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Visiting San Fran- and Napa/Sonoma in November

partyof5 | | Sep 29, 2009 10:58 AM

I have been a lurker for many years and have dined at wonderful Chow recommended restaurants all over--thanks!

My husband and I will be in San Francisco for 2 nights in November and then meet 3 other couples in Sonoma for wine tasting.

Here are my first considerations and would love to hear your suggestions.

San Francisco (Wed-Fri):
We are staying at the St Francis or The Ritz. We plan to go to the King Tut exhibit and Acme for dinner on our first night.
Dinner at The Dining Room on Thurs. We are celebrating our anniversary at TDR.
Breakfast on the way out of town at Zazie's or Fremont Diner if we get a late start. I would like to fit Canteen somewhere in these 2 days.

Sonoma - Fri-Sun.
My husband and I will get to Sonoma earlier than those flying in that day and hope to go to Rafanelli on Fri. They seemed uncertain about getting a group of 8 in on Saturday.
We are staying at The Lodge at Sonoma.
May try to go to Domaine Carneros after everyone checks in for tasting and cheese.
We have dinner reservations at El Dorado at 8:30.

Breakfast at Carneros Bistro at hotel.
We'd like to find a great place to buy a picnic lunch. Any suggestions? A friend mentioned Sonoma Cheese Factory or Sage Fine Food?
We're looking for a great picnic spot + good reds. Buena Vista Winery or Gundlach Bundchu?
We are planning 2 tastings in Sonoma. Then we'll head to Napa for tastings. We're hoping to get a tour at Hendry, tasting at Cakebread, Frog's Leap, and Hess, or Fleury. Any other suggestions?
We'll have a siesta after tastings--spa, nap, football--before our 9 o'clock dinner reservation at Bottega.

Brunch at Brix at 10.

I was able to devise this outline with all of your help from old posts, so thank you! All opinions/feedback is welcome.