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Schafer, Trefethen, or Cakebread

cmartink May 7, 2010 08:48 PM

Hello! I have read lots of great information here in regards to wineries, etc., and have narrowed my list down to three:

Schafer, Trefethen and Cakebread

Of these, which should I pick? I'm headed to California around memorial day weekend and will have time to visit two wineries. My parents and I have decided already upon Domain Chandon, as my dad is a fan of the bubbly stuff. I prefer red wines or riesling style whites. As a family, we aren't fans of Chardonnay. Anyway the burden of picking the other has landed on my shoulders - any advice will be most appreciated!

Thanks in advance!

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    Bruce in SLO May 8, 2010 06:04 AM

    All three produce excellent reds, especially top of the line Cabs. Trefethen make a superb dry Riesling. Give thnm a shot.

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      Dan Wodarcyk May 8, 2010 10:11 AM

      Shafer, no contest. But you'll need an appointment for their tasting and there's a fee, but well worth it.

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        ThirstyReader May 8, 2010 06:03 PM

        Ditto. Shafer is one of the very best producers in Napa, while Trefethen and Cakebread are sometimes admirable, but are most often middle-of-the-road.


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          maria lorraine May 9, 2010 12:36 AM

          Shafer. Love the 1.5 and Relentless.

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            Dan Wodarcyk May 9, 2010 05:44 PM

            Not to mention you get to try the Hillside Select at their tasting. Worth the price of admission alone.

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              mrgeorg May 9, 2010 06:50 PM

              Shafer, no contest. Schramsberg, for sparkling wines in Calistoga, is another great stop.

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                ThirstyReader May 9, 2010 07:49 PM

                I'm going to ditto your sentiments again. Tasting Hillside Select was one of the few times I've ever considered spending $200 for a current-release Napa Cab. What a wine.


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          Dawgmommy May 9, 2010 06:50 PM

          I would also recommend going to Mumm, since you like bubbly. Skip the brut prestige and go for the other bottlings that are only available at the winery, like the extended triage and a couple of vineyards specific ones (I don't remember the names).

          Since you will be coming on a holiday weekend, be very aware of the traffic up 29 which will be a crawl. I would recommend Trefethen for their riesling and then cut across to the silverado trail for Shafer. As have been mentioned, you do need a appt for Shafer.

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