I am from NY and am charged with entertaining a client for the day/night in wine country on Monday 10/29. I have been once before on a personal trip to Sonoma and loved every second of it. After reading several posts, I am still having a hard time putting together a full day itienary. A few questions.
1. Is there a classic chowhound-approved day trip? Link?
2. Is it too much to try to leave SF in the morning, ride up through Sonoma, have lunch, visit a few vineyards, and head back down through Napa stopping for dinner? We have a driver, but don't want to spend the entire day in the car.
3. Restaurants - Zazu seems perfect, but unfortunately, I am doing this on a Monday, and they are closed. Cyrus seems a bit too formal after a full day of tasting and nowhere to change, etc.
4. Are there one or two must stop, off the beaten path vineyard recommendations? I remember going to Amphora on a recommendation and sitting at a picknick table with the owner, and thinking that this was what wine country should be like......
As always, thanks in advance.