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
THUMBPRINT ALT CHOICE: BEVAN CELLARS
SOJOURN ALT CHOICE: CHATEAU ST. JEAN
MAYO (FOOD PAIRING)
JOSEPH SWAN ALT CHOICE: GLORIA FERRER
TWELVE NAPA WINERIES TO VISIT
KAPCSANDY ALT CHOICE: CHAT. MONTELENA
ALPHA-OMEGA ALT CHOICE: HESS COLLECTION
LARKMEAD ALT CHOICE: DOMAINE CHANDON
O’SHAUGHNESSY ALT CHOICE: NEAL
I’ll be back in a few days with a revised final list that will probably not be the final list, either.