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posted 08-27-2011 05:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Absolutely doable, especially considering that both Ledson and Chateau St. Jean have on-site deli's so you have choices for lunch.
When you visit CSJ, I would highly recommend that you go to the reserve room as opposed to the regular tasting room in the gift shop to optimize your experience.

Sojourn does require reservations, so don't forget to tend to that ahead of time. I believe that they suggest planning about an hour for that experience, so keep that in mind as you organize your day.

Its true that most of the posters here do prefer to drive themselves; I think that many of us like the flexibility of planning for ourselves without the pressure some of the limo companies impart to use their preferred places. I do trust a couple of Trip Advisor participants who recommend Lexacon and the Bee Driven company which are like hiring your own designated driver- they will drive your rental vehicle- but can't speak to either from personal experience.
If you have the time and interest, the main facility of Paradise Ridge offers a fantastic view of the valley and an interesting sculpture garden for your enjoyment and would be our first choice, but we've also had a great experience at the satellite facility in Kenwood as its small and intimate, so if you find your time is running short you can certainly visit that location to enjoy their wines.


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posted 08-27-2011 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbg926     Edit/Delete Message
Thanks for the response. I have read almost all the messages (a little overwhelming but full of good information). I don't see many people using limo services and assume most are driving themselves. There are just four of us and we'll have a car. We are more interested in seeing a few wineries well than many quickly. After all the reading, I have chosen the following wineries for a Monday (we are staying at the Inn at Sonoma:
Chateau St Jean
St Francis
Paradise Ridge
Sojourn Cellars
Do you think it is doable in a day and without a driver?


posted 08-27-2011 07:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I know that Lexacon tours gets rec's from folks in Healdsburg; also we are fortunate to hear from a provider named Stacy here on the boards....Stacy's Wine Stop is the business, I think...look for those posts to get contgact info.


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posted 08-26-2011 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cbg926     Edit/Delete Message
Four of us are planning a trip in early October to Napa and Sonoma. My husband wants us to go in a limo/van so someone else does the driving.

We will arrive in Napa around noon on Sunday and tour there all afternoon driving ourselves. We are staying in Sonoma and plan to use a tour company on Monday for visiting wineries in Sonoma. Any suggestions?


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