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yesilovewine
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posted 05-26-2013 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Well, I'll just say this about Trefethen...though they do have some "production wines" out there, its rarely noted as a winery to see on this or any of the 3 other wine related sites that I frequent, and I'm not sure why. But again, that's just one opinion. And it seems that you want the little gems, so another resource that I can suggest for you is the book "Back Road Wineries of Napa". Many libraries have it and Barnes and Noble seems to always have at least one copy wherever we go....not to say that D' and Hawkeye haven't been to darn near every place in all of Napa County between them....

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damombo
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posted 05-20-2013 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
You can't get much farther off the beaten path than the Day 2 that Hawkeye suggested. Excellent wineries and terrific scenery.

Maisonry was a wonderful experience and very different from the usual tasting. That's where we tasted J. Daniel Cuvee from Lail Vineyards. A bit higher than the $100 you were wanting to stay below, but it blew us away. That is one very special wine.

Enjoy your planning - that is a good part of the entire experience!

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BlondeWordWiz
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posted 05-20-2013 07:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlondeWordWiz   Click Here to Email BlondeWordWiz     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you all so much.
We are okay with seeing one or two of the tourist-type hot spots but are looking for places more off the beaten path, the secret, less traveled places.

We are considering Hall - Rutherford because the reviews and Spring Mountain, Pride Winery, Maisonry, Mount Veeder, Reynolds Family and perhaps Shafer.

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yesilovewine
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posted 05-17-2013 05:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Not being as big a Napa fan as my friends here on the board, I have another point of view for you; Trefethen.
They are easy to find and we like the fact that its so compact- and the Library tasting gives you a great chance to examine the upper tier wines that you won't find in wine shops around the country. Far more commercial in distribution that the places Hawkeye and Damambo mention, for us it still has all the elements of a wine country experience, and the wines are very good.

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-15-2013 02:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
I am guessing that if you are staying 3 nights, you will have 2 full days of tasting. Here is what I would do if I were staying in Napa town.

DAY 1 - ROBERT BIALE VINEYARDS - Some of the best Zin in the valley. Then go to Yountville where you have several options for lunch. One of our favorites is Pacific Blues Cafe. Then spend the rest of the day in Yountville where you can walk to all of the tasting rooms there; Cornerstone, Hope & Grace, Jessup, Ma(i)sonary, Girard, plus several others. Hit Girard last because they are open the latest. Then you can have dinner in one of the fine restaurants. Our favorite is Bistro Jeanty.

DAY 2 - To get a different flavor, I would go up Howell Mountain. I would stop at O'Shaughnessy going up because it is easier to find going up then coming down. Then clear to the top and go to Black Sears. Tell Chris that Lee form Tennessee recommended them to you. Chris will take good care of you. Plus, they have award winning Zins and excellent Cabs. Then for more scenery, you could stop at Outpost (very close to Black Sears). Outstanding views. Next would be Spence Vineyards. Jacalyn the owner will host you on their porch overlooking their beautiful gardens. Again, tell them that Lee sent you. Then on the way down, I would recommend tasting at Burgess where you will taste in their cask room. If you go on Howell Mountain, remember to take a picnic lunch because there is nothing up there to eat. Picnic at one of the wineries. Black Sears has a nice spot overlooking the vineyards.

Most of these wineries require an appointment. When you make the first, ask them how long to plan then you will know the time to make the next appointment, etc.

Remember, when you get back, tell us where you ended up going and your impressions of the wine and wineries.

-Hawkeye

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damombo
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posted 05-14-2013 02:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
For a fun, cozyish visit - Chase and their wonderful zins.

For a more expensive and remarkable views-type visit - Barnett or Terra Valentine on Spring Mountain or Hall Rutherford.

For an elegant tasting - Cakebread or Shafer.

All of the above have excellent reds. I have had excellent experiences at each.

And it would be impossible to pick just one

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BlondeWordWiz
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posted 05-14-2013 01:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlondeWordWiz   Click Here to Email BlondeWordWiz     Edit/Delete Message
Staying at The Meritage for three nights. Love red wine. Price < $100.

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Hawkeye
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posted 05-14-2013 01:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
"What is your favorite vineyard?" WOW, that is likeasking who is your favorite child. I don't think I could cut it down to one. Give us a little more information, where you are staying, how long, what is your favorite varietal and how much is too much. Then maybe we could narrow it down a little.

-Hawkeye

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BlondeWordWiz
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posted 05-14-2013 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlondeWordWiz   Click Here to Email BlondeWordWiz     Edit/Delete Message
Please provide your favorite vineyard. Keep in mind cost, location and experience.

We are visiting in July and working on our itinerary now.

Thank you!

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