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Short and Sweet Yountville/St. Helena Itinerary. All suggestions welcome.

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Short and Sweet Yountville/St. Helena Itinerary. All suggestions welcome.

Ruud | Sep 7, 2012 01:09 AM

I'll be visiting Napa for the first time at the end of October, needless to say I am very excited. After reading countless threads, blogs and web sites i'm now ready to throw out my itinerary for the weekend. I'll be arriving in Yountville Friday afternoon around 2pm and departing Sunday evening for San Francisco. I believe this itinerary is pretty standard, as I am attempting to stay away from the bigger producers and get a good feel for Napa on my first go around.

Friday:
Because of our late arrival I'll only be able to visit one Tour, I wanted to stay in the vicinity so I was contemplating biking to Far Niente.

My dinner options for the evening are either Bouchon, Mustard Grill or Bottega, I realize that these three restaurants are vastly different, so I'm looking for the best dining experience. I had been leaning towards Bottega, but after some recent marginal reviews I am now unsure.

Saturday:
Pick up food for a picnic in St. Helena at either Dean + Deluca, Sunshine Foods, or Oakville Grocery.

10am - Tour and Tasting at Pride Mountain followed by Picnic in their vineyard.
1pm - Smith-Madrone tasting.
Dinner - Redd (what is the policy on corkage? I know there's a 25$ fee, Is it looked down upon?)

I'm aware that Yountville doesn't cater to a later crowd, but is there anywhere in town to grab a night cap?

Sunday:

11:30 am - Schramsberg
1:15 - lunch at Cindy's backstreet kitchen.
2:30pm - Either Joseph Phelps, Larkmead, or Hall-Rutherford to finish

Since I will be visiting at the tail end of Harvest, are there any events going on that I should be aware of?

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