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Jul 23, 2012 10:32 AM

Just Back From Napa

I just spent a wonderful four days in Napa. Having been to Paris just last month, I can say without equivocation that the food in the Vally overall surpassed what we've had in Europe. The freshness of the ingredients and the innovative use are astounding!

The highlights were a peach, grilled vidalia onion, proscuitto appetizer at Solbar along with a flatiron steak that was the best beef I have ever eaten. We had been to Viader that afternoon and opened a gorgeous cab blend that got better and better in the glass. Service at the lounge for a pre-dinner drink was terrible - poor management of staff - but once we were seated at dinner, it was delightful.

The Grill at Meadowood was also stunning. We didn't have reservations in The Restaurant but were more than satisfied with the Grill. The heirloom tomatoes tasted like candy and the halibut with chorizo was sensational.

I think the food at Meadowood trumps the food at Auberge. We had a lunch and a dinner at the Bistro. While nothing competes with that view, I thought the food was just good, not great - didn't compare to some of the other food we had in the Valley.

A picnic at Pride Mountain was a highlight, and the sweet corn soup with tortilla dust at CIA was glorious! I'm thinking about making Napa my annual vacation spot.

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  1. Sounds like a great trip! I've been meaning to try Meadowood but haven't made it yet. We enjoyed Solbar a lot, although I haven't heard if Solage Resort has solved its financial problems yet. It is a beautiful serene spot, but that remoteness works against it in attracting off-season business.

    We always feel so lucky to live in CA. Others ask us why we spend so much of our time just traveling around Northern CA, and I tell them that other people come from all over the world to visit here. They feel lucky to spend a week here, while we can go to our favorites any time we wish!