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Old 05-02-2017, 12:57 PM   #21
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Are you going from place to place or will you take rides? Are you doing tours or just tasting, I think about 3 or 4 spots wineries is good.

Where are you flying into?

We went Thursday night, had all of Friday to hit up wineries. Saturday we went through Sonoma to a bunch of breweries, spent the night in Santa Rosa. Sunday we drove down through Golden Gate bridge into SF, had lunch and hit up a couple big more breweries and drove home to socal.

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Are you going from place to place or will you take rides? Are you doing tours or just tasting, I think about 3 or 4 spots wineries is good.

Where are you flying into?

We went Thursday night, had all of Friday to hit up wineries. Saturday we went through Sonoma to a bunch of breweries, spent the night in Santa Rosa. Sunday we drove down through Golden Gate bridge into SF, had lunch and hit up a couple big more breweries and drove home to socal.

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Not sure yet, probably going from place to place ourselves for the most part and a mix of tours and tastings.

Plan on flying into SFO on Wed evening (I gain 2 hours of time for the trip there), stay the night in the area and drive out to Napa Thursday morning and use all of Thurs, Fri, Sat, and go back to SF on Sunday morning before flying back Sunday evening.
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Old 05-02-2017, 01:38 PM   #23
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You also have to recognize that part of the road that runs through Napa to Calistoga is just a tiny two-lane road, so when there's a lot of traffic (most of the time) you will be making "leisurely" progress in your travels. So build that into your expectations for how much you can see/do during your trip.
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Old 05-02-2017, 02:15 PM   #25
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Want to take my wife there for her birthday this fall. What do I need to know, where to go, where to stay, where to eat, drink, etc? Also, most importantly, where to not bother going to?
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I'm planning a trip out there in September, hopefully i'll be able to get up to Napa/Kalon/Oakville to do a few wine tours. I'll be staying in San Diego primarly.

From what i've hear, Silver Oak does a really nice tour, as well as Joseph Phelps. I heard nothing but awesome reviews of Mondavi as well.

I know these are extremely well known wines, which might be nice to see. California has some seriously amazing vineyards that the rest of the country barely knows about. I would suggest going to some random ones as well so you can take something back with you that you can't get from where you are.

I'm not sure if Abreu (Medrona Ranch) does vineyard tours, but if they do, I'd spend whatever it takes. Hands down the best wine I've had. Look them up. Paul Hobbs (Kalon to Beckstoffer) is another notable mention.
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Figure out where you want to stay first then book tastings around there. I wouldn't make a point in staying somewhere just for a winery, there are so many. I prefer Sonoma over Napa, it's is more relaxed. As posted above smaller towns also offer great experiences, take a look at Healdsburg or Calistoga.

If you book a hotel the concierge will have suggestions and they often have relationships with places that get you free or 2 for 1 tastings.

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That's about an hour and a half from my home. So you will definitely need to set aside some time for a Fanatics meetup. Tell your wife she can stay at the hotel or something if she doesn't want to come along.
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Meh. I like Napa for the art galleries, shops, and restaurants. I recognize that most people are there for the wine, though.
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That's about an hour and a half from my home. So you will definitely need to set aside some time for a Fanatics meetup. Tell your wife she can stay at the hotel or something if she doesn't want to come along.
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+1 on Sonoma, it's a nice drive. It's different for us socal folk. Russian River brewing is Santa Rosa (Pliny the Elder), Bear Republic in Healdsburg, Lagunitas in Petaluma. John Muir woods towards the south (where they filmed the ewok village for return of the jedi and planet of the apes).

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How many can you conceivably do in a day? We only have 4 days to do stuff so I want to make the most of my time there.



While I'd love to go out to Sonoma, I don't think I'll have the time to do that on this trip but thanks for the recommendation.
The first time we were there we did 17 in 36 hours haha.

Second time was more relaxed and we did 11 in 3 days.

3 to 4 a day is good in my opinion depending on what you're looking for and if you're driving or not.

I'd recommend taking an afternoon, bringing a picnic lunch and going to Phelps for a tasting and then buying bottle and enjoying it with your lunch on one of their picnic tables in the back.

The view ain't bad:

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The first time we were there we did 17 in 36 hours haha.

Second time was more relaxed and we did 11 in 3 days.

3 to 4 a day is good in my opinion depending on what you're looking for and if you're driving or not.

I'd recommend taking an afternoon, bringing a picnic lunch and going to Phelps for a tasting and then buying bottle and enjoying it with your lunch on one of their picnic tables in the back.

The view ain't bad:

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Gross that looks terrible. Not interested at all. Also Phelps make terrible wine, go to Kendall Jackson instead
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Chill dudes, wine is a matter of taste. What's gross to one is great to another.

Thanks all for the advice so far. 3-4 a day is probably where we'll stay at since any more than that is going to be stressful. Is there anything else to do/see/hike in the immediate area other than wineries? Must stop food places? Distilleries?
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Chill dudes, wine is a matter of taste. What's gross to one is great to another.

Thanks all for the advice so far. 3-4 a day is probably where we'll stay at since any more than that is going to be stressful. Is there anything else to do/see/hike in the immediate area other than wineries? Must stop food places? Distilleries?
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The Five-Star French Laundry is a special dining experience, and meals here have a price tag that matches the uniqueness and quality of the food and wine. The menu is available with two options only: A nine-course chef's tasting menu or a nine-course tasting of vegetables. The price tag? A cool $270 for each. The restaurant includes a subtle form of BYOB - diners are welcome to bring wines that are not represented on the wine list, except they'll be charged a fee of $75 for each 750 mL bottle, with a limit of one bottle for every two guests at the table. Expect the same price tag and experience if you're dining at The French Laundry for lunch, where the same kind of nine-course tasting menu offered at dinner is also served.
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^ lol, that's a bit too rich for my blood.
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Dang it. I thought I had finally found someone to take me to French Laundry.
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I would definitely skip a winery or two for dinner at the French Laundry (if you can get reservations.) It is worth it for sure IMHO, and not an experience you can get elsewhere.
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Dang it. I thought I had finally found someone to take me to French Laundry.
You've never been? Figured as a "local" you'd be there every third Friday.
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