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Mid May Visit to Napa/Sonoma

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Mid May Visit to Napa/Sonoma

My wife and I will be staying at the Embassy Suites in Napa, 3 nites, mid-May. We'd like to visit about 3 - 4 wineries each day, including a Tour, possibly Mondavi. Since we'll only have in reality, one day for Napa and one day for Sonoma, I'd like to get some recommondations for which to include on a "short" list. We like Pinot Noir, Cabs, Merlot, haven't tried Shiraz. Looking for some of the lesser known, but great tasting, at reasonable prices (Less than $25/bottle).

Any ideas for Lunch/Dinner would also be welcome (range - $20 - $35 per)

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1. Re: Mid May Visit to Napa/Sonoma

Welcome to the TA forums, 3Wags

If you drink Napa Valley wines on a regular basis, you should know that finding reds under $25 per bottle is difficult. Some Napa wineries have second labels where they price the wines more reasonably but these are usually wines made from grapes grown in other parts of California. Napa Valley grown wines are more expensive because the grape growing costs are so high.

A lot of wineries produce pinot noir, cabernet and merlot. Shiraz is usually an Australian product but we do have the Syrah here which shares the same parentage.

I would suggest you do the tour at Mondavi, it's one of the best and explains the wine making process quite well. They also have a spectacular barrel room there and beautiful grounds. Another top winery to visit is Inglenook just up the road from Mondavi. It's owned by Francis Coppola and is one of the great old buildings in the Valley. You might also want to visit a sparkling producer. You could visit either Chandon or Mumm. Both make fine wines and you can tour them as well.

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2. Re: Mid May Visit to Napa/Sonoma

For dinner, check

1) Oxbow Market - it has a variety of places to get dinner from - and fun to visit.

http://oxbowpublicmarket.com/

2) In St. Helena, Gotts Roadside Stand is very popular.

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g33000-d34…

3) Also in St. Helena, Goose and Gander is a wonderful upscale place to go - but what is nice is their spread of prices on the menu. Good food; if in the mood for a cocktail, one of the best in the valley.

http://www.goosegander.com/

4) For barbecue in Napa Bounty Hunter

tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g32766-d55…

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3. Re: Mid May Visit to Napa/Sonoma

Thanks for the information regarding Napa Reds; can you tell I don't know anything about Wine?

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4. Re: Mid May Visit to Napa/Sonoma

winespectator.com/wct/…napa-valley-wineries ,http://www.winecountrythisweek.com/ ,Hi ,here are a couple resources,have fun

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