I am going to be in Napa for three days (July 22-24) staying at Bardessono. Do people have an opinion on the number of wineries you can visit in a day without rushing, as well as how long I should anticipate visits taking?
I am considering some combination of the following wineries (though if you think I’m missing something please let me know). Do people have any thoughts on what order these should go in (I haven’t been to Napa in years and don’t have a great sense how far apart the wineries are)?
Pride - do people think the $75 tour is worth it?
Kapcsandy - if they can match us up with two other people
Finally, does anyone have a car service they liked? Obviously I don’t want to be driving.
RE: the $75 fee at Pride. We thought it was steep, but probably worthwhile. Although a little “prepackaged,” the tour is enjoyable and the views are great. You can (conceptually) recoup some of the price by bringing a nice lunch and picnicking in their area for free, whereas a lot of other places insist you purchase one of their bottles to use their picnic space.
Spring Mountain in general can make for a good day of tasting. We enjoyed Erna Schein and, for a good off-the-beaten path tasting experience, get ahold of Pete at Ritchie Creek.
Thanks! I saw that thread and was thinking of chiming-in. I have 3 other folks with me (one being my wife who doesn’t drink wine). So I suspect I’ll be on a fairly short chain, but would love to try to drop in before of after dinner to meet everyone and share a glass. We’re staying in downtown Napa and having dinner at Oenotri that evening, so will be nearby on both counts. I’ll try to make it over, thanks for the invite!
Re: car service, I recommend David Rasmussen and Eclectic Tours http://www.eclectictour.com/index.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;. We used his service a few years ago and it was excellent.