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  Napa Valley - Wineries to Visit
  April 18-22

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posted 03-16-2013 07:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
We like Pacific Blue, great fried chicken! Might have to check out Sarafino.

Looks like V29 will be put off till the Sept. trip, as their only opening was cutting too close to our Sinskey tour/tasting, and Since the tour at Sinskey is $50pp, and V29 was $60pp, we felt like that was a bit much to have to worry about rushing around.

Gargiulo is going also getting pushed to July or Sept, as they were pretty booked as well.

On a very good note though, it looks like we'll be spending a bunch of time in Coombsville.

Got to speak with Ron Sciandri (pronounced Shawn-dree) for 10-15 minutes today on the phone. Very cool guy. We booked a tasting with him at 10am on the 20th, that was quickly nixed by his wife, so we moved it to 1:00 . He then gave me his cell number in case something came up or we had questions about the area. He called me back 10 minutes later with word that he had reserved us a tasting/tour at Porter, where his daughter works at 11 for that same day, and he said he can probably help set up a couple other tastings for us as well. He is officially my second favorite "wine guy" in the valley. Even if his wine is not to my taste, I'm sending as many people his way that I can.
Since we are staying at the Bestwestern in the Vines in south Napa, we are right next to Coombsville, we just might end up hitting several other spots there as well. Very excited to get a little small town, old school Napa time!

Twomey and Domain Carneros are walk-ins so we are all set there.

We tried Baldacci about a year ago, and nothing really wowed us. I think if we could have tasted more of their single vineyard stuff we'd have liked them more. Nothing offensive tasting, or anyone rude, just was not the tasting experience I was hoping for.


posted 03-16-2013 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi all!

So nice to read about other's upcoming trips!

We enjoyed Robert Sinsky, but that's all I recall. We do have one bottle of the '06 Point of View resting in the cellar, so we must have liked it. The others would be new to us, too.

I second Hawkeye's Cafe Sarafino and Pacific Blues votes. I agree that good eats ain't cheap, but that is one area I'm willing to splurge in. Hey, I don't buy shoes like crazy, or gamble, so trying the wonderful restaurants out there is part of my fun!

We just found out that we will get to go to two (2!) club events at the end of April!! We were already planning to head to CA for a family reunion & wedding - landing in Oakland on Sunday, April 28th. I realized that two events were happening on the 27th, so quick plane reservation changes, and boom! We will arrive very late on Friday night and get to have a special day in wine country at these events! I've been so jealous of bigsemi over the years, since he obviously attends every V. Sattui event - now I get to as well!

Cheers all!


posted 03-16-2013 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hey Bigsemi,

I think you will like Robert Sinsky and Vineyard 29, although 29 is a little expensive.

Places to eat that are reasonable: Cafe Sarafino (for breakfast and lunch) and Checkers in Calistoga, Pacific Blues in Yountville (they have a nice outdoor patio and reasonable prices). We like the Calistoga Inn Restaurant. They have nice outdoor dining and mid range prices. They also have a very reasonable hamburger.

Have you been to Baldacci?



posted 03-15-2013 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Bigsemi,

Unfortunately I haven't been to any on your list (yet!), so I can't offer much advice. Don't know much about any inexpensive restaurants either!

Actually, since Sciandri looks to be in the Coombsville area, we enjoyed Black Cat during our last visit.

If you see a bunch of crazy runners out on the Silverado Trail the morning of the 21st, wave!

That afternoon we will definitely be at Von Strasser, and possibly Burgess or Bennett Lane. Perhaps we will run into you.

We will definitely be at Boskos either Sat or Sun evening. Thanks again for the tip.


posted 03-15-2013 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
Well started nailing down some spots for our trip. The 18th and 22nd are just travel days, so we'll have 3 full days for fun.

Vineyard 29-new
Domain Carneros-love it
Robert Sinsky-new
Sciandri family-new

That will be 5 new ones for us. Throw in several stops at Sattui and a couple, "Hey lets try that place" stops and it should make for a fun 3 days!

Trying to find a couple new places to eat, but I just have a hard time with some of the prices, $17.95 for meat leaf and mashed potatoes? How good can meat loaf be? $15-20 for eggs and ham? It is not like we are in Spain. Sometimes I think we are missing out on a big part of the valley by not hitting some of the nicer eateries, but it is hard when I know for $20 I can get 2 awesome breakfast burritos and coffees and be full, and it will taste awesome. Maybe I'm cheap in that regard. I hate going someplace nice and ordering a burger because it is the only thing priced half way reasonable, damn Gott's, Palisades, and Pizzaria Tra Vigne for spoiling us with high quality food and reasonable prices!

That being said, I can't wait to get back out there, my second home!

If anyone has any insight to any of the wineries I've listed please chime in.

I am so very thankful for this board. It is like our own little private club, and I appreciate all the info, help and camaraderie.


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