� Hyperlinks allowed for WineCountry.com advertisers only.
� Content intended to lead visitors to other specific properties may be edited or deleted.
� Posts we consider inappropriate will be deleted immediately.
  Napa Valley     [all categories]
  Napa Valley - Wineries to Visit
  Our Upcoming Itinerary

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   Our Upcoming Itinerary
Hawkeye
Member
posted 11-17-2010 01:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Uncorked,

If you are limited on time, and you really want some EXCELLENT Zins, I would recommend that you drop Mauritson and add Wilson. If you are breaking into smaller groups, maybe half the group to Mauritson, half to Wilson, then switch. Just my honest opinion.

If you want something really special, go to Williamson in Healdsburg. You could walk from the hotel.

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 11-17-2010).]

IP: 68.169.189.111

yesilovewine
Member
posted 11-17-2010 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Uncorked,
if you are members at Ledson then I highly recommend that you take advantage of that and schedule a private tasting for your party. Its lots of fun and there is no charge for club members and their guests ( not sure if there is a size limit on that, but I don't think so...maybe damambo knows for sure.?

IP: 98.232.221.183

Uncorked
Junior Member
posted 11-16-2010 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
Funny you should mention Ledson---we went there last time----my husband and I joined their wine club---i do like their zins for sure. And we got some great stuff in their deli. We also visited B R Cohn nearby and bought a couple of bottles (husband loves Doobies) and some olive oils. We are thinking about going their next year for their 25th anniversary music festival. You mentioned Stryker---that is one I've been considering for our group. Thanks for the info.

IP: 99.2.140.113

yesilovewine
Member
posted 11-16-2010 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Uncorked,
Since you have a large group, I bet you would like Ledson. For one thing, they can accomodate large groups easily- just call ahead. Also, their tasting menu is so vast that its unlikely that there won't be something there to please each palate. They have an on-site deli that is pretty good, too, so it would be convenient for lunch before or after the tasting.
Stryker would also be a good stop with a larger group. They took the Best in Show Red wine at Harvest Fair with their Cab, but they are known more for their Zins. I don't think that they have a separate tasting area for large groups, but the shape of the room would allow for it pretty easily. They are a stone's throw from Hawkes and the Jimtown Store; if the weather is good you could pick up supplies at Jimtown and eat lunch at Stryker.

IP: 98.232.221.183

Uncorked
Junior Member
posted 11-16-2010 01:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
We're staying at Healdsburg Hotel. We will have 12-16 people this time. We'll do a few things as a group, but will go in smaller groups to smaller wineries, as soon cannot handle a group that size. We have a great group of people. Twelve of us went in Oct 2008 and had so much fun they wanted to do it again. I plan all of it--I love doing that. Based on what I've seen you and others say, I know I want to go to Mauritson. I love Zins and am anxious to try those.

IP: 99.2.140.113

Hawkeye
Member
posted 11-16-2010 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Uncorked,

Where will you be staying in Healdsburg? Do you have your reservations yet? How many in your group?

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 11-16-2010).]

IP: 68.169.189.111

yesilovewine
Member
posted 11-15-2010 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Yup- the corked cow is front and center- or was in October.
There is/ was a small owl on one of the shelves, too.

[This message has been edited by yesilovewine (edited 11-16-2010).]

IP: 98.232.221.183

Uncorked
Junior Member
posted 11-15-2010 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Uncorked   Click Here to Email Uncorked     Edit/Delete Message
Wow---your trip sounds wonderful. Just a few notes---we visited Cliff Lede in Oct. 2008---bought all 3 we tasted! Cab, Claret and a wonderful Sauv Blanc. Lovely setting also. We also visited Viansa that trip---had a group lunch there--very good. They have a great gift shop with lots of sauces, oils, etc. I joined their Cucina club. I would love to visit Michael next time we're there. Tell him 'hello' for me too (he doesn't know me either!) Hawkeye, we stayed at the Lodge in Sonoma and loved it---be sure to ask to be upgraded to a cottage. They have a tasting room there and also have a shuttle to the plaza if you don't feel like walking the mile or so. And I must agree about the Charles Creek port--delicious---is the cow made out of corks still there? We are taking a group back to Sonoma in Oct. 2011 and plan to stay in Healdsburg this time. I cannot wait---seems a long time off.......

IP: 99.2.140.113

yesilovewine
Member
posted 11-14-2010 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
That is a long drive between Sonoma-town and Healdsburg- a nap is in order!
Your knowledge of the area far surpasses mine, I'm sure Hawkeye, but I may have a couple of ideas. For one thing, on our last visit we were tasting at St. Francis and we overheard the marketing manager for Hop Kiln telling the St. Francis manager that they were opening a tasting room in Sonoma town at the end of the week, so that will be a new place in town you could visit. The winemaker at Hop Kiln has been getting some press lately in the wine magazines. I can't think of his name at the moment, but he's really young- not quite 25 I think!
For a really different offering, head to the tasting room for Charles Creek in Sonoma town and try the LaBomba...its chocolate infused port. Until we found the Trentadue Chocolate Amore that was a "go-to" for gifts and for after dinner with friends. We still like it, we just like the Amore a little better. Charles Creek also makes a very nice blend called Muy Bonita that we like a lot.
Damambo,
I could really wreck your Green Valley (Olivet Road) plan and suggest that you also stop at Sunce for the Pinot that won the Best in Class for over $45 at Harvest Fair. Its a really interesting facility and the folks are genuinely nice. DeLoach is on the same road and has a very nice tasting room and a really good port.
Funny, I don't think of us as port drinkers, but I notice that I keep recommending these ports all of a sudden!! We have had some good ones lately, guess that's why they became a focal point.

