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    Wine tour

    by Agraichen Updated Apr 14, 2013

    Favorite thing: While Napa is the "location" it is not really the "address" of many wineries in the local vacinity. In fact many of the local "towns" dont really make a presence on the map. this is great for exploring as you may think you're in one "town" only to find out you are not...

    so..it goes..with finding St. Helena in VT...Wonderful place that used to be "no where" and is now "somewhere" on the map....but still a slow ride traffic-wise as 25 MPH is the most you'll achieve on a busy day.

    Fondest memory: Downtown walking....still the small town feel.

    Rombauer Winery...a bit out of the way on a hill, but great art and even better wine. Check in with Retail manager Jim Kozier...

    the entance to the winery has a great "bull" statue (see below)..

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    Different Grape Varieties

    by machomikemd Written Apr 23, 2012

    Favorite thing: The Napa Valley area being a center of Viniculture, has an assortment of Grape varieties suitable for wine making hence you would see different kinds of grapes with different kind of textures and sizes around the huge grape plantations along the Napa Valley, Sonoma and Carneros Areas. Each grape variety has its own unique combination of characteristics including color, size, skin thickness, acidity, yield per vine and flavors. Only a few grape varieties are suited to produce fine quality wine. The Napa valley has several microclimate areas beginning at San Pablo Bay up to beyond Calistoga that are conducive to produce fine quality wine. only a few grapes have distinguished themselves as being particulary suited for the production of fine wine. These 'noble grape varieties' must still be matched with the right micro-climate and winemaking techniques in order to live up to their potential hence the popularity of Napa Valley Wines, due to these micro climates which mirrors the mediterranean climate.

    huge grape areas grape wine making varietals more grapes more wine grapes my kid brother, a budding wine connosieur
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    Picnic at the V. Satui Winery

    by machomikemd Written Apr 21, 2012

    Favorite thing: Due to It's Large Picnic Grounds and and it sits just across the Saint Helena Road, the V. Satui Winery is famous for picnics on a budget. Why? since the picnic area is just around the wine trail and you don't need a wine tour to get access to the picnic area. You just have to buy the to go items inside like the wines and the cheeses and pastas and more and viola! instant picnic. the tables and chairs in the picnic area is free to patrons and is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday and is FREE to guests! but they don't allow you to bring items bought from outside.

    it is nice to picnic along the shades of trees with the scent and scene of grapes all around.

    Fondest memory: The V. Sattui Winery, just beside the Saint Helena Highway is a destination by itself. This wine store, Italian market place and mini foot stall cum wine tasting and souvernir store plus picnic garden and wedding destination, is a brainchild of the 5th generation vitner Dario Sattui (he also owns the bigger Castello Di Amorosa in Calistoga, a few miles north of the V. Sattui Winery, see my tips there). This is easily one of the more popular destinations in the whole Napa Valler Area since it is packed full of people everyday.

    Address: 1111 White Lane St. Helena, CA 94574
    Directions: 1111 White Lane St. Helena, CA 94574
    Phone: (707) 963-7774
    Website: http://www.vsattui.com/

    to the picnic area huge area getting off the car picnic anyone? to V. Sattui
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  • Must visit wineries in Napa

    by JaneSF Updated May 12, 2009

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    Favorite thing: My favorites are Artesa it is simply a gorgeous gorgeous winery. Sterling is another one, there is nothing else like it. You will love their sky trams. Bouchaine and Domaine Carneros in the Carneros region are also great finds. V. Sattui is great for picnic etc. HALL two tasting room, one is Ruthefor for very upscall experience and the other in St. Helena for walk-ins. One of my favorites recently is Castello di Amorosa, its an exact replica of a castle with torture chamber etc. But before going I often print FREE tasting offers from a website www.econcierges.com they also have discounts on spas, hotels and restaurants. Reviews and videos are also great to help you decide. In this economy I want to save every possible way i can by not paying tasting fees. Healdsburg in Sonoma County is another area which you can visit and will love it.

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  • Must visit wineries in Napa

    by JaneSF Written May 12, 2009

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    Favorite thing: My favorites are Artesa it is simply a gorgeous gorgeous winery. Sterling is another one, there is nothing else like it. You will love their sky trams. Bouchaine and Domaine Carneros in the Carneros region are also great finds. V. Sattui is great for picnic etc. HALL two tasting room, one is Ruthefor for very upscall experience and the other in St. Helena for walk-ins. One of my favorites recently is Castello di Amorosa, its an exact replica of a castle with torture chamber etc. But before going I often print FREE tasting offers from a website www.econcierges.com they also have discounts on spas, hotels and restaurants. Reviews and videos are also great to help you decide. In this economy I want to save every possible way i can by not paying tasting fees. Healdsburg in Sonoma County is another area which you can visit and will love it.

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    Wine Tasting in the Napa Valley

    by sue_stone Updated Oct 23, 2008

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    Favorite thing: The Napa Valley is filled with wineries which are mostly open to the public for wine tasting and sales. For some of the wineries you do need to book ahead, but there are plenty that you can just arrive at and taste (and purchase) their latest vintages.

    Most of the wine tasting I had done prior to my visit to California was in Australia, and over there you pretty much just turn up and taste for free. But in the Napa Valley it seems most wineries charge for a tasting - you pay a set price for a set number of small tastes.

