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Jul 17, 2009 09:00 PM

Napa Recommendations

Hi there,

My chef boyfriend and I will be visiting Napa in September and I'm hoping all you 'hounds can help direct me toward the best of the best in Napa food, wineries, and things to do. We'll be staying in downtown Napa, but do hope to venture up to Yountville.

Thanks in advance for your recs! :-)

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  1. hot spots: oxbow market, bottega, ad hoc, bardessono, ubuntu.
    favorites: villa corona, terra, go fish, cook, angele, market, martini house
    wineries: elizabeth spencer, louis martini, round pond, sinskey, paraduxx

    1. Quintessa, Cliff Lede and Domaine Chandon (kinda corporate but, the bubbles!) were my favorite wineries last September.

      1. I was there last weekend b/c the Mumm wine shipment was ready to pick up. I had a fabulous time on their Oak Terrace drinking library(12 year old bubbles!)wines & eating cheese & berries. Beautiful. Nice Burrata and a french triple cream. I think three other cheeses were on the plate. Generous portions & three paired really well with the wine. I didn't ever really think Mumm was a good sparkler but have been converted. Servers were really great too.

        Monday, after camping in Bothe Napa(not a bad campground) we went to Bouchon Bakery for road pastry. Amazing good. We had some sort of raisin twist thing, which had three types, at least, of raisin that tasted like they were soaked in something good. Pastry was perfectly glazed & segment-y. Then an Almond Chocolate Croissant. Darkish chocolate, mmmmm, perfectly flaky not too sweet. That's what I like about Bouchon Bakery, nothing is icky sweet. Everything looked delicious. I could have gotten one of everything! We got a coffee cake too, meh. Didn't eat that till a day or so later, might have made it stale.

        Bouchon Bakery
        6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

        Mumm Napa Valley
        8445 Silverado Trail, Rutherford, CA

        1. In Napa- Angele has one of my favorite burgers- go for lunch, sit on the riverfront patio, and enjoy the gorgeous weather! Definitely swing by Oxbow & have a cupcake from Kara's. Up in Yountville, don't miss ad hoc. Redd (a few doors down) is also really good- their peanut butter gianduja dessert is to die for!

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          1. re: sweet ginger

            September is a terrific time to visit. The afternoon light is starting to shift, and there couldn't be a better late afternoon view spot than the deck at Auberge for drinks and a snack - North on the Silverado Trail from Napa about 15 minutes.

            If you're in the mood for casual Mexican food, I definitely agree with jaimecouchon about Villa Corona . . . great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

          2. Sarah, this question comes up several times a week, and there are many great answers to your questions on the board here already. Please do a search.

            By the way, the grapegrowing area and concentration of wineries does not even begin till Yountville, so hopefully you will spend most of your time in Yountville and north. Napa is a small city, not really agricultural at all. You need to venture north to take in the wineries and the best the valley has to offer. Please consult a map, and spend some time gleaning the recommendations already made on this board.

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            1. re: maria lorraine

              Too bad that your spot on concise description and perhaps another one created for Sonoma (city/county) couldn't appear each time either name was mentioned. Your recommendations are exceeded only by your patience. Cheers