My husband and I travel to Napa/Sonoma at least once a year, mostly in the summer. We try to avoid tasting on weekends, but we’ve done it and understand the flow of traffic. However, we have never been during a holiday and have no idea what to expect for our upcoming trip over Mother’s Day weekend. Would you kindly look over this basic itinerary and let me know if I need to extend driving time?
We will be staying in Kenwood with friends who are visiting the area for the first time. They are avid gardeners and really enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon. Their only request was to focus on smaller production wineries without wide distribution. I’ve stuck to that, for the most part, but welcome suggestions if there are better choices than those I’ve made.
Saturday: leaving SF financial district at 10:30 to make 12:45 appt at Pride (3:00 at Smith Madrone with hopefully enough time & stamina for Enkidu before they close)
* We are probably leaving at the worst possible time, but have our hearts set on picking up a few things at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market. Is 2 hr 15 min ample time make it to our appointment at Pride (driving through Santa Rosa)?
Sunday: Early Tasting in or near Kenwood. I’m trying to decide between Loxton & Wellington. Other suggestions?
12:45 reservation at Morimoto Napa. Is 1 hour enough drive time?
After such a tight schedule Saturday, I thought I’d leave some time open to explore freely & let our friends choose what sounds best to them. We may wander around Oxbow, possibly taste at Vintner’s Collective, or stroll around Yountville.
Our last stop is Frog’s Leap. We have a 3:45 Garden Tasting reservation. If we were to drive through Yountville, rather than the Silverado Trail, how much time should we add?
Monday we are tasting in Russian River Valley. I know, not for Cabs, but a friend is treating us to a behind the scenes tasting in his vineyard. There will be gardens, goats & chickens. I’m hoping our friends will learn to embrace pinots.
Thanks in advance for your advice!