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Sep 4, 2007 10:52 AM

Vineyard Dining in Napa/Sonoma

Will be visiting Napa in early November with a group of 8 - we were looking for a vineyard that also has a good restaurant since we won't get to the tastings in time on our first day there. Anyone have any ideas for a semi-large group in either Napa or Sonoma? Have heard Domaine Chandon has a restaurant - any reviews? We are staying in Yountville so open to non-vineyard restaurant ideas that have good views/menus. Thanks!

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  1. Non-vineyard, my favorite Napa restaurant is Pilar. If a view is important, book an outside table at Mustard's or Brix (neither of which are particular favorites of mine).

    1. Haven't been to Domaine Chandon in several years, but it has always been very good with great atmosphere, although pricey. Domaine Chandon is the only winery in the Napa Valley that has a restaurant which is open to the public. Other possibilities around Yountville are Redd, Bistro Don Giovanni, Ad Hoc (Thomas Keller's newest restaurant--no menu choices), Bistro Jeanty, Bouchon.

      1. Vineyards with restaurants are rare since restaurants (and most other businesses except wineries and tasting rooms) are banned in wine-growing agricultural areas.

        Does Domaine Chandon have any vineyards at the winery?

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        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Yes, although I think they are more visible from the tasting room which does serve food. (I've only been to the restaurant at night, so I don't know what is visible from there....)

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            The vineyards are in the surrounding hills...not really visible from the winery.

            Not sure Domaine Chandon has their act together regarding food...please check
            with others who have actually dined there in the last few months. They've lost a series of chefs over the past 4 years, and have never regained their footing since Philippe Jeanty.

          2. When one stays in Napa Valley, they must attempt to try one of the Yountville Thomas Keller Trifecta - The French Laundry, Bouchon, and Ad Hoc. Personally, I love Ad Hoc as it is family style dining, prix fixe, and they have a great wine list. We've gone there numerous times with a group of eight and it was no problem. Make sure to get a reservation. You can also try Auberge du Soleil, though it is a bit spendy in my opinion.

            (If you can't already tell, I'm a huge TK fan. I can't help it. The man is a genius.)

            1. John Ash & Co. in Santa Rosa (Sonoma County). It's been several years since I've eaten there, so can't offer a personal opinion on the food now. But here's the panorama tour,

              John Ash & Co
              4330 Barnes Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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