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posted 01-27-2011 06:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for VinoVeritasVA     Edit/Delete Message
We stayed in Sonoma last year, at the Four Sisters Inn at Sonoma. We drove very little, and did tours with Platypus- i can't remember our tour guide but he looked liek Willam Dafoe and knew everything and everyone- got us some fantastic experiences at Imagery, Loxton and Wellington.

We're going back in Feb to escape the East Coast as well!


posted 01-19-2011 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cabgirl     Edit/Delete Message
I can't imagine that you wouldn't need a car at some point. But if you plan on just using the car to get to your hotel and then not using it again til' time to leave to the airport then I would suggest staying in:

(1) Downtown Napa
Napa River Inn is a great spot to stay and it's practically "in bed" (because it's so close) to an array of restaurants, spas, and places to shop and explore. If you don't care about tasting wine amongst the vineyards as it were, there are several collective wine tasting rooms as the other posters have mentioned.

Check out the following tasting rooms:
Vintner's Collective
Bounty Hunter Rare Wines
Wineries of Napa Valley
TASTE at Oxbow
Ceja Vineyards

There are more, but you have a few to get you started.

(2) Yountville
This town is known for being a "walking town" because all of the restaurants, hotels, and wineries are in walking distance. Most all centered on a one mile strip - Washington Street. Plenty of recommendations here - Stay at Villagio, Vintage, Petit Logis, or what is now Hotel Yountville. Take your pick though - you can't go wrong with any of the choices listed here - http://napavalley.com/lodging/yountville.html. Just boils down to what you're willing to spend.

And then wine taste to heart's content. Jessup Cellars and Girard Winery has great wines. Mr. Hawkeye will attest to that! I hear good things about Bell, have yet to visit. Cornerstone for some good cabs, Domain Chandon slightly off the beaten path but still in walking distance is a must if you've never been, if to just see the beautiful grounds if neither is a sparkling fan. The list goes on. Oh and there's Maisonory. I love going in their "backyard" and hanging out with a glass of wine. It's a collective tasting room.


posted 01-17-2011 01:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for damombo   Click Here to Email damombo     Edit/Delete Message
I agree that having a car is the best way to go. I suppose you could stay in Napa town and just go to the tasting rooms there or stay in Yountville and just go to those tasting rooms, but you would miss out on so much that the area has to offer!


posted 01-16-2011 11:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Hi Angeerb,

If you are coming to the Napa area from the east coast, how do you plan to get from a airport to the Napa area. You will have to take some kind of shuttle from the San Francisco Airport or fly into one of several airports that have easier access to the Napa Area. I am partial to Sacramento but there is also Oakland. Why not rent a car and drive to Napa and then you won't be limited to your wine tasting. It would be a shame not to see some of the area.

My experience is that you don't drink that much to impair your driving. We go there to taste, not drink. Most places are only going to pour you a taste anyway. If you are tasting, and the wine is not to your taste, pour it out, they will not be offended. Even if you like it, you might want to pour the last dribble out and purchase a bottle to take home with you. Also, you can share a tasting which immediately limits your intake. My advice, rent a car and have a blast. Let us know how your trip goes.

[This message has been edited by Hawkeye (edited 01-16-2011).]


posted 01-15-2011 02:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
Hi! and Welcome to the message boards. Napa isn't my best suit, but I can give you some general information that may help.
If you want to visit actual wineries and vineyards then you will need to be transported there from most of the lodging facilities, unless there is someplace actually located in a vineyard and I can't think of any ( but I am more of a Sonoma person, so I'm short of detailed knowledge).
Several options are available to you- book a tour with one of the reputable companies such as Platypus ( there are many out there, they just came to mind first) and plan to spend this time on a bus filled with a variety of folks who may or may not share your wine preferences. My experience is that the wineries to be visited are determined by a collective decision ( read: "majority rules"). You can hire a private driver/limo service to take you around and either leave it to them or share in the decision-making of where to visit, you can use a service called Napa Bee Driven and they will drive you in your vehicle to wherever you choose to visit.
In downtown Napa, there is a burgeoning collection of tasting rooms that would be within walking distance to several hotels and B&B's so you could taste there.
For Napa, that is the extent of my knowledge.
If you would be willing to consider visiting Sonoma County, I can help you in more detail, but how about posting on that board so as not to kibbutz on Napa's space?


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posted 01-15-2011 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for angeerb26   Click Here to Email angeerb26     Edit/Delete Message
Hi!! My husband and I are planning a much needed vacation from the east coast. I know nothing about Napa...are there places to stay where you will not need your car? Planning on REALLY and safely enjoying the vineyards! Thanks!!


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