Going to Napa from SF on a Wednesday in March with a group of 8 people (plus 1 toddler). For most of the group, the ambiance and scenery are more important than the wine (although they tend to favor Rieslings and other sweet whites). The rest, including myself, prefer Cabs. I've been to Napa several times but never tasted on Spring Mountain, so I thought that focusing on that area would be a good combination of nice views and good wine. So, I have put together the following itinerary:
7AM: Leave SF (staying at the Hotel Drisco, driving rental car) for Napa. Breakfast pastries at Bouchon Bakery. Pick up picnic supplies at Dean & Deluca, Sunshine Foods, or Oakville Grocery (anywhere else I should consider? Any thoughts on how to decide between these would be appreciated)
10AM: Tasting at Smith-Madrone
11AM: Tasting at Pride, followed by picnic on the Pride grounds
130PM: Tasting at Terra Valentine
3PM: Tasting at Spring Mountain
630PM: Dinner at Grace's Table (based on the overwhelming love from this board)
Then to the Westin Verasa to spend the night. Headed back to SF the following morning to get to the Ferry Building for lunch.
Thoughts? My specific questions are:
1. Is this feasible or will we be too rushed?
2. Are there other wineries on Spring Mountain that I should swap with the ones I've picked? I have made appointments at the times listed above, but am willing to change if needed.
3. I will talk to the specific wineries to discuss this, but any suggestions/considerations for bringing an 18-month along? Is this generally accepted or will we get pushback?
Thank you very much for your help with this.
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