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posted 03-25-2012 06:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
We like Yountville Hotel, a 2 story low rise with a really great pool, hot tub. The rooms are very nice but it is more upscale and not at all quaint. Its within walking distance to a bunch of tasting rooms and restaurants. But there is no night life. That sounds like a great price for a driver- what service are you using?


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posted 03-24-2012 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSS     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you so much!!! We were able to work on a few things this aternoon....We decided to rent a driver for our rental car??? Any thoughts? We found a company that offers this service for $27/hr + grat. Seemed like a good deal, but too good to be true? We are still very confused on lodging. We are booked at River Terrace Inn, any other quaint options? But, not a b&b? Thank you so much for your time and feedback!


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posted 03-24-2012 05:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voelfgar   Click Here to Email Voelfgar     Edit/Delete Message
The castle is Castello di Amorosa and is located just south of Calistoga. Definitely, a place to see and experience. Their reds are a personal favorite of mine. Definite wineries to taste at for reds is Inglenook, their Cask Cabernet is tremendous, BV has great reds, but you need to do their reserve tasting, George LaTour, Clone 4, Clone 6 and Taperstry. Raymond is another great winery for reds, they have appellation specific cabs for Rutherford, Oakville and St Helena. Stag's Leap Wine Cellars definitely.

There are many wineries that have wine caves. What they do is create a dining area in the cave and people can rent it out for special occasions. Stag's Leap has a beautiful one. Take the tour are HALL Rutherford, its a bit pricy, but well worth it. They have a dining area with this tremendous one of a kind work of art/sculpture/chandelier.

I would not recommend the wine train. It is over priced and you unless you pay more for a side tour, you don't get to leave the train.


posted 03-21-2012 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
First, for your Shiraz and Malbec wines you will probably do better to look at Sonoma wineries...I believe they produce more of those varieties over there.
Next, you would probably do well to read some of the articles about the resurgence of Napa...Wine Spectator and Sunset Magazine have both had articles pertaining to the "new" Napa in the last year or so ( maybe 2) which include info on nightlife in the city.
Wine Train gets mixed reviews and you should understand that it is expensive and it isn't like taking the train all over the valley to visit several wineries...they have only recently included actual winery stops and those are very limited. Highly recommend that you check out that site and be sure you thoroughly understand the info before you commit.
Since you have some favorite wineries in Napa, you should include some of those into your visits so you can learn about the wine you drink. Since you haven't been before, a trip to Mondavi for the "Signature" tour may be in order...its a good intro into the process of winemaking.
The Castello d'Amorosa is the castle winery, and there are several that have caves...go to the winecountry.com site for Napa and read about them.
If you are interested in smaller wineries, pick up "Back Lane Wineries of Napa" or "A Moveable Thirst"- "thirst" may be currently out of print but I've seen it on Amazon and the Powell's Books websites.


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posted 03-20-2012 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSS     Edit/Delete Message
Our trip is approaching soon, April 18-23rd and we do not have enough time to research!! Any help on some of the must do's & must see's would be appreciated! It's our first trip to the wine country. We plan to fly into San Fran hang around there for a day or two.
Then drive to the wine country for a few days.
We booked at the River Terrace Inn. However, we are rethinking this reservation.
Someone told us to stay in Yountville??? We're so confused! We do prefer some type of nightlife, at least dinner and a little band or something, nothing crazy. We're not looking to stay up until midnight, but we don't want to be somewhere that the town closes down at 8:00pm!
After reading a few of the other posts, here are some details:
We love cabs/reds
Our range price with our favs, they include cakebread, sterling, silver oak, 337, vintage ink, robert mondavi.
We also like shiraz & malbec & a good pinot grigio!
We do plan to purchase some wine,
we are open to price ranges of the wine tastings.
We were thinking about booking the train ride???
Also, we heard to visit a winery with a cave???
And what about the winery that looks like a castle??
What town should we stay in???
Any specific hotel? (We are not into b&b's)

All of this interest me, if anyone have thoughts, experiences or more details I would love ot hear them! Thank you!


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