Originally Posted by erictheobscure
Going to be in Napa for a few days this summer. Any recs for wineries we should check out? I was thinking maybe Corison, but I don't know if the $55 tour & tasting would be worth it.
I've done wine tastings at a bunch of properties in Napa as well as less traveled places in North America and Italy. I really don't like the "factory" feel of the tours and tastings in Napa -- I found most to be very impersonal, you're just hearing rehearsed schtick, and ultimately it does not feel like a unique experience. (Contrast that with my visits to, say, top Barolo producers, where we were often alone and really treated like family, not potential wine club members.)
That said, I really did enjoy and would highly recommend visiting Whetstone. They mainly produce pinot noir from Russian River and Sonoma, but the property in Napa is really beautiful -- a modest stone chateau with a large, shady, tree-filled yard and picnic tables at which you can plop down and relax while sipping on some excellent wine for as long as you'd like.
Ultimately, less is more. You might feel the need to cram in as many tours as you can. Don't. You're better off taking your time, and after a couple visits, you'll start to realize they all mostly tell you the same shit anyways (not that I don't care to hear about maceration times and malolactic fermentation, but I can get that info online), and you'll wish you just picked up a couple bottles and had a picnic on your hotel balcony instead.