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posted 02-10-2014 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WC Guest Services   Click Here to Email WC Guest Services     Edit/Delete Message
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posted 02-10-2014 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Blueflint,

If I were you and I lived in Ohio this winter, I would be looking for someplace to get out of Dodge. You have had it bad!

Sorry to have taken so long to answer, but I have been out of time and I think many others on the Board are just not reading this winter.

A lot depends on your budget. If you are on a tight budged, consider the Stevenson Manor Best Western in Calistoga. It is convenient to many wineries. You can go south on Hwy 29, South on the Silverado Trail, or north over the mountain to the Dry Creek area with their famous Zins.

If your budget is pretty loose, you might want to consider one of the upscale properties in Yountville like the Yountvell Hotel or Villago, or others. There are lots of tasting rooms in Yountville withing wqalking distance. In fact, you can start in the morning, hit a couple tasting rooms, stop at one of the fine restaurants for lunch, then walk to some more tasting rooms. Among them some of my favorites are Cornerstone, Hope & Grace, Jessup, Ma(i)sonry, and Girard.

Around Calistoga, I like Bennett Lane (probably the best $35.00 bottle ow Cab in the valley, "Maximus". The "Bottle Shock" tour of Chateau Montelena is interesting to see where the movie "Bottle Shock" was filmed. It is about the 1976 Paris tasting where Chateau Montelena won for their 1993 Chardonnay. If you haven't seen the movie, get it before you go and watch it. There dwere a lot of liberties taken with the story, but it is still worth a watch. The wines are nothing special, but it is worth a visit. I haven't been there yet, but I have heard that Tamber Bey in Calistoga is a good stop.

Spend one day up on Howell Mountain. O'Shaughnessy, Black Sears, Outpost, Spence, Burgess plus several others. You will need to take a picnic lunch.

Down in the valley, Chase Family Vineyards with their great Zins and you will taste among 100 year old vines (tell them that Lee from Tennessee sent you and they will take good care of you). Others are Kellham, Robert Biale, and many others along Hwy 29. Some require an appointment, others do not. There is a map on this website under "Visitor Information" then scroll down on your left click on Printable Map. It will show you many wineries and has a circle for those that you do not need a reser and a triangle for those that you do. It is fun to just drive around and see one that looks interesting and drive in.

I understand that Mondavi has a great introductory tour.

Have a great trip and remember to give a trip report when you return. If you have any other questions, just give me a shout.

I have our itinerary for March, if you would like a copy, send me your email address.



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posted 02-07-2014 10:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blueflint   Click Here to Email Blueflint     Edit/Delete Message
We are in the early stages of planning our first time visit to Napa. We are not sure yet where we will be staying. We would like to get recommendations of vineyards/wineries to visit. We really don't want to be part of the "lost in the huge crowd" nor do we want the select private visits either. I am a home vintner and have a small vineyard so I am interested in all aspects of the industry...and I love Cab! We will be in Napa in the middle of a week and will have 3 days available. So, from others personal experiences, what do you recommend?

I appreciate anything and everything.



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