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Apr 5, 2012 11:41 PM

WIneries in Napa Valley

Hello Fellow Foodies,

Does anyone out there have recommendations for boutique and/or off the beaten path wineries. I'm partial to reds.


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  1. I really liked the wines at Frog's Leap. They use a dry irrigation method, which is environmental and results in better grapes. It's a former Frog farm. The zin was good and affordable enough to bring a bottle home. The people weren't pretentious, a big plus in Napa valley.

    1. Tons of topics on this already and recently. Please let us know your budget range per bottle, and whether you are willing to schedule appointments. Please check these threads out and let us know if you have further questions:

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      1. re: goldangl95

        One that is off the beaten track is Patz and Hall. They make excellent Pinot Noir. They also offer more elaborate tastings if you reserve in advance. Their tasting room is in an office park, so you won't get a winery experience or be surrounded by beautiful scenery.

        1. Tulocay... Haven't been but this post has piqued my interest.

          We also love Keenan & Neal Family Vineyards. Both offer nice reds in the affordable & splurge range.

          1. Newish and ON the beaten path, but not blitzed with cab-sauv tourists yet: Vino Velo, a tasting room cum bike jersey museum on Hwy 29 at the south end of St. Helena. It's owned by the family that owns CLIF Family vineyards (and CLIF Bars).
            It's in an old farmhouse, has a nice garden, cool bike stuff, and the wine is very good, better than most of what the big wineries pour for the general public.