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Jan 13, 2009 03:29 PM

Napa / Sonoma Trip Next Week

My wife and I are planning on spending this weekend (Friday 1/16 PM - Monday 1/19PM) in Napa / Sonoma and were wondering if people had any thoughts / suggestions on our tentative itinerary (below). We love wine and food (which is why we are going!). It is our first time in the region.

Day 1 (Napa)
We have a car driving us around this day, so will be mostly be wine focused
Lunch @ Brannan's Grill
Chateau Montelena
Rombauer and /or Rubicon as time permits
Dinner @ Brix

Day 2 (Sonoma)
We are driving around, so will do some wine tasting and some other exploring of the area (any suggestions on other non-wine activities in the Sonoma area?)
Family Wineries (Kenwood)
Gloria Ferrer
Dinner @ Bouchon

Day 3 (Napa)
Again, us driving around. This day we can hit up additional wineries that we did not go to on day one, plus explore Napa a bit more.
Maybe Sinskey
Maybe Vintners Collective
Lunch @ Taylor's Refresher
Dinner @ Zuzu

Do you think we are leaving any wineries off of the list? Are we focusing too muych on one type? We wanted to visit some smaller ones and not so much the commercial large ones. Any thoughts or suggestiong would be great.


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  1. This weekend is Winter Wineland in Sonoma. $40 pp for the weekend of wine and food.
    Not all wineries are participating, but plenty of choices. You can go broke just visiting a couple of Napa's wineries.

    1. You're going to do the vinyard tour at Benziger, aren't you? Very rewarding for anyone interested in agricultural matters. I took a visiting farmer / relative on that tour two days ago and she found it fascinating. The Benziger folks like to tell you all about their environmentally-conscious, certified sustainable farming philosophy.

      1. A couple of thoughts on your proposed agenda;
        - In my opinion, Taylor's in St. Helena for lunch is a MUST on a nice day
        - If you are looking for a quick bite during a day of wine tasting, Oakville grocery along 29 or the location in Healdsburg makes a great sandwich and they have a great selection of cheese, bread, crackers, etc
        - Dean & Deluca in St. Helena is way overpriced on everything, but it is like a Disneyland for foodies
        - Jordan winery gives a great tour and they have one of the most beautiful wineries in the area. The tour is free, but it is in small groups and by reservation only. You need to call the winery to make a reservation. (just google search Jordan winery)
        - I have not been yet, but people seem to be raving about Redd as a place to have a nice meal.
        - Tra Vigne is not what it used to be food-wise, but it still has an amazing outdoor patio setting, great for long (expensive) lunch on a nice day.
        - If you like Opus wine, stop by and pick up a bottle or two of their "Overture" wine, which is only sold at the winery. Around $50 per bottle its expensive, but hard to tell the difference from Opus which is much more expensive.