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Platypus Tours Napa #2: Paoletti, Tedeschi, and Clos Pegase Wineries

Continuing on with our Napa Valley trip, in this post we will take our second Platypus Tour in Napa. Of the four Platypus tours we would ultimately take this trip (2 in Napa and 2 in Sonoma) this was the largest group we had, and it was still a comfortable 10 passengers, and like all of the tours the group got along well. We went to three totally different wineries, but that’s the beauty of wine touring and tasting; each winery is unique and reflects the owners style and care. Our Platypus driver today was Army, and he picked each group of two at different hotels, with the last stop picking up two couples traveling together.

We were the second pickup of the day from our Marriott Hotel in Napa at 9:30am, and then on our way to meet the other six passengers. We masked up while we were on the bus, especially since there would be 10 of us plus the driver Army.

The next stop we made was at a fancy looking hotel lodge, The Harvest Inn, with a main building and several cottages next to it. We were a bit early, so we had a few minutes to look around the grounds, and even go inside for a quick coffee. It’s always nice seeing other properties should we want to stay there sometime in the future, and this property looked wonderful!

We had about a 15 minute drive to the next stop, so it allowed the now six of us to get acquainted, and view the beautiful scenery as we rode by vineyard after vineyard.

Army pointed out a few sites along the way, such as Gott’s Roadside Diner, a popular place was started in St. Helena back in 1999, and has expanded to several places in the Bay Area, including SFO Airport.

We picked up the last two couples in the Calistoga area, and then proceeded on to our first winery of the day, Paoletti Estates Winery. Upon arrival, we were greeted by one of the two dogs of the Estate, who jumped up in the tour bus as soon as Army opened the door! Welcome back to Paoletti I think he said in dog talk with a wag of his tail!

Of all of the Platypus Tours we took, this winery was the most interesting and unique. In addition to the beautiful grounds, Paoletti Winery had a large wine cave with an extensive network of tunnels, which was great for aging the barreled wine at the cooler temperatures. We actually had our wine tasting in the caves, which were accented with beautiful stained glass and countless statues. Paoletti was an amazing experience and as I have so many photos, I am arranging these in a gallery below.

After visiting Paoletti Estate Winery, we re-boarded the Platypus Tour bus and headed to our next stop, Tedeschi Family Winery, where we had lunch and another wine tasting.

A gallery of photos from our visit to Tedeschi Family Winery is attached below:

Our third and final winery for the day was Clos Pegase Winery, which was located in the Calistoga area of Napa. It was yet another beautiful day in the Napa Valley, and we had a very enjoyable wine tasting outdoors here as well. Here is a photo gallery from our visit to Clos Pegase Winery:

After our last winery stop at Clos Pegase, we made a couple unscheduled but fun stops per someone’s request as we worked our way back to our respective hotels. The first stop was the Napa Olive Oil Company in St. Helena, where we browsed thru the many olive oils and other items in this gourmet type grocery shop.

When then went outside for a quick break where DOS and a couple other started trying to pick an orange off the trees with the long stemmed picker that laying by the picnic benches, Here DOS looks like he’s playing Lacrosse!

Finally, our last stop was at the iconic Napa Valley Welcome Sign. We’ve driven by this so many times over the years but had never stopped to take a photo up close. Here we all got a group photo, as well as each individual couple alone. It really was a nice last stop to yet another fun Platypus tour!

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