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Day trip from Nob Hill in San Francisco to Napa

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Day trip from Nob Hill in San Francisco to Napa

We will rent a car for the day. How many wineries can we realistically expect to see, or get tastings from? Which do you suggest?

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1. Re: Day trip from Nob Hill in San Francisco to Napa

What type of wines do you favor? And if you are planning to purchase, whats your price range per bottle? Also, are you interested in touring wineries and/or picniking there, or just hitting the tasting rooms? This will help people make better recommendations for you. Also, do you prefer well-known wineries or smaller, lesser-known places?

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If you are planning to drive up and back in one day and do tastings, you should be aware that California's laws on driving under the influence are very strict.

Please go to the top right of this screen and read this Top Question.

>>>How do I taste wine? (without getting snockered! :)<<<

There is also a Top Question about where to find free tastings.

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We are 6 adults, one being the designated driver. Our tastes range from Merlot to whites. We would like to tour at least one vineyard, and have tastings at a few others.

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Good planning. Have a wonderful trip. Napa people will be along to recommend wineries in that region. I prefer to do my tasting at the wineries rather than "tasting rooms" in town. You get a better feel for the grapes.

Edited: 25 March 2014, 00:43
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5. Re: Day trip from Nob Hill in San Francisco to Napa

What is nice is to do 3 to 4 tastings and one tour and one lunch break.....

Its good to decide in advance which wineries you would like to see.

Its also nice to know your budget for the day as some tastings can be quite pricey - Sonoma is a little less so.

There are so many wineries coming up with one itinerary is impossible - as there are so many good ones.

But with a designated driver here is one (and then change all the names of the wineries if you so wish.

Wineries are generally open starting about 10:00 and closing between 4:00 and 5:00 (note - some of the wineries do stay open till 6:00).

Get up and drive so you arrive at Sterling Winery at 10:00 - this winery has nice views; there is a very short (almost comical) chair lift to the top of the hill. Comical as most chair lifts we have here are for skiing and thus much longer.

www.sterlingvineyards.com/age_gateway…

(Note: Its good to get here early so you do not need to wait in line.

After Sterling, stop by Beringer and do the reserve tasting - this is a historic winery and the reserve house is enjoyable to taste at. (Note: You might even decide to do your tour here - they do a nice seated tasting).

http://www.beringer.com/index.cfm

Then its time for lunch. V. Sattui winery has a reasonable deli on site so its a popular place to have a picnic lunch. There are also a lot of picnic tables (they know how to manage the number of people who like this place as a lunch stop.)

www.vsattui.com/Napa-Tasting-Room---Winery

After lunch, stop for some more small bites at a smaller but nice winery - Sinsky. They do a nice wine tasting and will explain how wine tastes good with which foods. (Note: They also do a stellar farm to table experience which you could do as a tour - they have a cave; they will serve you lunch as part of the visit).

http://www.robertsinskey.com/

Afterwards learn about barrel tasting and do the tasting at Del Dotto - they have two locations and either are good. They will take you as part of this through a winery tour.

http://www.deldottovineyards.com

Now time for a water break after visiting here - perhaps visit Oxbow Market

http://oxbowpublicmarket.com/

and then plan for dinner at a nice restaurant - so many - perhaps Celadon

and back to San Francisco.

http://www.celadonnapa.com/

So this gives you a day with a view; a historic view of Napa Valley if you go to Beringer; a nice picnic lunch at a popular winery; a fun food and wine experience; and barrel tasting and a tour of a winery.

Now fill free to put in the winery names you want to explore.

A few to look at are:

1) Round Pond - does an amazing olive oil tasting and wine experience that with the foods they serve with the olive oil can be a substitute for lunch.

http://www.roundpond.com/

2) Mondavi

I do not like the tasting here, but the tour is one of the best for first timers to Napa valley as they explain the different appelations (growing regions) in the valley and how grapes grow, and have a nice tasting.

http://www.roundpond.com/

3) Mumm

If you happen to be a bubbling wine lover, this is a good place to go late in the day. Enjoy sitting outside, soak in the views (as good as Sterling in my opinion) and enjoy a seated wine tasting and perhaps order a cheese plate to go with. We usually go for the top tasting here as its so relaxing after a day in Napa Valley.

I usually put at the end of the day.

http://www.mummnapa.com/

A web site to do your own exploring is:

http://napavalley.com/wineries/

There are others. And do pick up the free magazines for more information when you arrive in Napa Valley - they will tell you more about what is going on, etc.

Now - is there so many great wineries you could skip all on this list...absolutely....

and no one can tell you which ones are the top 5 (there are so many with unique wineries and good wine...

it makes for a delightful repeat trip for many locals - i

Have fun.

Edited: 25 March 2014, 02:31
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6. Re: Day trip from Nob Hill in San Francisco to Napa

Sonoma Valley is an option too. Good Merlot can be found there. Benziger Winery has a fun tour of its biodynamic vineyards.

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7. Re: Day trip from Nob Hill in San Francisco to Napa

OMG; this is wonderful!!!

These options look like they will appeal to our group.

'can't thank you enough....these Cajuns can't wait to hit California!

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