We are visiting Sonoma & Napa in December.This is our first time doing this sort of trip. I have read lots of posts about favorite vineyards on chowhounds. Does anyone have any tips on how to choose where to go? plan ahead or not? make appointments or not? how many to plan on visiting in a day? i am a big plan ahead sort of person, but with all the options I tend to get a little overwhelmed. should i visit vineyards that I am already familiar with? such as Ridge & Kunde? or go with those that i have not heard of? My only plan so far is one day in the zinfandel area, another in the pinot, and the third in Napa.
any clarification/guidance would be helpful.