Post # 1
We are going to fly into San Fran, spend a few nights there and want to do wine tastings through Napa and Sonoma.
Suggestions on places to stay in San Fran or wine country area, suggestions on spas, suggestions on places to eat, suggestions on places to go for wine tastings?
Post # 3
Have you looked at TripAdvisor.com? That’s a great place to get tons of reviews, not just sporadic ones that you’d get here!
Post # 4
There are some Napa folks who will chip in, but I’ll talk a little about Sonoma (most of our favorite wineries are Sonoma wineries). These are all smaller wineries, so the tasting experience will be little different than at the huge ones.
Wellington Vineyards: Great wines, you’ll very possibly talk with the winemaker while you are doing your tasting.
Loxton: (next door to Wellington) Our absolute favorite. You’ll almost certainly meet the winemaker (an austrailian guy who is very interesting to talk to). We love his Syrah the most. Great place to stop by if you enjoy one on one attention
Ty Caton: We’ve only been to the tasting room in town, and not to the fields. We buy a lot of their wines.
Schug: We like their Sav Blanc A LOT.
We also belong to the Stag’s Leap wine club. Their tastings are a little pricier, but it’s a nice place and if you get one of their “high end” tasting flights and one of thier “low end” tasting flights you’ll get to try a lot of interesting wines. I send people here when they are trying to develop their palates to get an idea of what they like.
We usually stay at the Marriot Lodge of Sonoma (because of points). It’s a Marriot, so it’s not full of local character, but it’s always been nice, clean, and quiet and relatively cheap.
Cafe La Haye is our fav sonoma restaraunt.
Post # 5
I lived in Sonoma for a year….and grew up about an hour away…..are you staying in Sonoma?
I don’t know your budget…
but thelodgeatsonoma.com — amazing hotel
for eating: the girl and the fig is AMAZING, french laundry is in napa….you need reservations like 6 months in advance (no joke)
ravenswood is my fav. winery
I also love Checkers in Calistoga (casual pizza place)!
Are you staying in SF for a few nights as well? (omg my post could go on forever)…I grew up 20 mins from there…and can seriously list 8 million places to eat, stay, visit……
send me a message if you want more info!
Post # 6
I haven’t been in that area in a long time. But we always use Hotwire to book our hotels. We’ve stayed in some really nice places that we wouldn’t have typically booked by finding some great deals on their website!