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Voelfgar
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posted 08-04-2012 07:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voelfgar   Click Here to Email Voelfgar     Edit/Delete Message
You really need to book the full tour of the castle. Definitely well worth it.

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RC456
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posted 08-03-2012 06:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
FYI - you will need reservations for the Round Pond Olive Mill tour. Enjoy!

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ogincxx
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posted 08-03-2012 04:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ogincxx     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks RC. The olive mill sounds great and the rest of my party LOVE olives and olive oil.

Glad I found this board.

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RichardSE
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posted 07-31-2012 08:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RichardSE     Edit/Delete Message
I think that Mondavi is a great tour for a first timer, although I haven't been on a tour since it became corporately owned. We stopped at the castle this past June and it was worth it for the castle tour. I wasn't blown away with the wines.

Since you are red wine drinkers, I would try a few smaller producers. Most of the places on your list are larger producers or corporate wineries (not that large producers or corporate wineries can't craft incredible wines). I would try to mix in one winery like Ladera, Chappellet, Baldachi or Neal Family for a different experience.

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RC456
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posted 07-31-2012 07:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RC456     Edit/Delete Message
ogincxx,

Welcome!

I think your plan is a good one to get introduced into the area. Lots of very good places on the "main" drag. Leaving time to drop in places that look interesting to you or that are recommended is a good strategy as well.

Some suggestions/thoughts:

Print this map (or do like I do, save as pdf and use in iBooks on the iPad): http://www.napavalley.winecountry.com/visitorsinfo/Winery_Map.pdf
The wineries listed w/ a red triangle require appointments....the ones w/ black dot don't require appts.

I see you are planning a visit to Rutherford Hill & V Sattui. I suggest going to V Sattui first and do the their tasting. While there, get your picnic lunch items from their fabulous deli. Don't eat on the V Sattui grounds, but go up to Rutherford Hill. They have picnic tables overlooking the valley.....great view while enjoying the great V Sattui deli items. The Rutherford Hill tour is a good one: includes a tour of their caves.

For something interesting to do other than wineries, try the Round Pond Olive Mill tour. It is across the street from the Round Pond winery.... shares the Honig drive entrance. About 1 1/2 hours, complete with tasting and fresh veggies/cheese/wine pairings.

Wineries to consider:
Merryvale
Peju
Duckhorn

Dining:
a breakfast at Farmstead (St Helena).
a lunch at Mustard Grill (Yountville - on left going north on Hwy 29...the main drag)
dinner at Bistro Jeanty and/or Bottega (both downtown Yountville)
and who can resist a milkshake & burger from Gott's Roadside/Taylors Refreshers? (St Helena)

Hope you have a great time! Please let us know what you think when you return with a trip report.

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ogincxx
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posted 07-31-2012 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ogincxx     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks Damombo for the feedback and the welcome. Also hoping to visit a few others but want to stay a little flexible as I hear sometimes you get a recommendation while on the road. Yes, we are taking the Mondavi tour.

Thanks again.

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damombo
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posted 07-31-2012 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Howdy Og and welcome to the boards!

Looks like a very nice itinerary for a first visit.

Are you going to do the tour at Mondavi? People say that the tour is excellent for a good start to wine tasting in the Napa Valley.

Cakebread has wonderful wines, in my opinion. We have been members there for many years. (You need to make an appointment there.)

Others on this board are members of and very fond of Goosecross and V. Sattui, so they will be pleased to see you going there.

Rutherford Hill, Sterling and the Castle all have amazing views and are worth the trip for that alone! Rombauer has some pretty great views, too. (There is probably a coupon for Sterling on their website)

All in all, a very nice trip.

Cheers and enjoy your visit!

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ogincxx
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posted 07-31-2012 12:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ogincxx     Edit/Delete Message
Going to visit Napa for the first time and looking into which wineries to visit. I've come up with the following

8/7 Mondavi, Cakebread and Goosecross

8/8 Beringer - Rutherford Hill and VSattui

8/9 Stirling - Castello De Amorso- Rombauer.

Any feedback/suggestions. We are red wine drinkers.

[This message has been edited by ogincxx (edited 07-31-2012).]

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