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Austin Egghead said:
Status Winery in St Helena. If you like after diner wines their Madera is the best! Cake bread winery good one too.
this is really cool. Heard a lot of winery's that we have been to and also enjoyed - Heard a lot of winery's that we have not been too but are now on our list.
There are so many options - well, we will work our way through as many as we can.
Finishing up at the office. Dinner in town tonight - then flying out to the Valley.
Thanks all for the recommendations and ideas. Will raise a glass to you at our first tasting...
So many people chimed in - offered suggestions - I need to report the results.
Friday was at Stags Leap, Caymus, and Round Pond.
First two were ok - not wild about them. But it was early in the trip. We had said we would not go back where we had been before - however, leaving caymus, drove by Round Pond and pulled in. Just good energy there I guess. Went in, they welcomed us without reservations and we spent and hour or so tasting wine. Left with a carton of favorites. Love that place.
Saturday we started in the morning. First stop was Domain Carneros. Stayed 20 minutes, view was wonderful, gardens fantastic -- wine was so so. Had seen Cuvaison across the road, told our driver to take us over there.
Loved it. Had the wines previously - once again - no reservations - walk up - they welcomed us and we spent an hour tasting and buying. Went to another near by place (Artemis??? was for the architecture - nice view) - then off to lunch.
After lunch, Joseph Phelps. Really liked this place. Felt their Cab's were comparable to Jordan ( which we love) but at 2/3 the price point.
The concierge had booked us at this castle tour - castello di Amorosa. Our driver said after a couple of hours - he didn't really think we would like it for a 90 minute tasting and tour. HE was right. We drove up there - got out of the car walked around for 15 minutes saw the castle and left. When you are driving in and they have people in the driveway for crowd control - there might be an issue. I think there was a 1000 people there.
From there we went to Failla. Was more or less a house, we sat in the living room and talked about wine for an hour. WOW. YEs WOW. A must see in Napa.
Left there and went to Revana. Once again - WOW. Their Cab is over the top. Pricy wine - 200 a bottle range - but WOW.
Friday afternoon and Sat we tasted some really good wine. Shipped home 30 some odd bottles I think.
Couple of observations for anyone visiting Napa soon.
Ate at Bottega Friday night. Was ok, could take you to 5 places in DFW with better food. Not bad, but not memorable.
Stayed at bardessono in Yountville - yeah - this place rocks. Back there in a heartbeat. Loved it.
Reservations at winery's for tastings. Our driver had a great tip, walk in with out a reservation and say " had one of your wines at dinner last night, thought we had to buy some before we left the area" - yeah - you are golden at that point.
In Yountville - Thomas Keller has a bakery - Buchon. Walk up in the morning, pastry and coffee. They have a crème brulee donut. Oh yes, I think it was an orgasmic experience.
French Laundry was closed that week - so nothing there for us.
Mustards - fifth or sixth time we have eaten there, better every time.
Great trip - love the area.
Thank you for all your input and help with planning our activities.