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posted 06-01-2013 05:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Boston_Girl,

Have been out of town for a week enjoying the scenery in Sedona, AZ. Visited a couple of their wineries there but out of about 20 wines tasted, I found nothing that pleased my palate.

Now to your question. If I were you, I would visit Mondavi for the introductory tour. I understand that you will learn a lot about wine and the wine making experience. When you have been on one tour, they are all pretty much the same.

Also, I would drop Caldwell, Cakebread and White Rock. WR, in my opinion has marginal wines. Caldwell I can't comment on. Cakebread, I never found much there that I cared for.

Hall Rutherford is a special place. You begin your tour at their welcome center with a glass of Chardonnay while strolling through some of the Hall's extensive art collection. Then you are taken to the cave for a tasting of amazing wines. Also, the Swarovski crystal chandelier is a work of art. Their wines are a little expensive, but worth every penny.

You might consider adding Charnu and Phifer Pavitt over on the Silverado Trail. The Charnu tasting is held in their small cave. The PP tasting is in a unique old barn which is where they make their wine. You can arrange for these two by contacting Scotti Stark at (707) 628-7600. Tell Scotti that Lee from Tennessee recommended him to you and he will take good care of you.

Anything else we can help with, give us a shout. Have a great trip and don't forget to give us a report when you get back. That is the way that we all learn.



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posted 05-31-2013 02:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boston_girl   Click Here to Email Boston_girl     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you for the tip. No special reason to go to CakeBread but I do want to learn as much as possible about wine on my 2 days there. I read from this board that Cakebread and Mondavi are two good ones for this purpose? Do you know if Hall Rutherford offers an education tour? Thanks again!


posted 05-30-2013 07:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Boston_girl

I am not familiar with Caldwell, so no opinion there.

I did just plot out the list you have onto google maps and would suggest that you concentrate on Hall Rutherford (excellent tour of their gorgeous facility & wonderful wines), then Stags Leap, followed by Biale and White Rock. That gives you four very different tasting experiences.

Is there a special reason that you want to go to Cakebread? If you save them for another time, your route would keep you on the Silverado Trail, which is the less traveled road and more scenic, in my opinion... And if y'all are driving yourselves, then 4 wineries might be plenty.

Also off of Silverado Trail, you will find Soda Canyon Grocery (in fact, it's the road you take to get to White Rock). Stop there to pick up picnic supplies and eat lunch between Stags Leap and Biale. See if either of those wineries will let you picnic, or just eat in your car. Gotta have food in your stomach, but if you only have one day, I wouldn't want to take time to go into a restaurant.


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posted 05-27-2013 06:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Boston_girl   Click Here to Email Boston_girl     Edit/Delete Message
Hello Everyone,

2 days Girls trip to Sonoma on Sunday and Napa on Monday in June. Wineries in Napa to visit: Hall-Rutherford, Cake Bread, Stag'sLeap Wine Cellar, White Rock, Caldwell, Biale, Domaine Carneros. I really want to visit Hall-Rutherford and Cake Bread but the others I am not sure which one to add to the itinerary. Maybe 3 more would be a good day in Napa? I know they are all scattered around so please help me decide on a good driving route to take. Thank you so much!


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