IP: 98.232.221.183

Hawkeye
Member
posted 11-14-2010 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Wow, a drive of 27 seconds! I would have to take a nap about half way there.

I am taking note of these suggestions, we will be staying at The Lodge at Sonoma for two nights in March and will need some suggestions on where to visit. We have never stayed in Sonoma before so we are looking forward to it. I imagine we will go from Sonoma all the way to Healdsburg . . . with a stop for a nap about half way.

IP: 173.247.8.17

yesilovewine
Member
posted 11-13-2010 08:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
TeeHee! That long, huh?
I hope you find them to be worth the stop.

IP: 98.232.221.183

damombo
Member
posted 11-13-2010 07:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
yesilovewine - heehee I used google maps to see how far between Hook and Ladder and Harvest Moon - should take us 27 seconds by their calculations! I think we can manage to squeeze them in! And we are Zin fans, so we'll do it - thanks for the tip!

IP: 96.8.187.200

yesilovewine
Member
posted 11-12-2010 02:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Oh, Damambo, I forgot to say before that Harvest Moon is literally down the street from Hook and Ladder on Olivet Road. If you have a chance to stop in, you should. They are a "Zin House" and its a very small, quaint spot. Our favorite was the '02 Russian River Valley Zinfandel, which happens to be Eric's inaugural vintage. Its just great.

IP: 98.232.221.183

damombo
Member
posted 11-12-2010 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
And yes, I made appointments with Jeff and Gary. I also mentioned to the people at Biale that we would be coming there at 4 after an appt at 3 with Gary. They emailed back and said "Great! But good luck getting away from Gary in a hour!" I thought that was pretty funny - I do enjoy the camaraderie and friendly competition between most of the wineries.

IP: 76.31.51.42

damombo
Member
posted 11-12-2010 02:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Oh Hawkeye - you forget that we live in flat, flat Houston. We love to drive and drive and drive around that area! So the 20 or so miles between Kuleto and Bennett Lane will be spent with us oohing and oohing all the beautiful curves and mountains and so forth. My hubby just wishes we could afford to rent a sports car for all that driving!

[This message has been edited by damombo (edited 11-12-2010).]

IP: 76.31.51.42

Hawkeye
Member
posted 11-12-2010 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Damombo, Only 14 new wineries? That is almost 4 new ones per day. That is exciting. Wish we could be with you.

Wow, from Kuleto to Bennett Lane on the same day? At my age, I would be so tired from driving that I would have to take a nap about half way there. Seriously, we have never been to Kuleto so will look forward to your report. We have never stopped at Chiarello's either so will await your report. Tell Michael I said hello! He won't have any idea who I am, but you can still greet him for me. :-)

I think you will enjoy Shafer. I think this is your first visit. We have visited 3 or 4 times now, and the lady (I am embarrassed that I can't think of her name) behind the bar remembers us when we walk in. One of those places that always make you feel welcome.

Jeff Blaume is the manager and general flunky at Chase Family Winery. I hope you made an appointment. Ask Jeff for a tank taste (it may be in the barrel by now) of their new offering of Savignon Blanc. WOW, we can hardly wait until it is released. Ask Jeff to see a picture of his 3-year old son, Charlie. You may have a hard time finding them, being in St. Helena, they are not allowed to put up a sign, but after the road narrows, just around a mild curve you will see the yellow Chase mailbox on the left. The winery is on the right. Tell Jeff we said hello.

We have some '05 Cliff Lede Cab in our cellar that are tasting fantastic right now. Took a bottle to our favorite restaurant manager and it blew him away.

I certainly hope you enjoy Surh Luchtel as much as we did. Gary Luchtel did our tasting and we enjoyed most of what he offered. Tell him we said hello . . . but then, he may not remember us.

When you go to Biale, have your husband give Kandice a big hug for me. Probably would not be proper for you to do it, but then again, after a day of tasting, who give a d==n. She is one of our favorite people in the whole valley. I am really looking forward to Mark and Kandice opening their new winery and tasting room in Yountville.

Have you had lunch at Francis Ford Coppola before? Sounds interesting.

Have you stayed at the Vintner's Inn previously? I have thought about staying there, but it seemed to be far away from the mainstream wineries.

Have a great time and keep great notes so we can live the trip through your writings. I have thought about getting a small hand held recorder so I could keep notes. Might be easier than trying to write them. Be safe!

