Hello from Boston!
My husband and I will be in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino this April and are looking for some feedback on our plans. We are in our early 30s and this is our "last hurrah" so to speak before real adulthood (ie, kids and a hefty city mortgage). So we are trying to strike a balance between a few splurges and not completing depleting our savings account. We have been to Wine Country once before together and I have been there a few times previously with friends. So we are looking to branch out a little more this time. We are mostly into reds, but always like tasting whites since we don't drink them so often. In terms of buying, $50 to $60 would be our max this time around. We welcome any feedback, so thanks in advance for your help!
April 17th: Arrive SFO
Drive the costal route to Mendocino
April 18th: Mendocino
Mendocino Headlands/Fort Bragg
Any suggestions for Dinner? I've checked a few places out online, but nothing really speaks to me. The high end places seem stuffy, and the casual stuff seems very crunchy. Crunchy is okay with me (being a vegetarian), but my husband is a devoted carnivore.
April 19th: Drive from Mendo, hitting a few stops and overnighting in Healdsburg
Greenwood Ridge Winery (heard they make some good Zins, but looking for further feedback. Fife is a possibility too, but I have not liked the last two "Redheads" I've tried and it would be a bit out of the way.)
Lunch at Libby’s (Philo)
Wilson Winery (one of our favorites from a past visit)
Preston Winery (if we have time)
Dinner at Cyrus
April 20th: Overnight in Healdsburg
10:15am Tour: We have rented a car service for this. Based on our Zin interest, they've recommended we choose from the following. Any advice on the best three or four? Ridge is a must for us! And we have been to Mauritson, Seghesio and Unti perviously. Rafanelli seems impossible to get into.
J. Rickard Winery
Any recs for a casual dinner? I've heard totally mixed reviews on Ravenous and Zin.
April 21st: Overnight in Healdsburg
Canoe Trip on Russian River, Picnic Lunch from Oakville Grocery
Dinner at Scopa, Healdsburg
April 22nd: Drive from Healdsburg to Sonoma to overnight, hitting RRV on the way
Hartford Family Winery
Merry Edwards (should hear back tomorrow about appointment confirmation. Really excited about this one! Its been recommended to us by several wine distributors in MA.)
Siduri Winery, Sunce Winery or Martinelli Winery (any thoughts on which one to visit? I know we would need an appointment at Siduri.)
Dinner at Estate, Sonoma
April 23rd: Overnight in Sonoma
We spent some time in Sonoma last year and were not blown away by anything close by (Kunde, Gundlach-Bundschu, Ravenswood, Deerfield etc), but we did like a PN we had from Buena Vista. Any others that we should not miss?
Olive Oil Tasting at “The Olive Press” (Hopefully, not too touristy?)
Lunch at The Girl and the Fig or El Dorado Kitchen (We love both of these!)
Jack London State Park
Dinner at Rin’s
April 24th: Overnighting in Yountville
Pride Winery at 10:30am (reservation confirmed - inconvenient drive from Sonoma, but problem getting appointment at any other time.)
Lunch at Taylor’s Refresher
Joseph Phelps at 1:30pm (reservation confirmed)
Dinner at Bouchon (I've heard mixed reviews, but it seems like there are diverse opinions on every place in Yountville. Since FL is not an option this year, Bouchon seems like a good option. We'll perhaps opt for the bar, though we do have a reservation.)
April 25th: Overnight in Yountville
Grgirch Hills 10:30am
Any recs for Lunch or other must taste wineries? We would love to do Shafer or Frog's Leap, but can't afford any more splurges.
Dinner at Ubuntu (I'm a vegetarian and am so excited for this meal!)
April 26th: Return Home