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posted 04-11-2013 05:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
gator, are you meaning the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville ( Sonoma County) or the other winery owned by him, it used to be Inglenook, in Napa Valley?
The one in Sonoma is his answer to "where do I put all my movie stuff" and the one in Napa is really devoted to wine and wine heritage.


posted 04-11-2013 01:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Gator,

I hope you are not one of the Florida Gators! I am a Tennessee Volunteer. Actually, having grown up in Iowa, I am an Iowa Hawkeye, but when you live in Tennessee you only have one choice.

If I had two days, and I liked bold Cabs (plus some Chard and others), here is what I would do.

DAY 1 (or you could switch the two days)

HALL RUTHERFORD - I would try and make an appointment at Hall Rutherford (not Hall St. Helena, their tasting room down in their cave is something to behold with the Swarsky (spelling?) chandelier. The Cabs are excellent but a little on the steep side.

From Hall, I would head toward St. Helena and maybe have lunch at Gotts Roadside (great hamburgers and shakes) or Pizzaria Tra Vigne for excellent pizza. Then I would have a 1:30 appointment at Chase Family Vineyards on the Sulpher Springs Avenue. They have an excellent Zin and very good Sav Blanc. Tell Katie that Lee from Tennessee recommended them 707-963-1284

After Chase, you have many choices. Depending on your lodging, you can go north or south on Hwy 29 and find a lot of outstanding wineries that are open to the public. Check the map at http://napavalley.com/visitorsinfo/Napa_Valley_Winery_Map.pdf and if the winery has a black dot by it's name, it is open to the public and no appointment necessary.

DAY 2 - I would try and get to Yountville around 10:00. You could begin with Cornerstone, then Hope & Grace across the street. Then I would lunch at Pacific Blues (or one of the other fine restaurants in Yountville). In the afternoon, you could keep walking north in Yountville and stop at Hill Family, Jessup and Girard. Plus, there are others, all within walking distance. Dinner could be at Bistro Jeanty or one of the other fine restaurants.

If I knew where your lodging is, I might change the itinerary, but for now, this is the best I can come up with.

Have a great trip and remember to give us a report when you return.


[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 04-11-2013).]


posted 04-11-2013 12:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I see you found my reply in the other thread. Have you made meal reservations? Are you familiar with OpenTable.com - it is a very handy resource.
Also, Hawkeye's suggestion about Yountville is excellent: many tasting rooms and wonderful restaurants. You could have lunch at Pacific Blues or Bottega and then spend the afternoon wandering from tasting room to tasting room. Don't miss Somerston a little farther down the road in Yountville (not much farther, a couple of blocks maybe). Then dinner at Hurleys or Bistro Jeanty. A lovely day!


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posted 04-11-2013 11:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gator582     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks so much.

Do you have suggestions of which wineries to see? I thought maybe two that need reservations per day and drop in to a few others that don't.

Appreciate your help. This was a last minute trip so I need help!


posted 04-11-2013 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
You are absolutely right, you can't do it all - which is why you go twice a year

We enjoyed visiting Coppola and eating lunch at the on-site restaurant Rustic, but if you only have two days and you are staying in downtown Napa - that is a 50 mile drive, so to me, not worth the time and gasoline. Save it for when you explore Dry Creek Valley and Geyserville - another trip.


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posted 04-11-2013 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gator582     Edit/Delete Message
Our daughter went to Coppola a couple of years ago and said we should visit. Is it worth the trip? I am trying to figure out which wineries to see quickly. We will be there in two days. Will only have Sunday and Monday for tours/tasting. Can't do it all.
Thanks for your help.


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