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carjeff
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posted 04-17-2013 01:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for carjeff   Click Here to Email carjeff     Edit/Delete Message
Hi asloeffelholz,

Sounds like a great itinerary. Many are on our list for 4/20-4/23. We already have a reservation for Hall Rutherford, and have Chase, Tres Sabores, Cakebread, Mumm, and Round Pond on our list of possiblities. We will be right behind you. Enjoy your trip!


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asloeffelholz
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posted 04-17-2013 11:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asloeffelholz   Click Here to Email asloeffelholz     Edit/Delete Message
That's is funny that you say that. Because when I saw the user name I did think "iowa" hawkeyes, but then I looked and you saw were from TN, so that theory went out of my head. My husbands a hawk so one day of the year there's always tension. HAHA!

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-17-2013 11:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
asloeffelholz,

I am a dead in the wool Hawkeye, thus the nickname Hawkeye. I can remember as a kid listening to Hawkeye football games when Alex Karis was playing . . . long time ago.

-Hawkeye

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asloeffelholz
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posted 04-17-2013 06:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asloeffelholz   Click Here to Email asloeffelholz     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks!!!

Yep we already have an appointment at Hall-Rutherford....10:00 a.m. It's 5:00 somewhere!!! No problem starting out that early!!

It's such a small world! Go Cyclones!! I'll head to Maid-Rite soon for you!

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damombo
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posted 04-16-2013 02:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Have a great trip, asloef!
Your thread kinda had a life of its own

I had to go ahead and google Maid-Rite - now I want a loose meat sandwich!!

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Hawkeye
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posted 04-16-2013 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
asloeffelholz,

You might want to check Hall Rutherford's appointment schedule now. They fill up fast since it is so popular. Your other choices look good.

You will have a nice time at Chase, it is one of our favorite stops with wonderful Zin.

I see you are from Ankeny, IA. I grew up in Colfax and my wife in Colo. Both of us went to Iowa State Teachers College (now UNI). I also got a Master's from Iowa State. I return every March to attend a daylily meeting in Marshalltown. Fly into Des Moines. I am a Maid-Rite fanatic. Have to have my fix every time I come back. Moved to Tennessee in 1974 so we have been gone for a while.

Don't forget to send us a report when you return. That is how we all learn. The Hilton Garden Inn is on the north west edge of Napa, right off Hwy. 29. You will need to turn off Hwy. 29 onto Trancus Road, then go left on Redwood Rd, after crossing Hwy 29, you will take an immediate right onto Solano and the HGI will be down the road a couple blocks on your left.

-Hawkeye

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asloeffelholz
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posted 04-16-2013 06:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asloeffelholz   Click Here to Email asloeffelholz     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks so much for all your replies and advice.

I think our schedule will look something like this:
Friday-
Chase
Tres Sabores
V. Sattui
Hall-Rutherford

Saturday-
Cakebread
Round Pound
Mumm

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damombo
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posted 04-13-2013 01:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Two very different places, but they are along the same road. You wouldn't need an appointment at Rutherford Hill and you do need one at Hall Rutherford. Nice views from each property - amazing chandelier at Hall

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gator582
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posted 04-13-2013 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gator582     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks so much. On plane to SFO Now.

Is it Rutherford Hill or Hall Rutherford? Are they one and the same?

Very anxious to get there!!

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bigsemi
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posted 04-12-2013 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
V. Sattui is great, lots of award winning, 90+ point wines, and at great price points. It may be a bit of a mad house, but if you are patient and get into it, you are going to find wines you like. Find Danica, Louis, Tracy, or Mark in the tasting room, they'll take good care of you.

Del Dotto is a blast, and tons of smoking hot wines, not cheap, but very good. We like the older feel of the Napa location, versus the ornate St. Helena site.

If you are a foodie, the olive oil tasting at Round Pond is awesome, if not their wine tasting is nice as well, and their large deck area is beautiful.

Hall Rutherford, worth every penny.

