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Napa wine tasting, tour, picnic

  • Jun 21, 2014 · 9:15 AM
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What to Pack:

-- Bring your own picnic lunch and snacks for the day

-- A jacket or warm sweater for late afternoon

-- Comfortable shoes

-- Cash and cards to share gas & pay for wine-tastings

Itinerary:

9:15 AM

--Meet at Jim Smith’s home for carpooling. Park in circular drive until full, then across the street in Notre Dame parking lot.

Jim's cell: [masked]

NOTE:  if you need to cancel on Friday the 20th or Saturday the 21st, please call Jim so he knows not to wait for you.

9:30 AM – Expected Arrival 11:00 AM

--Depart for Domaine Carneros http://www.domainecarneros.com/

- When your car arrives, order a bottle of wine for your table.

Address:  1240 Duhig Road, Napa

12:30 PM

--Arrive at Rutherford Hill  http://www.rutherfordhill.com/

-- We will eat our lunches in the picnic area, then browse the winery and grounds.

200 Rutherford Hill Road, Rutherford

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2:00 P.M.

-  Arrive at Raymond Vineyards (http://raymondvineyards.com/)

-  We have 2 for 1 tasting coupons from Jim’s Mom.

-  Enjoy the interesting attractions: Corridor of Senses, Theater of Nature, Crystal Cellar, Tasting Room.

849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena

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We have winery brochures and discount cards for ambitious empty-nesters who want to visit a fourth winery before heading back.

For Drivers .... direction details ...

1. Domaine Carneros

Google Maps: https://www.google.com/maps/dir/1515+Ralston+Ave,+Belmont,+CA+94002/1240+Duhig+Rd,+Napa,+CA+94559/@37.8836902,-122.5935492,10z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x808f9f5c52b8cbc7:0xe2118117febb2c93!2m2!1d-122.285172!2d37.514224!1m5!1m1!1s0x8085a80288d7bda7:0x40dc38f727052689!2m2!1d-122.3513336!2d38.2551356!3e0

Domaine Carneros is accessed via Duhig Road, just off the Carneros Highway (12/121) four miles from the town of Napa and five miles from the town of Sonoma. The château is 50 miles from San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

FROM SAN FRANCISCO:

Take Highway 101 North across the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge. Merge onto Highway 37 East exit 460A toward Napa/Vallejo. Turn left onto Arnold Drive/CA-121, keep right at the fork to go on Arnold Drive. Arnold Drive becomes Fremont Drive, Fremont Drive becomes Sonoma Highway/CA-12/CA-121. Turn right on Duhig Road (if you reach Old Sonoma Road, you’ve gone too far), entrance is on your right.

FROM OAKLAND:

Take Highway I-80 East toward Vallejo/Sacramento (portions toll). Merge onto CA-37 W/Marine World Parkway W via Exit 33 toward Napa. Take CA-29 exit (Exit 19) toward Napa/Downtown Vallejo. Turn right onto Sonoma Boulevard/CA-29 and continue to follow CA-29. Turn left onto Sonoma Highway/CA-12/CA-121. Turn left onto Duhig Road (which is past Old Sonoma Road). Entrance is on your right.

2. Rutherford Hill

Google Maps (31 minutes from Domaine Carneros to Rutherford Hill, without traffic): https://www.google.com/maps/dir/1240+Duhig+Rd,+Napa,+CA+94559/Rutherford+Hill+Winery,+Rutherford+Hill,+200+Rutherford+Hill+Rd,+Rutherford,+Napa+Valley,+CA+94573/@38.374347,-122.4909312,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x8085a80288d7bda7:0x40dc38f727052689!2m2!1d-122.3513336!2d38.2551356!1m5!1m1!1s0x808456fe84d968e9:0x9073b519476870df!2m2!1d-122.403795!2d38.49368!3e0

Additional information from the Rutherford Hill web site:  Take Highway 29 North and turn right on Rutherford Road.  Follow Rutherford Road to the left as it turns into Conn Creek Road.  Turn left onto Silverado Trail, and after .1 mile turn right onto Rutherford Hill Road (look for signs for Auberge Du Soliel and Rutherford Hill Winery).  Follow Rutherford Hill Road past Auberge Du Soliel to find the tasting room.

3. Raymond Vineyards

Google Maps from Rutherford Hill to Raymond (5 minutes without traffic)

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/200+Rutherford+Hill+Rd,+St+Helena,+CA+94574/849+Zinfandel+Ln,+St+Helena,+CA+94574/@38.4913106,-122.4294157,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x808456f8cf0af135:0xeb26f20e862019a9!2m2!1d-122.403715!2d38.4936491!1m5!1m1!1s0x80845729a139f033:0xd6557ed0b890899d!2m2!1d-122.43762!2d38.485519



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  • Lilia

    Wonderful people

    June 22, 2014

  • Patty

    What an exceptionally lovely excursion to Napa! The picnic lunch was a highlight. Thank you Lisa and Jim for all the research and planning. Sorry Lisa could not join us this time- we'll have to schedule another Napa trip. I hope your mom is doing better.

