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winery picnic in southern Alexander or northern Dry Creek Valley

wearybashful Aug 4, 2006 08:23 PM

Hi, I did search, honest, but found mostly general info. I'm looking for a nice winery picnic area on the way from Hwy 128 in Napa Valley tthrough southern Alexander Valley, heading towards the north end of Dry Creek. I've got 14 people in tow, and it could get warm so shade is good. Good wine is appreciated too.

Usually I'd go to Passalacqua, but the small secluded tables that I find so appealling are not good for a large group like this.

I'm rather anxious because I'm supposed to be the local guide, and I don't feel all that expert.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: wearybashful Aug 4, 2006 09:04 PM

    Hop Kiln has lovely picnic grounds and will reserve tables for groups.

    http://www.hopkilnwinery.com/main.html

    1. wearybashful RE: wearybashful Aug 4, 2006 10:51 PM

      Thanks, Robert; I just need someplace farther north, like the Lambert Bridge or north of there, or in southern Alexander Valley. But I'll try Hop Kiln another time.

      1. Robert Lauriston RE: wearybashful Aug 4, 2006 11:29 PM

        Oh, sorry, I got turned around, was thinking Dry Creek was above Alexander Valley.

        How about Lambert Bridge? Nice garden.

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          chilihead2006 RE: wearybashful Aug 5, 2006 03:46 AM

          Was a resident of Geyserville till recently.

          Trentadue Winery is pretty nice....off the Independence Lane exit on 101.

          1. maria lorraine RE: wearybashful Aug 5, 2006 04:34 AM

            I don't anything can beat Preston: fantastic wine,
            picnic grounds with tables, bocce ball court,
            wonderful entertaining people, fresh baked bread,
            homegrown tomatoes...oh I could go on and on...

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              wearybashful RE: maria lorraine Aug 5, 2006 05:51 AM

              Maria, I like Preston too, but its website says "no groups larger than 6." Perhaps since it'll be on a Monday I can call them and beg.

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