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Winery Overload - a Napa Breakdown

AAnthony | Aug 28, 2009 01:07 PM

My wife and I and another couple are taking a trip to San Francisco and Napa this upcoming Labor Day weekend. I have spent much time sifting and digging through the Chowhound archives to try and find the best wineries and vineyards to visit. All I have to show for it is a headache and a convoluted list.

Here is our plan as of yet. One couple arrives in SF and the other in Oakland. We rent a car and get to Napa around 2pm and check into the Avia Hotel. We would love to go to a very educational and informative winery/vineryard/winebar to begin the trip. Something nearby the hotel would be best. Suggestions?

Next, for Friday and Saturday we are planning on hiring a driver – either Home Sweet Home Car Service or Wine Country Driver. Suggestions? Is there something better?

The consensus of the group is to hit a couple of nice tasting/tours with some more moderate to cheap tasting in between. We have all day Friday and Saturday for these. We will leave Saturday night to head back to San Francisco. We do have reservations on Friday (Ad Hoc @ 8:30) and Saturday (Bistro Don Giovanni’s @ 7:30).

Here is the convoluted list of wineries:
• Del Dotto
• Silver Oak
• Jarvis
• Jordan
• Cakebread
• Duckhorn
• Fleury
• Hess
• Honig
• Frog’s Leap
• Paloma

I would love some direction – maybe thumbs up; thumbs down. Also, what are some good wine & cheap ($10 or under) tastings?

Thank you so much. Frustrated yet excited.

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