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posted 05-13-2013 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hall St. Helena has the same wines as Hall Rutherford, just not as elegant setting.



posted 05-13-2013 02:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
whoops - I was thinking of Hall Rutherford when I said "elegant". I haven't actually been in the St. Helena tasting room, although we were on the property there in St. Helena for the Cab Cookoff...


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posted 05-13-2013 01:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Umass     Edit/Delete Message
I know the schedule may be ambitious, but it's our first time, and we are going to go for it. I tried to do Black Sears, but they aren't open when we are going to be in Howell Mtn.

We are staying at the Embassy Suites in Napa. I don't mind driving around. I am in sales, so I am used to being in the car.

My wife is handling the food portion of the trip. I know we are going to Mustards and Dean and Deluca before we head to Howell Mtn. Other than that, I am not sure.

I just switched out Shafer for Paradigm. That was the only time we could do it.


posted 05-13-2013 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi UMass - that looks pretty terrific. You have quite a few special wineries on your list. This should be a lovely anniversary trip!
Please come back and tell us all about it - I'm very curious to hear about your visit to Opus. I hope you do get to visit Shafer - theirs is a very elegant tasting experience. Hall Rutherford, as well.
Congratulations! (and do you have reservations for some great lunches and dinners?)


posted 05-13-2013 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Umass,

I certainly hope you enjoy your 10th anniversary in Napa. We celebrated our 50th a few years ago along with many other anniversaries. One of our favorite places to visit.

Mu first thought when looking at your itinerary was that you are driving a lot between wineries on some days, but that your appointments are made for those that require them.

The first day is all spread out, and you will spend driving time between wineries. You must have had some reason for selecting these wineries.

It may help us if you told us where you are staying, and the "musts" on your list. For instance, on Sunday since you are going up on Howell Mountain to Outpost and O'Shaughnessy, I would add Black Sears which is just about a mile further down the road from Outpost and the wines are excellent. Award winning Zin and Cab. If you should decide to make an appointment there, tell Chris that Lee from Tennessee recommended them to you. Then on down the mountain, you have Burgess and Ladera which are very good. That would make your day Sunday. Just be sure to stop in the morning and pick up a picnic lunch as there is nothing to eat on the mountain. Also, allow extra time to find O"Shaughnessy as it is way off the beaten track.

If you are staying in Calistoga for the Spa treatments, I would put Bennett Lane and one other that afternoon. Don't pick those that need an appointment and you can walk in to several.

Tuesday, I think you may be a little ambitious. I would leave off the Paradigm and hit the other 4. Tell them at Chase that I recommended them. They also have an excellent Zin, Cab, and Sauv Blanc. Anomoly's tasting is in their cave with very nice Cabs.

I am sure that if you are a wine lover and you spend your anniversary there, it will not be the last trip to the valley.



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posted 05-12-2013 09:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Umass     Edit/Delete Message
My wife and I are heading out to Napa to celebrate our 10th anniversary. This is our first trip to Napa. What do you think of our set up:

Sinskey(may switch to shafer)
Clos Du Val

Bennet Lane
Possibly Schramberg

Spa in the morning followed by Sinskey if I can move it with Shafer

Hall-St. Helena
Chase Family
Joseph Phelps

I'd appreciate any feedback. We have appointments at the ones that require it, so this is pretty set. We leave on June 7th.


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