Have been furiously researching and planning and would love any feedback on our Napa itinerary! My husband and I will be there in late March/early April for about 3 days staying at the Harvest Inn in St. Helena (then Sonoma for 5 days, but I'll keep that separate). We were in Napa for the first time last winter and are looking primarily to hit new places, though we may return to a couple wineries whose clubs we joined.
We drink mostly reds (I love the big ones, my husband appreciates some of the more subdued styles) and lots of cab, zin, syrah and interesting blends. We really love pinots but assume we will have more of those when in Sonoma. We also love white, but not chardonnay. We have found we can pretty comfortably do 4 tastings a day if we share at least one or two of them.
Sorry for all the detail, but if it's helpful to understand why some of these are not on our list, we have previously dined at: Redd. French Laundry, Oenotri, Mustard's and Brix. And we have done tastings and/or tours at Shafer, Phelps, Chappellet, Sinskey, Domaine Chandon, Stag's Leap, Cakebread, Chimney Rock, Duckhorn and Schramsberg.
So, without further ado...
FRIDAY (MARCH 29) - begin at SFO, end in St. Helena
11:00 - land at SFO
drive to Napa
1:00ish - lunch at Grace's Table (or Angele?)
3:00 - tasting at Hendry
4:00 - tasting at Trefethen (no appt needed, so only if we feel up to it)
drive to St. Helena
Dinner - Goose and Gander
SATURDAY - Spring Mountain
Breakfast - at the Inn (it's free)
get picnic food in St. Helena (Dean & Deluca or Sunshine?)
10:30am - tasting at Smith Madrone
12:00 - tasting and a picnic lunch at Pride
2:00 - tasting at Robert Keenan (or Schweiger?)
3:00 - tasting at Terra Valentine
Dinner - Cook
SUNDAY - central Napa County (*this is where I could really use some help - there are about 20 wineries I would love to squeeze in but have to choose!)
Breakfast - at the Inn
10:30 - tasting at Corison (we were booked here last time but had to cancel, so this is a must)
12:00 - tasting at Elyse
Lunch - picnic?
3:00 - tasting at Frog's Leap
4:30 - tasting at Miner Family (or any other suggestions??)
Dinner - Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
MONDAY- finish Napa and head to Sonoma
Breakfast - at the Inn
10:00 - tasting at Shafer (we love it and are list members)
maybe a quick stop at Cliff Lede before lunch
Lunch - French Blue or Farmstead on the way north?
2:00 - maybe Von Strasser or Larkmead on the way to Healdsburg?