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New Meetup: A (Sun)Day in the Wine Country

From: tom m.
Sent on: Monday, October 11, 2010 10:07 PM
Friday didn't fly; how about Sunday? biggrin

What: A Day in the Wine Country

When: Sunday, October 31,[masked]:30 AM-5:30 PM

Price: $69.00 per person

Bus leaves from: Second Street
@ Market
San Francisco, CA 94105

Each year BAWS Chief Epicurean Outfitter puts together a unique and multifaceted tour off the beaten track and without the crowds of passport weekends. This year we feature one of the Valley's least known grape growing regions soon to be the Coombsville AVA east of downtown and named after Nathan Coombs who carved out the City of Napa, making it the 17th sub appellation within the overall Napa Valley.

Our 27 Passenger coach with comfortable seating, large windows and lots of leg room leaves 2nd Street between Market and Mission for those using BART and Muni, with a pick up at an all day parking lot down 2nd St. closer to the freeway.

First stop: the recently relocated CrushPad. Crushpad provides grapes from top California and Bordeaux vineyards, an acclaimed wine making team, and a state-of-the-art winery 100% focused on making wine in small lots. They will be in the midst of harvest and we'll taste juice from their Coombsville grapes picked the week before while learning more about the fermentation process.

From Crushpad we journey up to Yountville and a drive-by tour of the town's latest architectural gems such as the community center, Ma(i)sonry and the Hotel Luca. Then up the hill to the Napa Valley Museum to catch the last day of Art & Wine: The Expressions of an Industry The exhibit presents artwork by international and Bay Area designers, including wine labels, heraldic banners, shipping cartons and other iconic graphics. Paintings and photographs of winemakers and vintners, line drawing selections by Earl Thollander, portraits by printmaker Henry Evans, and photographs by Chuck O?Rear are among the objects in the exhibit. Also included is a spectacular vintage poster, the largest in the world. created in 1892 by Alfred Choubrac, featuring a party scene in Burgundy France celebrating the end of the grape harvest.

Downstairs, the newly-developed history gallery showcases the permanent exhibit "Land and People of the Napa Valley" and features rare artifacts on display for the first time in 25 years. A docent will lead our group through the museum

Then it's on to downtown Napa. We'll visit one of the grand old mansions and for contrast view the emerging riverfront new-kids-on-the-block art galleries and foodie destinations such as the Iron Chef's Morimoto Napa and Tyler Florence's Shop and the Rotisserie and Wine restaurant. We'll also visit the infamous Fagiani bar shuttered for almost 40 years after a murder in 1973, which remarkably has just been solved.

The afternoon will be devoted to full immersion in the Coombsville region. We will enjoy a catered lunch in a setting right out of Sunset magazine at one of the most charming wineries in the Valley, Farella Vineyard, with presentations by several local vintners, followed by a tour of the winery during crush.
We will taste through a number of the top wines in the area. We conclude the day with a visit to the wine caves at Frazier winery or another adjacent winery.

We return by 5:30 p.m. so you can do your Trick or Treating

Join us for another superb day in vinoparadiso.

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