We're Chicagoans heading your way for a long weekend. Our usual travel style is wandering around, exploring, trying places that look good, and not being tied to a schedule. Given that many of the wineries require appointments, planning our trip and scheduling things is stressing us out!
We love all kinds of food and have eaten everywhere in Chicago from tiny tacquerias to Alinea, Schwa, L2O. For food, we are open to any and all suggestions at any price point (I know that's annoying to say that on CH but really, we are!) Would have loved to tried for French Laundry but this was somewhat of a last minute trip. As for wine, we are trying to get a mix of the larger producers and smaller, off the beaten path wineries. We are not big on chardonnay, but love our cabs, zins and pinots. I love sparkling, but my husband is only so-so on it.
Here's what we've got so far:
Land SFO at 9:40, drop bags at Fairmont Nob Hill
Would love suggestions for several inexpensive places we could grab bites/drinks as we explore rather than doing a full lunch - i.e. have a taco, do oysters a little later, split a couple small plates, etc.
Dinner at AQ
Drive to Napa, check in at Andaz
Wineries: Robert Sinskey and Jessup Cellars, possibly Chandon at the end of the day if we have time/feel like it.
Possible lunch at Brix
Dinner at La Toque
Wineries: Pride Mountain, Newton, Cakebread. May add St. Supery depending on timing/pace.
Lunch at Gotts
Dinner at Farm - but not super sold on this and open to other suggestions
Wineries: Duckhorn, Quintessa, Mumm. May add ZD depending on timing/pace.
Lunch wherever works with the timing - suggestions along that route?
Dinner at Ad Hoc late
Any suggestions are welcome - particularly if our winery groupings don't make sense based on location or there are better options. Thanks in advance!