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Maria’s Wine Country Guidebook

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Maria’s Wine Country Guidebook

Food scene
Archetype offers quintessential Napa/California cuisine in a stylized, whimsical setting very close to the house. Generally considered mid-range for the area. As appropriate for a romantic evening out as it is brunch with friends.
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Archetype
1429 Main Street
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Archetype offers quintessential Napa/California cuisine in a stylized, whimsical setting very close to the house. Generally considered mid-range for the area. As appropriate for a romantic evening out as it is brunch with friends.
This is the more casual cousin of the world-famous three-starred French Laundry. They offer a four-course family style fixed menu that changes daily. It makes for a fun dining experience, but not ideal for picky diners. Perfect for foodies looking for something a little more casual.
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Ad Hoc
6476 Washington Street
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This is the more casual cousin of the world-famous three-starred French Laundry. They offer a four-course family style fixed menu that changes daily. It makes for a fun dining experience, but not ideal for picky diners. Perfect for foodies looking for something a little more casual.
PRESS is the Napa take on the classic steakhouse. Think big, bold and rich flavors with equally compelling wines. Not a light meal, but excellent for special occasions and meat lovers.
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PRESS
587 Saint Helena Highway
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PRESS is the Napa take on the classic steakhouse. Think big, bold and rich flavors with equally compelling wines. Not a light meal, but excellent for special occasions and meat lovers.
Gott's is quintessentially California. Famous for its burgers but also does a wide range of excellent dishes such as salads and fish tacos. You'll order at the counter and eat your meal on the benches in the grassy spot outback. Think quick, casual and delicious.
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Gott's Roadside
933 Main Street
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Gott's is quintessentially California. Famous for its burgers but also does a wide range of excellent dishes such as salads and fish tacos. You'll order at the counter and eat your meal on the benches in the grassy spot outback. Think quick, casual and delicious.
A delicious, more casual restaurant with well-prepared Napa fare. They're particularly famous for their Mongolian pork chop, which should not be missed!
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Mustards Grill
7399 Saint Helena Highway
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A delicious, more casual restaurant with well-prepared Napa fare. They're particularly famous for their Mongolian pork chop, which should not be missed!
World famous, the quintessential three-star Napa Valley experience. Get a reservation long in advance and be prepared for a long and pricey, albeit awe inspiring experience. Jackets are required for men.
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The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street
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World famous, the quintessential three-star Napa Valley experience. Get a reservation long in advance and be prepared for a long and pricey, albeit awe inspiring experience. Jackets are required for men.
This spot is often overshadowed by its three-star cousin down in Yountville, but don't be so quick to brush it aside. Often thought of as the superior three-Michelin star experience by locals, Meadowood as a devout cult following of its own. Reservations are required and setting is formal.
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The Restaurant at Meadowood
900 Meadowood Lane
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This spot is often overshadowed by its three-star cousin down in Yountville, but don't be so quick to brush it aside. Often thought of as the superior three-Michelin star experience by locals, Meadowood as a devout cult following of its own. Reservations are required and setting is formal.
Vineyards and wineries
Jordan is becoming large and more commercial, but its wines remain solid. It offers a very elegant extended tasting, where guests enjoy a vertical of its lovely, if mellow, Cabs. The tasting comes with an amuse bouche, as well as cheeses and olive oil. Requires a reservation.
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
1474 Alexander Valley Road
Jordan is becoming large and more commercial, but its wines remain solid. It offers a very elegant extended tasting, where guests enjoy a vertical of its lovely, if mellow, Cabs. The tasting comes with an amuse bouche, as well as cheeses and olive oil. Requires a reservation.
Far Niente is famous for its cabs, which are widely available in excellent restaurants. The tasting experience is elegant and tasty, albeit pricey. Reservations are encouraged.
Far Niente Winery
1350 Acacia Dr
Far Niente is famous for its cabs, which are widely available in excellent restaurants. The tasting experience is elegant and tasty, albeit pricey. Reservations are encouraged.
Banshee offers one of the coolest tastings in California wine country. You'll enjoy a cool, modern, living room-type space and can even choose a record to throw on the player. Clientele skews younger and the tasting is more casual. Wines tend to be more accessible, in the $20-$60 range.
