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Please help me narrow down my Napa wine tasting options

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Please help me narrow down my Napa wine tasting options

Nicole | Jul 12, 2008 11:19 PM

I know you get these kinds of requests all the time, so I tried to do my homework and read past threads before posting. We are visiting the Napa area next month and are having trouble deciding which wineries to visit. To be honest, we are not very knowledgeable about wine, so we are more interested in visiting places that have an interesting tour or stunning grounds than finding the best wine. We don't mind a touristy place, since we are more tourists than wine connoisseurs. We prefer white wines, although we also enjoy reds, and we love sparkling wine. We've visited the area once before, and had a great time at Sterling vineyards and Schramsberg. We loved the aerial tram ride at Sterling and the beautiful grounds, although we didn't like the wine that much. Schramsberg was an amazing experience for us...we thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the caves, which was very interesting and educational, and we *loved* their sparkling wines (fortunately we can continue to buy them where we live). We want to go to different places this time, but I think that gives you an idea of what we are looking for. Based on reading past chowhound threads, I was thinking of going to the following places:
Beringer
Del Dotto
Domaine Carneros
Domaine Chandon
Frog's Leap
Joseph Phelps
Mumm
Robert Mondavi
Rubicon
St. Supery
We'll probably only have time to visit 3 places. Which of these will be the most enjoyable for us? Or is there someplace else that should be on my list? Thanks in advance!

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