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First time trip to Wine Country (Oregon, Napa/Sonoma), need opinions please!

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First time trip to Wine Country (Oregon, Napa/Sonoma), need opinions please!

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HConklin | | Jan 5, 2011 11:11 AM

Hi, my boyfriend and I are planning a trip for late September 2011...we will fly into Seattle, rent a car, and work our way down to San Fran. We plan on spending a day each in Willamette, Napa, and Sonoma. We plan on focusing primarily on smaller, more interesting wineries and restaurants, and are trying to steer away from any of the more touristy spots. Since this is a SF board, I will not go into the Oregon part of the trip, but any suggestions on wineries or restaurants for this area are welcome.

As of now, we are planning to try and get a reservation at The French Laundry one of the nights, and have gotten a recommendation from a family member to go to the Rutherford Grill for lunch one day. I am planning on setting a $200 wine budget for both of us at TFL, which based on other boards seemed appropriate. Since we're planning on shelling out the big bucks for TFL, I am looking for suggestions for some not so expensive lunch and dinner options, and possibly feedback on the Rutherford Grill as well.

I'm thinking we'll try to hit 4-5 wineries in each of Sonoma and Napa...is this too ambitious?The list of wineries I have so far is as follows, and I would love to know if there are particular ones to leave out or ones not to miss, additionally ones that I may have overlooked that should be added.

Napa:
Burgess Cellars
Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Cartlidge &Browne Winery
Cliff Lede Vineyards
Hess Collection Winery
Honig Vineyard &Winery
Miner Family Vineyards
Reynolds Family Winery
Trefethen Family Vineyards
ZD Wines

Sonoma:
Benziger Family Winery
Valley of the Moon Winery
Chateau St. Jean
Landmark Vineyards
Kunde Estate Winery
Viansa Winery
Nicholson Ranch Winery
Gloria Ferrer Caves &Vineyards
Cline Cellars
Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery
Ravenswood Winery
Matanzas Creek Winery

Thanks for the help!!

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Cline Cellars
24737 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA

Matanzas Creek Winery
6097 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

Benziger Family Winery
1883 London Ranch Rd Glen, Ellen, CA

Ravenswood Winery
18701 Gehricke Rd, Sonoma, CA

Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
2000 Denmark St, Sonoma, CA 95476

Nicholson Ranch Winery
4160 Napa Rd, Sonoma, CA

Viansa Winery
25200 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, CA

Kunde Estate Winery
10155 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, CA

Cliff Lede Vineyards
1473 Yountville Cross Rd, Yountville, CA

Hess Collection Winery
4411 Redwood Rd, Napa, CA

Reynolds Family Winery
3266 Silverado Trl, Napa, CA

Rutherford Grill
1180 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558

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