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May 4, 2011 03:50 PM

1 Day in Napa Valley----

I get to party plan a day in wine country for 10 people in early June. So looking for suggestins:

1) Best terrace/gardened restaurant to eat lunch outside
2) Best winery to have picnic at?
3) Where to do olive oil tasting/olive tasting?

Any help with suggestions would be helpful. I am overloaded from reading the Internet and needing some informed recommendations from discerning palates and chow hounds.

Thanks. Rick

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    1. Outside dining: Bistro Don Giovanni
      Winery for picnic: Pride
      Olive oil: Round Pond or the Napa Valley Olive Oil Manufacturing Company

      Bistro Don Giovanni
      4110 Howard Ln, Napa, CA

      1. 1. Agree with Don Giovanni. I know it is snubbed on this board, but Tra Vigne has an absolutely lovely walled-in patio with trees. I'd also suggest Angele overlooking the Napa River.

        2. For a picnic, I like Frank Family, Rutherford Hill (although it looks like they are now charging to picnic??).

        3. Definitely Round Pond for olive oil tasting. NV Olive Oil Manufacturing Co. only does the most informal olive oil tastings. Maybe Carrie was referring to St. Helena Olive Oil Co?

        Rutherford Hill
        200 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford, CA

        Tra Vigne Restaurant
        1050 Charter Oak, St. Helena, CA 94574

        2 Replies
        1. re: Junie D

          Yes, Junie - thank you! I was thinking of St. Helena Olive Oil Co....

          1. re: Junie D

            Agree with Rutherford Hill for picnic, and would do Brix for outdoor patio dining with spectacular setting facing the gardens/vineyards and hills . . .
            Also would have a sunset drink at Auberge patio/bar overlooking the valley - right next to Rutherford Hill Winery.

            Rutherford Hill
            200 Rutherford Hill Rd, Rutherford, CA

            7377 St. Helena Highway, Napa, CA 94558