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upcoming Napa/Sonoma trip

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My gf and I are going on a 5 day trip to Napa/Sonoma next month and would love some feedback on our culinary plans.

day one: dinner at Cyrus
day two: dinner at Bottega
day three: dinner at Bouchon
day four: lunch at Solbar and dinner at Backstreet Kitchen
day five: dinner at either Redd or Terra (also open to other suggestions)

For lunches we plan to mostly eat light with things from oxbow market and such. Tried to get a reservation at TFL but (of course) was unable. We were between Cyrus and Meadowood but settled on Cyrus. I don't think its ideal to have as the first meal but location/timing wise, it was the only way to swing it. Also, are there any small must-do winerie besides the big obvious ones? My gf mostly likes reds, especially pinots, while I like both whites and reds. Any suggestions/comments would be greatly appreciated!

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Bottega
6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

Bouchon
6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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  1. Awesome list of restaurants. Congrats!

    Don't know where you're staying. If its Healdsburg pre-Cyrus, the Pinot Noirs in that area are a good focus. Napa is not for Pinot.

    For Napa, 2 breakfast suggestions: coffee and pastries at Bouchon Bakery. Join the locals and their dogs in the morning. Also in Yountville, check out Hotel Luca just north of TFL. Edited menu of quietly elegant breakfast items. Still largely unknown. I love to there with my iPad, sit by the window and let the day begin
    For your dinner choices, no losers there. My personal preference order is Cyrus, Redd, Solbar, Bouchon, Backstreet, Bottega and Terra. That preference reflects the atmosphere and ambiance as well as the food. For me, Terra was too quiet and hushed and Bottega too much a theatrical tribute to Michael Chiarello. I am sure others would rank the group differently.

    Wineries? Schramsberg is my very favorite for visiting tourists. Great sparkling wine education in a lovely wooded setting with historical, hand hewn 19th century caves. Can't miss experience just south of Calistoga. Reserve.

    Have a great time.

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    Bouchon Bakery
    6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

    Solbar
    755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga, CA

    Bottega
    6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599

    Bouchon
    6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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    1. re: cortez

      I'm now having some second thoughts about Bouchon after reading a bunch of reviews touting Ad Hoc as a superior option. Thoughts?

      Bouchon Bakery is definitely on the must-do list. Now we'll add Luca to that as well.

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      Ad Hoc
      6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

      Bouchon Bakery
      6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

      Bouchon
      6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

      1. re: cubicles

        I would definitely choose Ad Hoc over Bouchon. I think the quality is more consistent, the vibe is more casual, and it will be a refreshing change during your 5 days of eating. And who doesn't love a cheese course? Have been there at least a dozen times and always enjoy the simple but well executed menus.

        Bouchon Bakery I can take or leave. The bread is great, my faves are the baguette and the brioche. But I am not wowed by the pastries, preferring Model Bakery any day. For lunch I do think the roasted vegetable sandwich at Bouchon Bakery is worthwhile - just make sure they heat it up all the way. Having said that, if you are staying in Yountville it probably is your best bet for breakfast. I have not tried Hotel Luca but plan to. If you make it down to Napa, try Sweetie Pies or the classic, old school Buttercream Bakery.

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        Ad Hoc
        6476 Washington St., Yountville, CA 94599

        Bouchon Bakery
        6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

        Model Bakery
        610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559

        Butter Cream Bakery & Diner
        2297 Jefferson St, Napa, CA 94559

        Sweetie Pies
        520 Main St, Napa, CA 94559

        Bouchon
        6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

    2. There are just so many wonderful places to eat in Sonoma and Napa that it is hard to go wrong. Our favorite places are Zin in Healdsburg and Bistro Jeanty in Yountville. Also love Cindy'd Backstreet Kitchen.

      As for wineries, there is such an embarrassment of riches. Favorite places in Sonoma are Iron Horse in Sebastopol (fab sparklings and also great pn and chard.; Ridge Lytton Springs, Sonoma Cutrer and Vision Cellars. In Napa we love Trefethen, Chimney Rock, Nichelini (only on the weekend). Appointments are always a good idea.

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      Bistro Jeanty
      6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

      1. Etude has outstanding Pinots, they are in Carneros (Napa). While you are there try Boon Fly Cafe for lunch right across highway 121. I agree trade Buchon for AdHoc but check their online menu for the day. They usually offer only 2 entrees daily. Terra is quiet but the food is awesome, owner Lisa Duomanie is the grand daughter of the orignal Stags Leap (one of Napa's finest Cabs). Her husband Hero is the chef and he is amazing. Enjoy your trip!

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        Boon Fly Cafe
        4048 Sonoma Highway, Napa, CA 94559

        1. Try Merry Edwards near Healsburg for Pinot. She is one the experts in Pinot in Sonoma

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          1. re: sonomajom

            Merry Edwards is in Sebastopol, here's a link.

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            Merry Edwards Winery
            2959 Gravenstein Hwy N, Sebastopol, CA