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paa May 1, 2006 05:25 PM

In a couple of weeks, I'll be heading up to Napa for a night at French Laundry, followed by a day of relaxed touring/tasting. I've booked a room at a dog-friendly hotel and will be taking my small, well-behaved pooch with me (everywhere but TFL).

I found this list of dog-friendly wineries at vineyarddog.com. Any others to add? Any ones on this list I should definitely see or avoid? Thanks!

Napa County:
Casa Nuestra Winery and Vineyards 3541 Silverado Trail N. St. Helena, CA (707)-963-5783
http://www.casanuestra.com/

Cuvaison Winery 4550 Silverado Trail Calistoga, CA (707)-942-6266
http://www.cuvaison.com/

Dutch Henry Winery 4310 Silverado Trail, Calistoga (707)224-5879
http://www.dutchhenry.com/

Graeser Winery 255 Petrified Forest Road Calistoga, CA (707)-942-4437
http://www.graeserwinery.com/

Mumm Napa Winery 8445 Silverado Trail Rutherford, CA (707)-967-7730
http://mummnapa.com/

Niebaum-Coppola Estate Winery 1991 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford (800)-782-4266
http://www.niebaum-coppola.com/

Rustridge 2910 Lower Chiles Valley Rd. St. Helena, CA (707)-965-2871
http://www.rustridge.com/

Sullivan Vineyards 1090 Galleron Rd. Rutherford, CA (707)-963-9646
http://www.sullivanwine.com/

V. Sattui Winery 1111 White Lane St. Helena, CA (707)963-7774
http://www.vsattui.com/

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    Monty RE: paa May 1, 2006 06:49 PM

    Avoid Niebaum-Coppola which is now Rubicon Estate or something like that. Anyway, it's $25 to just get in the door. Not even worth half of that.

    V.Sattui makes pretty bad wine, would stay away from there also.

    Graeser is an intersting place, kind of run down. It's a bit of a drive to get there and I found the wines to be mostly "alright," not great but not bad. The owner is a character and pretty interesting.

    Dutch Henry is alright, kind of fun and they do have some good wines. Good zin the last time if I remember correctly.

    Cuvalson is also good. They have a very nice chrard usually.

    Rustridge is alright but a pretty long drive for only a couple of wines.

    In the Dutch Henry, Cuvalson area you might try August Briggs, excellent chard and reds. Don't know about dogs but they are very nice and I don't think would mind.

    Have a great time and a wonderful dinner at TFL. Report back on your trip.

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      Bizzy RE: Monty Jul 5, 2007 09:55 PM

      I have to disagree. Rubicon Estate is well worth it. Francis Ford Coppola completely restructed what happens at his winery. He is now producing a very high end level of Estate wines - organically grown, too, for those that hold such standards in high regards. But the point is, he got rid of the Hollywood hustle and created an extremely high end line of all new wines. It's brilliant. The Chateau where the winery is housed is breathtaking and its history, ironically, is the stuff great stories and films are made of. The $25 guest fee is equal to - or in some cases less than - what you'll spend in fragmented fees at most other wineries. It's far less than what you'll pay at other high end wineries. If you keep up with the trade papers, Rubicon Estate has garnered some of the most impressive wine reviews and scores for it's flagship Rubicon cabernet AND it's Estate Zinfandel. There is a new sense of serious wine at this winery now. Also - the guest fee is good for three days. A whole weekend of coming and going! They have a really cool Wine Bar / Coffee Bar that is fun to come back on day 2 and 3 as your morning coffee stop or afternoon glass of wine. The wine bar is seperate from the tasting room and it looks like it was trasnplanted from the best spot in all of Europe. It's simply stunning. I strongly disagree...VERY well worth it.

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        maria lorraine RE: Bizzy Jul 6, 2007 01:20 AM

        Agree with Monty. Nix Rubicon. Heavy-handed, over-oaked wines with stewy fruit and low acid. The movie memorabilia is gone. Much better wines with as much atmosphere elsewhere.