    I actually didn't mind the fee for tasting as I felt this helped to alleviate the feeling that you should buy something after tasting for free. And better still, some of the wineries will waive the tasting fee if you buy a bottle or two.

    For the wine novice, some of the wineries offer tours. These will get you out in the vineyards and also teach you about the wine making process, finishing in the cellar for a peek at the final product.

    Fondest memory: Some of the wineries have picnic areas, so after your tasting you can sample one of your purchases, enjoyed with perhaps some cheese and biscuits, also purchased from the winery, or other food you have brought with you.

    Napa grapes
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    V MARKETPLACE "Vintage 1870"

    by travelgourmet Updated May 14, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Once a winery, now a shopping complex, right in the heart of Napa Valley in Yountville. The former Groezinger Estate, the 135 year old building now houses many boutique and art shops. See my V Marketplace travelogue as well as the V Marketplace website. Formerly named "Vintage 1870".

    Fondest memory: Strolling the paths around vMARKETPLACE 1870, enjoying the buildings and statues that abound.

    BRICK UPON BRICK ENTRY
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    Wine Tasting

    by windoweb Written Dec 27, 2007

    Favorite thing: Of course - wine tasting in Napa Valley is fun and informative. We learned about the region while sampling some great wine.

    Fondest memory: Spending time with our group at the wineries made the experience more interesting.

    Steriling Winery
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    Share your tastings

    by GracesTrips Written Jun 5, 2007

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    Favorite thing: There is nothing wrong with paying for 1 tasting amongst two people. You really need to pace yourself if you plan to do this all day long. Plus, you just want a "taste". Otherwise, drinking too much wine after a while, all the wines start to taste the same.

    Napa has a lot to offer during the day! Make the most of it. A number of quaint shops are here and there. You should stop in. The only thing I didn't get to do on my list was visit the Bouchon Bakery. I would have loved to pick up some pastries!

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    Shipping wine back home - 2006 update

    by Herkbert Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Since the option of carrying wine back with you in your carry-on luggage has been eliminated, you'll really need to think about shipping the wine you buy back home.

    If you are in a state that allows it, the wineries will be happy to ship your wine purchases back home for you.

    If you are only picking up a bottle every here and there, you'll need to go to a UPS Store or one of several other shipping locations. They will help you box up your wines and send them home. It will cost about $90 to ship a case of wine using 2 day air, less if you send it via ground delivery, but you'll need to consider temperatures so you don't cook your wine.

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    Shipping wines back home

    by Herkbert Updated Sep 22, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Know the laws of your state when purchasing wines and shipping them back home. Some states do not allow wineries to direct ship or have made rules that keep some smaller wineries from shipping to them.

    Here's a handy website to help you with the rules: http://freethegrapes.com/

    Lots of bottles at Plumpjack Winery
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    Sideways - a wine road movie...

    by Tripack Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Favorite thing: An entertaining movie write by Alexander Payne about the Napa Valley.
    A must to see before or after your wine tasting.

    A wine tasting road trip to salute Jack's (Thomas Haden Church) final days as a bachelor careens woefully sideways as he and Miles (Paul Giamatti) hit the gas en route to mid-life crises. The comically mismatched pair, who share little more than their history and a heady blend of failed potential and fading youth, soon find themselves drowning in wine and women - Stephanie (Sandra Oh) and Maya (Virginia Madsen). Emerging from a haze of pinot noir, wistful yearnings and trepidation about the future, the two inevitably collide with reality.

    Sideways

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    Don't taste what you drink at home..

    by Herkbert Updated May 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Be adventurous when cruising through the valley. If there is a wine that you just love, stop by and visit the winery and have some fun. Then go and try a few places you've never heard of. The tasting rooms are a great place to experiment and learn about wines. Some wineries have special wines or blends that are only available when you visit, so take advantage of all of their offerings.

    If you normally drink Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, try some Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Mourvedre, Syrah, Sangiovese or any of the other red varietals available.

    The same goes for you white wine drinkers. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are great wines, but try something you've not had before such as Pinot Gris, Colombard or Chenin Blanc.

    Search the vines for a different wine!
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    Wineries do charge for tastings.

    by Herkbert Written May 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Many of the wineries you'll visit will have a tasting fee of anywhere from $5 to $40. Most will not charge you or will deduct your fee from any wine purchases you make, but not in all cases.

    For example: Peju makes great wines that are only available through the winery. Their fee is $5.00. Silver Oak charges $10 and you keep your glass. On the other hand, a tasting at Opus will set you back $25. Only you can decide if it is worth it.

    Silver Oak Winery Opus tasting Peju Winery
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    Best time to visit.

    by Herkbert Written May 6, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you are planning a Napa holiday, consider visiting in autumn during the harvest and crush. This could be anywhere from late August to early October depending on the weather. You'll be paying peak rates, waiting for restaurant reservations, and mingling with many more people, but it is truly worth it.

    The smell of the freshly picked grapes permeates the air, and everywhere you go you see the hustle and hard work that goes into your favorite wines.

    Grapes awaiting crushing at Cardinale. Chateau Montelena - post crush photo Chateau Montelena - Surprise!
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