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Napa Wineries to Visit In January

kristinndc Oct 12, 2011 01:43 PM

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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    MaryH422 Oct 13, 2011 12:39 PM

    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
      kristinndc Oct 13, 2011 12:46 PM

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

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      DavidT Oct 12, 2011 02:23 PM

      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: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/799847

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        kristinndc Oct 12, 2011 02:30 PM

        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
          DavidT Oct 12, 2011 03:56 PM

          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?

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            kristinndc Oct 13, 2011 08:13 AM

            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.

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              Bruce in SLO Oct 13, 2011 08:56 AM

              I suggest a visit to Clos Pagase, a lovely winery with great art work and fie wines. Allow enough time for a tour.
              See: http://clospegase.com/home.php

              1. re: kristinndc
                absc Oct 13, 2011 11:30 AM

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

                1. re: kristinndc
                  maria lorraine Oct 15, 2011 08:57 PM

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

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                    kristinndc Oct 16, 2011 05:17 AM

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

            2. re: DavidT
              DavidT Oct 13, 2011 09:53 AM

              The SF Chronicle does a winery tasting room "review" once a week or so. You can access the archive of their reviews at: http://www.sfgate.com/wine/tastingroo...

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

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                kristinndc Oct 13, 2011 12:47 PM

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

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                  maria lorraine Oct 15, 2011 08:56 PM

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

                  1. re: maria lorraine
                    zin1953 Oct 16, 2011 09:12 AM

                    >>> Unclear on the concept. <<<


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