For those of you visiting the Napa Valley next week for the Thanksgiving holiday, or for those locals who may be looking to do a bit of tasting before your Thanksgiving feast, we’ve come up with five solid options for you. Many local wineries are closed on Thanksgiving Day, but most (if not all) will be open again on Friday and over the Thanksgiving weekend.
We’ve even built a 2008 Thanksgiving Day wine tasting in the Napa Valley itinerary, complete with turn-by-turn driving directions (click the “get directions” link on the map) over on our community site. To that end, if you like what you see, sign-up and join us at Uncork29–create an itinerary or two of your own and start rating and reviewing various Napa Valley businesses.
Without further adieu…
Both of Daryl Sattui’s local wineries will be open for business on Thanksgiving Day. Wine will be flowing at Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga and V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena.
As you long-time readers will recall, we reviewed Castello di Amorosa when it first opened back in early 2007, although we hear a lot has changed since then.
V. Sattui is typically highly-trafficked as it sits right along Highway 29 and has a large outdoor area for picnicking, etc. Either way, you’ll be able to relax and taste some decent wines and soak up the views.
As you make your way back down the valley, drop by Elizabeth Spencer Wines in Rutherford (located across the street from the ever popular Rutherford Grill). Elizabeth Spencer is open from 11am – 5pm on Thanksgiving Day.
Follow Rutherford Cross Road and head a bit further south, over to Silverado Trail. Once back in Napa the fine folks at Hagafen Cellars will also be open on Thanksgiving Day as they are on ALL holidays (definitely one of the few local wineries that can say that).
And right nearby at Van der Hayden Vineyards the wine will flow from 11am – 4pm Thanksgiving Day.
There are surely a few other wineries that will be open next Thursday, but this should give you all a good place to start. Cheers!
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