Headed to Napa for the first time the second week in May 2017.
Flying to San Francisco from North Carolina, and trying to set up tours with some of the vendors I currently carry on my menu.
1.Will I be able to tour these vineyards for free because I currently sell their wine? Will they let me tour their vineyards for free because I am in the industry?
2. Any suggestions on the approach to this pleasure/business trip? We are flying in on a Wednesday and staying through Sunday. Taking the red eye home late Sunday night. Want to make this as full a trip as possible, absorb as much as possible.
I am wiling to forgo sleep to learn as much as possible.
I am totally naive to how these trips work.
Taking the Masterclass in Charlotte in January on Napa Valley and really looking forward to the material.
In reply to Ashley Broshious:
In reply to Jason Tognarina:
Hi Jason, With such great advice from so many experienced people you're all set up to have a great trip. I'll reinforce some of the comments and add a few: - Try to research at least a few wineries with estate wines from either single vineyard or estate vineyards in the same appellation. If you can do this in a few different appellations, it will help you get a more specific sense of place in regards to what you're tasting. - Spend time in the vineyards. See if some of the producers you sell can help you get into the vineyards with someone who understands them. It will give you a great perspective on the quality of what you're tasting. Many small producers are very passionate about their farming and vineyards, so they might be happy to spend some time with you if you're sincerely interested. - Balance the style of wineries you visit. Great points by others to visit the classics as well as mountain wineries, but there are also quite different styles of farming and winemaking in Napa.
- Cuisine. If you're any sort of foodie, try to enjoy the myriad of options Napa Valley has to offer. For a romantic time with your wife, there's not better view than the restaurant at Auberge du Soleil. If dinner doesn't work out there for you, the breakfasts are great and the view stunning, often with hot air balloons speckling the sky in the far distance. It should be a great trip. Enjoy !! Steve