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Banshee Wines
325 Center Street
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Banshee offers one of the coolest tastings in California wine country. You'll enjoy a cool, modern, living room-type space and can even choose a record to throw on the player. Clientele skews younger and the tasting is more casual. Wines tend to be more accessible, in the $20-$60 range.
This is the vineyard that tends to (and produces wine from) the Cab Franc right on the property! Stop by to sample their well regarded cabs as well as a sneaky Merlot that can convince even the most skeptical drinkers. They're always happy to welcome guests staying at Mille Vigne. Reservation required.
Pride Mountain Vineyards
3000 Summit Trail
This is the vineyard that tends to (and produces wine from) the Cab Franc right on the property! Stop by to sample their well regarded cabs as well as a sneaky Merlot that can convince even the most skeptical drinkers. They're always happy to welcome guests staying at Mille Vigne. Reservation required.
This well regarded but available vineyard offers a lovely tasting in their outdoor garden area. In addition to offering some of the Caymus you may see in high-end stores, they also offer a few harder to find varieties for you to enjoy!
Caymus Vineyards
8700 Conn Creek Rd
This well regarded but available vineyard offers a lovely tasting in their outdoor garden area. In addition to offering some of the Caymus you may see in high-end stores, they also offer a few harder to find varieties for you to enjoy!
Sure, it's a big, commercial producer of sparkling wines, but there's a reason. Their offerings are tasty and they offer some hard to find stuff on sight. Plus they offer a really wide range of tasting experiences. Try one outside under the misters for a particularly beautiful summer experience.
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Mumm Napa
8445 Silverado Trail
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Sure, it's a big, commercial producer of sparkling wines, but there's a reason. Their offerings are tasty and they offer some hard to find stuff on sight. Plus they offer a really wide range of tasting experiences. Try one outside under the misters for a particularly beautiful summer experience.
Simply the best sparkling wine made in the area. Not to be missed by sparkling wine enthusiasts!
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Schramsberg Vineyards
1400 Schramsberg Road
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Simply the best sparkling wine made in the area. Not to be missed by sparkling wine enthusiasts!
Cakebread is becoming more and more widely accessible. But, particularly for white wine enthusiasts, it's a great tasting. One of the few wineries in the area that prioritizes their white wine offerings, can't be missed if anyone in your party is a fan.
Cakebread Cellars
8300 St Helena Hwy
Cakebread is becoming more and more widely accessible. But, particularly for white wine enthusiasts, it's a great tasting. One of the few wineries in the area that prioritizes their white wine offerings, can't be missed if anyone in your party is a fan.
Highly indicative of the unique Spring Mountain style. Think classic big reds in a romantic setting. Reservation required.
Spring Mountain Vineyard
2805 Spring Mountain Rd
Highly indicative of the unique Spring Mountain style. Think classic big reds in a romantic setting. Reservation required.
Activities
Stop by to rent biking equipment and get all the information you might want about biking around the Valley.
St. Helena Cyclery
1156 Main Street
Stop by to rent biking equipment and get all the information you might want about biking around the Valley.
There are lots of galleries in wine country, but Paul's is far away one of the most beautiful and thoughtfully curated. It also includes a local winery so stop in an enjoy a glass and some great art!
Paul Mahder Gallery
222 Healdsburg Ave
There are lots of galleries in wine country, but Paul's is far away one of the most beautiful and thoughtfully curated. It also includes a local winery so stop in an enjoy a glass and some great art!
There's nothing more restorative than a trip to the hot springs. Purchase a spa treatment (or two) and enjoy the springs for the day! Calistoga Spa is certainly one of the better know destinations, but there are several excellent spas in town featuring the area's famous natural hot springs, any one of which will give you a great experience.
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Calistoga Spa Hot Springs
1006 Washington Street
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There's nothing more restorative than a trip to the hot springs. Purchase a spa treatment (or two) and enjoy the springs for the day! Calistoga Spa is certainly one of the better know destinations, but there are several excellent spas in town featuring the area's famous natural hot springs, any one of which will give you a great experience.