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Nov 3, 2006 03:16 PM

Napa Valley

Leaving for Napa Valley next week and looking for any recommendations for restaurants (lunch or dinner) and also seeking advice on any unique vineyard tours/tastings.

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  1. I would hit Cliff Lede, Robert Sinskey and Miner Family for sure. All are fairly close to each other. If you want to venture north, Calistoga, go to Bennett Lane, Summers, Calistoga Cellars, August Briggs, Dutch Henry. Most of these won't have tours although I'm sure you could arrange one at Miner (great caves) or perhaps Cliff Lede.

    Lunch, Bistro Jeanty, Bouchon or, if the weather is nice, stop in at Taylor's Refresher just south of St Helena, a great old fashion drive in with upscale food (ahi tuna burger.)

    Have a great time.

    1. We always make it a point to visit Schramsberg Vineyards in Calistoga every year. Really nice people there, top-notch guides, fun and informative tour, great wine and bubbly. Gonna go again at the end of the year.

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      1. re: caveatempty

        The Schramsberg tour requires a reservation and costs $25. It's definately worth it. I think they make the best sparkling wine in the Americas, and you taste 4 or 5 at the end of the tour.

      2. Don Giovanni's in Napa- Country Italian, excellent

        1. Just got back from such a trip on Sunday. We thought the wines at Reguschi and Chimney Rock were sensational. They're on the Silverado Trail, but a bit further south of Sinsky, though really, like 3 min. We went to Bouchon Bakery and had a scone, which was nowhere as good as the same sort from Artisan in Sonoma. Didn't try for French Laundry b/c the menu was too close to Per Se's. Ended up just eating at Pearl, which was OK, but basically mexican inspired comfort food, though this was a good thing after a week of Cyrus, Dry Creek Kitchen and so forth. If you can get to Healdsburg, those two restos are well worth the travel!!