I've been searching extensively on this site for wine tastings for an early November trip to Sonoma, RRV and Dry Creek, with a one day trip to Napa, specifically Spring Mountain. We're a group of 6 women early 40's renting a house in the Dry Creek area, and will have a designated driver for 3 days. We like all types of wine, (we don't discriminate), and love everything from bubbly, dry rose to cab and zinfandel. I do believe that the majority probably have a tendency to like the "new world" style rather than the "old world" style taste. I have a list below of several wineries I've seen recommended on this site, but I'm trying to firm up the itinerary, so would appreciate any of your recs. Our group would prefer great wines over great views, but I think I've included a couple of wineries that provide both. Let me know what you think!
Wednesday: Arrive in Sonoma County around 1:00
Dinner at Diavola Pizzeria
(also looking at Porter Creek, Joseph Swan, Arista)
Thursday - Napa, Spring Mountain
Schramsberg - 10:00
Terra Valentine - 12:00 (will have lunch here along with paired tasting)
Keenan - 2:00
Pride Mountain - 3:45 (their last appt. of the day, thought about having lunch here?)
Dinner - take out food...any recs? I know Wild Sage & Dry Creek Store may have some prepared meals to take home?
Friday - RRV & Dry Creek
Arnot Roberts - 11:00
Lunch - Mateo's Cocina Latina
Papapietro Perry - 3:00
(looking for one more, considering Amista, Vision Cellars, Unti, Acorn, Forth)
Dinner - Scopa, BarnDiva?
Saturday - RRV
Lynmar Estate - 10:00
Copain - 12:00
Thomas George - 1:30 (picnic lunch)
Rochioli - 3:30 (heard great things, but what do you think? wondering since it takes years to get on their mailing list, if this is worth a stop?)
(also considering Arista, Ridge, Woodenhead)
Dinner - cooking & staying in for our last night
Also, forgot to mention, but we'll pay up to $40/tasting and the majority will be purchasing several bottles of wine on this trip, so probably looking to spend up to $75/bottle, but will spend more for an exceptional bottle of wine. Thanks everyone!