IP: 173.247.8.17

damombo
Member
posted 11-12-2010 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Don't worry, it won't be a "NewYork Minute"! We've never been, so I'm sure we will stay for a while
We have been to Paradise Ridge - but it was several years ago and it was late in the day, so I don't remember much. We will have to give them another try.
Cline we have visited several times, but it has been several years since the last time. And as I recall, the last visit was very crowded - there was a tour bus in the parking lot, so we should have just passed on by. Jacuzzi had that same problem last time we tried - a tour bus and a huge crowd. I've had Viansa on the list for several years, but we have never gotten there. As you said, I have it as the last spot before heading to the airport hotel, and we just never get there. Either I have hit my saturation point or we've lingered too long somewhere else. I'll call ahead and make sure that they will be open - and we do love the olive oils at the various wineries. That and the vinegars. I've been enjoying amazing salads for the last few years since my husband loves to experiment with all of those oils and vinegars!
Can't wait!! - and then it will fly by and we will be back home

IP: 76.31.51.42

yesilovewine
Member
posted 11-12-2010 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
LOL, Damambo....A MINUTE at the Wine Garage??? I would love to be able to do that!( The Left Brain would love for me to be able to do that,too!!) I'd be lucky to get out in an hour..!
Hey, since you are going to be at Vintner's Inn in Santa Rosa, you really should put Paradise Ridge on your list somewhere. Its not far at all and if you aren't familiar with them, you need to head up there. Wines to try are: The Posse- outstanding red blend, and any of the "Elevation" labels as they are from the Rockpile area and well, yummmm is about all I can manage cuz now my mouth is watering. Their Sauvignon Blanc is good, too.
I'll be interested to hear about your Cline and Viansa visits- reviews are a mixed bag on those 2. We've tried to visit Cline twice, but the lines at the bar have been huge and we just don't care to wait. The grounds there are very interesting and you should visit the display of the missions. Reportedly they have aviaries there as well, but we didn't see them when we were there. Since they are open later than most, they get lots of late-in-the-day visitors so keep that in mind. Viansa gets lots of busses and special events, so you might want to check to be sure that they will be open the day and time you want to go- we had saved it as a late in the day visit for our 'exit from the area' and were disappointed because they had closed for a wedding.
Viansa is also known for their Olive oils, and my understanding is that they offer tastings of them as well, so that may be fun to do, if you like olive oils. Jacuzzi, which is across the street from Cline and right next to Viansa has a whole olive oil area called the Olive Press and that is a BEAUTIFUL building, so if Viansa falls through you might enjoy Jacuzzi as a back up.
Can't speak to the wines of either, but the facilities are lovely and the views from Viansa's patio area are amazing.

IP: 98.232.221.183

damombo
Member
posted 11-11-2010 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I have finally gotten our itinerary set - well, set unless we change our minds! You know how that goes...
So here it is:
We will arrive in Yountville around 5:00 on Wednesday and plan to go taste Michael Chiarello's wines at the Napa Style shop first. Then we will check into the Napa Valley Lodge, followed by dinner at Bottega. (Kind of a Chiarello theme to the evening!)
Thursday will be Shafer, then Rutherford Hill, followed by lunch at the Auberge Bistro. Then over to Kuleto Estate, back to Bennett Lane, possibly a minute to wander around the Wine Garage, and dinner at Solbar Solage.
Friday we will visit Cakebread, Chase, possibly Sterling, have lunch at Gott's (formerly Taylor's Refresher), then on to Cliff Lede, Surh Luchtel, and Biale. After Biale, we will head to Santa Rosa to check into the Vintner's Inn. Dinner will be at John Ash, on the Vintner's Inn property.
Saturday we start with Mauritson, then Passalaqua, then over to Francis Ford Coppola for lunch and a tasting. After lunch, we head to Wilson, Seghesio, and end up at Williamson. Dinner will be at A Divine Affair.
Sunday we check out of the hotel and start off at Chalk Hill Estate. Next will be Hook & Ladder. Then to Sonoma for lunch at LaSalette. We will wander around the square for a while and then check out Ravenswood. Our last stops will be Cline Cellars and Viansa.
Of the places we are planning to visit, 14 will be new to us! I'm very excited - sometimes we find ourselves visiting old favorites and don't manage to squeeze in too many new ones.
Well that's the plan! I'll let y'all know what we thought of experiences when we get back...

IP: 76.31.51.42

All times are ET (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | winecountry.com | Privacy Statement

copyright Winecountry.Com

Powered by Infopop www.infopop.com © 2000
Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.45c

1. Acceptance of Terms of Usage
Freerun Technologies provides a collection of online resources, including website/portals, bulletin boards and email services, (hereafter referred to as "the Service") subject to the following Terms of Use ("Terms"), which may be updated by Freerun Technologies from time to time. By using the Service in any way, you are agreeing to comply with these Terms.

2. Content
All postings, messages, text, or other material posted on, transmitted through, or linked from the Service, are the sole responsibility of the entity from whom the Content originated. Freerun Technologies shall have the right (but not the obligation) in its sole discretion to refuse or delete any Content that is available via the Service, for any reason.