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cajunbuck
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Napa Valley... must do/see?
Heading there with family memorial weekend. I admittedly have zero knowledge, and could care less where we went just being with family is good... but... while there... is there anything that i need to make sure we do?


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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
What wineries are on your list already? There are so many and you can't really go wrong.

My 2 favorite things were the the Sterling winery tasting (platinum package with the food pairing ~85/person, worth it) and dinner at Ad Hoc (get reservations ahead of time)

If you are going for the wine tours, consider staying north of Napa itself. All the wineries are north and you won't have to drive as much.


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Use the Search on here. You’ll learn more than you’ll ever want to know.





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cajunbuck
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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
Rutherford Wine Co. (Vocus on Scott Family Estate red wines)
Sterling Vineyards Winery Tour and Tasting
Mumm NAPA Wine Tasting
Ledson Winery
Benziger Family Winery
Lunch (location TBA) with Bryan Del Bondio - former President of Markham Winery
Private tour of Markham Winery


CoachChappy
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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
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is there anything that i need to make sure we do?


Search function- We have had multiple threads on this lately.


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HoustonGumbeauxGuy
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Feast your eyes HERE



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cajunbuck
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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
sorry. did not search. got the message. disregard my stupid thread


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It's all good. Go through those threads and post back with more questions.

What type of wine do you like and what's a price point you're comfortable with? There are hundreds of vineyards out there and most of them have a quality product at varying price points.

Realize that for nearly every good vineyard you can't just walk in. You're going to need an appointment. When scheduling you may think that you can hit 4 vineyards in a day but it really isn't a realistic number. The wines begin to taste the same and around day three you'll realize that your schedule was much too ambitious.

Start with a focus on tasting whites early and reds late in the day. Enjoy!

Oh, eat lunch at Gott's Roadside one day.
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cajunbuck
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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
to be honest, I'm not a wine guy at all, but this is what they chose for family vaca, so I'm happy regardless. the ones i listed above is what we have on the itinerary at this point, and there was an option to drive up to SF one day, and actually after reading, i think is a fantastic idea.


VABuckeye
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How old are the kids? Vineyards will get tiresome for them in a hurry.

You can do a balloon ride across the valley depending on when you're there. San Francisco for a day could be fun but it also is a hike to get there.


cajunbuck
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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
no kids... lol all plenty grown adults. yea, i saw the balloon ride and thought it might be cool.
looks like from what they are saying is about 1.5 hour drive which i guess aint too bad. on these family trips I'm just kinda along for the ride so to speak. ha!


Dayman
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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
Went on my honeymoon in june. One fun activity is a wine blending class at Judds Hill. Not the best wine, but the experience is well worth the price. Learn, laugh, create your own blend, and head home with four bottles of your personally blended wine.

Downtown napa is pretty worthless. As another poster said, north of napa (St. Helena, Calistoga) is a more worthwile area.

Tour some big wineries to see mass production, and some family vineyards to see the other side.

We had a nice dinner at Bistro Don Giovanni. Gotts roadside and V. Sattui are go to spots for lunch.


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Rutherford Wine Co. (Vocus on Scott Family Estate red wines)
Sterling Vineyards Winery Tour and Tasting
Mumm NAPA Wine Tasting
Ledson Winery
Benziger Family Winery
Lunch (location TBA) with Bryan Del Bondio - former President of Markham Winery
Private tour of Markham Winery


How many days are you going? You won't want to do more than 3 or so a day. 4 max.


TH03
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Downtown napa is pretty worthless


Some good restaurants down there. And if you like beer, Billco's has a huge tap wall and tons of darts and pool tables. It's a fun dive bar.


CoachChappy
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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
Hog Island Oyster Co opened a restaurant there recently.


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cajunbuck
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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
arrive friday may 24, depart tuesday may 28

im kind of along for the ride, so the planning and itinerary they are doing, but have asked for suggestions from any of us. I figured id do a little learning as to what to expect etc.

Ill have to try and locate Billcos, as I'm def more of a beer guy


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Majtj236
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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
I've done Napa and Sonoma multiple times and I'd say two days of wineries (3-4 per day) is more than enough. Consider a side trip and go see the redwood forest at Muir Woods (its on your way from SFO to Napa) or if your looking for fun exercise, go bike riding across the Golden Gate.


If you can get away from the women consider golf at Half Moon Bay. It looks and feels like Pebble Beach but at half the price and is due west of the SFO airport so you could head over there after you land.



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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
Lunch or Dinner at RUSTIC at the Coppola Winery. Order the steak and a bottle Archemedies.


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ericberryistheman
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re: Napa Valley... must do/see?
Impossible to say on the info you have given. I can say that most of the advice In The first 18 posts is complete garbage. There are great restaurants, fantastic wineries,and fun outdoor activities in the area. Without more information about your likes, hard to give advice.


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