I have some great winery visits lined up.

1. Abreu
2. Shafer
3. Pride
4. Chateau Boswell - Luc Morlet wines

and a few others that do not require appointments. Anyone have any other not so obvious wineries that I should check out that do not require appointments. I am staying in St. Helena. TIA. I am only going to be in Napa for 2 days.

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I really enjoyed visiting Larkmead. They charge $20 for the tasting, but they will show you around the grounds and they give generous pours of all their wines except for the Solari (of which they are sold out), so you can easily share a tasting if you are traveling with someone. Their wines get mixed reviews, high by Parker and low by JL. Personally, I think they are very good wines.

1100 Larkmead Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515 • (707) 942-0167 or (888) 743-7446

http://www.larkmead.com/
Italian Wino, I know you've asked about walk in's, but if your in St Helena I'd make two more appointments:

Randy Sloan - Match Vineyards

Bob Fanucci - Charter Oak

Randy is a great host and if he's in town he'll be flexible around your schedule and usually it's just you and him on the tour.

Charter Oak is located in a basement at the end of Charter Oak St in St Helena, across from the Napa Olive Oil Company you can probably walk there from anywhere in St Helena in 5 minutes or less. Bob works as an attorney full time, so he likes to make his appointments for right after work at 5PM.

That tour and tasting is as old style Napa as you'll ever get and the wines are pretty good too.
Sounds like you have been there before so forgive me if I point to things that you have already seen.

If you are going up to Pride, I would stop at Terra Valentine. Great little building and wonderful view of the spring mountain terrain from the balcony. Keenan is closer to the beginning of the road and Spring mountain winery is at the beginning of the road. Pride is a bit out of the way so I would suggest a second stop here and plan for time. Oh yeah...watch our for the "tree". It steps out into the road...you'll see. If you want a completely different feels like North Caroline backwoods winery, make an appointment to see Charbay for their vodka's and other spirits. They are just around the corner and further up to Terra Valentine.

On I-29, I would also stop at Heitz (opens later), Opus One just to say that you saw it, V. Sattui is good for a bite to eat too, cakebread if you have never been there.

On he silverado trail, actually more to see I think, Joseph Phelps is a nice place to see, ZD Winery, Duckhorn is a nice place to try wine, Mumm's Napa is has a "backyard" terrance to try their sparklers, Stag's Leap is worth a visit if you are in the area, Quintessa takes time but a nice view of their vineyard, Darioush is a bit of Las Vegas Glitz (both positive and otherwise) in the valley.

I like visiting Viader and Ladera which are again up the Eastern hills but worth the trek. Viader's hills look like Double Black diamond potential.

For places to eat, definitely hit the local burger joint, Taylor's Refreshers! Garlic Fries!

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