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Parents visiting Napa - need help!

hmruthi | Apr 8, 2009 03:29 PM

My parents will be in town in May and we're going to Napa on a Wednesday (mainly to avoid the crowds). They've never been, but have recently gained a newfound appreciation for wine. I'm in the process of picking and choosing wineries that have the right combination of education for beginner wine drinkers, nice scenery, reasonable prices, and not terribly touristy. Here's what I have come up with:

10 a.m. - 11:30 tour and tasting: Pride Mountain
Picnic lunch (supplies from Sunshine Market)
Afternoon: head out to Spring Mountain for an Estate Tour and Cave Tasting
Vist 1-2 other wineries
Dinner at Ubuntu (both my parents are vegetarian, so it should be perfect)

I would appreciate suggestions for narrowing down the list of other wineries to visit. Here are some options I have come up with:
Stag's Leap or Chateau Montalena (for the history)
Joseph Phelps (they have the barrel seminar that day or the terrace tasting)
Hess Collection (mainly for the art gallery)
Del Dotto (St. Helena location, I've done the other location and it wasn't worth it)
Schramsburg (I've been twice already, but it's a wonderful tour and tasting)

I would have really liked to have taken them to Cakebread's Sensory Evaluation to start off with, but they only run those on the weekends. I've heard the seminars at Joseph Phelps are good alternatives, but their only doing the barrel seminar the day we go, so I'm not sure if it's worth it for my parents...

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