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posted 03-15-2013 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message

make sure to go by the visitor center in Calistoga asap, they have tons of discounts for local restaurants and wineries.


posted 03-15-2013 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Big Semi,

We were at Vineyard 29 a couple years ago. Nice venue, good wine.

You have been several times so you probably know about as many places as I do, but if you want more suggestions, let me know.



posted 03-14-2013 08:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
We'll actually be in the valley the 19th-21st, traveling on the 18th and 22nd.

Only really have 2 spots in mind right now, Vineyard 29, and Domaine Carneros. Still thinking about some other spots. We have the lobster fest at V. Sattui Saturday night, and might be hanging with a friend from the valley one night as well.

Figure I'll start nailing down some spots this weekend.


posted 03-12-2013 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Bigsemi,

Thanks for the tip about Boskos. We are definitely planning to go there. The only reason we may not go Sat night is that it looks like they don't take reservations. With the 1/2 marathon Sunday morning, we wanted to have our dinner plans set.

Also - are you going to be out there the same weekend. I haven't seen any itinerary yet


posted 03-12-2013 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Love Boskos!


posted 03-12-2013 05:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Jeff,

Happy to hear that you will be going back to Napa. Maybe I can make the trip this year through your eyes. Here are my thoughts on your itinerary:

Day 1 - I would keep Girard and since you are in Yountville, you might want to add Cornerstone and Grace & Hope to cut down on your driving.

Day 2 - Since your morning will be take up with the marathon, I would suggest that you keep your first two wineries and drop the rest.

Day 3 - Not familiar with Storybrook Mountain, but Burgess is a good stop. You might consider Ladera on up the mountain a short distance. Have no comment on Alexander Valley.

Day 4 - Love Hall Rutherford. The rest of the day looks good also.

Have a great trip and be safe.



posted 03-09-2013 07:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
We plan on being at Storybook around 2:15 on that Saturday, although I have yet to book the appointment. So we will probably be leaving the valley while you are at your first tasting. So close...
We had some very good wines at Rombauer, but there was a busload of folks so the tasting room was jammed. Very close to Rombauer is Failla and we really liked their pinot noirs. We went to Black Stallion on our very first trip to Napa and Zahtila on our last trip. I will be interested to hear your thoughts about those. It's never to early to start scheduling for 2014.


posted 03-08-2013 11:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
My wife and I are conveniently running a ½ marathon in Calistoga in April, so we thought we would include some wine tasting also . We will be staying at the Craftsman Inn along with another couple who will also be running the ½. Since they are big Chardonnay fans, we will be mixing in those in along with our Zins and Cabs. Also, as my wife states, we are trying to do “Napa on a Dime”. We were originally planning a master bathroom remodel at the same time. Unfortunately our wonderful Congress has put a severe dent in my income for the next several months due to their inability to make a decision, so we are trying to cut costs on both the vacation and the remodel.

I’m just starting to narrow down our itinerary. As mlcablover is doing, we are also working with our local wine store owner and wine rep friend to schedule some wineries, in addition to the ones I schedule myself. Here’s a rough outline of our itinerary. We’re not planning to visit all wineries listed, so any comments will be greatly appreciated.

Day 1
Arrive SFO @noon
Black Stallion
Dinner in Calistoga – Barolo

Day 2
Run ½ marathon
Von Strasser - owner of local wine shop is friends with owner
Bennett Lane
Vincent Arroyo
Dinner in Calistoga – Boskos, Brannans, or All Seasons

Day 3
Storybook Mountain
Possibly venture to a few in Alexander Valley
Dinner in Calistoga – Boskos, Brannans, or All Seasons

Day 4
Checkout of B&B
Hall – Rutherford – tour scheduled through our local wine shop
Franciscan – one of our friends favorite Chards
Any others listed above that we didn’t get to
Possibly Midsummer Cellars
Dinner in Napa – Oenotri or Allegria
Travel back to hotel near SFO for early am flight the next morning.


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