The time has come…

You guys, I really wanted to share the chipotle chicken recipe with you today but my mind is in one place: Napa.

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It all started with a JetSetter deal to a ridiculous Mexican all-inclusive. That seems like an unusual start, but I promise we’ll get there. Hubster found the deal Tuesday and it was slated to end that day. We both love, love sitting on the beach and decompressing (especially if a genial Mexican man is continuously bringing us cocktails) but the price was a bit more than we wanted to spend. Originally, we were thinking we would make a trip to Kansas City or rent a cabin for some faux camping this spring. But the lure of Mexican waters had us desperately trying to rationalize the extra mulah we’d need to go tropical.

It wasn’t working so we blew out our options and considered everything from KC to a cruise to Colorado to Napa.

Oh, hey, Napa… You’ve been on our list for quite some time as the pinnacle wine trip and thanks to low travel costs and a high number of AMEX rewards points, it’s definitely time.

We’re working on nailing down dates, flights and lodging but we’re at square one on wineries, and geez, there are a lot! This will likely be the first of several trips we’ll make to the region, but we’re not quite sure where to start. So I’m turning to you, Internet friends, for suggestions and tips. Anyone been to Napa and willing to share? We’re looking at the Wine Train but definitely need some help narrowing down the list of “must visit” wineries. Bonus points for turning us to wineries with outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon.

Renee - March 23, 2012 - 2:16 am

I have no suggestions for you…only waves of jealousy. Seriously though, can you really go wrong? Anyway you slice you’re on a vacation with Wine. That’s a double win!

DessertForTwo - March 23, 2012 - 6:53 pm

Have a BLAST in Napa! Let me know if you need any recs on where to taste-we live right around the hill from Napa and go lots!

Enjoy! :)

Check out ChowHound for recs, too!

DessertForTwo - March 23, 2012 - 7:01 pm

Ok, I couldn’t stop thinking about your trip and I had to post here.

For Napa:
Take the gondola to the top of the hill at Sterling Vineyards. Not the greatest wine, IMHO, but great views.
If you want to taste the famous Chardonnay that beat the French in the blind taste testing (this put Cali ON THE MAP for wine, haha), go to Chateau Montelena. The chardonnay is $50/bottle, but it tastes NOTHING like any other Chardonnay you’ve ever had. I’m a bonafide red wine drinker and I love it.

Cakebread has GREAT cab. Freakin’ great. I order my dad a case each year.

Merryvale is great too, also for reds.

In Napa, stay off the beaten path. Get off highway 12 and cruise up the Silverado Hwy for some gems. Esp the Stagg’s Leap district! If you love Cab, you’ll love Stagg’s Leap. Many wineries fall within the boundaries, but the actual Stagg’s Leap Winery requires reservations–book ahead!

You should hit up Sonoma, too!
In Sonoma:
Go to Gloria Ferrer (bring food to have a picnic on the balcony and soak up the views of the vineyards)
Or, hit up Fremont Diner, on the way to Sonoma–best fried chicken in Cali. With waffles! Local produce, too.

ModernMealsForTwo - March 23, 2012 - 7:12 pm

Thank you SOOO much! I really appreciate the inside info and for pointing me to ChowHound.

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