I'm heading to Napa Valley in a couple weeks and looking for some recommendations on where to visit, what to do and who to drink. If anyone can lend a hand, I would greatly appreciate it.
For the record, I will be traveling there for vacation, with my girlfriend.
Clos Pegase makes some very nice wine. I also like Stags' Leap.
here is a very nice bike shop to stop at
I was there about a month ago and visited Castello di Amorosa, I would highly recommend that if you enjoy architecture or photography. It is not only a winery tour, but also a tour of a magnificent castle. I am an amateur photographer, but I took almost 200 pictures within a few hours of being there...AWESOME place!
Skip Napa and enjoy Sonoma- better (i.e.,Less snooty and self-important) variety of industries and sights- not just wineries. There are, of course, plenty of wineries to visit. Sonoma also has one of the famous California Missions and is the home of the Bear Republic. More affordable restaurant offerings as well, with offerings that run the range from genuine Taquerias to Five Star- rated restaurants!
I think they have cycling tours in Napa. Just be careful not to get too woozy while trying to ride from winery to winery. :)
it all depends on what varietals and styles you like. if you love
pinot noir, zinfandel or chardonnay, you'll likely be better off
in sonoma. in napa, where ripeness of fruit reigns, cabernet is king.
sonoma wines tend to be earthier and more mineralesque. of course
there are exceptions. sonoma cabernets tend to be brusque with
the exception of rafanelli and laurel glen. storybook mtn. makes
old-school, fantastic zins in napa. napa chards tend to be over-oaked
with some exceptions (long, patz & hall, shafer red shoulder ranch
come to mind). merlot is just a nice blending grape in any region.
peter michael & diamond creek (both ultra-pricey
but worth it-unlike many of the johnny come latelies) both straddle
the sonoma/napa divide of the mayacamas mtns. and get the best
of both worlds. regardless of where you end up, my recommendation
is not to schedule/attend more than 2 tasting rooms a day. most
untrained palates can't handle more than that. there are excellent
restaurants in both regions. sonoma is a little more broken-up
as a region and takes a little longer to get anywhere whereas napa
is basically a simple north/south valley but has more traffic.
Originally Posted by RedRider2009
A beautiful castle, take the self guided tour.
Rent a bicycle and tour the wineries. Great way to spend the day.
In Napa Valley, almost to Calistoga is http://www.schramsberg.com/ it was off the beaten trail but the most fun of all the many places we visited about 5 years ago. Hand dug 100 year old tunnels full of mold on the walls. Might need to make reservations for tasting.....