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jenpro
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posted 03-13-2011 06:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jenpro   Click Here to Email jenpro     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you Both for all the help! I think we have a nice variety of places etc... to visit. I have the final itinerary of our trip and I think it is a lovely variety! 3 full days of tastings...Napa, Sonoma and Yountville with other half days blended in. For our first trip I think it will certainly be a success! We are VERY excited and the weather there will be better than WI so no complaints from me!

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damombo
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posted 03-12-2011 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Have a great trip Jen! Hope the weather is gorgeous - but then again, it never rains or is gloomy in a tasting room

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-12-2011 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Jen, back from out trip, now maybe I can concentrate on suggestions for yours. It appears that you want to limit your tasting to Yountville, which will not be hard for one day. Walking Washington Street would be very possible, but how will you carry your wine purchases that you certainly will want to make. Or, maybe make notes as you go, then travel by car to make your purchase. However you do it, here is the website for a map of Washington Street with the tasting rooms tagged. Whatever you do, if you will share tastings, you can taste at more locations. Aslo, there is nothing wrong with "dumping" any excess or any that you do not like.

I don't know where or if you plant to spend the night.

If you start at the bottom of Washington Street, the first is Somerston Winery. I don't know why, but we have never tasted here, it may be fairly new. It looks like they carry the normal white and red varietals. Here is the website: http://somerstonwineco.com/ I have no recommendation for this tasting room.

The next winery you come to would be The Hill Family tasting room. They probably have of the most diverse offering on the street, at a range of prices for everyone. If I remember correctly, their tasting room also has an antique shop. Here is their website http://hillfamilyestate.ewinerysolutions.com/index.cfm?method=homepage.showpage

By this time you may want to head to Bottega to try their wines before having lunch. Their website is http://chiarellovineyards.com/ I have not been here so I cannot make a recommendation.

Cornerstone tasting room. A small production upper end excellent Cabs http://www.cornerstonecellars.com/NapaValley A good one to taste.

Hope & Grace has several wines from Chards to Cabs. One of the few places that you will find several different Pinot releases. I enjoyed their wines. http://www.hopeandgracewines.com/

Ma(i)sonry, I know nothing about. It seems to be one of those places that wants to exclude as many tasters as they can with their limited appointments. But, here is the website. http://www.maisonry.com/

The last two on the street would be mu MUST visits.

Jessup Cellars. I cannot find the card of the host that did our tasting, but I believe it was Dan. We did a nice seated tasting with tidbits of food to go along with their wide range of wines. They are a quality wine producer.

And now, my favorite of all. The Girard Tasting room. This tasting room is upbeat with lots going on. Their decor is one of the most modern around. I know this is dumb, but I like their restrooms. Plus, they have a wide range of wines to taste. Do their private wine and food pairing with Eric Jensen, and I guarantee you a good time. Girard is open extremely late for a tasting room but their sit down tastings stop earlier.

Well, Jen, that is about all I can do. If you have any other questions, give me a holler. Have a great trip and let us know how it comes out. Cheers.

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 03-12-2011).]

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jenpro
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posted 03-12-2011 07:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jenpro   Click Here to Email jenpro     Edit/Delete Message
Excellent! Thanks for the tips and I look forward to more! You guys are absolutely WONDERFUL! Just a week from today and we will be in beautiful wine country!

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damombo
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posted 03-04-2011 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Jen - we have eaten at Bottega twice now and thoroughly enjoyed each time. Napa Style is a wonderful store to wander through and the tasting bar, where you can taste Chiarello Family wines, is one of our favorite stops. Those wines are perfect for my particular palate.

I know that there are several tasting rooms within walking distance - well, I guess that would be a relative term - but it seems to me that Yountville is a very small hamlet with ridiculously fabulous restaurants and lots of tasting rooms all within a very small area. Hawkeye has more experience with the actual tasting in various rooms there... We have dined at Bottega, Bistro Jeanty (French comfort food), and Pacific Blues (fantastic breakfast fare).

Well worth a visit!

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-04-2011 03:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Jen, Hawkeye here. I love Yountville. We are presently in Calistoga and when we get home next week, I will send you a detailed itinerary. Till then . . .

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jenpro
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posted 03-04-2011 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jenpro   Click Here to Email jenpro     Edit/Delete Message
I had seen a while back that someone posted some info about Yountville. My husband and I would love to spend some time there...very interested in eating at Bottega for lunch perhaps and visiting Napa Style. We would really like to be able to walk around downtown to some wineries. Anyone have suggestions that we walk to once we make it downtown? Thanks again!
Jen

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