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Feb 3, 2014 07:10 PM

Napa Valley Wineries

Dear Chowhounders,

I was asked to plan a trip to Napa for some close friends because I am familiar with the area and it's resturants but I fall short in the winery department.
Does anyone have any suggestions of the best wineries to visit either because of the wine or the grounds/tours.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    I have not been to this winery YET. But it's on my bucket list for spring. A CH turned me onto the wines from this vineyard and the three I tried were outstanding...still enjoying the Abraxas. Another CH turned me on to the recipe collection and I've made quite a few appetizers featured on the site. But the tours and dinners...well, I am looking so forward to going.

    1. Here is a link to past/recent discussions on visiting wineries in Napa Valley:

      1. I would start at Artesa. Relatively, it's one of the first wineries when entering the area and basically just pleasant.

        Cakebread is my go to tour place. I think they have different tours though because I'm pretty sure I toured the outside once and another time we had a private tasting (unexpected and unwelcome for our group of 4). You have to reserve a time which is actually good because it helps to have a goal, at least early in the day. Don't do more than one tour for your entire trip, one is welcome, two is annoying.

        Basically you're just driving from one winery to another. I feel that there's a movie version and the real version. Ideally, whenever possible, I just ask for one glass. I'm not a wine connoisseur and darn it I just want to sit and enjoy the day.

        Lastly, I would not go to Sterling Vineyards. They have a sky tram which is so much fun as it carries you into tourist hell. Rude horrible staff.

        Speaking of, I'm sure other Chowhounders can attest to this, just try to avoid the very touristy places. When it goes badly, it goes very badly.