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Napa Itinerary for November - any feedback would be appreciated!


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Napa Itinerary for November - any feedback would be appreciated!

ashleyyates | | Oct 28, 2013 08:30 PM

My husband and I are traveling to Napa in late November - I have spent a good amount of time researching and reading all of the helpful information included in previous posts to come up with the preliminary itinerary below.

Generally speaking, we have some experience tasting wines (not a ton), but are not terribly picky with respect to varietal or style - we are looking for a combination of some well known wineries as well as some smaller, more "off the beaten" path places. We are open to purchasing wine (particularly at the smaller wineries) and are open to various price ranges. With respect to food, we enjoy dining out (and often plan vacations in large part around food), and our goal with respect to restaurants would be getting a variety of different places (both casual and upscale). We will be staying in St. Helena for three nights (and will essentially have one full tasting day and two half days - we have a few other sightseeing/spa activities planned). Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, particularly with respect to whether any of this seems overly ambitious from a scheduling standpoint and/or whether we are missing out on any places in the near vicinity that we should visit in lieu of one of the current wineries listed. Thanks in advance!

Breakfast/early lunch @ Boon Fly
Frog’s Leap
Smith Madrone*
Dinner @ French Laundry

Breakfast @ Model Bakery
Schramsberg tour @ 11:30 am
Lunch @ Gott’s Roadside
Robert Keenan or Terra Valentine (undecided between these two)
Cocktails @ Auberge (if time allows)
Dinner @ Goose & Gander

Lunch @ Cook
Far Niente
Cliff Lede
Robert Sinskey
Dinner @ either Redd or Bottega

Lunch @ Grace's Table before driving back to SFO

*Unfortunately, Smith Madrone is closed on Sundays - I have read good things and think it would be worth the drive there on Saturday prior to checking into our hotel, but would be interested to know whether others disagree (or whether I may be underestimating the time it will take to get there).