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Coming from Australia and need help with good Napa recommendations

Our first day we will be travelling from SanFran Airport so will not have a lot of time. We would probably have to visit wineries in the south Sonoma that day and maybe only 2 or 3. What would your recomendations be?

Jul 26, 2010
OneNamedRicardo in San Francisco Bay Area

Coming from Australia and need help with good Napa recommendations

Wow again! I must say I am quitely peeved.. More at myself, for spending so much time and effort securing the game plan I had. This is not easy to do from afar. However I am estatic that I did not make the wrong choices and that I now have my nose and palate pointed in the right direction! Thank you all for your brutal honesty - it is exactly what I needed. I will be sure to post my new itinerary in the next few days for your scrutiny. If I kept going on simple online research and viewing websites, every well funded winery would look great! This is all very helpful.

Jul 15, 2010
OneNamedRicardo in San Francisco Bay Area

Coming from Australia and need help with good Napa recommendations

What would be your suggestions Maria? I am so far planning Elyse, Chandon, Mumm, Stags Leap, Van Der Heyden, Kamen and Domaine Carneros.

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Domaine Carneros
1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA

Jul 14, 2010
OneNamedRicardo in San Francisco Bay Area

Coming from Australia and need help with good Napa recommendations

Wow, thank you for taking the time to post such a detailed reply. I wish I had the time to do a comprehensive sweep of 29 and Silverado but we are unfortunately only there for 2 days then back accross the bridge for a few more. We have had to make arrangements around our French Laundry booking... Other than that, any other unique or personal favourite suggestions would be very helpful.
Thanks again to everyone who has taken the time to reply.

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Jul 14, 2010
OneNamedRicardo in San Francisco Bay Area

Coming from Australia and need help with good Napa recommendations

I guess to be more specific I would be looking for big reds or good smooth Chards (particulariliy chard that can age well) or anything interesting worth mentioning. We are doing France and italy next year so French varieties im not so interested in trying, more what styles Napa do best - when in rome, do as the romans do. Also if there are any Somona vineyard worth doing I will be very intersted in that.

Jul 14, 2010
OneNamedRicardo in San Francisco Bay Area

Coming from Australia and need help with good Napa recommendations

Wow! I would have been very upset if I had missed this stop! Sturgeon in wine county... Why do not we have this!! Sincere thanks!

Jul 08, 2010
OneNamedRicardo in San Francisco Bay Area

Coming from Australia and need help with good Napa recommendations

Many thanks wolfe!

Jul 08, 2010
OneNamedRicardo in San Francisco Bay Area

Coming from Australia and need help with good Napa recommendations

Hi Carrie,

Here in Australia we have hundred of wineries too. Thankfully I know most of them very well. As it turns out the "popular" ones are often no where near the best (with some exceptions like Penfolds Grange). The Hunter Valley north of Sydney has many smaller wine producers that do not distribute to bottle shops and to only very select restaurant and are by far the best. If you were to go to popular wineries like Tempus Two, Mcguigans, Tyrells, Hardys and Draytons you would leave thinking the Hunter produced only overpriced garbage, often brought in from elsewhere anyways. But if you are in the know you would find places like Ivanhoe and a perfect example of Iron Gate who in my mind produces the best wine in the hunter, red and white. The owner/wine (Roger Lilliot) maker often does tasting for guests himself - free of charge, still corks all his bottles and hand picks all his grapes. This he does for the love, not the money and subsequently produces a far superior and intelligent wine. Back to the point, my idea of a good "hidden gem" is one that isn't necessarily commercial like Chandon (not taking anything away from them) but makes good wine, wine even maybe well known in the circles of the San Fran wine community. As you know every country and even region has its own particular style. I like all wine but love each region, or even particular vineyard for what they do best. So to answer your question, I would like to find something "typically Napa", something the region does best. So far all the Napa wines we get here are typically heavy reds. Is this the typical style favoured?

Jul 07, 2010
OneNamedRicardo in San Francisco Bay Area

Coming from Australia and need help with good Napa recommendations

We are particularly looking for wineries for their wine only. I am lucky enough to have a booking at the French Laundry but if you can recommend any good picnic spots or modest lunch spots, or even good places to pick up lunch supplies - ie cheese shops or deli's, I would be eternally grateful!!

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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

Jul 07, 2010
OneNamedRicardo in San Francisco Bay Area

Coming from Australia and need help with good Napa recommendations

Here in Australia we dont get much information / word of mouth reviews for the Napa Valley - or many Napa wines at all! My partner and I are coming over and are a little sceptical of the "sponsored recommendations" on the travel guides. For those of you out there that actually know good wine and where to find the hidden gems, I would love your help and experience.

Jul 07, 2010
OneNamedRicardo in San Francisco Bay Area