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Napa Valley suggestions (among other things)

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by bydesign77, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    To my respected brethren,

    We are planning a trip to San Francisco during Masters Week. Part of that trip, we'd like to hit the wineries in Napa. It's been a while since I've been there and I went there, I just randomly just hit places. This time, I'd like to be a little more informed and would like some advice from the board on the best places to go.

    In addition, we'd like to see some redwoods, and I can't even begin to decide where to do that!

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Bell Vineyard. http://www.bellwine.com/

    His wife's brother is an oil painter who we feature at the gallery. I've promoted his art a lot the last 3-4 months, so a month ago he gave me a bottle of Syrah from 2007. It was bold and fruity, good.
  3. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    If I could afford it, I'd go to The French Laundry.

    I cannot afford it.
  4. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Redwoods at Muir Woods in Marin County. Beautiful hikes, easy access. Mondavi tour is pretty good I think.
  5. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Have you considered Sonoma? If so, consider this one. It's the oldest family owned winery in California.

    Gundlach Bundschu Winery
    tel. +1 707.938.5277
    2000 Denmark Street
    Sonoma, CA 95476
  6. dieditor

    dieditor Member

    The Napa Valley Wine Train is a hell of a dinner and a great time.
  7. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    We've been to Napa and Sonoma a few times and have a pretty decent sized California red collection.

    In Napa, our favorite places were Grgich Hills, Domaine Chandon (probably the prettiest places that I've visited), Stag's Leap (not Stags' Leap), V. Sattui (a fun place that doesn't sell in stores) . Opus One is so over the top, it might be worth it.
  8. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    As a rule, Napa is over-commercialized and the better tour is in Sonoma.

    If you're in Napa, the Ferrari-Carano winery is a nice stop-in (allegedly a mob winery). And the restaurants along St. Helena Highway are very good -- my personal favorite is Brix.

    Have also heard great things about the Wine Train, a lunchtime-plus tour if you're just into relaxing and seeing the countryside.
  9. Sea Bass

    Sea Bass Well-Known Member

    If you can, eat at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa.
  10. BTExpress

    BTExpress Well-Known Member

    We're planning to go see the redwoods later this year. Pretty much decided to hit the Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile drive through Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
  11. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    I haven't been up there yet. We almost went in November, but we went to San Diego instead.
    I really want to get up there into Northern California. I have yet to be north of Marin, Larkspur, Tiburon.
    I want to go to Redwoods and Lassen Parks.
    And the Bigfoot Museum in Willow Creek.
  12. bydesign77

    bydesign77 Active Member

    Only problem, at least for me, with that suggestion is that, according to Google, that's 5 hours north of SF.

    I didn't want to take an entire day to do it, but it does look like a good place to go.
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