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posted 07-31-2013 05:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mikemcf31   Click Here to Email Mikemcf31     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks very much Hawkeye. I will try to follow your outline. As for the driving thing, I definitely can hold my liquor. But it's kind of a personal thing that I've set a zero tolerance for myself.


posted 07-31-2013 04:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Mikemcf31,

I am wondering if you think you are going to get a full glass of wine at every stop. Most places don't even serve an ounce.

I have never had a problem driving. If at a tasting, I don't care for the wine, I pour it our in the bucket which is quite acceptable. We have sometimes hit 5 wineries in one day (that's a lot) and I had no trouble driving. I also carry plenty of water to keep myself hydrated and some cracker snacks of some kind.

Remember, it is called tasting, not drinking.

I would begin my day at Sterling. The tram ride to the hilltop winery is excellent, the wines not so in my humble opinion.

I understand the Castello di Amorosa tour is very interesting, however, we have not taken it.

Then I would go to V. Sattui and gather some things in their deli and have a picnic on their grounds for lunch.

After that, I would go to Grgich Hills. Mike Grgich was the winemaker for Chateau Montelena when they received first place for their Chardonnay at the Paris tasting in 1976. Grgich Hills has a nice variety of wines.

Next I would visit Frog's Leap. FL won the first prize for Cabernet at the 1976 Paris tasting.

That would really be a full day of tasting.

Sometime visit without the kids and take in some of the smaller wineries.

If you need a map, go to NapaValley.com, click on "Visitor Information" then on Printable winery map in the left column.

Have a great trip.


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posted 07-31-2013 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mikemcf31   Click Here to Email Mikemcf31     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks damombo! Any other thoughts are appreciated.

I went through the "family friendly filter" and my short list includes: V. Sattui Winery,Castello di Amorosa,Grgich Hills Estate,Clos Du Val,Sterling Vineyards,Frog's Leap. So let me know any thoughts on these yes or no. Type of wine red/white is not all that important, it is more the experience we are looking for.

I also am going to contact Bee Driven. You hire them and they drive you in your car from place to place. I really do not want to drink and drive. Not that we are going to get plastered, but we definitely want to imbibe with no worries. It seems it will cost us $250 for 5 hours. Cheaper than a limo but still pricey.

OK thanks again for anyone with any good input! Cheers...


posted 07-30-2013 07:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
Hi MIke,

I googled "kid friendly wineries" and this came up: http://napavintners.com/wineries/wineries_family_friendly.asp
On the list, I feel confident that V. Sattui and Castello di Amorosa would be kid friendly. And the kids would probably enjoy the Castle tour (what with the torture chamber, ya know). Anyway, you should go to the website of whatever winery you are interested in and check on their policy about under age 21 guests.
As far as transportation, there is a company called Napa Bee Driven that will drive your car for you. I've not used them, but I've heard positive things about them. They would also know a lot about the area wineries and who might allow children.
Depending on how long you are visiting, you could just plan to walk around the downtown area of Napa or perhaps the Oxbow Market area. There might be shops that the kids would be interested in and there are tasting rooms - so walking and no driving needed. Then spend some time walking around Yountville or Calistoga...


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posted 07-29-2013 09:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mikemcf31   Click Here to Email Mikemcf31     Edit/Delete Message
Hi all, this seems to be a very informative group. We are staying at the Embassy Suites inNapa the weekend of 8/23. We will have our 2 kids with us, ages 11 and 16. Any advice as to which wineries are better suited for kids? I know some of them offer grape juice for them during tastings. Also.... I do not want to drink and drive. Any suggestions there? Are there taxi services etc? I saw some tour vans that charge $100 a head etc and if it was just my wife and I we would consider it. But with the kids it doesn't seem justified. Any thoughts are greatly appreciated! We have not been to Napa in 20 years and are very much looking forward to it. Thanks


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