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Your top 10 pics

Hi all!

Husband and I are celebrating 19 years with a trip to Napa at the end of October. With so many wineries to choose from, we're not sure where to definately visit. What are your top 10?



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1. Re: Your top 10 pics

For Napa Valley, my top 10 change from time to time, as there are so many wonderful wineries (just like in Sonoma). For Napa valley, my favorites are as follows:

Castello di Amarosa


Fun castle tour, personally I do not like their wines; Its family friendly allowing children on some tours.



Good overview tour - great thing to do first thing in the area; not worth going to if not doing the tour.

Prager Port


Fun, interesting smaller winery with fabulous ports. If you like ports or dessert wines, a must.

Robert Sinsky

Good wines with food pairing - We found this wine when dining in Los Angeles at Blue on Blue. So we were attractd to it first due to its wine. We are now attracted to it both due to the food and also food pairing (i.e. small small size but fun to do)


Hess Winery

Fabulous red wines - excellent. Amazing art collection; worth going just to wander through the art. Its off the beaten track.



Private winery, reservations required. A bit $$$.Interesting place - as its so over the top with the indoor waterfall and more.


Del Dotto:

Best Barrell Tasting experience - if you allow yourself to enjoy barrell tasting, this is the place to put at the end of the day as you will enjoy more than your fair quantity of wine.



Champagne - the staff here is so very very very nice. Tour is good - nice seated tasting; interesting wine cave tour - and some very old bottles of wine in the collection. Pretty grounds.



Good views of Napa Valley - small gondola winery to the winery.


Frogs Leap

Good wine tasting - good wines


Alexander Valley:


Great place for a picnic under the oak trees - much more quiet and enjoyable than the ever popular V. Sattui winery - where many people go to enjoy a picnic.

Ask me again and my list will probably change some....but here's for today. Happy Anniversary

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Okay, I did this for your Sonoma one too, this is fun!

1. Goosecross Cellars (www.goosecross.com)

2. St. Supery (www.stsupery.com)

3. [Non-Winery] Wine Garage in Calistoga (www.winegarage.net). We love them. Nothing in the shop is more than $25 and Todd finds the best wines from small producers all over the state. We shop there as a way to fill out a case to take home with us.

4. Raymond (www.raymondvineyards.com)

5. Sterling

6. Folie a Duex (www.folieadeux.com)

7. Steltzner (http://www.steltzner.com)

8. Sequoia Grove (www.sequoiagrove.com)

9. Rutherford Ranch (www.rutherfordwines.com)

10. BV (www.bvwines.com)

Let us know where you end up choosing!


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Thanks so much! This really helps!

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4. Re: Your top 10 pics

Domaine Carneros, Artesa, Nicholson Ranch, Domaine Chandon, V. Sattui, Freemark Abbey are our favorites. Have fun! :)

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my list is slightly different :)

1. Bourassa

2. Hopper Creek

3, Harwell

4. Delectus

5. O'Brien

6. Castello di Amarosa

7. White Rock

8. Schweiger

9. Franciscan

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This is so fantastic! Thanks everyone for your input. I love that some ofyouare putting in things other than wineries. I woke up thinking about the trip this morning and got all excited again.

Thanks so much everyone!

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7. Re: Your top 10 pics

A few of our favorites:

1. O'Brien - We are wine club members. Love all of their wines Bart & Barbara are very hospitable. You will need an appt.

2. Miner - Oracle is one of my top favorites. We have a driver for one day and we always visit then so we can do a bit more tasting.

3. Arger Martucci - We tasted outside next to the swimming pool with Chris the winemaker. Brought a picnic lunch. I'll be ordering more wine from their website.

4. Vincent Arroyo - In Calistoga. We arrived at 10:00 before they got crowded. We enjoyed every wine we tasted. I knew this would be an expensive stop and we just received 16 bottles from them. Letting it rest another 3 weeks and then I can't wait to open a few.

5. Kuleto - Must go. We had a driver this day so he drove up the one lane windy road to the top of the mountain. A beautiful view! We toured the grounds and tasted inside along a big wood table. We've already drank all of our wine so we'll have to go back next year.

6. Del Dotto - Last tour of the day. I did a lot of pouring out. Great experience to taste from the barrels. We purchased a few bottles and really enjoyed them when we came home. The tour ends with Port and chocolates and the disco ball.

7. Dutch Henry - In Calistoga. Small winery and not much of a tasting room but the wines were good.

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I don't feel quite right trying to put them into any kind of ranking, so I'll just list some of our favourites:

Pride Mountain. Far Niente. Barnett. Reverie. O'Brien. Frog's Leap. Schramsberg. Quintessa. Nicholson Ranch. Artesa. Newton.

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