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zoni521 Apr 30, 2007 09:58 AM

in june i will be staying in napa for 2 nights (@ The Lavender Inn). i have a reservation for The French Laundry already. where else should i go. i need one more dinner. somewhere that should not be missed; since i don't make it here that often! any tips on the best boutique wineries and maybe some lunch or brekkie stops too.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: zoni521 Apr 30, 2007 10:06 AM


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      vailsommelier RE: zoni521 Apr 30, 2007 04:32 PM

      You MUST try REDD! It is in Yountville right around the corner from the Laundry.

      1. sgwood415 RE: zoni521 Apr 30, 2007 04:40 PM

        Be sure to hit the Bouchon Bakery in the morning for breakfast pastries and coffee.

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          VTtoMAtoCAfoodie RE: sgwood415 May 4, 2007 05:27 PM

          I second Bouchon Bakery for breakfast. I would eat there every day if I knew I wouldn't gain so much weight!

          For dinner, I would go to Terra in St. Helena. I had a great experience there, and I know many others who have as well. The food is bar none the best I've had in Napa (I've lived here for 2 years and we eat out a lot). They also have a beautiful cookbook!

          Have a wonderful time at the Laundry!

        2. melissalf04 RE: zoni521 Apr 30, 2007 04:52 PM

          I should preface this with the fact that we have never dined at the French Laundry, but our hands-down favorite for innovative, beautifully-presented food is the Farmhouse Inn in Forestville. http://farmhouseinn.com/restaurant.html They recently had a much-deserved glowing write-up in Gourmet mag, and - for what it's worth - scored a 27 Zagat.

          We also love Cafe la Haye on the Sonoma side for more casual dining. http://www.sterba.com/sonoma/lahaye/ It's a crowded little floor (with - I think - 35 seats?) and the food is amazing.

          If you are out tasting on the Napa side, there is a buzzing little gourmet shop in Healdsburg (I think the flagship is in Oakville) called the Oakville Grocery. http://www.oakvillegrocery.com/stores... They make delicious sandwiches/salads and carry fun local cheeses and wines.

          Hope that helps!

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          1. re: melissalf04
            sgwood415 RE: melissalf04 Apr 30, 2007 05:32 PM

            Cafe La Haye is a good 30-40 minute drive from the Lavender Inn. Not sure I'd want to make that drive after a big meal at night. Especially if you want to enjoy the wine, maybe stick to the places in and around Yountville, there are certainly some great ones.

          2. fyoulady RE: zoni521 May 7, 2007 10:32 AM

            I would think you would want to do something lighter on the 2nd night since you will have one hell of a rich meal at the French Laundry!

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