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Oct 12, 2011 01:43 PM

Napa Wineries to Visit In January

I am (finally!) heading to Napa for the first time at the end of January and will never be able to fit in everything I want to see, drink and eat. Can you help guide me?! We will be staying in Yountville and will have a car. We'll have at least 2 full days to explore, perhaps 3, and then a wedding in St. Helena. Schramsberg is an absolute must for me - is the wine and food pairing worth it, or should we just do the cave tour? Beyond that, what wineries would be the best for a January visit (i.e. not reliant on experiencing them outdoors, open that month, cozy, big wines that will warm us up, etc.)? We love Cabs, Zins, Pinots and are fairly informed, more-than-casual drinkers but not absolute connoisseurs - and everything will be new to us since it's our first time in Napa. Thanks for any help!

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  1. I would suggest going to the upper right-hand corner of this page and do searches for both Napa and wineries. The questions you are asking have been asked & answered a good number of times before over the past 6-12 months.

    Here is a recent thread on visiting Napa wineries:

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    1. re: DavidT

      Thanks, I have searched and read a lot of past posts and will continue to. But I was looking for specific recommendations best suited to a winter visit, and for feedback on the Schramsberg wine and food pairing, and hadn't yet found any recent info on either of those. Sorry if I wasted your time.

      1. re: kristinndc

        Wine tasting in Napa Valley is a year-round business. I cannot think of a winery tasting room that is "better suited to a winter visit."

        Are you interested in visiting the wineries that produce the Cabs, Zins and Pinots you already drink or would you prefer to visit wineries that produce wines you have never tried before?

        1. re: DavidT

          That's good to know, thanks. We are open to anything and would love to try some new things and learn as much as possible. In addition to Schramsberg, I would love to get to Quintessa, Harlan Estate (is that even possible?) and Silver Oak, but am also eager for tips about places/wines that are particularly outstanding or interesting or beautiful and perhaps not as well known. Appreciate the help.

          1. re: kristinndc

            I suggest a visit to Clos Pagase, a lovely winery with great art work and fie wines. Allow enough time for a tour.

            1. re: kristinndc

              Since you like cabs, I'd recommend Corison. Great cabs and truly lovely people.

              1. re: kristinndc

                Yes, please use the search as DavidT has suggested. I live in Napa Valley and regularly post, and the threads are still current.

                1. re: maria lorraine

                  Thank you! I have been reading lots of your posts, and others - very helpful.

          2. re: DavidT

            The SF Chronicle does a winery tasting room "review" once a week or so. You can access the archive of their reviews at:

            Obviously, their reviews cover more than just the Napa Valley.

            1. re: DavidT

              Thanks, have been checking those (and others) out as well.

              1. re: kristinndc

                But the reviews aren't very good. The Chron reviews the scenery/layout and not the wines.
                Unclear on the concept.

          3. Harlan is almost impossible unless you are in some way related to the wine business. We are members and I'm thing of visiting Napa next year and inquired about a tour and they were very non-commital.

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            1. re: MaryH422

              Definitely not connected enough for that! Thanks, and good luck to you.