Napa Valley Journals

Weekend of Jazz and Wine in Napa

A July 2004 trip to Napa Valley by pkysjc

V. Sattui Winery Photo, St. Helena, California More Photos
Quote: This was a weekend getaway to Napa to attend a jazz concert, which we attend every year at Mondavi Winery, and to do a little wine-tasting.

Weekend of Jazz and Wine in Napa


Every year, we get together with friends and attend one of the Summer Series concerts that the Mondavi Winery puts on. This year it was Groovin for Goover with Gerald Albright, Richard Elliott, Paul Taylor, and Jeff Loeber.

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Napa Valley does not offer public transportation to the wineries. If you do not want to drive, there are other options, such as limo tours, which I would suggest.

Hawthorn Suites

Hotel | "Hawthon Suites"

I was not impressed with the hotel. It reminded me of a motel, but it is listed as a suite hotel. In no way could you consider this room a suite. It was a motel. The decor was just okay. I wasn't impressed.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 9, 2004

Hawthorn Suites
Napa Valley, California

Robert Mondavi Winery

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Attraction | "Groovin for Goover"

This is an event that we attend yearly and just love it. They normally open the ground at 5:00pm (after they close the vineyard to the public for wine-tasting). The venue holds about somewhere between 300 and 500 people, who all come to enjoy an evening of jazz and food. Mondavi allow their guests to bring picnic lunches, or, if you get your tickets early enough, you can include dinner in the vineyard. Our group always chooses to bring our own food, which is an event in itself. Most people go all out on their meal, as you can find people with white tablecloths, flowers, and more. In the past, attendees were allowed to bring their own wine, but this year it was forbidden. But attendees were al...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Robert Mondavi Winery
7801 St Helena Highway
Oakville, California 94562
+1 707 259 9463; +1

V. Sattui Winery

Attraction | "Wine Tasting"

V. Sattui Winery Photo, St. Helena, California
We started at Domaine Chandon, which produces sparkling wine. You come into the gift shop upon entering. The tasting room is located up the flight of stairs. There is also a five-star restaurant on the premises. The tasting is conducted at a bar where you purchase from a menu with a taste group in various selections. There is both an indoor and outdoor seating area where you can sit and relax to enjoy your tasting. The atmosphere here is easy going without a lot of activity. It's more of a laid-back, relating atmosphere where you enjoy the peacefulness of the grounds. Our next next stop was V Sattui, which was the complete opposite of Chandon. V Sattui selections include a variation of wine...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

V. Sattui Winery
1111 White Lane
St. Helena, California 94574
(707) 963-7774