NAPA/SONOMA OCTOBER TRIP – UPDATE #3

In preparation for our trip I had put in a lot of time researching the hundreds of wineries and tasting rooms in Napa and Sonoma.  It was excruciatingly difficult to narrow all the stops I wanted to make down to 4 a day for six days. When at last, I had completed this herculean task of eliminating some great places and arriving at a final list of the 24 chosen ones I came to a startling conclusion…….this isn’t going to work, either. It isn’t going to work because it doesn’t allow time for spontaneity.  It precludes the spur of the moment “let’s stop here, this place looks great.” You just can’t do that when you are on a schedule and afterall, this IS a vacation and should be relaxing. Anyway, I thought I would share the Final 24 with you before it is shredded and a new Final (fewer) list evolves.

TWELVE SONOMA WINERIES TO VISIT

BELLA

THUMBPRINT                ALT CHOICE: BEVAN CELLARS

SIDURI

AUDELSSA

PAUL HOBBS

SOJOURN                    ALT CHOICE: CHATEAU ST. JEAN

MERRY EDWARDS

MAYO (FOOD PAIRING)

 ERNA SCHEIN

JOSEPH SWAN        ALT CHOICE: GLORIA FERRER

PAPAPIETRO PERRY

GUNDLACH-BUNSCHU (PICNIC)

TWELVE NAPA WINERIES TO VISIT

DEL DOTTO

KAPCSANDY             ALT CHOICE: CHAT. MONTELENA

ALPHA-OMEGA       ALT CHOICE: HESS COLLECTION

DAVID ARTHUR

 PHELPS

LARKMEAD              ALT CHOICE: DOMAINE CHANDON

FRANK FAMILY

SHAFER

HOWELL MOUNTAIN

OUTPOST

O’SHAUGHNESSY              ALT CHOICE: NEAL

LADERA

LAMBORN

I’ll be back in a few days with a revised final list that will probably not be the final list, either.

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2 Responses to “NAPA/SONOMA OCTOBER TRIP – UPDATE #3”

  1. Interesting combination of wineries, many of my favorites. I like to think that Bevan Cellars provides a unique experience. Please put your toe in our pond, I promise it will come out purple.

    All the best,
    Russell Bevan

  2. ballymote Says:

    Russell

    Thanks for the invite. We may just bring all 60 of our toes.
    I might point out that I have never had one of your wines and
    you still made the list of “possibles” because of the many GREAT
    things that those who know you and your wines had to say about you
    on the various wine boards. You must be doing something right!

    Keep it up.

    Thanks.

    Frank

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