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Mar 23, 2011 02:41 PM

First time to Napa- Itinerary so far... please help!

My girlfriend and I are heading to Napa for a weekend for the first time and I'd like your help!

I've done a bunch of reading on here so far, tons of great information, maybe too much. Based on what I've read, and suggestions from friends and family, this is what we have so far, would appreciate any advice.

-Get into town around 3:30-4pm, Staying at Marriott in Napa
-Kick around town until dinner at Ad Hoc (so pumped!)
-Bar for drinks in Napa.. any suggestions?

General plan is to start up in St Helena and work our way back towards the hotel. Not sure how we're traveling, maybe get a limo or van? Any thoughts here?
-10am tour and tasting at Pride Mountain Winery
-Lunch somewhere near St. Helena... Any advice?
-1pm and on, head down the Silverado trail. possible stops include: Frog's Leap, Sinesky, Stag's Leap, Pine Ridge. Any thoughts on these, or other can't miss or must avoid stops? Especially interested in wineries that have tastings or tours on the cheaper side.
-Dinner. TBD. Favorite spots in downtown Napa area? what about BYOB?

What's an appropriate number of wineries to visit? i was thinking of touring 1-2 and tasting at 2-3 more.

Any all advice is greatly appreciated!


Ad Hoc
6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

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    1. Welcome to Napa. I think you will love Ad Hoc. It's my current favorite restaurant and I am trying hard to be a regular - wallet is not on board yet.

      For drinks in Napa after Ad Hoc, I'd suggest stopping in at Morimoto. Or if you want something much more casual for wine or beer, Bistro Sabor. Actually they have salsa dancing on Saturday nights starting at 10 pm, so this might be your casual Sat late night spot, or spot for after dinner drinks on Sat.

      Lunch Saturday: try Cook in downtown St. Helena. Small. Simple. Good food. I especially like their risottos.

      Other favorites in downtown Napa: Pizza Azzurro, Norman Rose, Oenotri (love this place but it really irritates me that they bring you a full salumi menu and then tell you you'll get the "chef's selection" on your salumi plate. Why tease me???)

      Ad Hoc
      6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

      1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

      Bistro Sabor
      1126 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

      610 Main Street, Napa, CA

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      1. re: Junie D

        My favorite restaurant in Napa and one of my favorites in the Bay Area is Oenotri. We just went last weekend and it was an amazing meal. It’s well prepared, non pretentious bold and rustic Italian food. In terms of the deliciousness of the food, it’s hard to find a better place in Napa in my opinion.

        1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559

      2. Friday evening venue for the locals is the tasting room at the back of JV Wines. Check out their website. $5 tastings with the winemaker. Chef Diane puts out snacks to complement the wines featured. It is from 5 - 7.

        Sometimes the tastings are more elaborate. Last week it was Pigs n Pinot. If you tasted everything, you would land up in hospital! But what an amazing array...

        Best kept secret in town. Meet friendly locals and have a great time!

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        1. re: NapaSpy

          JV Wine & Spirits
          301 First Street
          Napa, CA 94559

          1. re: NapaSpy

            While JV might be fine for locals, it has none of the romance or scenery that characterizes wine tasting in Napa Valley.

            1. re: maria lorraine

              Yes, I'd be more likely to suggest another local favorite - Friday night tastings at Back Room Wines. The tastings not necessarily local wines though.


          2. Regarding the wine tasting/touring portion of your itinerary, if you're planning more than moderate consumption, then you should definitely arrange for a limo/car service. The operators typically will have relationships/recommendations on where to go (for better or sometimes worse).

            What varietals are you looking to taste? I'm guessing cabs and maybe pinot based on your suggested list of wineries?