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RC456
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posted 02-28-2011 06:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Yesilovewine

I'm a little behind here, but concerning a tour stop on the Wine Train. We did this back in 2007 and the stop was Grgich. Really enjoyed the tour (guide took us out into the vineyard) and tasting. Free wine glass for both of us was nice touch. Also a cameo by Mike Grgich was entertaining as well.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-28-2011 06:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Sandra, Glad you had a great trip. Almost always, those who have a great trip can hardly wait to return.

We have not tasted at John Anthony or Truchard, but may have to try them in October because of your glowing recommendation. Cheers!

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SandraLance
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posted 02-28-2011 04:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SandraLance     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Everyone! Thank you for the information! We had the BEST trip, even with rain and 30 degree weather! Can't wait to come back! Too many places to try! Truchard's cave was fabulous and loved John Anthony Tasting Room. Joined Franciscan's Wine Club. Wine train was great, too! I'm passing this website on to my friend who is visiting there in October. Will definitely help make her trip as wonderful as mine!

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-27-2011 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Had our first Spring Mountain area CAb Friday night, Hawkeye.
Chateau Chevalier...didn't catch the year. We were at a wine tasting. The hostess raved about it, but we were underwhelmed....

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-26-2011 06:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Just had an 04 Grgich NV Estate Cab last night that was quite good.

Tonight we opened an 06 Spring Mountain NV cab that was even better.

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-26-2011 04:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
It is a toss up between Grgich & ZD. The both have great cabs.

"It is about the people, the place & wine!"

www.StacysWineStop.com

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-26-2011 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well, the next reasonable question then is predictable...which one would you want to be your stop if you were going? I've been wanting to do that thing for YEARS but could not justify a non-stop event. We are red drinkers, like Zins first, cabs next and want something bold and beautiful in the Chateau-neuf vein.

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-26-2011 01:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
They finally got permission from Napa county about a year ago. http://winetrain.com/

They stop at different wineries with each tour. ZD, Raymond, Grgich and Chandon.

"It is about the people, the place & the wine!"

www.StacysWineStop.com

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-26-2011 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Stacy, I think that Sandra's trip is actually over now, but that was great input. I had not heard about the wine train making stops now. How long have they been doing that?

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StacysWineStop
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posted 02-26-2011 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
Don't know when your going, but Truchard (John Anthony is their son) has about 110 acres in the Carneros region. They sell of majority of their grapes to many well known wineries. Most noteable Scott Palooza's Red Wine Blend and Cab Franc (which was specially made for the French Laundry) sources all his grapes from the Truchard Vineyards. There is what we who live in Napa or are in the industry call the bucket list; taking the wine train which stops at 4 wineries now, visiting the 107 room Castillo Di Amorosa (which is owned by V. Sattui)and having lunch or dinner at the French Laundry. Ristorante Allegra (on 1st in downtown Napa) offers live music on the weekends. Great food at Chandon. When booking dinner reservations make them directly after your last winery, or later in the evening. Many people find taking break/rest in between makes it for a more pleasurable evening.

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-08-2011 08:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Sorry, I'm not much help in that area....downtown Napa was in a serious slump last we were there. I have read on Trip Advisor that there are some places with music, but don't recall the names.
The Wine Country Napa site probably will have some ideas, too.
Or, if you think of it, just ask your servers at the tasting- they are also a good source for finding new places to go tasting.

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SandraLance
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posted 02-07-2011 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SandraLance     Edit/Delete Message
THANK YOU so much for that HUGE bit of information! Will definitely do Franciscan on Friday. We arrive in the morning! Any fun local hangouts that you can recommend? Maybe something with music?

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yesilovewine
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posted 02-07-2011 08:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Sandra.
Just an FYI about Franciscan ( a personal favorite, I might add! )....
they get super, super crowded on the weekends as they can accomodate large groups so busses and wedding groups frequently go there. Would HIGHLY recommend that you go on Friday if you can, or make it a point to get there early on a weekend day. Otherwise, you might be tasting with 100 of your "closest friends".

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SandraLance
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posted 02-07-2011 04:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SandraLance     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you so much for your replies! We will be there Feb 18-21, staying at Meritage Resort. We will also go to Franciscan. Have pulled off the Calendar of Activities and are looking forward to a fabulous time!

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RC456
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posted 02-06-2011 04:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
Sandra,

Welcome!

We took the Wine Train in 2007 and thought was well worth it. Enjoyed the lunch very much. An optional stop on the train that day was Grgich Hills.....we very much enjoyed our tour and tasting there. The rest who did not opt for the tour went on up the line. We were picked back up on the way back. Had dessert and wine....wonderful experience altogether. Would recommend at least once to everyone.

Have not visited the others that you inquired about.

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Hawkeye
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posted 02-06-2011 01:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Sandra, thanks for joining our board.

We took the lunch wine train a couple of years ago. I believe we reserved space in the Vista Dome car. If I remember correctly, and at my age, sometimes my rememberer is not as good as I sometimes remember, the lunch was very good. We both decided that we were happy we took the trip.

Your wineries I am not familiar with. We don't go to Domain Chandon because neither of us are sparkling fans.

If you should decide you would like some other suggestions for wineries, give us more information on what you like, where you will be staying, and how long you will be there, then maybe we could make some educated guesses for you.

Life is very, very good. Cheers.

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damombo
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posted 02-06-2011 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Sandra - welcome to the board!
We enjoyed lunch on the Wine Train several years ago. We really had fun and the meal was delicious. I had never been on a train before, so that was special for me. It is a very leisurely ride up and back. We spent half of the time in the dining car and the other half in the lounge(?) car - a car with comfy seats and seating areas. We enjoyed our experience and thought it was well worth it. The train didn't stop anywhere but I read someplace that they may do that now? Anyway, we had fun!
The other places you mention I have not been to - well, we have done a tasting at Domaine Chandon, but haven't tried the restaurant. I think I read recently that they had gotten a Michelin star - so it must be fairly tasty!

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SandraLance
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posted 02-06-2011 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SandraLance     Edit/Delete Message
What are your thoughts on Truchard, John Anthony wine bar in the evening, dinner at Chandon, and lunch on the Wine Train? Thanks for your comments!

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