Wine Country Bound!


Well, Sonja and I are back at it again. Leaving at 7:30am tomorrow morning on a direct flight into San Francisco, this will mark my third trip to Napa and Sonoma in the past year. Another way to put it would be that I’ve spent a little better than 5% of the last year thousands of miles from home in California’s garden of eden. And still, I just can’t get enough.  Below, I’m posting parts of our itinerary for this coming trip. I’d love your feedback, and hope you’ll keep reading in the future for reviews of the wines, wineries, and experiences that we’ll take in during this beautiful long weekend.  From Sonja and I to all of our readers: thanks for helping make this blog and all of our wine experiences possible!



 Napa & Sonoma; January 12-16, 2017

January 12, Thursday 

9:30am – Land in SF

12:00pm – Tour of Jelly Belly Factory

2:00pm – Sciandri Family Winery

3:30pm – Kelleher Wines; meet at Brix in Yountville

5:00pm – Oxbow Market

7:00pm – Dinner at ZuZu w Jean

January 13, Friday 

9:00am – Peter Franus Wines

12:00 – Ledson Winery for Tour and Lunch

2:00pm – Sonoma town square. Sonja can shop, I’ll visit tasting rooms and review them. Meet back up for dinner.

5:00pm – Optima Winery

January 14, Saturday 

8:00am – Varozza Winery

10:00am – Peju

12:30am – Chandon and lunch

2:00pm – Palmaz

5:45: Dinner on Wine Train

January 15, Sunday 

8:00AM – Salvestrin, Breakfast and Wine

10:00AM – Castello di Amorosa

12:30pm – Lunch and tour at Silverado Vineyards

2:30pm – Cakebread

7:00pm Dinner Reservation at Spruce in San Francisco

January 16, Monday

Sleep in, walk on the beach, relax, drink a beer, head to the airport for a 5pm flight back to Omaha. Reflect on yet another terrific wine experience!



2 responses to “Wine Country Bound!

  1. Hey Mark.

    I am a Vivino follower and need some suggestions for a future Napa Valley trip in 2018. It will be our first trip – my 50th birthday and our 25th anniversary. Big deal, I guess.
    We are red wine enthusiasts – Pinot, Cab and blends are our favorites. Any tips for us on Must sees, have to visit places would greatly be appreciated as we plan this big event.

    Jeff Griman


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