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Where to Grab Picnic Lunch on Way to Pride Mountain Winery?

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kiworan79 Nov 3, 2010 02:43 PM

We will be heading up to Pride Mountain on Saturday, and want to grab sandwiches/etc. for a picnic lunch. Any suggestions of good places to pick stuff up? Will be coming from the south (Los Gatos).

Thanks in advance!

  1. wolfe Nov 3, 2010 03:03 PM

    Close to the winery Dean and Deluca or Sunshine Market.
    http://www.chow.com/restaurants/27465/dean-and-deluca-markets?tag=search_results;results_list
    http://www.sunshinefoodsmarket.com/

    1. Robert Lauriston Nov 3, 2010 03:04 PM

      I like the baked goods, sandwiches, and desserts at Della Fattoria. Great place.

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      Della Fattoria
      141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

      1. wolfe Nov 3, 2010 03:17 PM

        I guess the next question is which way are you going( GGB or OBB or no bridge 880) and where do you want to picnic?

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          kiworan79 Nov 4, 2010 07:19 AM

          Thanks, all. Mapquest says to go 880, but if there is a better (more scenic) route with a great place to stop for food on the way, I am open to suggestions. We were thinking of picnicking at the winery, so anyplace between Los Gatos and the winery would work, although I guess closer to the winery is preferable.

          1. re: kiworan79
            wolfe Nov 4, 2010 07:26 AM

            If you are on 29 additional close to spots are Trader Joe's and Whole Foods( largest collection of steam table dishes I've ever seen) at Napa Trancas Road exit and Oakville Grocery

            1. re: kiworan79
              Robert Lauriston Nov 4, 2010 10:07 AM

              Oops, I was looking at the Santa Rosa address rather than the St. Helena one.

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                SteveG Nov 4, 2010 04:25 PM

                St. Helena address for what? Pride Mountain's property extends from the county line into Sonoma county, at times wandering back across the county line. It's about equidistant between Santa Rosa and St. Helena cities.

                As for where to go and how to get there--driving up the east bay route is more direct and faster. It's also the ugliest stretch of freeway in the bay area.

                85 to 280 to 101 is way prettier, and I think Robert's original suggestion of Della Fattoria in Petaluma is a good one.

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                Della Fattoria
                141 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 94952

                1. re: SteveG
                  Robert Lauriston Nov 4, 2010 04:29 PM

                  I looked on their Web site and saw a Santa Rosa address, but that's for deliveries only.

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                  Pride Mountain Vineyards
                  4026 Spring Mountain Rd, St Helena, CA

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    wolfe Nov 4, 2010 04:40 PM

                    Approaches from the east or the west you can take your choice.
                    http://www.pridewines.com/content/vis...
                    I've got to tell you that I will love yelling at my GPS, "You are so wrong."
                    Continue on Spring Mountain/St. Helena Road as indicated above, ignoring your GPS when it tells you to turn back.

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                      SteveG Nov 4, 2010 04:45 PM

                      Edited post--honestly, I grew up right there and the directions on Pride's web site don't really make anything much clearer. GPS on cell phones won't work anyway with the reception there.

                      The key thing is that their driveway is 6 miles from the last turn in St. Helena. People should look at their odometers, and then when they get close look for signs to Pride, which is very well marked due to the confusing addresses in that area.

                      The actual driveway entrance for Pride is still where it always has been, a few tenths of a mile into Sonoma County from the county line, which is also the high elevation point for Spring Mountain Road, which turns into St. Helena Road on the Santa Rosa side of the county line.

                      To keep this chowish, the bass fish in the irrigation pond Pride bought with the property that gave them a St. Helena address used to taste good ;)

                2. re: kiworan79
                  Robert Lauriston Nov 4, 2010 10:21 AM

                  Acme Bakery in Berkeley (just a couple of minutes off the freeway) for bread. Fatted Calf in Napa for cold cuts.

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                  Fatted Calf
                  644-C First Street, Napa, CA 94559

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston
                    wolfe Nov 4, 2010 12:41 PM

                    Fatted Calf is more than a couple of minutes out of the way unless Kiworan goes there on the way to take the less traveled and scenic Silverado Trail to Pope St. then thru St. Helena back to 29. There is also a good cheese selection in the Oxbow Market.

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                      Robert Lauriston Nov 4, 2010 02:15 PM

                      Fatted Calf is a mile and a half off 29, and on the short drive down 2nd St. and back on 1st you see most of the nice old part of Napa.

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                      Fatted Calf
                      644-C First Street, Napa, CA 94559

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                    Malcolm Ruthven Nov 6, 2010 06:38 AM

                    >We were thinking of picnicking at the winery<

                    For sure. Their view is one of the best in all the California wine areas. One pic...

                    http://ruthvenphotos.com/winecountry/...

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                  skwid Nov 4, 2010 09:26 AM

                  I would go to either Dean and Deluca or Oakville Grocery. Note that early Oakville Grocery will be quiet but by 11:00 a.m. it will get pretty crowded. Dean and Deluca can be a bit the same way. So you might want to get something down in Los Gatos and just put everything in a cooler and avoid the crowds.

                  1. wolfe Nov 4, 2010 05:11 PM

                    Excellent suggestions from a local, Maria Lorraine.
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7232...

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                      maria lorraine Nov 4, 2010 09:07 PM

                      Thanks, Wolfe. That's a good route (in your link) if coming from Santa Rosa.

                      If coming via the city of Napa (on either Silverado Trail or Highway 29), either Sunshine Market in St. Helena, or Dean & Deluca on Highway 29 just south of St. Helena work well. (Cut over from Silverado Trail at either Zinfandel Lane or Pope Street.) In the post Wolfe has linked to, there are additional suggestions to round out the picnic. Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation.

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