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Jul 24, 2012 09:40 PM

Please Help! Napa Itinerary

My husband and I are planning our first visit to Napa. We are not wine experts, but we enjoy good wine and fresh, delicious food. I have some dietary restrictions (no meat or chicken). I am really excited about our vacation, but I am so confused by the wineries and lay of the land and how to spread everything out, so I would appreciate some help. We are staying at the Solage for 3 nights. We are coming from NY, so we will have 2 full days.

Day 1:
Arrive SFO and drive to calistoga

If there is time, visit a vineyard on the way

Dinner at JoLe

Day 2 and 3:
Joseph Phelps
Pride (spring Mountain)
Frias Family (Spring Mountain)
Smith Madrone (Spring Mountain)
Nickel and Nickel
Elizabeth Spencer
Frog's Leap
SIlver oak
Which ones should we choose? Any other's that you would suggest? I need help organizing the days.
Also, wouldn't mind doing a bike tour - are there any ones you would recommend?

Day 2 Dinner at Solage

Day 3 Dinner at The Farmstead or Grill at Meadowood

Also, can you please recommend a good, but reasonable car service?

Day 4:
lunch at girl and the fig and then drive to Monterey/Carmel

Day 5:
Monterey/Carmel any restaurant suggestions?

Day 6:
San Francisco
Dinner A-16

Day 7:
San Francisco
Dinner Millennium

Day 8:
Fly home

All suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. For me, I'd skip Elizabeth Spencer. It's not particularly picturesque or on a vineyard, and I find the wines acceptable but not anything that stands out.

    If you are vegetarian/vegan, and have the budget (not sure what your budget is) I'd replace Millenium with Atelier Crenn - with notice they are willing to create a whole menu around your dietary restrictions.

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    1. re: goldangl95

      Disagree about Elizabeth Spencer. It's a tiny but extremely charming tasting room,
      right on the Rutherford Cross Road.
      Love the Chenin Blanc and the Cab is well-priced for quality Napa Cabs.

      Don't know why Silver Oak is on the list. Way, way, way past its prime.

    2. Sounds like a fun time! I'd recommend plotting your desired wineries on a google map and seeing what makes most sense. As it happens, I covered a lot of similar places when planning a trip earlier this year. Feel free to steal my google map:

      Here's how my itinerary got shaped:

      See also:

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      1. re: hyperbowler

        Thank you. I would love to steal your map.
        Much appreciated.