    June 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had such a blast going to Napa with the Peninsula Empty Nester group. Thanks for making this a special day.

    June 21, 2014

  • Patty

    My good friend Lisa is joining us. Her youngest just graduated from UCSB. See you at Domaine Carneros!

    June 21, 2014

    • Jim S.

      See you there! Drive

      June 21, 2014

    • Jim S.

      safely

      June 21, 2014

  • Jim S.

    All ... I have another idea to get more Dads involved. We can discuss it at our picnic stop tomorrow.

    June 20, 2014

  • Jim S.

    Hi Carmen. After your dog walk, can you make it to Belmont by 9:30? That's when our carpools will leave.

    June 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, I can make it. See you then. I'm thrilled to be going to the wine country.

      June 20, 2014

  • Sherry

    I am sorry that I cannot go wine tasting with you all tomorrow. Have fun! I hope to make the next event!

    June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is all the car pooling issues taken care of? If so I'll just meet you all at the first winery. I have an early morning dog to walk in Mountain View.

    June 19, 2014

  • Ella

    hello all- I have a last minute conflict and very sadly need to cancel. Have fun and see you next time!

    June 18, 2014

  • Ella

    Hi all-

    June 18, 2014

  • Theresa S

    Hi everyone,
    Just got back from Punta Cana around 4 AM their time. I am trying to catch up and found out I have a lot to do including this Saturday so I am truly sorry to have to bow out of this one. You all have fun. Will you you next time. Sounds like a great itinerary. Sorry.

    June 18, 2014

  • Jim S.

    Theresa, should we have one of our carpools pick you up in SF too?

    June 18, 2014

  • Patty

    I'll be driving from Walnut Creek so please let me know what time to meet you at the first destination. Looking forward to enjoying Napa with new friends.

    May 28, 2014

    • Patty

      Should I still plan to meet the group at Domaine Carneros around 11:00?

      June 17, 2014

    • Jim S.

      Yes - see you then.

      June 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I also like to carpool with someone who's willing to drive. Thanks.

    May 16, 2014

    • Yasaman

      I am driving from Cupertino to Jim's and to Napa if I need to .

      June 17, 2014

    • Yasaman

      do u want to carpool with me ?

      June 17, 2014

  • Jim S.

    That's perfect, Lilia. We'll see you then.

    June 17, 2014

  • Lilia

    Yes Jim, I can meet you on the corner 19th ave and Sloat Blvd if it works at 10 am across from Stern Grove corner

    June 17, 2014

    • Lilia

      [masked] cell 10 am sloat/19th toward GGB accross Stern Grove

      June 17, 2014

  • Jim S.

    Hi Lilia. We'll get to SF around 10 a.m. We're driving up 19th Ave to GGB. Can you meet us somewhere along the route?

    June 16, 2014

  • Lilia

    Thank you Jim, that will be great if I can carpool with someone. Please let me know what time and place is convenient. Lilia

    June 16, 2014

  • Jim S.

    If helpful, we could also pick up Lilia and Theresa in our Belmont carpools when we pass through SF towards Napa.

    June 16, 2014

  • Lilia

    Hi Lisa, Thank you for letting me know about carpools. Unfortunately, I have not seen any additional posts. Tasting wine and driving maybe be too difficult for me. I will check all the options and probably need to bow out on this one. Will let Jim know. Thanks again. Lilia

    June 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Theresa and Lilia, I believe you both live in SF. If so, can you please contact one another about car pooling? Everyone else will meet at Jim's house, but I don't think you want to drive to Belmont just to carpool. Jim will upload the final details tomorrow at some point.

    June 16, 2014

  • Jim S.

    Happy Father's Day to our Dad-nesters!

    June 15, 2014

    • Yasaman

      Happy Father's Day gentlemen - hope you enjoyed your day !

      June 15, 2014

  • Sue

    We can't make it afterall........enjoy!

    June 15, 2014

  • Mark

    Sorry, I would love to go but I will be out of town

    June 10, 2014

  • Dipankar

    have to drop out Jim...traveling to Japan the following day...look forward to the next meetup.

    May 28, 2014

    • Jim S.

      Too bad for us. We'll miss you. Have a great trip!

      May 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I love Chateau St.Jean ! thanks Carmen..

    May 16, 2014

  • Sue S.

    Would have enjoyed this outing, but my niece is getting married the same day. Enjoy!!

    May 16, 2014

  • Theresa S

    I will be back in time to make this one. Can we make carpool arrangements? I will be happy to chip in gas money to whoever drives.

    May 16, 2014

    • Jim S.

      Absolutely given the distance. Lisa will organize carpools.

      May 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have had wine from Chateau St. Jean before. I checked out their winery and it seems like a place we could enjoy. $15.00 a person for wine tasting and a place to have a picnic.

    May 15, 2014

    • Jim S.

      Good suggestion. Thx!

      May 16, 2014

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