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October 21, 2010
From journal A few days in the napa valley
August 25, 2005
Though we are not into wines, we definitely will not pass up any chance to get some good photos and Napa is definitely one!
We started a little after 8am, and after a 15-minute Starbuck’s boost, were on our way. This was no package tour, so we had all the time to stop and take the sights on the way. The ride was a breeze, considering it was a Saturday when most Napa trips are taken both by tourists and locals alike.
In less than an hour, we were at Yountville where one can find the Napa Valley Tourist Bureau. Great stop if you want a map to all the wineries and not lose precious time checking each and every winery you see on your way. Afterall, there are probably so many that you can waste a day and not get to see some of "THE" wineries. The map is NOT free though. If I remember correctly, it was about $2-3. I also grabbed some really beautiful Napa photo refrigerator magnets, postcards and notecards from the same tourist office.
Napa Valley Tourist Bureau
6488 Washington St.
We had difficulty finding it just by following the Tourist Info sign from the main Interstate, so just in case, it is in front of the Villagio Resort and Spa on Washington St.
Given enough time, Yountville itself presented such beauty even in the area around the Tourist Bureau Office. We would have wanted to sample the food in the café-like palces we saw but looking at the winery map we had gotten hold of, we decided to get going.
As soon as we left Yountville and took the road to all the wineries, it was then that the weekend traffic made itself felt (and seen) as it was nearly a 2-lane highway all the way to Calistoga except for some doubling of lanes in the center of towns like Oakville.
There are 25 wineries listed/shown on the map and we after asking for recommendations on which ones to visit we were on our way. We thought three wineries would just be enough with the time we had, and so we had the following picked out.
* Domaine Chandon
* Beringer Vineyards
* (Robert) Mondavi Wineries
(Please see separate journals for above wineries.)
Four to five wineries may be possible to squeeze in a day trip if unlike us, you will not spend so much time taking photographs of the beauty all around. Better yet, plan an overnight stay in Napa and make it a two-day sojourn--our game plan for our next visit.
From journal First Time in San Francisco?
April 8, 2005
From journal Four Days in San Francisco