We have 1.5 days in Napa next week & I'm finalizing our tasting/tour schedule. We'll be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary & this is our first time to CA wine country. We are not wine novices, but we aren't very familiar with CA wines. Generally speaking we prefer Rhone-style reds to the big Napa Cabs and we really enjoy smooth dry whites (think Puligny-Montrachet). Please tell me what you think of our itinerary, especially if you think we'll be too rushed. This is meant to be a relaxing vacation & feeling hurried is the last thing I want. What I really want is a good mix of great wineries -- big, small, amazing views, knowledgeable pourers, one or two tours, not packed to the gills -- you get the picture. My biggest challenge is our limited time in the area.
We arrive in Yountville on Thursday & have dinner reservations that night at the French Laundry.
Late start because it will be our first chance to sleep late in 2.5 years (the joy of parenthood!)
11 - 12:30 -- John Phelps Wine Appreciation Seminar (is this a waste if you aren't a wine newbie? should we just do the terrace tasting?)
Grab quick lunch at Dean & Deluca & stop off somewhere or (gasp!) eat in the car if short on time
1:30 - 2:45 -- Schramsberg tour & tasting (they also have a 12:30 appt if we decide not to do the seminar at John Phelps)
Maybe Prager Winery & Port Works (we are huge port fans & this is the only port winery I've found in Napa)
Stag's Leap (thinking of getting there by 3:45 b/c they close at 4:30)
Dinner res at 7:30 at Ad Hoc.
Check out of hotel & make our way to Healdsburg via:
Pine Ridge - tasting
Frank Family - tasting
Frog's Leap - tour & tasting (I have yet to check their availabilty -- any recs for a replacement just in case?)
That's as far as I've gotten in planning. I still need suggestions on a place for lunch on Saturday that is on the way to Healdsburg. Also, what wineries would you recommend which we would pass enroute to Healdsburg?
We have a driver booked for Sunday in Sonoma & I'm discussing the Sonoma itinerary with him tomorrow -- I'll be sure to post & get your wonerful opinions too!