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Seattle Help - I've done my homework first, just needs refining

You'll be able to get a Top Pot donut at Starbucks. Enjoy!

Dec 06, 2009
partyof5 in Greater Seattle

Visiting San Fran- and Napa/Sonoma in November

So we have Hendry at 10.
Thinking lunch at Rutherford Grill after Hendry.
Frog's Leap at 2:30.

Are there wineries near Frog's Leap for tastings worth considering?

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Rutherford Grill
1180 Rutherford Rd, Napa, CA 94558

Visiting San Fran- and Napa/Sonoma in November

You are correct...we were all over the map because we didn't really understand the distance and geography so we changed out plans...

I went to AAA and got a map and now understand how and why it wasn't possible. ;)

We are now staying at the Westin in Napa. We do not have dinner ressies for Friday night yet.
Hendry tour on Sat at 10AM and Bottega Sat night at 9 for dinner.
Moved our Brix brunch time to 11 on Sunday.

We couldn't get into Cakebread on Saturday so are starting over in terms of booking ressies for tastings on Sat. sigh.

Thanks for all your suggestions. It helped us decide to stay in Napa.

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Brix
7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558

Bottega
6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

Ballard Recommendations

Volterra or Bastille are great.

Oct 02, 2009
partyof5 in Greater Seattle

Visiting San Fran- and Napa/Sonoma in November

Thanks everyone. Taking a lot of notes.

We are hoping to call a car to drive us back to Sonoma. I tried to convince the party to stay in Napa that night, but they don't seem to think it'll be a problem??

Visiting San Fran- and Napa/Sonoma in November

Thanks, MeatBoy--will look up Sinskey.

Visiting San Fran- and Napa/Sonoma in November

I have been a lurker for many years and have dined at wonderful Chow recommended restaurants all over--thanks!

My husband and I will be in San Francisco for 2 nights in November and then meet 3 other couples in Sonoma for wine tasting.

Here are my first considerations and would love to hear your suggestions.

San Francisco (Wed-Fri):
We are staying at the St Francis or The Ritz. We plan to go to the King Tut exhibit and Acme for dinner on our first night.
Dinner at The Dining Room on Thurs. We are celebrating our anniversary at TDR.
Breakfast on the way out of town at Zazie's or Fremont Diner if we get a late start. I would like to fit Canteen somewhere in these 2 days.

Sonoma - Fri-Sun.
Fri:
My husband and I will get to Sonoma earlier than those flying in that day and hope to go to Rafanelli on Fri. They seemed uncertain about getting a group of 8 in on Saturday.
We are staying at The Lodge at Sonoma.
May try to go to Domaine Carneros after everyone checks in for tasting and cheese.
We have dinner reservations at El Dorado at 8:30.

Sat:
Breakfast at Carneros Bistro at hotel.
We'd like to find a great place to buy a picnic lunch. Any suggestions? A friend mentioned Sonoma Cheese Factory or Sage Fine Food?
We're looking for a great picnic spot + good reds. Buena Vista Winery or Gundlach Bundchu?
We are planning 2 tastings in Sonoma. Then we'll head to Napa for tastings. We're hoping to get a tour at Hendry, tasting at Cakebread, Frog's Leap, and Hess, or Fleury. Any other suggestions?
We'll have a siesta after tastings--spa, nap, football--before our 9 o'clock dinner reservation at Bottega.

Sun:
Brunch at Brix at 10.

I was able to devise this outline with all of your help from old posts, so thank you! All opinions/feedback is welcome.

TIA