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posted 06-05-2013 12:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message

I should add that since you are staying close to Yountville, you could spend a day there and walk to several tasting rooms after parking your car, Just a few: Cornerstone, Hope & Grace, Chiarello, Jessup, Ma(i)sonry, Girard. Plus there are several fine restaurants in Yountville including the incredible French Laundry and our favorite, Bistro Jeanty. For lunch we like Pacific Blues.



posted 06-05-2013 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Chas,

Asking for 10 is like asking to pick your favorite child among it's siblings.

For a good map of the area, go to http://napavalley.com/visitorsinfo/ and scroll down the left column and click on "Printable Map"

Here would be some of my top visits:
On Howell Mountain:
O'Shaughnessy Winery - Award winning Cabs.
Black Sears on Howell Mountain. Great Zin and Cab. A good place to take along a picnic lunch.
Spence Winery, a small winery where you will sit on the porch and taste Cabs with the owner. Nice gardens also.
Coming on down the mountain, you have Ladera and Burgess.

If you are not familiar with the wine making process, Mondavi gives a very good introduction tour.

Bennett Lane
Freemark Abbey - the Cabernet comparison tasting.
Salon St. Helena. A tasting room in St. Helena that tastes both Harris and Jones wines.
Hall Rutherford (Not Hall St. Helena). A great experience. You will be met at the top of Rutherford with a glass of Chard at the welcoming center where you will also view part of the Hall's extensive art collection. Then you will go down into the cave and the dining room where you will taste incredible wines under a magnificent Swarvoski crystal chandelier. Their wines are excellent although a little pricey.
Chase Family Vineyard where you will tast while viewing 100 year old Zinfandel vines.
There are also excellent wine up Spring and Diamond Mountains.

Those are just a few of the ones that I can think of off the top of my head. If you need more, give me a shout.

Being in Napa Valle for a week and only tasting at 10 wineries is like eating 1 chocolate covered peanut from the bag.

Have a great trip.


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posted 06-04-2013 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ChasD     Edit/Delete Message
Friends and I will be staying just south of Yountville for a week beginning July 6th. I figure we will have plenty of time to visit wineries so i'm looking for suggestions as to the top 10 must visit wineries. Primarily red wine drinkers but not adverse to some nice white. Thanks in advance for your comments I look forward to seeing the recommendations.

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