...I would like to hear more, if that's ok.
I'm not sure how much to share. We flew into SF (standard practice), and rented a car. We drove into SF to catch a Giants Sat day game. We waiting in stadium traffic for nearly two hours, and finally decided to bail on the game, which was already well under way by then. We got onto the freeway to head north, and it was a parking lot. It took about 3 hours to get into Napa. We stayed at the Blackbird Inn. It looked good on line. When we got there, we discovered just how congested with traffic that town is. It wasn't tourist traffic, it was regular everyday traffic that was a constant source of noise and exhaust fumes. The city was having a beer festival in the restaurant/bar district. It was the opposite of what we went there for. They had bands playing, people screaming into mics, the streets were packed with people and very little room for all the bodies to move around.
We ate our first meal of the day at 4:00 (7:00 our time) Gott's roadside. Not the original in St. Helena, but the one in Napa proper. It was delicious, but I don't know if it was the burger, or my starvation. It was out of the way of the festival, so we were able to get in. Later that night, we ate chips and cookies for dinner, rather than brave that damn party in the streets. The next day we ventured out to some wineries. For the most part, the speed limit was 30 mph on the back roads between vineyards. I started off staying close to the speed limit, because it was vacation, and I was in a relaxed state of mind that comes with no appointments or deadlines. The whole trip, I had people up my ass, flashing their lights and honking for me to get off the road. This persisted, even after I upped my general speed to around 60 mph. I'm not naive to California drivers. I've been to Cali many times. So I knew to expect the freeway tension. But I didn't expect to see that attitude on tiny, curvy back roads.
When we go wine tasting in Charlottesville, all the wineries are eager to suggest other vintners. In Napa, they must be way more competitive. Whenever I asked if there was a "don't miss" place, they all said something like, "no, you're here, there's no other winery worth stopping at". The exception was Raymond. Everything about that place was cool. The people, the wine, the many tasting rooms/experiences, that was a highlight. We took a trip on the Napa Wine Train. Everything looks so picturesque on their site. But the truth is, the tracks run along a highway. We cut our trip short and came home early, it was just not what we expected.
Like I mentioned earlier, not all of this is the fault of Napa. But when you combine the unfortunate traffic situations, with the bad timing of the street festival, and the things like shitty attitudes and impatient drivers, it was a vacation fail.