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Representative winery itinerary for short Napa trip


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Representative winery itinerary for short Napa trip

TracyS | May 20, 2013 01:01 PM

My husband and I are headed to Napa for a short weekend trip to celebrate our anniversary.
Other than 2 trips to Healdsburg, where we were lucky enough to be in the company of friends who grew up in the winemaking business and made all the arrangements, this will be our first trip to Napa proper and on our own.

I think we’ll have only a single full day (Saturday) to visit wineries, and I figure we’ll be able to hit 3-4 wineries.
I’d like to do a winery tour, a sparkling wine producer, and a winery with lovely grounds for bringing in a picnic, but these don’t have to be mutually-exclusive.
It looks like drive times between where we’re staying in Napa to neighboring cities are only 15-30 min, but I know Napa Valley traffic can be unpredictable and don’t want to lose the day spending too much time in the car.

After perusing the boards, I’m interested in the following wineries.
Is there an itinerary among these or similar well-regarded places that makes sense for my needs?

Artesa (Napa)
Di Rosa Preserve (Napa)
Domaine Chandon (Yountville)
Far Niente (Oakville)
Frog’s Leap (Rutherford)
Mumm (Rutherford)
Cakebread (Rutherford)
Spring Mountain (St. Helena)
Pride (St. Helena)
Duckhorn (St. Helena)
Schramsberg (Calistoga)

We have a Friday 1pm lunch reservation at TFL. Would Chandon be possible to do before or after that meal without negatively affecting the experience?
We’ll perhaps also have 2 half days on Thursday and Sunday, but will be driving from/to the city in both cases.

Thanks for your assistance!

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