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Coach Yo
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New Orleans
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re: Napa winery recommendations
Venge...small winery...great wines


La Squared
Southwest LA
Member since Feb 2012
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re: Napa winery recommendations
Was scheduled for Silver Oak last time but it was the middle of a heat wave and the outdoor set up didn’t look that comfortable (we had just got done sweating our butts off at Hall) so we cancelled and did Saddleback instead. We did Joseph Phelps last time as well and really weren’t that impressed with them.


La Squared
Southwest LA
Member since Feb 2012
300 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
Prefer the better tasting stuff but we try to balance out the trips with a little scenery and a little of the good stuff. Like to mix it up as well between big producers and some of the smaller boutique operators.


PolarPop5
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Baton Rouge, La
Member since Aug 2017
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re: Napa winery recommendations
If you weren’t impressed with Joseph Phelps I’d love to hear who you were impressed with.

Nm didn’t see you were OP
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re: Napa winery recommendations
Jarvis


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La Squared
Southwest LA
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300 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
We usually stay in Napa and do breakfast at Model over by Oxbow. Have gone to Bouchon Bakery in Yountville and have convinced the group that we will try to get reservations at French Laundry this go around.


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La Squared
Southwest LA
Member since Feb 2012
300 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
I think it was a combination of it being miserably hot and not really hitting it off with our hostess. They had the misting fans out there but it didn’t really help make the experience that enjoyable. The hostess was working 2 groups and didn’t seem to into being there that day.


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Browndog
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re: Napa winery recommendations
Venge is great. FYI, you need a reservation to do a tasting.
Nickel & Nickel
Far Niente
Cave tour at Schramsberg is one of the cooler things I have done there.

Personally we enjoy the smaller places to the bigger commercial stuff, but will do both.

Look at William Harrison, great wine and some of the nicest people you could meet. Every time we have gone Mr. Bill has sat and tasted with us.


drockw1
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re: Napa winery recommendations
Chase is near St. Helena and is off the beaten path...exceptional Zins


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ruzil
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Baton Rouge
Member since Feb 2012
14751 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
Two of my favorites are Repris and Caspar. Great wines, off the beaten path, and beautiful views. Appt only.

Far Niente and Gundlach Bundshu are also very nice as well.

Have a great trip.


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Dire Wolf
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re: Napa winery recommendations
quote:

Cave tour at Schramsberg is one of the cooler things I have done there.

Exactly what I was going to recommend. I wasn’t big on sparkling wine until that tour, everything they had was great. The tour itself was one of the few worth the extra time.

I would highly recommend getting a driver one day
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Panny Crickets
LSU Fan
Fort Worth, TX
Member since Sep 2008
4697 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
Here goes. These are all appt only and some you'll need to know a member/allocation holder. Work with your concierge and/or driver ASAP if you'd like to get in.

View and great juice:

Vineyard 7 & 8 (ask if they have rose of CS; if so, you'll want to buy some)
Shafer
Fisher
Bond
Kenzo
Brand

Great juice (none of these have bad views, just not known for them):

Morlet (pound for pound, Luc Morlet makes the best wine in Napa Valley IMO)
Dana Estates
Vineyard 29
Caldwell (I would only do this one if you can confirm that John Caldwell "JFC" will host your tasting. If so, do it in the afternoon and make sure you have a driver. It's a f*cking riot)

Second previous recs on:

Schramsberg--cave tour is pretty cool and educational. Don't sleep on their red wines (J. Davies/Davies)
Nickel and Nickel
Quintessa
You'll really enjoy Pride

Have to agree with whoever said not impressed with Joseph Phelps. Love their wines, but the 2 times I've been the staff is just...off. No need for me to ever go back.

Have a damn blast!






Clint Torres
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Member since Oct 2011
2057 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
Highly recommend Jarvis; unique property and experience; phenomenal wines


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La Squared
Southwest LA
Member since Feb 2012
300 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
We have a driver that we use and reached out as soon as we agreed on travel dates. Awesome guy.


VABuckeye
Ohio State Fan
Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
28813 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
If you want to get away from the cab, cab, cab that can be Napa Valley David Fulton has a petite syrah that is to die for.


La Squared
Southwest LA
Member since Feb 2012
300 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
Sorry, fat fingered and downvoted your post.

Thank you all for the suggestions. I like to hear about wineries that aren’t as popular but put out great product (that’s how we got hooked up with Amizetta).


oreeg
New Orleans Saints Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Mar 2006
4987 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
Caldwell

Got to drink wine at a table in a cave for 2 hours with the owner, John Caldwell. He is a legend in Napa and has the greatest stories about how he got into the wine business.


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Hou_Lawyer
Rice Fan
Houston, TX
Member since Jun 2019
802 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
Pride
Viader
Joseph Phelps
Schweiger



Dire Wolf
Houston Astros Fan
bawcomville
Member since Sep 2008
29810 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
Be sure to go to model bakery and get these muffins



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VABuckeye
Ohio State Fan
Oak Hill, VA
Member since Dec 2007
28813 posts

re: Napa winery recommendations
quote:

I like to hear about wineries that aren’t as popular but put out great product


Smith-Madrone and David Fulton would fit that to a tee. I’m the same way. I like to find the little guy who puts out a great product.


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