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Snooth User: almtapp

Where to go in Napa/Sonoma in March?

Original post by almtapp, Nov 3, 2010.

My fiance and I are planning our first trip to Napa /Sonoma for our Honeymoon the first week of March. We don't have much planned yet, so would like some advice. Currently, we have a B&B in Healdsburg booked for the last 4 days of the trip...which just so happens to coincide with the first Russian River Wine Road Barrel Tasting of the year. So excited! We are hoping to get another (cheaper) hotel for our first 4 days, perhaps in a different location/town? Anyone have advice? Also, would love to get feedback on the wineries we "MUST" go to. We both prefer reds.

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Reply by napagirl68, Dec 15, 2010.

Foxall!  perhaps our paths did cross!  I just love Glen Ellen... especially in the Fall.  I have never been to Girl and Gaucho..  I have been to a restaurant owned by Girl and Fig... Estate in Sonoma.  It is Italian, and I enjoyed it. 

Haven't been to Glen ellen since about 4yrs ago.  wonder what is there now...

Reply by winetastingtab, Dec 16, 2010.

Whatever else you do, I would invest in Wine Tasting Tab, an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android app that searches wineries by Tasting Room Fee and Tasting Room Menu (it's only $2.99). This will give you an idea what you're getting yourself into. The app has a mileage limitation of 200 miles, so you won't be able to use it full tilt until you get to California. But it will be a lifesaver. If you have an iPhone platform I can "gift" you a copy. Just let me know. A couple wineries I love: Porter Creek, Wilson and anyplace that concentrates on only Pinot and/or Chardonnay. Like George winery (by appointment only) .

Reply by Bartond, Dec 16, 2010.

One winery that my girlfriend and I stumbled upon was William Harrison, in the Rutherford Valley. If you like big, bold reds this place is fantastic! The wines are not cheap but they're absolutely fantastic! A few years ago they had a blend called Simpatico that was around $26 and it was so good - tasted like a $50 bottle of wine.

Reply by outthere, Dec 16, 2010.

$26 is expensive? No wonder I'm broke. 

Reply by napagirl68, Dec 17, 2010.

26 is expensive? No wonder I'm broke. 

Me too, Dude!  !!  LOL

Reply by Bartond, Dec 18, 2010.

I probably miscommunicated my original post, but what I meant to say was I bought quite a few bottles of the $26 Simpatico wine, but it was by far the cheapest of the bottles at William Harrison. Everything else was $50 and up, which is steep for me. Either way, they make some HUGE and great red wines!

Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 19, 2010.

Bartond: Check around and sign up for invino/Winery Insider, bpwine, WTSO and you might find some of those Harrison wines on sale... they are not immune to the current downturn.  I have received a couple offers that you would like.

Reply by Napaladybug, Dec 19, 2010.

I recommend Castello De Amorosa.  The tour was amazing and worth every penny.  We took the deluxe tour and wine tasting experience.  If possible ask for Aline for your tour guide.  She made the experience all that much more wonderful. Going to Napa for the first time, I stood in awe and instantly became a Napa wine lover.

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