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Mar 9, 2011 04:56 PM

Napa - Tentative Itinerary (Restaurants + Wineries)

Ok, my wife and I will be visiting Napa and Healdsburg (the subject of a future post) in April. After doing lots of reading on this and other boards, we've finalized our dinner plans for the week, and are in the process of figuring out wineries to visit and other meals.

We'll be staying at the Bardessono in Yountville, arriving Sunday evening and departing Wednesday afternoon. Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

In terms of wines, we're fans of great Cabernets, Zins and Chardonnays (don't quite have this covered yet - suggestions welcome). We're also big Pinot Noir drinkers, but figure we can cover that off in the RRV area around Healdsburg. While we're primarily interested in great wine, we'd like to mix in some cool, unique settings as well.

Sunday afternoon/evening:
- maybe a quick visit to Jessup if we arrive on time, since it's so near the hotel
- arrive in Yountville, dinner booked at ad hoc.

- dinner reserved at The French Laundry at 8:30 (very excited!)
- suggestions for lunch?
- would like to visit a few wineries in the Yountville/Napa area. Considering: Hess (in part for the art collection), Del Dotto (the caves), Shafer (one of our favourite winemakers) and/or Elyse

- dinner reserved at Bottega
- would lunch at Mustard's Grill make sense (the pork chop sounds amazing!)
- would like to visit a few wineries in Rutherford/St Helena. Considering some subset of: Far Niente, Peju, Frog's Leap, Phelps (a must for us), Flora Springs, Anderson's Conn Valley, Viader and Duckhorn.

- plan would be to have breakfast near the hotel, probably at Bouchon Bakery, and then stop at a few wineries on the way up to Healdsburg, where we have dinner booked at Barndiva
- could use some input here, though Vincent Arroyo sounds interesting

- dinner booked at Cyrus
- haven't really researched this area as much yet, but would like to taste some great Pinot Noirs and have heard great things about Merry Edwards, Paul Hobbs, and Joseph Swan.

Please feel free to comment, fill in any gaps and suggest anything I may have missed. This is our first trip to Napa, and this board has been an invaluable resource!

The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Bouchon Bakery
6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

231 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Far Niente
1350 Acacia Drive, Oakville, CA

6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

6526 Yount Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Mustard's Grill
7399 Saint Helena Hwy, Napa, CA 94558

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  1. That sounds like a pretty-darned good itinerary. I would consider adding Sinskey in on potential Napa Pinots and en route to Healdsburg, the Carneros appellation does some mighty fine Pinots as well (Artesa and Taittinger, although the latter is better for sparkling and worth the stop!)

      1. re: KatoK

        Will definitely check out Sinskey, though it appears to be near Shafer in the area around Yountville.

      2. Lunch before FL should probably be light and you might want to do either do a later lunch around 1:30 or just snack until around 3:00. You could consider just getting some sandwiches and sides at Oakville Grocery and then see if you can picnic at Shafer before tasting.

        If it were me, I would change my Tuesday schedule and do dinner at Oenotri or Redd instead of Bottega.

        6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

        1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

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        1. Good itinerary! I'm not at all a fan of Del Dotto, but maybe it won't be such a drunken madhouse on a Monday (I visited late on a Saturday). Their caves aren't that exciting. My favorite winery in the Napa area is Pine Ridge. Have heard mixed reviews of Bottega.

          If you're going to Healdsburg from the Napa side, maybe cut over on Spring Mountain Road and visit some of the wineries there like Pride? Many of them need reservations, though, and the road is super windy (just drove it again over the weekend).

          6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

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          1. re: PekoePeony

            Pine Ridge is a good rec. If you go there, then Stag's Leap Wine Cellars is just a half mile further south. Chimney Rock is another mile further south.

            Looking northwards on the trail, you have Silverado Vineyards, Vine Cliff, Groth, Caymus, Quintessa and Heitz to also consider for worthwhile (IMO) Cabs and OK to decent Chardonnay.

            Silverado Vineyards
            6121 Silverado Trl, Napa, CA

            Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
            5766 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA

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