigger like I was, make the call to Wind NC, There service is always the best. They somehow got mine to my door in 2 days just awesome.

2014 Session recap

Casey’s Blog:

Well 2014 is over and Dang it went fast.  I am not sure why? it wasn’t a good year for waves, but I still managed some playtime.  For the second straight year I fell short of my goal of 100 days in the water, ended up with 75.  Its wasn’t for the lack of trying thou. there just wasn’t many days between the short season and lack of wind/waves. I think 2015 is going to be a good year just by the “odds”   Now to the stats!


83-Total play days! (11 months)

75-days – Total wave surfing!  (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

40-days   Windsurfing (5.7 & smaller)

9-days   Kitesurfing (12m & 8m)

9-days   Sup surfing

17-days   Wind Sup in waves

8-days   Snowkiteing (No snow year)

13-days  Scoring waves in Hatteras

Best day on the reef- Oct 8th (Rare True Side Off Bliss)

Best month-Oct (Rocktober as usual)

Best SUP ride –super long nose rides at H-bay in spring!)

Best new toy-  118L Goya quad!

Past years

2013-95 total play days.         93 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2012-124 total play days.         119 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2011-129 total play days           93 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2010-144 total play days           104 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2009-102 total play days           42 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)  

2008-100 total play days           40 total wave days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)  

2007-83 total play days           36 total play days (windsurf/kite/SUP/surfing)

2013 Monthly break down

JAN None

FEB 4-Snowkite

MARCH 4-Snowkite

APRIL 1-Windsurf,  1-Sup Wave,  1-Wind Sup

MAY 2-Kitesurf,  2-Wind Sup, 2-Sup Waves

JUNE 2-Windsurf, 2-Wind Sup, 2-Sup Wave

JULY 11-Windsurf, 5-Wind Sup, 1-Kitesurf

AUG 4-Windsurf, 3-Wind Sup

SEP 5-Windsurf,  2-Wind Sup, 1-Kitesurf, 3-Sup Wave

OCT 10-Windsurf, 3-Kitesurf, 2-Wind Sup

NOV 2-Kitesurf, 5-Windsurf

DEC 2-Windsurf, 1-Sup Wave

That’s it!  Time to do it all over again. HIT THE LIP

Lake Erie Watermen & Women


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