Wine country here we come! in California: Dining Posted June 11, 2009 Thanks for the great replies - I do not have FL rez's - However, from what I understand they are to be had 2 months in advance, and it is not yet that close...I still am not sure if it is worth $200+ for the two of us over say a Meadowood, Terra, or Cyrus for example.I am still considering TFL though...I would go for it, its more convincing the wifey...Sam - appreciate the winery rec's - - I have heard good things about Shafer - I have also read about Karl Lawrence (not sure where they are) and Anthill Farms - - any thoughts on those?What do the tastings at these places run by the way? As well - is it true it is cheaper to buy wines from stores rather than direct from the wineries?Cheers.←There are a ton of great wineries in Napa, but I personally prefer getting away from 29. Buehler is a great winery and John Buehler or his son Page usually pour for you and are great hosts. I also recommend Seavey Winery. Both of these places are family owned and run, make amazing wine and (since the last time I've been there) don't charge for tastings - although it's generally a nice idea to buy a few bottles. There are also a ton of great wineries in Sonoma County - many of which do not charge for tastings. Last time we went to Napa, we only went to Siduri in Santa Rosa. A lot of times you can find wines at cheaper costs at the retail level than at the winery since the store often buys in bulk at cheaper rates.