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A little board stalking....but need some Napa help still, please!


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A little board stalking....but need some Napa help still, please!

bdachow | Jun 3, 2013 06:43 PM

Have spent a couple weeks stalking this board for my upcoming San Fran/Napa trip in 2 weeks. Am super excited even with it being my third trip to Napa valley but my first time planning so not sure about drive times/traffic/ambition (plus I thought someone had mentioned construction on St. Helena Hwy) here goes.

Criteria: am a red lover (Zins & Cabs) but need some white recs for a little rounder itinerary. Still have space for two or three more tastings. I'd prefer to stay away from the mass market guys (e.g. Cakebread, Paraduxx, Far Niente) since I can easily purchase big producers here in Bermuda, so looking for small/mid sized wineries that are harder to source (e.g. went to Ballentine, Conn Creek, Lava Vines, Honig, Frank Family, Del Dotto, St. Clement).

Monday am - pick up rental car downtown SF, any breakfast recs around the Omni?

Lunch: I wasn't sure about drive times/traffic out of downtown SF so booked a 1:30pm lunch at Redd. If we head to pick up the car around 10am, I'm guessing we may be early?

3pm - appointment at Robert Biale (based on stalking since I've never tasted anything from them but someone mentioned Zin and Petite, yum!).

Check in Westin Verispa.

Dinner: 8:15pm at Ad Hoc (I've eaten there when it first opened and really enjoyed it) but reading some reviews leads me to question this reservation. Maybe if we're in Napa early, hit Grace's table for happy hour? (plus we're waitlisted for FL all 3 nights, I was blown away by my previous meal with gf's so want to take the BF for a similar experience.)

Tues: breakfast and lunch provisions from Oxbow, picked up tour of Sonoma (no recs necessary, I've left it in the hands of the tour company which I've used before with great success). No dinner plans. Maybe Zuzu or Hog Island?

Wed: Napa Valley Biscuits for breakfast (I thought about stopping at Bouchon for pastries, is it less insane on a weekday since on a weekend I waited 30+ minutes?!?!?)

11am - Smith Madrone appointment

Lunch - debating Goose and Gander or Gott's for burgers.

Free afternoon, considering hitting Ballentine again since I did enjoy their zins from my last visit (plus they were super nice).

Dinner: ???? (not feeling the love for Bottega, Bouchon, Cindy's)

Thurs: Sunrise balloon ride

Lunch: Addendum takeout for drive back to SF, squeeze in one more winery en-route back to SF?!? We need to be back around 4/5 to return the car, check in to Fairmont and make it to Coi for 7pm.

Any help to fill in some blanks would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for your help in advance.

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