We're heading to Napa Valley for a very brief 3-4 day rest the week of July 4th. Will be there 1/2 day on the 3rd (driving from Monterey, with a stop in Santa Rosa to the Schultz Museum - a "must" as we're Peanuts Nuts), and will be checking out on Friday, the 6th and heading back to NJ on the red eye, so we do have most of Friday available to us.
Anyhoo - while we aren't huge drinkers but we do have some knowledge and appreciation of wines, me more so and would like to visit a few wineries - but it isn't our main focus. We're coming to relax, do some photography, have some spa treatments, eat good food, etc.
This being said, it matters that we make the most of the few days we have there and we're not looking to just spend these days driving from winery to winery - but would like to see a few.
I particularly enjoy Zin. Ravenswood, Ridge, Rosenblum, Renwood - you know, all those "R"'s come to mind not that there aren't others :-) Unfortunately several of my favorites are not in the area (Renwood obviously is one). My husband is more of a Merlot drinker and we both enjoy Pinot Noirs when they are less tannic/oakey. Not big on whites in general other than Savignion Blanc, do like this quite a bit and both of us enjoy champagne/sparkling wines.
Anway, if anyone could recommend a few places (maybe 3-4) specifically in Napa Valley worth checking out, I'd really appreciate it. We'd prefer not to go out of the area only because of how little time we have. Maybe one in Santa Rosa too since we'll be there Tuesday afternoon.
We would consider Sonoma of course, that's close enough. Historic wineries, interesting architecture, lovely gardens that have a strong focus on Zins in particular, would be a plus. If I'm going to do any tasting, I'd rather taste what I prefer and might purchase. I know the focus on Zins could be a problem since my understanding of it is most of this grape is not grown in this region.
Hope this is the right board to pose this question :-)