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Napa/Sonoma Winery Recommendations for this weekend? [Moved from Wine board]

jonasblank Jul 2, 2006 02:35 AM

I am in Napa and Sonoma until Monday evening to do some wine tasting. To give some idea of what I want, I am reasonably familiar with wine generally and drink it very regularly. I care most about tasting interesting, hard-to-get wines with vineyards who are welcoming and friendly. Especially given the holiday weekend, I want to avoid the ultra-corporate vineyards that will be very overcrowded (I like some of their wine fine, but I don't want to be somewhere massively overcrowded). I have a tasting scheduled at Corison tomorrow, but frankly that is at the absolute top end of my price range, and I will not be able to afford to taste or buy bottles at many places of that caliber.

I plan to do one full day in Napa and one full day in Sonoma.

I will be starting early each day but do not have much time (basically two days). Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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    rtmonty RE: jonasblank Jul 2, 2006 11:44 PM

    Recommendations in Napa would be Cliff Lede Winery, Miner Family, Robert Sinskey, Frank Family. All of these are off of Hwy. 29. If you go north to Calistoga and then further on, Bennett Lane, Calistoga Cellars, Summers, Vincent Arroy, August Briggs are all outstanding small wineries.

    We go to Napa very often and seek out small, fun wineries that make good wines. All of the above all into that catagory.

    Have a great time

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      monday RE: jonasblank Jul 5, 2006 04:20 AM

      Miner Family is on Silverado Trail, and I would recommend it. Also, not listed above Chateau Montelena is a great place to visit off Tubbs Rd. in Calistoga. This is at the very top of the valley, but is worth the detour, and it's fun to spend a little time in nearby Calistoga, too.

      1. Non Cognomina RE: jonasblank Jul 5, 2006 08:29 AM

        I concur with Robert Sinskey and Miner Family wineries in Napa. If you like sparkling wine, may I recommend Schramsberg.


        1. souschef RE: jonasblank Jul 6, 2006 01:48 AM

          I like Domaine Carneros for sparklers; they also make chocolates with a wine filling. I also bought an amazing Pinot Noir there many years ago (it was available at the winery only).

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            PGB RE: jonasblank Jul 6, 2006 07:06 AM

            Agree with Miner and ZD Vineyards, both on the Silverado Trail. Miner has some excellent reasonably priced wines and is family owned and run.

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