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1 day in Napa: Itinerary advice?

Thanks for the suggestions, Maria.

Agreed, we like Provenance, but we are already well-stocked on it.

The dessert wines are a great idea. She loves the sweet stuff, but we have a ton of various Gewurztraminers, Eiswein, and Rieslings that she hasn't gotten around to drinking. It wouldn't hurt to sneak one in on this trip even though we don't need more. Sadly, I think the places you mentioned will be closed by the time we would get to them.

Jan 08, 2010
jleung in San Francisco Bay Area

1 day in Napa: Itinerary advice?

Thanks, PolarBear. Do you remember the other 3-4?

Jan 08, 2010
jleung in San Francisco Bay Area

1 day in Napa: Itinerary advice?

Thanks for the helpful info.

It seems that Salvestrin only does 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30 tasting appointments, so if I wanted to go there it would have to be the 2:30 appointment. I was really hoping to also make it to Honig afterwards before they close. Sounds like it might be possible if the tasting at Salvestrin can fit in an hour.

Thanks for the tip. I definitely will be spitting (I have to drive). Not sure about the wife though, it is her birthday after all.

Jan 07, 2010
jleung in San Francisco Bay Area

1 day in Napa: Itinerary advice?

Here's a link to the description for the Sensory Evaluation:
http://www.cakebread.com/tours/tours_...

Jan 07, 2010
jleung in San Francisco Bay Area

1 day in Napa: Itinerary advice?

Wow, thank you very much for the exhaustive advice Maria!

I think given what everyone has said, I will probably go with the following:
Cakebread Cellars for their Sensory Evaluation
Lunch at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
two of Duckhorn, Salvestrin, Honig, or Crocker & Starr

I'm only going to Cakebread really for the Sensory Evaluation; if there is another place that has good Sauvignon Blanc that offers a similar seminar I'd be all for it. Would Merryvale be a better option?

Also, do you know anything about Toquade's Sauvignon Blanc? Another friend recommended it to me but it doesn't look like they accept visitors at their winery. Christine Barbe, the owner of Toquade, has offered to do a tasting with us at Cook Family Winery, but it is a bit out of the way; I'm not sure I could fit that into our day. Also, it seems that we can taste Toquade at V Wine Cellar. I don't know how often one gets to meet the winemaker (perhaps I am easily impressed); would it be worthwhile to take her up on her offer in lieu of Duckhorn, Honig, Salvestrin, or Crocker & Starr?

Thanks.
-Jeff

Jan 07, 2010
jleung in San Francisco Bay Area

1 day in Napa: Itinerary advice?

Thanks for the reply. I am definitely going to drop some of the stops in an effort to make the day a bit more leisurely.

As for the winery suggestions, do they produce good Sauvignon Blancs? I had been to Schramsberg a few years ago and I thought they only did sparkling wines.

Thanks.
-Jeff

Jan 06, 2010
jleung in San Francisco Bay Area

1 day in Napa: Itinerary advice?

I'm coming from San Mateo. Yes, I'm aware that we will probably be paying full retail if we purchase any wine. We're not huge wine drinkers so I would expect that if we pick up a case worth of wine it will last us the whole year. Past that we may join a wine club, but which club to join would depend on what we discover from this trip.

You're right on target; it would be great to find some good Sauvignon Blanc that I wouldn't necessarily be able to get from BevMo or Costco. However, it wouldn't be all that bad if the SB that we happen to like best on this trip comes from a larger production winery. We already know we like SB from Cakebread, Groth, Frog's Leap, and Robert Mondavi, but we are hoping to find others that we like (perhaps even more). Incidentally, we have also tried some SB from NZ but it just doesn't seem to work for us (maybe we're used to the Napa taste).

I have gotten suggestions that I visit Salvestrin. One of my friends swears by their Sauvignon Blanc and is part of their wine club. However, it sounds like their tastings can take upwards of 90 minutes to two hours. While I think that might be great if we were in Napa for more than just the day, that might mean that we would need to bump out two other places. Has anyone tried them and feel that it would be worth it?

Thanks!
-Jeff

Jan 06, 2010
jleung in San Francisco Bay Area

1 day in Napa: Itinerary advice?

Thanks to everybody for your replies so far.

OK, so it sounds like I should drop one of the stops after lunch. I'm not terribly worried about the amount of alcohol that I will be consuming since I'm a spitter. Just worried about the timing.

ceekskat, you suggested that I drop St. Supery. Any reason you picked them to drop over the others?

Any other suggestions as to what I should drop or swap in (keeping in mind that the purpose of this trip is to find some great Sauvignon Blanc to take home with us)?

Thanks!
-Jeff

Jan 06, 2010
jleung in San Francisco Bay Area

1 day in Napa: Itinerary advice?

Happy New Year everybody,

On the 16th (a Saturday) I will be taking my wife wine-tasting in Napa for her birthday. She loves Sauvignon Blanc, but I also like Cabs and Pinot Noir. However, this trip is really for her, so I want to focus on finding some good SB to take home with us. If a winery does exceptional Cab and PN, that's a bonus.

We only have time for a one-day trip, and I am hoping to put together an itinerary that gives us a chance to try a lot of places. However, I don't want to make the schedule too tight otherwise she will probably not enjoy the day. Here is what I have so far:

10am: Cakebread Cellars : Sensory Evaluation seminar (lasts until 11:30)

12pm: Lunch at Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen

1pm: Joseph Phelps Vineyards (they said this would take about an hour when I called to make the appointment)

2:15: Honig Vineyard & Winery

3:15 Grgich Hills Cellars

4:15 St Supery Winery

5:15 V Wine Cellar (to try Toquade, which a friend recommended)

Is that too aggressive? Given our tastes, are there other places that I might want to check out rather than what I have listed? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks.

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Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen
1327 Railroad Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574

Joseph Phelps Vineyards
200 Taplin Rd, Saint Helena, CA

Cakebread Cellars
8300 St Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA

Grgich Hills Cellars
1829 Saint Helena Hwy, Rutherford, CA

Honig Vineyard & Winery
850 Rutherford Rd, Rutherford, CA

St Supery Winery
8440 St Helena Highway, Rutherford, CA

V Wine Cellar
6525 Washington St, Yountville, CA

Jan 05, 2010
jleung in San Francisco Bay Area