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posted 02-18-2012 09:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message

I've had a Spottswoode cab a few years ago. I'm not sure how I got it but it must have been a gift since I only had a single bottle of it. We had a dinner party and we ended opening it up and I remember it being very good. It's been on my list of wineries to visit since then, but I haven't actually been yet.


posted 02-17-2012 06:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Richard,

I have been told that Spottswoode is one of those cult wines. I purchased a couple bottles of the '08 Estate Cab early last year. We opened a bottle, I believe for our anniversary. It was one big, powerful Cab that I would highly recommend although it is a little on the upper end of my price point.

I liked it so well, that we are going to take their tour in March and hopefully, purchase a couple more bottles. If you have a chance, you might check them out.



posted 02-16-2012 05:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message

I can see we have similar tastes on wines (or at least wineries).


I would definitely second Bistro Jeanty and Solbar.


posted 02-13-2012 06:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
I'll only chime in on a couple of wineries that are favorites of ours:

Cakebread Cellars, Hwy 29 Rutherford
ZD, Silverado Trail Rutherford (btw, Mumm is close by ZD for the sparkling wines portion)

For Restaurantes:
Bistro Jeanty, Yountville (we have reservation for our May trip)
Bottega, Yountville (Michael Chiarello)
Mustards Grill & Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen (both owned by Cindy Pawlcyn)
Brannan's Grill, Calistoga
Solbar, Calistoga
Gott's Roadside / Taylors Refresher, St Helena (good for a change of pace)
We also like the Wine Spectator Rest. located at CIA Greystone.

But really, hard to go wrong with most places. I only listed the Napa side....if you want some places on the Sonoma side, let me know.

Here is tripadvisor link to Napa restaurantes:


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posted 02-13-2012 06:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Vangogh,

I will make some winery suggestions based on appellations. Many of these require an appointment. You can find a good map on this Board at NapaValley.com then left click on Visitor Information and look for maps.

Cliff Lede, Robert Sinskey, Shafer, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars (not the Winery), Hartwell

YOUNTVILLE DISTRICT (Tasting Rooms in the town of Yountville)
Girard, Jessup, Chiarello, Cornerstone, Hope & Grace, plus others scattered around. If you like bubbly, Domaine Chandon is on the other side of Hwy 29

Grgich Hills, Provenance, Sawyer (excellent Merlot), Frog's Leap and a special place, Hall Rutherford (mentioned by RichardSE also.

Newton, Spring Mountain, Robert Keenan, Schweiger, and Pride Mountain.

Burgess, Ladera, Bremer Family, Black Sears, Outpost, O'Shaughnessy

Reverie, Von Strasser, Dyer, Diamond Terrace

Bennett Lane, Chateau Montelena (famous for the movie Bottle Shock and also their Chard won the 1976 Paris tasting), Vincent Arroyo, plus their are some tasting rooms in Calistoga proper.

Hope this gives you some ideas. I am sure others could add to this list.



posted 02-12-2012 09:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
My wife and I are going to be in Napa Valley during the same time period. Here are some that you might consider:

Hall Rutherford -- It has an incredible tour/tasting. This is the place in Howell Mountain, not the tasting room on the valley floor. The art work is incredible, the wines are very good, the staff a little too pretentious, but it's one of the best tours/tastings that I've ever experienced.

Silverado Vineyards has some great wines including if you're lucky, some older vintages. My wife loves the wine filled chocolates there. I love their limited and single vineyard cabs, but they also have a nice chard.

Chappellet also on Pritchard Hill has some great wines. I love their Signature Cab (and their Pritchard Hill Cab) and the Signature Chard is one of the best I've had.


posted 01-23-2012 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
I have been 3 times. There are many wineries in the area and recommendations depend on your preferences. How much are you willing to spend on tasting fees? Do you intend to buy wine at the wineries? Are you looking for high end expensive wines ( $100 or more) moderate ( $40 to $75) or less expensive? Do you want food pairings and are willing to pay for them? Do you want to do tours or just tastings? Do you want to go to big mass produced wineries or smaller ones? Are you interested in going to scenic out of the way places in the mountains or want to stay on the main drag?
As far as restaurants, the same applies. What kind of food do you like and how much are you willing to spend?
Some people like a combination of the above, while others only want the most expensive, and some are looking for bargains. So if you can answer some of these questions, perhaps you will get some responses from this forum.


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posted 01-16-2012 01:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for vangogh   Click Here to Email vangogh     Edit/Delete Message
My husband and I will be visiting Napa and Sonoma for the first time 6/23/12 - 7/1/2012.
We will be staying at the Cedar Gables Inn in Napa for the entire duration of our Trip. We would love suggestions on Wineries to visit in all areas of the Valley as well as restuarant ideas. Our plan is to visit 4- 5 wineries per day and would like to group them together by area.
I love champagne, my husband loves Chardonney, and we both love reds.
Any and all suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks much!


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