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Recent visit to Napa/San Fran

dg1873 | Jun 23, 2008 08:20 AM

I'm thankful to a lot of information posted on here, which helped me plan a fantastic trip filled with great winery visits, so I wanted to contribute info re: our trip. Here are the wineries we visited:

*Pride Mountain--Tour and Tasting. Fantastic! Great wines, great tour, great drive up there, great picnic spot.
*Smith Madrone--Tour and Tasting. Very small. Took the owners a little while to get in their groove (we arrived early and threw them off), but it ended up being a GREAT visit. Very small place, but lots of interesting info. GREAT riesling.
*Cain--Tour and Tasting. Tour wasn't that great, but we really enjoyes the tasting. Might have been our favorite wines. The guide was a a little too stuffy for us, but it was still a great exerience.
*David Arthur--Tasting. Definitely recommended! Our favorite wines from this visit, although we couldn't purchase on site. Very pricey too. Great tasting experience--free, for one. They were very generous with their tastings. it was set under a beautiful shade tree in their vineyards.. very very cool.
*The Terraces--ATV tour and Tasting. This was my favorite tour by far (and included a tasting of their in-process balsamic vinegar!) The wines were decent, .. hoping they improve with time as they were just bottled.
*Joseph Phelps-Terrace Tasting. These were also on the top of my list as far as wines. Wonderful! Their Insignia and Syrah are fantastic. Terrace tasting didn't provide much in the way of information, but it was a GORGEOUS location and very relaxing. Wish I'd bought some of their olive oil though.
*Mumm--Tour and tasting. Definitely more commerical than is my preference, but still interesting. Enjoyed their sparking wines.

We also did a tour and tasting at Round Pond (olive oil), which was not great at all. Not a lot of info and very rushed. Also very pricey. Would not recommend. Go to Napa Valley Olive Oil Manufacturing Company and buy a quart of their EVOO for $14 instead! Then hold out a few years until The Terraces sells their Balsamic Vinegar and buy that!

As for dinners, we ate at Bistro Jeanty, Ad Hoc, and Redd. All were good, Redd was my favorite. Ad Hoc might have been, but our veal was too salty.

As far San Fran, we only had one dinner at Ozumo. Decent, but not spectacular.

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