Ok, I have (I really have) read through the many posts on this topic. My first problem is that I am completely unfamiliar with this area - I'm from Canada and have never spent time in California at all. And worse (if that's even possible) I don't really know California wines so can't zero in on specific beloved producers. As if that isn't all bad enough, we only have one night in Napa and, to add insult to injury, there are dietary restrictions to consider. Be gentle with me.
- We'll be leaving San Francisco (by car) mid morning on a Saturday, returning to SF after brunch on Sunday.
- Is Yountville the most practical spot for us to stay in terms of visiting a few wineries and getting a good dinner and Sunday brunch?
- Which wineries would it be possible for us to visit without making reservations? (We're notoriously distractable and would have great difficulty nailing ourselves down to a schedule.) I suspect we could possibly do 2 or, at most, 3 on Saturday. We're very partial to cabs and pinot noir, but would be very interested in a bubbly if convenient.
- Dinner on Saturday. I'm personally interested in Ad Hoc but their website is under construction at the moment. Anyone familiar enough with their menu to know if there would be something on the menu for the "kosher" eaters in the group (no meat, poultry or shellfish)?. Otherwise, if not Ad Hoc, where else would you suggest? I'm partial to Italian, or at least anything that isn't French. (Still recovering from a fall trip to Paris.)
Thanks in advance for any advice or itinerary suggestions.