Travel tips for Napa

A frequent question that I get from readers is: do you have any travel tips for Napa? So let me turn it back to you now!

I do have a few tips for the frugal epicurean (included this now dated list of free wine tastings in the valley), but not many. Some things that leap to mind:

* Mrs. Vino and I did a “blending seminar” at Joseph Phelps a few years ago where we blended nine barrel samples from different vineyards to create our own version of Insignia. Very cool. But my final blend was way off. It’s not offered all the time and you need to reserve ahead. (707) 963-2745

* At the bottom of the hill from Phelps, you can drop in to Frog’s Leap, the red barn with no sign. John Williams is committed to organic farming and they have diverse heirloom fruits and vegetables as well as vines. Drop in 10 AM – 4 PM or call ahead to get arrange a tour: 800.959.4704 or

* Try a lunch at the Auberge du Soleil and soak up the view with prices a fraction of dinner. 800-348-5406

What’s your favorite thing to do in Napa? What are some good resources for tourists? I remember this story from the NYT a year ago on traveling with kids in Napa. I gotta try those aerial trams at Sterling with our little guy…

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3 Responses to “Travel tips for Napa”

  1. Any recommendations for a Sonoma Country visit? We’ll be staying in Healdsburgh and Glen Ellen next month.

  2. Frank Prial of the NYT had a story last year on some dining tips in Healdsburg. Google “prial healdsburg” to find it. Cheers.

  3. Today’s Times travel piece has an overview of places


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