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Help whittle down Sonoma/Napa Itinerary

Report From Sonoma/Napa Trip:

Everyone,
Just wanted to post an update on our recent trip to the Sonoma and Napa area. We had a phenomenal trip, and there were some definite favorites. Ok, so here's what we actually did each day:

Wednesday:
Martinelli - nice chardonnay, but overall a little disappointing. Several of us purchased wine and they still charged a tasting fee even for those that purchased wine.
Harvest Moon - heard they were known for their zins, but I loved their pinots and everyone in our group of 6 bought several bottles of the pinot. Luscious!
Moshin - I personally loved their granache(bought two bottles) and others in our group bought their zinfandel.
Thomas George - nothing really wowed me here, but I thought they had a decent viognier
We went to eat at a pizza place on the Healdsburg Square - Pizzando - great pizza

Thursday:

Schramsberg - The overall group favorite, their pinots and their cab were excellent, not to mention their stellar bubbly!
Terra Valentine - loved this tasting! They paired it with cheese, nuts & chocolate. Loved their Amore...most of us purchased bottles of this. Had a nice picnic lunch here.
Keenan - least favorite of the group, but I really loved their Reserve Merlot and bought 2 bottles
Pride - excellent wine! Loved everything I tasted here. Gorgeous, gorgeous views! This would have been THE picnic spot...oh well, next time!
Dinner - had dinner at our rental house (items purchased at Big John's Market)

Friday:
Littorai - My personal favorite winery! Chardonnay and Pinots were heavenly! Unfortunately, they were sold out of the chard, but I'll be looking forward to their spring release!
Lunch - Charcturie on the square in Healdsburg (nice Italian spot, pasta with pesto cream sauce was really good.)
Dinner - Sandwiches from Wild Sage Deli, good sandwiches and awesome breakfast empanadas!

Saturday:
Copain - wonderful chardonnay and pinot (they were only tasting one...darn), didn't care for the syrah's, but the pinot we tasted was excellent
Iron Horse - loved their unoaked chardonnay and beautiful picnic grounds
Lynmar - lovely grounds, the wine was very good...and pricey

Dinner - Dry Creek Kitchen - loved, loved it!

Looking forward to a return trip to try some of the wineries we didn't have a chance to visit. Thanks to everyone for all of your suggestions! Cheers!

Nov 21, 2012
bubblechick in San Francisco Bay Area

Help whittle down Sonoma/Napa Itinerary

I will report back in mid November. Thanks for the food and wine recs!

Sep 04, 2012
bubblechick in San Francisco Bay Area

Help whittle down Sonoma/Napa Itinerary

Any other wineries you especially liked? Good to know about Barndiva, although it seems to get high marks on this board. I'm wondering if the dinner is better because it seems like their lunch menu is more limited. Thanks for your input.

Sep 03, 2012
bubblechick in San Francisco Bay Area

Help whittle down Sonoma/Napa Itinerary

Actually, I had never thought about that. We have a driver, so it makes sense to have him drive us to dinner as well. I've been to SolBar, Cook, Jeanty, Bottega, & Bouchon. I'm thinking JoLe sounds really good, and it's on the way back to our rental house. Plus, never considered the traffic...thanks for the help & the restaurant recs! We can wait it out at JoLe and enjoy an early dinner. Like I wrote above, I'll be posting an update mid November upon our return from Sonoma/Napa.

Sep 03, 2012
bubblechick in San Francisco Bay Area

Help whittle down Sonoma/Napa Itinerary

Thanks for the info on Rochioli. Thinking now we'll go to Ridge instead of Rochioli, and maybe add Woodenhead on Wednesday. Thank you for the tips and I'll report back in November.

Sep 03, 2012
bubblechick in San Francisco Bay Area

Help whittle down Sonoma/Napa Itinerary

Chowhounds,
I've been searching extensively on this site for wine tastings for an early November trip to Sonoma, RRV and Dry Creek, with a one day trip to Napa, specifically Spring Mountain. We're a group of 6 women early 40's renting a house in the Dry Creek area, and will have a designated driver for 3 days. We like all types of wine, (we don't discriminate), and love everything from bubbly, dry rose to cab and zinfandel. I do believe that the majority probably have a tendency to like the "new world" style rather than the "old world" style taste. I have a list below of several wineries I've seen recommended on this site, but I'm trying to firm up the itinerary, so would appreciate any of your recs. Our group would prefer great wines over great views, but I think I've included a couple of wineries that provide both. Let me know what you think!

Wednesday: Arrive in Sonoma County around 1:00
Martinelli -
Moshin -
Dinner at Diavola Pizzeria
(also looking at Porter Creek, Joseph Swan, Arista)

Thursday - Napa, Spring Mountain
Schramsberg - 10:00
Terra Valentine - 12:00 (will have lunch here along with paired tasting)
Keenan - 2:00
Pride Mountain - 3:45 (their last appt. of the day, thought about having lunch here?)
Dinner - take out food...any recs? I know Wild Sage & Dry Creek Store may have some prepared meals to take home?

Friday - RRV & Dry Creek
Arnot Roberts - 11:00
Lunch - Mateo's Cocina Latina
Papapietro Perry - 3:00
(looking for one more, considering Amista, Vision Cellars, Unti, Acorn, Forth)
Dinner - Scopa, BarnDiva?

Saturday - RRV
Lynmar Estate - 10:00
Copain - 12:00
Thomas George - 1:30 (picnic lunch)
Rochioli - 3:30 (heard great things, but what do you think? wondering since it takes years to get on their mailing list, if this is worth a stop?)
(also considering Arista, Ridge, Woodenhead)
Dinner - cooking & staying in for our last night

Also, forgot to mention, but we'll pay up to $40/tasting and the majority will be purchasing several bottles of wine on this trip, so probably looking to spend up to $75/bottle, but will spend more for an exceptional bottle of wine. Thanks everyone!

Cheers!
BubbleChick

Sep 03, 2012
bubblechick in San Francisco Bay Area