Help! I’m going to Napa

Brynn writes:

It won’t belong before I’ll be boarding a plane and heading south to sunny California for a bachelorette weekend in Napa Valley. A good friend from college is getting married in July, and she decided the best way to celebrate her upcoming nuptials would be with her closest friends in a rented house surrounded by vineyards.

I couldn’t agree more.

Normally I’d ask for referrals and suggested wineries that you all think I should visit, but because I’m going with a group of 10 or more ladies, the itinerary is already set. Instead, I wanted to post the list of wineries we’re going to visit to see if anyone knows these wineries (I’ve heard of two of them). I’m also open for suggestions if there’s a wine at one of these stops you think I should absolutely not miss.

Also please feel free to post your Napa favorites because I hope this isn’t the last time I get down there. (And, if anyone has a recommendation for a shuttle that runs from the Oakland Airport to Napa — and that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, or my first born — could you please share? I’m arriving later than everyone else and need to find my own transportation to the house where we’re staying in Napa).


11 thoughts on “Help! I’m going to Napa

  1. When are you going? We have a friend who lives in Napa. I’d be happy to contact her and get info for you.


  2. I loved going to Stags Leap Winery, (not Stags Leap Wine Cellars)
    You might need to make an appointment. They have the Caves and Polly Anna was filmed there. I heard Sterling was cool as they have a tram that will take you to the Winery. Check their web page, they might have discount tickets on the internet. Silver Oak would be fun, but expensive. Check out the web page for Coppola, When I was there 6 years ago he had Movie memorabilia. Beringer was cool too.They have caves too.Have fun.

  3. I’d suggest a side trip over the mountains into the Sonoma, traveling up to the Russian River, Alexander Valley. Sonoma Valley is a little less pretentious than Napa — for a while yet at least.

    You might also check out BR Cohn (Doobie Bros). He’s got some very good cabs — oh, and olive oils. On the way check out Jack London’s place.

    Don’t skip the restaurants, Girl and The Fig, Ashe (at the Vintners Inn).

    Had an interesting visit at Hop Kiln and then went over the mountains to Bodega Bay. The birds house burned long ago but you’ll be surprised by the school house.

  4. Thanks Arthur. I was hoping we’d get to Sonoma — I love, love, love the Chards out of Russian River — but it sounds like we’re not going that far. Instead we’re headed more Napa north.

    However I plan to make this my first trip of many, so I will keep your recommendations in mind for future trips. I like the off the road places more than mainstream!

    ~ Brynn

  5. IF I were a drinker, I would steer people towards The Smothers Brothers winery in Glen Ellen or several of the other winerys near Aqua Caliente Nolls. I think the steak houses nearer Sonoma have a warmer charm than the ones in Napa. There is also a place called Calistoga Springs where , as i recall people can go for a ride in a glider.

  6. Duckhorn, Stags Leap. Another vote for Sterling and Silver Oak. Chateau Montelena, of course. Franciscan. Domaine Chandon is a lovely place to sit outside and sip champagne. Kuleto has delicious cabs. Definitely have a meal at Tra Vigne. As for Frogs Leap, get the 2007 Napa Cab if they have it. If you do get to Sonoma, Sonoma Cutrer has wonderful and accessible chardonnays; Viansa for reds; Paul Hobbs is great. So is Roche Winery.

    I could go on, but that’s all for now. Have a great time.

  7. I was born and raised in bremerton but i have been living in san francisco for the last 5 years. Evans Airport Service has buses leaving oakland airport 7 days a week for $29 one way to napa. It takes about an hour and a half. No reservations needed. For more info go to Have fun and enjoy northern cali!

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