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posted 05-23-2013 12:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Nikelcity,

"Can you recommend some smaller wineries?
Also what are the best wineries for photography?"

Four that I can think of on the valley floor:

Katie Simpson, Chase Cellars
2252 Sulphur Springs Avenue
St. Helena, California 94574
On the south end of St. Helena. You need an appointment. Tell Katie that Lee from Tennessee sent you and you will be well taken care of.

I would suggest that after visiting Chateau Montelena the you go over to the west a short distance and taste at Bennett Lane just north of Calistoga off Hwy 128. No appointment needed. Excellent Cabs plus they have, in my opinion, the best Cab blend in the valley, Maximus, for $35.00.

Call Scotti Stark at 707-628-7600 and make an appointment to visit Phifer Pavitt and Charnu over on the Silverado Trail just south of Calistoga. Tell Scotti that I recommended him to you and he will take good care of you.

You will have some good pix shots at Chateau Montelena (the winery featured in the movie "Bottle Shock"), Chase where you will tasted in a 100 year old vineyard. Sterling will also be good for pix as well as Phifer Pavitt and Charnu.

If you had inquired earlier, I would have suggested Hall Rutherford (not St.Helena) where you begin with a glass of wine while viewing some of the Hall's (owner) extensive art collection, followed by a tasting in their cave under a very expensive Swarowski crystal chandelier. Beautiful views of the valley floor from up on Rutherford Hill. Appointment needed.

A good map may help you in planning is at http://napavalley.com/visitorsinfo/ and down on the left side you will see "printable maps". You want to try and arrange your itinerary so you do not have to make a left turn off Hwy 29 because there is a lot of traffic.

Hope this helps.



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posted 05-23-2013 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nickelcity10   Click Here to Email nickelcity10     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for your input, good stuff
This is indeed our first trip to Napa.

Can you recommend some smaller wineries?
Also what are the best wineries for photography?

Thanks again


posted 05-23-2013 10:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
If this is your first trip, your girlfriend did well. Next trip you might want to try some of the smaller wineries.

Some reminders: You don't have to drink every last drop at a tasting. If there is something you don't like, spit or pour it out. This does not offend the host.

Maybe share a tasting which is certainil accepted at most wineries.

Take plenty of water to drink between tastings to help keep you hydrated. Some crackers are helpful, also.

Have a great trip and remember to give us a summary when you get back. That way, all of us learn.



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posted 05-23-2013 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nickelcity10   Click Here to Email nickelcity10     Edit/Delete Message
I wanted to see about your thoughts on our itinerary: ( actually my girlfriend did all the work )

dAY 1
Domaine Carneros – appts recommended; open until 6, last pour 5:45; sparkling and pinot noir
Artesa Winery – no appts necessary; open until 5, last pour at 4:30
Etude – no appts necessary

Silverado winery - $15 or $25, no appts needed
Mondavi – 10-5
Grgich Hills – 9:30 – 4:30, mornings recommended
Silver Oak – no appts necessary, $20, open until 5pm
Oakville Grocery is .5 mile from Mondavi

Chateau Montelena – 9:30 - 4
Sterling - no appts necessary, $25 for tram, self guided tour and 5 wines, 10:30 – 4:30
Frog’s Leap - no appt necessary, 4 wines for $20; tours $20 pp w 4 tastings at 10:30 and 2:30 M-F; 10-4
Del Dotto – appt only 11-3:30
Frank’s Family vineyard – 10-5

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