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Finishing touches for our first trip to Napa !

vonger44 | Jan 20, 201404:25 PM

My wife and I will be flying in sans kids for a short birthday weekend. I usually have more time to prepare but this trip was a bit spontaneous and I could sure use a little assistance. Thankfully a few recent threads have asked for similar information so I was able to do some research as well as from a few friends who have visited Napa before. We will be staying in St. Helena for 3 days and 2 nights. Besides catching up on our sleep and recharging our batteries, I am hoping to get a good samping of great food and wine since I don't get this opportunity very often with 4 kids, lol.

Our home base will be at Wine Country Inn. Time permitting, we are hoping to visit Joseph Phelps, Pride, Newton and Schramberg Vineyards. We would like to dine at Press, Goose & Gander, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Zuzu and maybe have a picnic at one of the wineries. My wife does not drink but does enjoy gardens and nice scenery. I enjoy all varietals.

I would like to ask which wineries or restaurants you might drop from my list or any can't miss one I should add. Which ones do you recommend for lunch/dinner ? We will probably have our "nicer" dinner on Saturday. Where can you pick up gourmet picnic foods and which of my selected wineries would be the best place to picnic. Lastly, would you recommend any order of my selected places to make our trip smooth and relaxing. TIA !

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