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Feb 15, 2007 05:44 PM

Chocolate Shops in Napa or Sonoma

Looking for artisan chocolate shops in the Napa Valley or Sonoma County. Something simular to Woodhouse Chocolates in St. Helena.

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    1. Anette's is really the only other chocolate shop in wine country of consequence and it can't hold a candle to Woodhouse. Nothing in Sonoma that I can think of whatsoever.

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      1. re: Carrie 218

        The only other option in Napa, besides Anette's and Woodhouse, is Vintage Sweet Shoppe. They have two stores. One is in the Hatt Building (on Main between Angele and Sweetie Pies), the other on Browns Valley Road in the shopping center with BV Market. But it is way downscale compared to Woodhouse.

        There is a chocolate shop on the main street in Sebastopol. Can't think of the name.

        1. re: Junie D

          It is La Dolce V in Sebastopol.

          Does Vintage make its own chocolate?

          1. re: rworange

            Hardly anyone makes their own chocolate -- they buy chocolate and make things with it and out of it.

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Yes - remember the thread a while back about a blog/expose of a chocolate shop in Texas (was it Texas?)

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Well, yes ... but what I meant was were they just a reseller of say Woodhouse or other area chocolates

              2. re: rworange

                Right - thanks! Vintage's website says "We hand make our chocolates using the finest ingredients." The owner is a lovely person, but I prefer Anette's for my basic chocolate needs (read toffee).

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            1. Any opinions on Anettes chocolates or Woodhouse? I have heard good so far but would love to hear more opinions...

              -Chocolate Connoisseur

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              1. re: aguynamedrobert

                I really enjoyed Woodhouse. My favorite pieces were mint (and I usually think mint is pretty boring but this was extremely fresh), quatre epices and cinnamon toast.

                1. re: aguynamedrobert

                  I bought a dark chocolate rocky road heart from Oxbow Public
                  market on Tuesday. My husband and I were very disappointed. While
                  there was some dark chocolate, it appeared that they took rocky road
                  made with milk chocolate and then coated it with dark chocolate. The
                  chocolate was not very good tasting. At such a high price, I
                  expected a better quality chocolate and only dark chocolate. Williams Sonoma use to sell a dark chocolate Rocky Road that was excellent. Unfortunately, Anette's was below average in taste and above average in cost.

                2. Woodhouse is superior. Anettes seems more "home style" to me with classic caramels and toffee,etc. Woodhouse has tea-infused chocolates, and more haute flavors.