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Hawkeye
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posted 11-20-2013 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi CMS,

Berringer used to have a sensory tasting experience in their Cask room which was excellent. I am not sure if they have it anymore. Don't know about the Coppala.

You did not give a budget for your stay. If the budget is unlimited, I might suggest Hotel Yountville. You will be within walking distance of many excellent tasting rooms; Cornerstone, Hope & Grace, Ma(i)sonry, Jessup, Girard, plus many others. You could spend a whole day at these tasting rooms and not have to worry about driving. Plus, their are many fine restaurants in Yountville. Our favorite is Bistro Jeanty for dinner and Pacific Blues for lunch (outside on the patio if it is a good day).

The second day you might want to try Howell Mountain. I would suggest O'Shaughnessy, Black Sears (tell Chris that Lee from Tennessee recommended him and he will take good care of you), Outpost has some great views and excellent wine, Spence (tell Jacqueline (the owner) that Lee sent you. On the way back down you could stop at Burgess or Ladera.

If budget is a concern, you might want to consider The Stevenson Manor Best Western Plus in Calistoga. If you stay here, you could visit Bennett Lane (on the northern edge of Calistoga), Chatteau Montelena (where the movie "Bottle Shock" was filmed . . . the wines are not the best, but it is worth a stop. Take the "Bottle Shock" tour. By the way, if you haven't seen the movie, it is a good time. Lots of liberties were taken, but it is still good).

If you want a spectacular tasting, go to Hall Rutherford (not Hall St. Helena). It is a little pricey (both tasting and wine) but if you can afford it, it is excellent.

You might also consider Chase Family Winery on the south edge of St. Helena. Here you will taste among 100 year old Zinfandel vines. Outstanding Zin and Cab. Tell Katie that Lee sent you.

In Calistoga, you might like eating at the Calistoga Inn. Very good!

There is a good map if you go to NapaValley.com, click on "Visitor Information" and then on "Printable Map" It will help you in your planning.

Well, these are some suggestions, just remember what you paid for them?

Have a great visit.

-Hawkeye

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Hawkeye
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posted 11-20-2013 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi CMS,

Berringer used to have a sensory tasting experience in their Cask room which was excellent. I am not sure if they have it anymore. Don't know about the Coppala.

You did not give a budget for your stay. If the budget is unlimited, I might suggest Hotel Yountville. You will be within walking distance of many excellent tasting rooms; Cornerstone, Hope & Grace, Ma(i)sonry, Jessup, Girard, plus many others. You could spend a whole day at these tasting rooms and not have to worry about driving. Plus, their are many fine restaurants in Yountville. Our favorite is Bistro Jeanty for dinner and Pacific Blues for lunch (outside on the patio if it is a good day).

The second day you might want to try Howell Mountain. I would suggest O'Shaughnessy, Black Sears (tell Chris that Lee from Tennessee recommended him and he will take good care of you), Outpost has some great views and excellent wine, Spence (tell Jacqueline (the owner) that Lee sent you. On the way back down you could stop at Burgess or

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CMS73012
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posted 11-18-2013 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CMS73012     Edit/Delete Message
Hi There!

I have only been to Napa one time and am so excited to be coming back in May. I will be bringing my boyfriend who has never been before but loves wine. We will be there for one night and two full days in May 2014. When I went in 2007 I did a sensory tour at the Francis Ford Coppola winery where you learned how to see, smell and taste the different wines and would like to find something like that if possible. I am open for suggestions on places to stay, eat and of course beautiful wineries to taste at. Thanks in advance for your help!

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