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Jun 3, 2010 12:20 PM

Wine & Food Tour of SF/Napa

Wow! What a great looking wine and food tour to Napa. Dinner at Michael Mina's (is the restaurant as great as everyone says it is?), Ad Hoc, etoile and lots of great winery visits.

I would be interested if anyone has been to the places listed on the tour and if people think it is as good as it looks.

The link is

Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

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  1. Had dinner at Ad Hoc last September - One of the best meals of my life. Going back to Napa next September. Tried to make reservation but you can only book 2 months in advance. Have a reminder set to call them in July. Also, Jarvis is Amazing.

    Ad Hoc
    6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

    1. That tour is horribly overpriced, and kind of hokey The wineries chosen reflect a lack of insight into who is really producing excellent juice. I work in the wine industry, and I'm reading lots of uniformed hype in the tour writeup.

      The rundown:
      Joseph Phelps has fallen off its game with its new winemaker. No longer the brilliance of the past.
      Rubicon has been off its game for years. Its wines are out of balance, poorly grown and made.
      Merryvale Vineyards – OK, but nothing special.
      Trinchero Napa Valley Winery – would never send someone here.
      Domaine Chandon – Only OK, but why when Schramsberg is five times as good.
      Stags Leap Winery – a very good winery.
      Beringer Winery – really kind of passé now. The few wonderful wines don’t warrant this kind of visit.
      Ad Hoc restaurant -- wonderful
      Jarvis Winery – interesting because of its structure, not its wines.
      Incanto restaurant – wonderful

      1. Plus the tour has no stop at Round Pond.
        P.S. Not everyone says Michael Mina is great.
        Of course that reviewer had only one review and has disappeared.