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      Pia RE: paa May 2, 2006 01:34 AM

      In case you are looking for a nice place for lunch or a snack, I remember that the delicious Jimtown store has a nice area in the back where our little dog felt quite welcome.

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        paa RE: Pia May 2, 2006 02:05 AM

        Sounds great -- thanks for the recommendation.

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          Melanie Wong RE: Pia May 2, 2006 02:51 AM

          Note that the Jimtown Store is in beautiful Alexander Valley in Sonoma County wine country and not in the Napa Valley.

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          Dan Wodarcyk RE: paa Jul 5, 2007 10:17 PM

          Overall, you'll find Napa to be very dog friendly. You'll know if a place is not right away. Even Bounty Hunter, a downtown Napa tasting room and restaurant, is rather dog friendly and there's a place to hitch up right out in back if you're comfortable with that. Hagafen, a nice small kosher winery on Silverado Trail in Napa, is very friendly as well and a good kept secret.

          1. Lori SF RE: paa Jul 6, 2007 08:57 AM

            Have you see this-I love this so much- http://www.winerydogs.com/gallery.html

            One thing it is very hot up there at this time of year so make sure you have water bowl with you and never leave in the car.. you probably know that already! Have fun.

            1. maria lorraine RE: paa Jul 6, 2007 09:19 AM

              Even though this post is from May 1st, one caution about Chowhounds' hounds:
              Most wineries have at least one resident cat, who rules the roost (often the tasting room), and also a winery dog, so please be advised of some terroritorial issues and possible conflict.

              1. Robert Lauriston RE: paa Jul 6, 2007 09:27 AM

                V. Sattui is a tourist-trap deli posing as a tasting room. Awful wine.

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                  nutella RE: paa Aug 18, 2010 11:02 AM

                  I'm looking for a beautiful place to have a delicious lunch with my well-behaved small dog. Any recommendations? We booked Brix but they just called and said they don't allow dogs even though they have an outdoor patio. I'm pregnant so we're looking for good food instead of good wine on this trip. Thanks!

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                  Brix
                  7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558

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                    calalilly RE: nutella Aug 18, 2010 11:10 AM

                    I highly recommend Vincent Arroyo in Calistoga. They are pet friendly and make excellent wine. Last time I was there, about 3 months ago, they were just finishing up the remodel so I assume it's done now.

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                      Ruth Lafler RE: calalilly Aug 18, 2010 04:06 PM

                      Do they serve food? This poster is looking for lunch, not wine.

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                    Jeni Bean RE: paa Aug 18, 2010 02:20 PM

                    A friend of mine pours at Honig. I've seen well behaved (and not so) dogs on their outdoor patio with no problem. Water also provided on hot days.

                    1. BayAreaSanCA RE: paa Aug 18, 2010 03:37 PM

                      I would stay away from Sullivan Vineyards. I've had friends say that their wine is shaky quality. Carneros and BV vineyards are some popular ones, I'm not sure about the dog part though, you may need to do some google-ing to find out about that.

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                        nutella RE: paa Aug 18, 2010 05:20 PM

                        I do appreciate your input but I'm looking for lunch, not wine, as I'm pregnant. Any good dog-friendly lunch spots? Thanks! :)

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                          wolfe RE: nutella Aug 18, 2010 05:27 PM

                          One of the hazards of dropping in on an old thread is that some folks are still responding to the OP and may not read your request. Best to start your own pregnant with dog thread

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                            Dawgmommy RE: nutella Aug 27, 2010 12:21 PM

                            I read recently that Cindy Pawclyn's (sp ?) restaurants are dog friendly, she has 3 in the Napa area, so you might call and check.

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                              wolfe RE: Dawgmommy Aug 27, 2010 04:22 PM

                              nutella started a new thread and lo and behold Cindy sent this link and nutella smiled.
                              http://insidescoopsf.sfgate.com/carey...

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