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posted 05-15-2011 04:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
Answer the questions on the Winery side and we can help you.


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posted 05-15-2011 12:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jezr20     Edit/Delete Message
hi..i am attempting to plan a trip to wine country for my boyfriends birthday and i am having some difficulties that i was hoping someone out there could help me with...i am from new york and will be taking a plane to california..i do not want to rent a car because i want to visit several wineries.(i have visited every one one in both new york and new jersey)...is there any lodging that is located extremely close (walking distance or short taxi ride) to a wine trail? i cant seem to find this information anywhere. any help out there would be greatly appreciated..thank you!!!!


posted 05-02-2011 05:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hawkeye   Click Here to Email Hawkeye     Edit/Delete Message
If you are looking for a place to stay, I would recommend the town of Calistoga. We really enjoy the Stevenson Manor Best Western and spend the extra money we save on wine. But, another factor . . . from Calistoga you can go south on Hwy 29 to all the wineries along there, or south along the Silverado Trail and all the wineries there, or west over the mountain to the Glen Ellen to the wineries there, or north to the Healdsburg area with all the amazing Zinfandel wineries along the Dry Creek Road . . . plus, you have to go through the Alexander Valley to get there.

If you will go to


you will find a map of NV with many of the wineries listed. A black dot in front of the winery means that it is open to the public, a burgundy triangle means that you need an appointment. The ones needing an appointment are normally the smaller wineries.

It really doesn't matter where you go in Napa or Sonoma, the wines are amazing. They will match up to any from around the world and will surpass most of them. The smaller wineries tend to be more limited production both in bottles and varietals, but this is where you will get the most personalized service.

The tasting fees in Napa tend to be on the high side with some being downright exhorbitant, so know what you are getting into. Some will waive the tasting fee if you purchase, some won't. I won't list any wineries on this answer, but if you would like a list of some of the smaller wineries, just ask. It would be helpful to know where and how long you are staying.

Have a great trip. Cheers.


posted 04-29-2011 09:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for yesilovewine     Edit/Delete Message
I am not the best responder for Napa, but if you do decide to take some time to explore Sonoma County, and with 7 days to work with you easily could, please do jump over to that board.
If you want to do some more research on your own, the book "Back Lane Wineries of Napa" would be a great place to start. Also, "the Moveable Thirst" gets a lot of good press from folks I know who read it.- There is a "Back Lanes" book for Sonoma as well....just in case .
Both Napa and Sonoma have exceptional dining options available; you can find Michelin Stars on either side of the mountains. Though Napa gets most of the Cab praises, you will find that there are lots of exceptional Cabs to be found in Sonoma as well. I am taking a Cab-specific tour there next month and will be reporting back after the 18th, so keep an eye out for that.
In your time frame I think there are some pretty fun pre-harvest events...check the event calendars to see what's up as that may impact how you plan your stay.


posted 04-29-2011 06:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bigsemi   Click Here to Email bigsemi     Edit/Delete Message
You've got a pretty good list there winery wise. How many days will you be in the Valley? Some on here like the, squeeze in as many wineries in a day as possible, my wife and I like to take our time and hit between 2-4 a day depending on if we have a couple tours planned. You can drink great wine all over the Valley, but getting to know the people at each place you go, and the story behind the winery is what makes Napa so special. You might want to try Swanson, they have a great Sit Down Tasting, Bennett Lane has some great wine as well, and you can probably get a little tour of the place if you shmooze a little. Whatever you do, try to slow down, take a look around, and enjoy everything the Valley has to offer.


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posted 04-29-2011 08:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for bjunge     Edit/Delete Message
Hey gang - I see tons of various "hey this is my first time coming, where do we stay" posts, and am combing through them slowly but also want to throw this out there since everyone seems so helpful.

We're coming out Aug 10-20, staying 3 days in SF and driving up for the remainder. Am considering a few days in Napa, perhaps a day or two in Sonoma, maybe cruising around checking out the area after, and could use some recommendations on both lodging and locales/restaurants to check out.

Not concerned about super-fancy for hotels really, and would rather spend the money on the wine/food, to be honest.

We're big into food/dining so would like to be able to get to/from decent places wherever we stay. Will be renting a car and driving up.

Friends have us the following to check out, but any additional superb Cab/Chard locales would be cool.

> Jordan
> Silver Oak Napa
> Quintessa
> Caymus
> Cakebread
> Far Niente
> Château Montelena
> Duckhorn
> Stags Leap
> Alpha Omega
> Frank Family
> Praeger
> Bremmer
> Del Dotto for barrel tasting

Any feedback is always appreciated -


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