We are visiting Napa / Sonoma on Labor day this year, and we are seeking suggestions for wineries that are relatively unique, non-touristy, or serious cult favorites but are still a good value for tasting fees.
We primarily like cabs and pinot noirs, but zins and merlots are okay too. We have been to the area before and have tried Rubicon, Pride, Spring Mountain, Joseph Phelps, Keenan, Arrowood, among others, but we want to try hidden gems away from the typical tourist stops. Also looking to spend ideally less than $20 a person on tasting fees.
So far, we are looking at Smith-Madrone and Heitz (for Martha's Vineyard). Any other suggestions? Are there any cult wines that offer a reasonably priced tasting (most places seem to be $50 a person)? Schoolhouse looked interesting but they are closed that day.