I'm going to San Francisco in september, and planning a 1 day trip to Napa and Sonoma.
At first, I was going to book a tour but finally decided to rent a car to be able to have a personalized day.
I don't know the distances and the locations of the wineries, and would like to have your input in order to better plan this day trip.
• PART 1 : NAPA
We will start the day with a visit to Domaine Chandon and start the day with bubbles (they have a 18 people max tour and tasting that starts at 10:30 and ends at noon - I read very good reviews)
Since we won't have a real breakfast, we would probably have lunch right after (any recommendations ?)
Then, we would like to do the Robert Mondavi tour (also read very good reviews).
Is there something else that you recommend visiting or seeing in Napa (even if it's not a winery). I heard about the mud baths but don't think we have time for this.
I also heard there is a outlet mall in Napa.. Is it worth visiting ? Or do you suggest going to one of the other outlet malls (Gilroy, Westfield, etc) on the way back to San Francisco ? If so, which one ?
• PART 2 : SONOMA
Since we will already have 2 tours in Napa, I think it's best to just enjoy nice places and tastings in Sonoma.
What do you recommend ?
I really have no idea what to visit in Sonoma... read lots of reviews on websites and heard about Arrowwood, Benziger, Smith Madrone, Chateau Saint Jean, Saint Francis. I wouldn't pick more then 2 wineries.
Is there something else you recommend visiting in Sonoma ? Cheese making ?
I really don't know the distances so your help is crucial !
Thanks in advance for your replies (that I cannot wait to receive) !