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Weigh in on tastings in Sonoma / Napa...


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Weigh in on tastings in Sonoma / Napa...

eebnyc | | Jan 22, 2013 07:44 AM

Hello! I'm stopping through Sonoma/Napa w/ my boyfriend for two days a couple of weeks from now - I've done research here on Chowhound, as well as through friends, etc. I'm pretty set on food, and have one winery down per day we definitely plan to visit and do a full tour. Looking to narrow down to two more wineries per day for tastings. I know I may be setting us up for a lot of driving, which is fine - we're mostly interested in the quality of the wines (and a few points for ambiance, but definitely not above quality). We like fuller-bodied wines in general, but not too over the top - well-balanced and elegant.

We've been through Burgundy, Marlborough and Central Otago in New Zealand - this is our first trip to Sonoma/Napa. We also always love visiting smaller producers and anything special/unique. Herzog in Marlborough NZ might be my favorite place on earth.

Two-day rough outline (in no order) - again trying to narrow down to three total each day:

DAY 1:
Littorai - this is a must (assuming I hear back shortly that our visit is confirmed), went to a winemaker dinner in NYC w/ Mr. Lemon last year and fell in love w/ their wines.
Gary Farrell
Dehlinger - think this may be a no as I just read they're closed to public off-season

DAY 2:
Scribe - have a visit/tour set up already here, a friend visited recently and loved the vibe.
Joseph Phelps
Hess Collection - a friend recommended the museum
Stone Edge Farm - anyone been here? Thoughts? This is one where I'm intrigued mainly b/c it looks like such a beautiful property.

Thank you everyone! I really appreciate any input!