I am planning a bridal shower that will take place in 3 1/2 weeks with a party of 10 women.
Though in the process we will be getting drunk, this is more of a wine appreciation weekend - we want to enjoy the wine and the valley (more smaller wineries with nicer views and maybe a couple of tours); however, since we have people coming in from all parts of the country, we only have one real day to appreciate the wine country.
We are staying near the Silverado Country Club (near the Silverado Trail) which means that it makes most sense to begin there...but it would be nice to taste maybe one winery in Sonoma
I had a couple of questions
(1) Do you think it is possible to start the day off on the Silverado Trail, going up north and ending the day at one winery in Sonoma - maybe 5-6 total wineries if we begin the day at 9:30 (I absolutely love the Russian River Valley and I think people should experience it)?
(2) What wineries are recommended along the Silverado Trail and in Napa Valley (I have a group of girls whose love for wine range from cabs to zins so I am open to anything since there is no way I can accomodate to everyone)
(3) I have been to V Sattui, which I thought was not-so-great and crowded, but was hoping for a nicer picnic spot along the way (preferably with a winery - though I do not know if this is possible in napa), most likely picking something up from Oakville along the way...anything recommended?
(4) any other comments?
Thank you very much and apologies for the long post....!