Many visitors to the Bay Area ask about wine-tasting, and Seth Kugel did a nice little piece on visiting Napa on a budget weekend. As we all know, that's not an easy thing to do, LOL! Plus, he's a newbie at wines, and sometimes it's good to remember that all of us were once there, too.
Good read, and I think the NYT still allows a small number of freebie articles per month.
A Taste of Napa, on a Budget
By SETH KUGEL, the Frugal Traveler, NY Times October 22, 2013
Full URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/tra...
(excerpt) Like a robust zinfandel and delicate oysters, Napa Valley and frugal travel aren’t exactly an ideal pairing.
Or so I thought. Despite Napa’s reputation as a pricey destination for wine lovers, over two days last month — during peak fall harvest season, no less — I managed to visit seven vineyards, taste about 30 vintages, learn more about wine than I ever imagined (including how to punch down the cap of skins into a vat of crushed grapes) and not starve — or go homeless. I even had an affordable meal at a restaurant (of sorts) run by Thomas Keller, perhaps the most celebrated chef in America. It was not, alas, at the French Laundry, where the tasting menu for one with two modest glasses of wine will run about $325. In fact, that’s about as much as I spent on tastings, meals and lodging combined during my two days in California wine country.