Ideas for Napa?
Posted 26 July 2007 - 08:27 PM
Posted 27 July 2007 - 03:11 PM
I can't wait to go...I lived in northern CA for 4 years and never managed to get there and check everything out! Ridiculous!!
Thanks for all your help!!! :-)
Posted 31 July 2007 - 10:49 PM
I also think hitting some the champagne places right off the bat is a nice way to start. Gloria Ferrer and Domaine Carneros are really close to each other and I LOVE Schramsberg which is actually in St. Helena (north of Napa I think)-but I've never been to Schramsberg so can't really speak to the tasting/tour experience.
If you do make it to Sonoma I very much recommend eating at the Girl and the Fig: fantastic place, food, and people.
Posted 01 August 2007 - 10:04 AM
sonoma and napa are about an hour apart, so make sure you include that in your plans.
I would recommend V. Sattui winery (free tasting) its on the 29 in Napa. That is the most popular area for wine tasting. Also just down the road is Peju Province, which is beautiful and good wine.
If you want to try some of the smaller family wineries, try the Silverado Trail (Mumm's sparkling wines is there). Miner winery is also very good, nice small family vineyard.
As for places to stay, bed and breakfasts are always great. We had our reception at the Gaia, and while I had some problems with them (not anything to do with the rooms though), their rooms are beautiful and its pretty affordable (it's in American Canyon, which is right on the 29 but about 15-30 minutes away from the main winery area)
have fun, let me know if you need more info.
Posted 01 August 2007 - 12:55 PM
Anyway, we're definitely still looking at stuff. Nothing set in stone yet. So I'm definitely open to hotel suggestions. I like the idea of staying in a B&B, but David is typically hesitant about that kind of thing. Feels weird like he's staying in someone's house. The only way I got him to that one for our anniversary is because we actually stayed in a cottage on the property that was separate from the main house. Although maybe we could do a B&B for a night or two and hotel for the rest of the time? Sometimes the annonymity of a hotel is nice. . .coming and going w/out feeling like you might be disturbing someone, sleeping 'til noon and not feeling guilty about skipping the breakfast. . .
We'll keep looking for sure. It's nice to have some experienced people to run these ideas by!
That being said...would you choose to stay closer to Napa or Sonoma? Is one area better than the other? Just different?
We're really just looking to escape our little suburb in Texas, enjoy some scenery, some wineries, spa, golf and food. . .well, and maybe a little shopping!
Posted 07 March 2008 - 02:06 AM
Posted 16 June 2008 - 11:49 AM
Some wineries that I LOVED were Peju- BEautiful property and the wines are all very crisp and tasty. jessup Cellars is really a nice small place adn they have a great table wine called Table for 4. Also in Calistoga is a small family run place called Vincent Arroyo. call ahead and ask for Vincent to give you a personal tour and ask him about his dogs, JJ is his balck lab and he helps tell Vincent when the grapes are ripe. You also get to taste the wine strait from the barrels. The larger wineries are ok, cakebread, robert Mondavi, Sterling etc.. but they just dont offer the same expereince as the smaller wineries do. Have fun and it is a blast there!
Posted 16 June 2008 - 11:52 AM
You know a beautiful drive is silverado trail. Heading out towards Mumm
Posted 18 June 2008 - 08:57 AM
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