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kay7683 Jul 19th, 2007 05:50 PM

Napa Valley Winery?
What is the best winery to take a tour? Any other suggestions for wineries to visit? I'd say about three in one day? Thanks for the suggestions!

TahitiTams Jul 19th, 2007 06:37 PM

I went to my favorites..
Silver Oak
Joseph Phelps

They all were different and quite wonderful!

otto Jul 20th, 2007 08:34 AM

chateau montelana. not sure which is better...the atmosphere, or the wine!

MerryTravel Jul 20th, 2007 08:37 AM

The Jarvis tour is very different and very well done. The wine is good, too!

ardeisfka Jul 20th, 2007 08:44 AM

By far one of the most light-hearted and entertaining tours I've ever done was at Frog's Leap. Everything from the label to the winemaker's bio has a humorous story behind it. And the wines are definitely above average!!

Does require an appointment but it can be fit in without difficulty. Be sure to get an address and directions if you go as the winery is not well marked I think as a way to discourage guests without appointments.


ardeisfka Jul 20th, 2007 08:45 AM

Sorry, but being a winegeek means you never can get everything you want to say about wine into a single thought!

Certainly YES on Rombauer, and Phelps. I also liked the tour and friendly people at CHimney Rock, so much so, we joined their wine club.

AntInNewYork Jul 20th, 2007 11:11 AM

My vote is for the Rubicon Estate (old Niebaum-Coppola). I also enjoyed Robert Sinskey, although it's a bit more laid-back than some.

amydelta Jul 20th, 2007 11:25 AM

Does anyone know anything about the Swanson winery?

tcreath Jul 20th, 2007 11:29 AM

We liked Peju Province the best.


kay7683 Jul 20th, 2007 12:15 PM

Frog's Leap sounds right up our alley. Anyone else heard anything about it?

elnap29 Jul 20th, 2007 01:14 PM

My vote is for Peju in Rutherford. Ask for the Yodelmeister! Great wine, too, especially the cab. Beautiful gardens/fountains/etc.
No appt. needed at Peju; they take you in groups and it's fun. I'd book a tour at Schramsburg - lots of history there and fab sparkling wine. Chateau Monthelena also has great history and lovely grounds.

LLindaC Jul 20th, 2007 02:34 PM

I vote for Hess. Incredible drive, gorgeous grounds, amazing art gallery and fun tasting room with friendly folks and affordable wines.

Otis_B_Driftwood Jul 24th, 2007 12:55 PM

If you haven't been to a winery before, you might consider taking one of the comprehensive tours at Robert Mondavi and Domaine Chandon. These are world famous wine companies and their tours are also famous.

After that, visit some of the smaller gems. I am partial to Hess and Frog's Leap. Silver Oak, Rombauer, Stags Leap, Grgich Hills, Clos du Val, Schramsberg, Sinskey, Chateau Montelena are just a few of the many excellent wineries renowned for their wines.

Peju Province in my mind in one of the hokier places and their wines are not considered on the same plane as the others.

wyoming_gal Jul 24th, 2007 01:59 PM

My daughter and I used Platypus Tours in mid-April. They are a small tour company, and only go to small wineries. Their tour included a picnic lunch at one of the wineries, which was wonderful! It was a day-long tour, on a small bus. We went to 5 different places, and tasted at each one! That's the advantage of the bus - you don't have to drive. We saw wineries that you wouldn't even know were there! We also toured Frogs Leap on our own, and it was great - lots of fun. You do need an appointment, but we called and they fit us in with another group.

elnap29 Jul 28th, 2007 10:37 AM

Hmmm....Otis B - Are Wine Spectator, Wine & Spirits, and the other trade publications mistaken about Peju? Oh, each his own. I think it is a lovely place and the cabs delicious.
All places suggested in this thread are worth a visit.

dolphin7 Jul 28th, 2007 08:03 PM

I would also say Frog's Leap. Check out their charming website.

slangevar Jul 29th, 2007 02:57 AM

Another vote for Frog's Leap... it's a magical tour.

I think Jordan is in Sonoma, but its tour is also gorgeous. Some of the most beautiful grounds and wonderful wine in the region (reservation needed).

And nearby is J, my personal favorite. No reservation needed there, but you do need a small appetite as they pair their excellent wines with food. It's the first time I really appreciated what a huge difference the right pairing can make.

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