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Jul 29, 2013 10:21 AM

Quick 2 day trip in Napa Valley - winery selection

I will be going for a quick 2 day trip to Napa at the end of August with my girlfriend. We are having some trouble trying to determine which wineries to visit. We are looking to book a few tours in advance (specifically one with a cave and one with just a good tour) as well as nice views and of course great wine. We are mainly interested in big Cab's and to a less extent burgundy varietals as well as one sparkling thrown in the mix. I haven't narrowed down the list (probably looking to select 4 wineries) but based on what I have read on CH:

Jarvis (Caves Tour)
Domaine Carneros
Josephy Phelps
Silverado (Full Tour)
Frank family Vineyeards
Stags leap family Cellars

Am I missing anything? which wineries have the best tours? Thanks in advance for everyone's help.

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  1. There is consensus on Joseph Phelps on this board, so even though no fancy cave tour I'd keep that one.

    Jarvis is a good pick.

    Artesa has great architecture/buildings/grounds wines are so-so.

    The rest are pretty standard:
    Domaine Carneros
    Frank Family
    Stags Leap

    Of those - I'd switch out Domaine Carneros for Schramsberg (appt only)(if that makes sense with your schedule).

    I'd only keep one of Silverado, Frank Family, and Stags Leap. I'd switch in some smaller wineries instead. Maybe Corison or Regusci but there's tons of others.

    4 Replies
    1. re: goldangl95

      Thanks Goldangl95 for your reply.

      Of Silverado, Frank Family and Stags what would you recommend to take the tour? I am a fan of Stag's Cask 23 and Faye but have heard mixed reviews regarding the tour.

      Corision seems like it would be quite nice to visit- any other small wineries that you would recommend?

      1. re: vancity05

        Of those three you'd choose a tour from, I'd do Stag's Leap Wine Cellars -- the caves are very impressive, the winery has an important history. Then, I'd also taste at Silverado because it's just a short hop down the road, the wines are solid and the view is killer.

        Remember that Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Stags' Leap Winery -- two different wineries. Notice the apostrophe and slight name difference.

        1. re: maria lorraine

          Thanks for your help! I have booked tours at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and Jarvis respectively. Also planning tastings at Phelps, Silverado, and Corision.