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posted 09-16-2011 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for CarolD     Edit/Delete Message
Take a little drive on the Silverado Trail and you will find plenty of boutique wineries to visit. I always recommend Zahtila (Cabs & Zin) and Vincent Arroyo (Cabs and other reds). Two great little wineries with phenomenal wine. It's about a 40 minute drive to the north end of the valley from the River Terrace Inn.

For more excellent Cabs, I also recommend a drive up spring mountain. Robert Keenan and Pride Mountain are a couple of my favorites. Robert Keenan is about another 20 minutes from Vincent Arroyo. If heading up Spring Mountain, you would want to courtesy call each winery to let them know you are on your way up the mountain.

Silverado Trail and Spring Mountain are my main alternatives to busy highway 29.

If you would rather taste in the Napa/Yountville area, I suggest Elyse Winery & Hendry Vineyards (Fantastic Tour) both in Napa or Bell Wine Cellars, Hopper Creek Winery & Noah in Yountville.

For lunch or Dinner:

Ad Hoc - (American-New) Yountville $$
Redd - (American-New) Yountville $$$
Rutherford Grill (BBQ) - Rutherford $$
Bistro Sabor - (Latin American)- Napa $$
Oenotri - (Italian) - Napa $$$

If dining in Calistoga

Solbar - (American-New) $$$
All Seasons Bistro (American-New) $$

For a picnic, you should grab some fabulous sandwiches from Giugni's in St. Helena (at the bottom of Spring Mountain) and enjoy the Amazing views at Pride Mountain Vineyards.

Since Napa Valley is so spread out, you should plan out your day prior to visiting.


posted 09-16-2011 07:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Sarah,

I have just a few minutes before heading to the airport for a flight to Connecticut to give a presentation on daylilies but will try and add a couple thoughts.

I am not familiar with the restaurants in Napa so will leave that to the others. If you want dinner in Yountville, I can recommend Bistro Jeanty, one of our favorites. Also, as has been stated, Girard stays open until 7:00 PM so you could have your pre-dinner libations there.

I can echo Carjeff's recommendation on Biale for Zinfandels. There are none better in the valley and they are just on the north edge of Napa town on Big Ranch Road.

Again, lunch at Mustard's is a must when you are in the valley. Busy and cramped, but worth all that.

As far as cabs are concerned, try over on the Silverado Trail at Baldacci. The have a large variety of cabs. Another over there would be Joseph Phelps, outstanding high end cabs.

Have a great trip and please send us a report when you return.



posted 09-16-2011 06:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message

Not going to chime in on the wineries to visit....I am not a cab or zin fan. Leave it to the rest of the members to help there.

However, for lunch on Friday, a couple of options:

Mustards Grill http://www.mustardsgrill.com/

If you want deli picnic goods for on grounds or to take to another venue then V Suttui Winery http://www.vsattui.com/Napa-Tasting-Room---Winery/Deli--Marketplace

Both of these are on Hwy 29. Only being there for the day, why waste a lot of time searching for a place? Both offer great food .


posted 09-16-2011 06:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message

Since you will be staying in Napa, I (and so would everyone else) would highly recommend Biale for Zins. As far as cabs, it depends how far you want to drive. You could do any of the wineries in Stags Leap (Stags Leap Wine Cellars, Baldacci, Steltzner, etc). You can also try Goosecross for a family-owned, fun winery with a wide variety of wines. Or you could head further up the Valley if you want to explore. It's difficult to narrow down when you only have 1+ day.

Since you will be dining in Yountville I would suggest Girard (they are open until 7pm) just prior to dinner.

For dinner Thurs, since you will be arriving late I would suggest somewhere in the town of Napa. If you like Italian, I have dined at Ristorante Allegria, and enjoyed it. If you want to drive, I would also recommend Bistro Don Giovanni and Bottega.


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posted 09-15-2011 04:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sarahk     Edit/Delete Message
I posted a couple of months ago asking suggestions for an itinerary for our visit, but I didn't know where we were staying or enough about our trip to give guidance. Now I finally have that.

We will be in Napa next Thursday evening, probably around 7-8 pm (staying at River Terrace Inn) and will be staying through Saturday morning. We're planning to dine at Ad Hoc on Friday evening.

I'm looking for suggestions of wineries to visit on Friday (hopefully only 2 or 3 at most, I don't want to overdo it!), and I'd like some interesting boutique ones - we prefer cabs and zins.

Also looking for suggestions of somewhere to eat on Thursday when we arrive and Friday for lunch.

Thanks for your help!


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