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posted 09-20-2012 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kib     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you all so very much. This has been helpful!
I hate narrowing down my list - the worst part of planning a trip. But, guess that means we have to keep coming back and exploring. We will go visit Chase for sure, thank you Hawkeye.


posted 09-19-2012 12:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi kib,

I might suggest that you give Jeff Blaum a call at Chase Family Winery and tell him what you are looking for in a tour. Chase is one of those small family wineries that I love and they produce an outstanding Zinfandel from the famous 100 year old Hayne vineyard. They are located just on the north side of St. Helena. I believe Jeff would take you through the wine making process. I believe his cell phone is 707-312-0573. Also, their website is www.chasecellars.com Tell Jeff that Lee from Tennessee referred you. You won'd be charged a big fee either!

You can also picnic at Chase.



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posted 09-19-2012 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kib     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks, I have not been to Cliff Lede before and look forward to it. Hall Rutherford is one of the most beautiful wineries I have ever been to an the wine is amazing also! Would love to go back, but we really need an educational tour. Maybe I'll have to call them and see if they'll do more winemaking than art.

I'd prefer to not go to Mondavi, as the tour is long and I don'r love the tasting. But, my husband loved loved the information they gave last time we went - and our friends don't know the wine making process and want to learn the ins and outs. Any other places that really take the time to teach?

If you guys have another place that will really spend the time teaching our group of 4, I'm open to it.


posted 09-19-2012 09:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OMRebel   Click Here to Email OMRebel     Edit/Delete Message
I would highly recommend Hall Rutherford. And to tell you the truth the folks on this board all gave me excellent advice. I also really enjoyed Cliff Lede, their Songbook Cab was fantastic!!

If I were you I would skip the Mondavi signature tour. We did it in August and it just wasn't much to it. Just my two cents worth. The worst winery tour and tasting is better than the best room in the finest hospital in the world.


posted 09-18-2012 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Well, if you go to Mondavi first, then over to Cliff Lede, then up the Silverado Trail to Rutherford Hill, you would find a pretty terrific picnic place. You would then need to taste at Rutherford Hill - they would not be happy with you otherwise! I think that you can find two-for-one coupons for them at winecountrythisweek.com. That is a magazine that you can find at most hotels in Napa Valley, and they often have coupons.
Anyway, after picnic and tasting there, you could head to Hall St. Helena and Arger-Martucci, then back out to Peju. It makes a very nice circle on Google Maps.

On the Sonoma side of things, perhaps go to Hanna, then Hawkes, lunch at Jimtown, then Stryker, followed by Matrix and Twomey. Dinner most certainly at Willi's - great place! Then back to Sonoma - about 100 mile day, it's about 37 miles from Sonoma to Healdsburg.

On the last day, start at Matanzas Creek then Loxton, followed by a picnic and tasting at Ledson. Then back into Sonoma for Sojourn and Roessler, dinner at girl and fig, then head to Sacramento.

sorry, I do get carried away with telling other people where to go. Feel free to just ignore me!


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posted 09-18-2012 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kib     Edit/Delete Message
I have been to V. Sattui several times, and we were hoping for something less crowded. I know Arger Martucci will let us eat there, but not much of a view.

You might be right about switching the days, thanks!


posted 09-17-2012 07:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
HI Kib,

So, plotting your choices on the map, looks like Mondavi, then Arger Martucci - which is pretty much across the street from a great picnic spot: V. Sattui. Not an amazing view, but an amazing deli!! And there are mountains and vines all around... Anyway, it's a good spot and would mean not needing to stop earlier for picnic supplies. Then onto Hall, Peju and Cliff Lede. Perhaps consider dinner in Napa instead of Sonoma for that evening. Maybe Celadon - delicious!

My next suggestion would be to switch your following two days so that you are heading to Sacramento from Sonoma instead of Healdsburg - a shorter drive maybe?

On the day that you are going to visit Ledson, you could picnic there - they have a deli on site, too, and it's very good.

On the other day, when you visit Hanna and Stryker and Hawks, you could have lunch at Jimtown - it's pretty fabulous and quirky and if your name happens to be Jim, they will want you to sign the autograph dog.



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posted 09-17-2012 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kib     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks to the Trip Advisor poster that suggested I use this forum!

We are a group of two couples, one who has visited Napa Valley many times, and one never been to the wine country. We have one day in Napa Valley and two in Sonoma County. I will post in both boards hoping to get suggestions for both regions. We love a smooth cab and excellent pinot, want to see a few wineries with beautiful views - but mostly want great wine with a host that will spend time with us. My favorite Napa Valley places are very spread out, so we will probably be missing some of them this trip (Vincent Arroyo).
I am hoping for any new recommendations or suggestions - and you will see that I need to narrow down the list. A lot.

Thank you!

Day 1
mondavi signature tour for the educational aspect
pick up picnic supplies at Oakville Grocery and picnic somewhere with an amazing view (help here please??)
Other places we'd like
Arger martucci
Cliff Lede
Hall (would love Rutherford, but don't think we have the time)
Dinner at Girl & Fig in Sonoma (where we are staying)

Day 2
Would like to picnic somewhere for lunch (staying near GlenEllen & Sonoma)
Mantazas Creek
Eat dinner in Sonoma?

Day 3
Again, looking for a great picnic
John Tyler
Quivira & Kokomo or
Hanna & Stryker
Eat dinner in Healdsburg (Willis?) or drive to Vincent Arroyo & eat in Calisoga
Drive & Stay in Sacramento for early AM flight


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