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jjfgkf
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posted 05-03-2012 06:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjfgkf   Click Here to Email jjfgkf     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks. I was thinking it was a little tight. Saintbury is a possible no stop and Domaine was a quick stop just to start off the day with a glass of sparkling.

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ssala
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posted 05-02-2012 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
I would have to agree with Damombo. Five wineries before lunch (even a late one) sounds like you will eventually be focused on your watch and not the wines. Although I have only been to Napa five times, I liked my last trip the best. Two wineries before lunch, picking up a picnic and eating that at a third winery that has nice grounds,and then doing one or possibly two more after that. Additionally, I have a list of "no appointment" wineries that are close by. As my experience in Napa grows, I am feeling that our best winery experiences have been those where we have made appointments' There were fewer people, hence the staff weren't rushing about pouring for several groups at the same time. I enjoy establishing a relationship with whatever staff member is pouring, often inquiring about their background. That takes time. I hope that doesn't sound preachy... I'm sure we all differ in our methods and goals.

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damombo
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posted 05-02-2012 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Am I understanding this correctly? Y'all are going to taste at 5 wineries before heading to Napa for lunch?
If that is the case, I'd suggest you pick up picnic supplies in Napa first and eat after your second or third stop.

I see that they are all very close to each other, but aren't you going to spend a bit of time at each? Even if it's only 5 minutes between wineries, tasting at 5 before lunch seems a bit rushed...

However, if lunch in Napa is what you are looking for, there are lots of places. Oxbow Market has a number of places and downtown Napa does as well: Bistro Don Giovanni, Ristorante Allegria, Fume Bistro, Downtown Joe's and Celedon - all tasty and you can check out their menus on OpenTable.com.

Cheers!

[This message has been edited by damombo (edited 05-02-2012).]

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jjfgkf
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posted 05-02-2012 12:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjfgkf   Click Here to Email jjfgkf     Edit/Delete Message
Looks like day 1 is planned out. Spending most of the day in the Carneros region. Starting at Domaine Carneros, Curvaison, Acacia, Adastra and finishing up at Saintbury. Then heading into napa for a late lunch. Any thoughts?

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-30-2012 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
If you are going from Sacramento, I hope you will stop some Suisun Valley and tell us about it...that area got a lot of good press in the wine mags and Sunset mag about a year ago.

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jjfgkf
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posted 03-30-2012 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjfgkf   Click Here to Email jjfgkf     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for all of info. We are coming in from the Sacramento area and we are thinking one of our first stops would be Domaine carneros

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Kod
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posted 03-29-2012 08:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kod     Edit/Delete Message
Try Failla's pinots in St Helena. Their Keefer Ranch was rated 94 by wine spectator. We had a very nice private tasting there. Frank family nearby makes a very nice sparkling Blanc and their pinot is very good. I also enjoy Ancien just south of the town of Napa. You can also get them at Vintners Collective, a great tasting room in town. Etude in the Carneros region makes a couple nice pinots.

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yesilovewine
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posted 03-29-2012 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi jj.
I've been reading "California Wines for Dummies" lately, and they have a pretty long list of Carneros wineries for their Pinot recommendations...Acacia, Bouchaine and Saintsbury are ones that I think are in Napa's part of that region.
Domain Chandon, and Mumm get the nod for sparklers.
If you have the time and interest, there are several very good Pinot producers right in Sonoma (town) that are worth your visit...Roessler Cellars, Sojourn and Ledson ( in the hotel bar/restaurant) all have good examples.
If you're willing to go a bit further, Gloria Ferrer is not far down the road and of course they are the darlings of Sparklers in Carneros.

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Hawkeye
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posted 03-27-2012 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Jeff,

For sparkling wine, try Chandon in Yountville. Domaine Carneros has both sparkling and Pinot. Mumm Napa has sparkling, as well as Schramsberg. Many of the wineries just to the south of Hwy12 and Napa have Pinot. That's about it for me.

-Hawkeye

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jjfgkf
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posted 03-27-2012 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jjfgkf   Click Here to Email jjfgkf     Edit/Delete Message
We are heading to Napa for 3 days in August.
I prefer pinot in the summer and my wife enjoys sparkling. Any suggestions?
thanks
jeff

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