Enjoy.

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gator582
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posted 04-11-2013 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gator582     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you for tips. Much appreciated.

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damombo
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posted 04-11-2013 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
gator - I would not miss Cakebread (and I love their Chardonnay). Hall Rutherford is impressive. Schweiger, Pride, Terra Valentine, Keenan, and Barnett are all on Spring Mountain and I could spend a few days there. Chase Family vineyards is a great stop. Madrigal is worth a visit...

so, I guess I'd do Cakebread in the morning and choose one on Spring Mountain... Then the next day Chase in the morning and Hall Rutherford in the afternoon. Check out the websites for fees and such, and good luck! Making decisions, I mean. Nice dilemma to have

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gator582
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posted 04-11-2013 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gator582     Edit/Delete Message
Which wineries that only take reservations do you recommend as a must do? Since time is of the essence, I thought I would maybe do only two of those each day. Will try to fit in some others that don't require reservations.

Is Coppola winery worth the longer trip from Napa?

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damombo
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posted 04-11-2013 09:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi asloe,

I've not visited Mumm, so no clue there.

V. Sattui is one of bigsemi's favorites - he is a member there and would highly recommend you stopping in. Plan on lunch there - the deli is wonderful. The Sattui family also owns Castello di Amorosa, which could be a fantastic stop for you, too. Check out their website.

Round Pond has nice wines, but we really enjoyed their olive oil tour and tasting.

Frank Family has gotten fancy over the years and lost some of its old charm, but is still a pretty place with good wines.

Del Dotto, again, I haven't visited, but I've heard that it can be lots of fun. Some people say to be careful about how much you drink there ( it has been nicknamed Del Blotto )

So many wineries! And many require an appointment, but some are OK with you stopping in without - especially if it's just the two of you. We enjoy Madrigal, Vincent Arroyo, several on Spring Mountain (Schweiger, Pride, Keenan, Guilliams), Chase, Cakebread, and so on. One's we have visited and would go back to are Bennett Lane, Clos Pegase, Sterling, Chateau Montelena, Barlow, Cuivaison, Honig, Peju, St. Supery - see? Tons to choose from and so you really can't go wrong.

Look at the map on Winecountry.com and sort of plan out your visits so that you aren't backtracking and crisscrossing the valley. There should be little indicators that tell you which requires an appointment and which doesn't.

Everyone's palate is different, and what I love you might or might not think is tasty. So go and explore, and then come back and tell us what you thought. Enjoy!

I forgot to mention - there is a little magazine you will find when you get there: Wine Country This Week. It always has coupons for two for one tastings to some wineries. Plus the hotel often will have tasting passes for some wineries. Check those out and save yourself a buck or two

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ssala
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posted 04-10-2013 03:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ssala   Click Here to Email ssala     Edit/Delete Message
While staying in Napa proper a few years ago, we went to the Vintner's Collective and tasted several excellent wines from smaller producers. I have recently heard good things about Trefethen but have not been there. We like Baldacci's a little further up on Silverado Trail.

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asloeffelholz
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posted 04-10-2013 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for asloeffelholz   Click Here to Email asloeffelholz     Edit/Delete Message
WOW I'm so happy I found this message board...wished I would've found it earlier, but better late then never.

My husband and I leave for Napa 4/18 (we don't arrive in SF until late so that day is out) and we head back to SF on 4/22 so we have 3 whole days. We are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Napa. My husband likes vanilla and berry wines. I'm new to red wines so nothing too strong for me. We've gotten recommendations from others, but after reading all your boards I almost feel that they are very touristy per se. We have definite dinner reservations on Friday at 7:30 at Auberge du Soliel and Saturday 7:45 at Ad Hoc. The following winneries were recommended:
V. Satttui
Mumm
Round Pound
Franks Family
Del Ditto

After reading comments from other pages I'm adding Hall-Rutherford to the must sees!

Any advice you can give will be great! We are open to anything.

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