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PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK IN NAPA VALLEY

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My husband and I are heading to Napa from LA in a few weeks and were looking for recommendations on 1) places to eat and 2) wineries to visit for tastings. We're on the "wait list" for the French Laundry (I was two days late calling to book a table), so we're looking for alternatives... thoughts?

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  1. This is usually handled on the San Francisco board.
    Before it gets moved, though, I want to say I had a wonderful meal at Julia's Kitchen a couple of years ago. It's in Copia.
    http://www.copia.org/content/julias_k...

    1. That's a very broad question...I still love Mustard's Grille in Yountville after all these years, Gordon's, also in Yountville for breakfast. Haven't been, but there is a lot of buzz for Ad Hoc (Thomas Keller's "temporary" restaurant), and Redd's, which is next door. These, too, are in Yountville. For the big tour and tasting, Robert Mondavi or Beringer. There are hundreds of small, intimate wineries - it depends on what you're trying to achieve. Nearly every winery requires a reservation, so choose the ones you want to visit ahead of time. It's 27 miles between Napa and Calistoga, so make sure you're not zig-zagging or driving a lot. I also really like Greystone in the Culinary Institute for a glass of wine/cocktail. Really great scenery. Martini House in St. Helena has a nice bar, as well. Search the site for Napa Valley - you'll get more info than you ever imagined! BTW, don't worry about whether or not you get into the French Laundry - there are so many other places worthy of your dime, you really won't be dissapointed!

      1. Lots of recommendations on this recently... do a search and ask about specific restaurants/wineries.

        1. here's a recent thread with lots of my recs - I live in Napa.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/348268