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damombo
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posted 05-29-2011 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
My two cents worth: An appointment at Cakebread to start the day (nice tour of the grounds and wonderful tasting) - and be sure to drive up the Silverado Trail to get there (take the Oakville Cross Road over to 29, turn right and Cakebread is on the right pretty quickly). We do enjoy their whites and they have wonderful reds to help you get started in that direction.
Then back down to Yountville for a delicious lunch, or up to St. Helena for a delicious lunch! Lots to choose in Yountville, and in St. Helena you've got Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, or Farmstead, or Gott's Roadside. If you decide on Gott's - go to their website and print off a menu along with the phone number. As you head that way, call and place your order - that will save you a long line. For any other choice, I would go to Opentable ahead of time and make a reservation. A Saturday in June in Napa Valley will probably be fairly crowded, so a reservation might save you some time - and that time can be put to excellent use tasting wine!

Cheers!

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-27-2011 02:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi LovesToTravel,

Definitely stay in Napa!!!! For a tour like you are suggesting, I would recommend O'Brien Winery http://www.obrienestate.com/ After all, their Seduction Bordeaux Blend has a BIG "O" on the bottle. Is that romantic or downright sexy? So this in the morning, and I would suggest making an appointment immediately.

Mrs. Hawkeye and I did this tour several years ago when they were a fledgling winery and the owner, Bart, was giving the tours himself. Really enjoyed it.

O'Brien is just south of Yountville so I would suggest heading there for lunch. There are several Michelin rated restaurants in Yountville, one that seems to be a lunch favorite is Hurleys.

After lunch, you can just leave your car parked and walk to several tasting rooms. My favorites include Girard, Jessup, Hope & Grace, and the list could go on and on. These have both white and red wines.

It is not how many wineries you visit, but how you visit them. Tasting is just as it says, taste, not drink. Sharing a tasting is also acceptable and can limit the amount. They do not pour large amounts. It is not offensive to taste and dump the remainder in the dump bucket that most wineries provide. That just shows you are a responsible taster.

Have a great trip and be sure to let us know how your trip went.

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yesilovewine
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posted 05-27-2011 08:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
If you are only going to be in the area for a day trip, would you consider Sonoma County instead of Napa? It would give you a little more time to work with since its slightly closer, and the lower part of the county is known for white and lighter red wines.

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LovesToTravel
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posted 05-27-2011 07:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LovesToTravel     Edit/Delete Message
and to add to that..we know the process of wine making, but would still love to do a tour of a winery. The vineyard doesn't have to be HUGE it can be something smaller and more romantic and picturesque

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LovesToTravel
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posted 05-27-2011 07:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LovesToTravel     Edit/Delete Message
Well as mentioned before we are driving and will only have Saturday. However we are pretty flexible on our time frame but I do think we will get there in the morning. I prefer white wines however I want to try reds to expand my tastes and likes.

If we were to visit one MAYBE two (don't want to push it since we are driving) wineries what would you suggest?

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StacysWineStop
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posted 05-20-2011 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for StacysWineStop   Click Here to Email StacysWineStop     Edit/Delete Message
If it is your first time visiting the wine country I recommend doing a tour at one winery. Since you are not planning to hire a professional driver and plan to drive yourselves around, I would recommend not going to more than 3 wineries over a 5 hour period. At 3 wineries you could be tasting up 20 different wines and depending on the winery that could be up to 4 glasses in just a few short hours. My philosophy is drink the ones you like spit/dump the ones you don't.

For two people tasting usually takes about 30 minutes to 45 minutes. A tour and tasting will take between an hour to an hour and half depending on the winery. Drive time between wineries is usually 15 minutes. Since your driving yourselves I would recommend stopping to have lunch at one of the great restaurants in the Napa Valley.

On to winery recommendations, I agree with Hawkeye, we need more info. What kind of wines do you currently drink, are you looking to stock up your wine cellar, do you just want to visit pretty places or are you looking for boutique wineries that offer small lots. With over 700 wineries in Napa and 400 tasting rooms, you have lots of choices.

www.stacyswinestop.com

"To drink wine is fine, but to experience wine is divine."

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-17-2011 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Love,

You need to give us a little more information. What time do you anticipate arriving in Napa and what time will you have to leave? Having dinner? What varietals of wine do you like? Do you have a price point? Do you need to do a winery tour to understand what is going on or do you already know that?

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LovesToTravel
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posted 05-17-2011 10:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LovesToTravel     Edit/Delete Message
My husband and I will be in San Francisco for a few days at the beginning of June. We are renting a car and would like to spend a day in Napa but have no idea of what wineries to visit, which do the best tastings etc. Any help or ideas of where to go? Thanks!

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