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Old 05-01-2017, 07:58 PM   #1
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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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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?
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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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.
Griffin can meet up with your wife in the hotel while you are out doing boy things. He might even bring bring his wife so she can do girl things with your wife.


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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.
Done. We'll be in touch when the time gets closer and I actually book this thing.

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Eh, pass. But I'm happy to let griff's wife join in and let him watch. He'd probably be down.

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Go to one nice winery, summon the inner Indian and refuse to buy their overly inflated wine packages.
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It's a beautiful area. One of my most memorable motorcycle rides was riding through Russian River Valley when it was fully green and lush. I don't know anything about the breweries or wine, sorry.

k2pilot lives up there, I'm sure he can fill you in.
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Some of our best vacations have been there. Stay mid valley like Yountville, Oakville or Rutherford. Book tastings and tours in advance and pick a day or two where you want to tie one on and get a driver. If you have a big enough group, rent a house, much more affordable.
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Castillo amorosa is very picturesque, it looks like a medieval castle. I don't know if you're into beer but you can hit up cool breweries through Sonoma.

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Napa Valley Beer Trip?

I think so! Forget the wine...
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Some of our best vacations have been there. Stay mid valley like Yountville, Oakville or Rutherford. Book tastings and tours in advance and pick a day or two where you want to tie one on and get a driver. If you have a big enough group, rent a house, much more affordable.
Thanks dude, good to hear that it's worth it to go there. There's likely going to be a group of 4 of us that we'll go there for a long weekend from Thursday through Sunday or something like that. Not sure about the house thing but if it makes sense, that's what we'll do.

Can you recommend any specific wineries/breweries?

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I'd definitely be down for that but she's not a beer fan. I'm sure we'll hit a few but this is for her bday so I need to halfway respect that lol.

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I know the OpusONE winery is in Oakville, check them out.

http://www.opusonewinery.com

Im not a drinker, but they are tasty.

You can also try to get into the higher end wineries like Scarecrow (J.J Cohn Estate) but those don't come up often. If you just want to booze it up there are lower end places you can visit that are still just as fun, just depends on how big a wine snob are.
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It's a beautiful area. One of my most memorable motorcycle rides was riding through Russian River Valley when it was fully green and lush. I don't know anything about the breweries or wine, sorry.

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Thanks dude, good to hear that it's worth it to go there. There's likely going to be a group of 4 of us that we'll go there for a long weekend from Thursday through Sunday or something like that. Not sure about the house thing but if it makes sense, that's what we'll do.

Can you recommend any specific wineries/breweries?



I'd definitely be down for that but she's not a beer fan. I'm sure we'll hit a few but this is for her bday so I need to halfway respect that lol.
lol, brings wife to Napa Valley bday vacation to go wine sipping, breaks out and goes to have an E46Fanatic hang out with VaderDave instead.

Dave you should drive to them and bring some bottles of wine for pete's sake!
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Thanks dude, good to hear that it's worth it to go there. There's likely going to be a group of 4 of us that we'll go there for a long weekend from Thursday through Sunday or something like that. Not sure about the house thing but if it makes sense, that's what we'll do.

Can you recommend any specific wineries/breweries?



I'd definitely be down for that but she's not a beer fan. I'm sure we'll hit a few but this is for her bday so I need to halfway respect that lol.
The first time we went we did a lot of the big name wineries. It was cool and all but we really enjoyed the smaller operations the second time around. A mix of both would be great.

Big Names
Joseph Phelps
Shafer
Caymus
Newton

Smaller / Below the Radar Ones
Saddleback
Noah
Venge
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Fvck all the corporate ones like Mondavi, Sterling, etc. Didn't do any breweries when we were there.
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I like V. Sattui. One of my favorite chardonnays there and I am not a big white wine person (prefer Zin and Barbera).

They have a large outdoor area with food and tables so you can purchase a bottle, get some BBQ and camp out for a bit.

Check out Sonoma Valley also. Very close by. Different vibe. Not quite as touristy. One of my favorite wineries there is Gundlatch Bundshoe (not sure if I spelled correctly)

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The first time we went we did a lot of the big name wineries. It was cool and all but we really enjoyed the smaller operations the second time around. A mix of both would be great.

Big Names
Joseph Phelps
Shafer
Caymus
Newton

Smaller / Below the Radar Ones
Saddleback
Noah
Venge
Bell

Fvck all the corporate ones like Mondavi, Sterling, etc. Didn't do any breweries when we were there.
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.

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I like V. Sattui. One of my favorite chardonnays there and I am not a big white wine person (prefer Zin and Barbera).

They have a large outdoor area with food and tables so you can purchase a bottle, get some BBQ and camp out

Check out Sonoma also. Very close by. Different vibe. Not quite as touristy. One of my favorite there is Gundlatch Bundshoe (not sure if I spelled correctly)
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.
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