My wife and I are planning a trip to Napa from 17 to 19 December 2018. We are based in Asia, and I don’t get to travel often because of my work. So this trip is sort of a special one for us.
Here is our current tentative itinerary, which I have put together after having looked at the many helpful posts on this subject on the board and speaking to some friends who have been to Napa recently. This will be our first time in Napa.
We’ll be staying at the Vineyard Country Inn in St Helena.
Any suggestions, advice, or comments would be very much appreciated. Many thanks!
On a related note, I suspect that we might end up buying more wine than we can feasibly pack into our check-in luggage. Does anyone know if there are companies in Napa who will ship our wine back home (to Asia) for us?
17 December 2018
Drive up to Napa from SF
Lunch @ Oakville Grocery
3pm with Lokoya (confirmed)
Dinner @ Ad Hoc [We have seen mixed reviews of Ad Hoc online. Are there other restaurants you would recommend?]
18 December 2018
We hope to taste: Corison, Alpha Omega (no reservations confirmed yet)
Lunch @ Auberge
Dinner @ Bistro Jeanty
19 December 2018
11am with Myriad (confirmed)
Lunch @ Solbar
4pm with Failla (unconfirmed)
Dinner @ Farmstead
20 December 2018
One last tasting before lunch: [Any suggestions? I was thinking of trying Blankiet, but I was also wondering if Ovid or Promontory would be worth visiting. I’ve seen a few positive reviews on this board and heard some good things from friends.]
Seems good focused which is great. Dinner: would u want fancy? Restaurant @ Meadowood is pretty amazing. I think they might have their “12 days of Christmas” theme going on during your days but u can investigate.
Ovid is expensive but very well made wine, sort of mid-way between restrained and fruit bomb. The site and views are great and the people are very nice. I’ve been up there twice and it’s pretty memorable.
Timing wise it looks like a very good, leisurely itinerary. Many people try to cram too much into each day, I think you’re doing it the right way. I would recommend Bistro Jeanty for dinner, but Ad Hoc is good. The difference is that Ad Hoc has a single fixed menu for the day, you just have to hope it’s something you like.
For my 2 cts, I can’t eat that much. Having a full sit down lunch and dinner every day would be way too much. I’d just grab some snacks, put in an extra tasting, and then after things are closed, have a nice dinner. And if you’ve never been to Napa, try some of the original places - Beringer, BV, Mondavi, etc.
We have always enjoyed Ad Hoc whenever we have dined there. You may certainly look at their posted menu online on that day and choose to go somewhere else instead, if the menu doesn’t sound good to you.
Addendum, as mentioned above, won’t be open in December, since it is outdoors. You list Oxbow Market as an alternative, but you may also consider the Restaurant at CIA Copia, which shares the parking lot with Oxbow Market.
Thanks everyone! This is all very helpful. We’ll do Gott’s instead of Oakville Grocery on the first day, and look for a replacement for Addendum on the last day. We have dinner at Manresa on the last day, so the plan is to grab a light lunch.
Howard - thank you. Yes, I hope to visit some of the classic wineries as well. I understand that most of them are okay with walk-ins, so that’s what we’ll probably do.
Karl - Yes, one of the reasons why I decided to put Failla on the itinerary was to give us an opportunity to taste their wines from Sonoma, since we won’t be spending any time in Sonoma during this trip. Thanks for your suggestions - will look into them!
Three days is hardly enough! You will wish you had more time, but I understand the limits of vacation. On the way up to Ovid, think of getting an appt at 9 Suns. It is literally 5 minutes from Ovid and a “bit” less expensive than Ovid. The views are amazing and the facility is first class. They sell grapes to elite micro wineries in the valley. You might ask them about shipping to Asia as the family has international business background and may know more about getting your wine there .