Napa Valley advice?
For my friend's Bachelorette party, I'm taking a group of 7 ladies to Napa Valley this Saturday. It's going to be a first trip to Napa for everyone except for me. I have only been to Mondavi, Clos Du Val, and Beringer once before so my knowledge of the area is very limited. I was planning to start off by doing a tour at Sterling then visiting a few more wineries afterwards. Does anyone have any suggestions of wineries and a place to eat lunch, that are affordable yet memorable for firstimers at Napa? Anywhere with a nice view/atmosphere and good reds would be ideal. Thank You.
I've observed a number of bachelorette groups out winetasting in the valley. I have two suggestions:
1. Stay hydrated & pace yourselves. There is nothing remotely attractive about bachelorettes barfing on the side of the road.
2. Pool some cash together and buy the bride-to-buy a bottle or goodie at each place you visit.
Since you are starting off at Sterling, you are going to be so far north into the valley as to probably be best heading into Calistoga for lunch (versus driving back to St. Helena). I would recommend Wappo or Brannan's. From there, I would go taste at Zahtilla and Chateau Montelena.
Also try asking GraceAnn, she is a wealth of info. Seh conducts all kinds of food related tours in the Bay Area.
This is the link to her website, and if you email her, she will be very helpful. Her toutrs are fantastic, and she is very kind and helpful
On the Food Channels, Diners and Dives, they recently gave rave reviews to the drive up resteraunt that is justt before St. Helena. I have not been there, but it sounded very good, I have been to MARKET in St Helana, and we really liked it.
Freemark Abbey has a good tasting room.