Many people ask me for some tips for things to do when they visit Napa. Here is my list.
- Check out my map at http://g.co/maps/25cq4
I have not updated it recently, but these are all great. I am sure you will have your own favorites that you would like to visit.
- Visit no more than 3 wineries per day (otherwise it gets too tiring and you won’t enjoy the rest of the trip as much)
- Ballentine – The staff are very friendly and they have a very wide selection of wines to taste. You should definitely try the Chenin Blanc (very refreshing… you *will* buy some!), all their Zinfandels, and also the Cabernet Franc. My brother-in-law (Bruce Devlin) is the winemaker. Recently had great Cabernet releases.
- Cade – My sister-in-law Danielle Cyrot is the winemaker. Cade is very fancy (leeds certified, caves etc… owned by Gordon Getty and Gavin Newsom). The wines are incredible, the views fantastic, and the tasting experience will completely ruin all future tasting sesstions.
- Odette – the newest addition to the Plumpjack group. Beautiful and fantastic wines. And you can taste Plumpjack, Cade and Odette wines at one place.
- Hess Collection is a fantastic mountain winery with a very cool art exhibition and beautiful mountain scenery.
- Someone also told me that Palmaz Vineyards has the best wine tour and tasting
- Also heard thatHall Rutherfordhas the best production tour
- On the fancy (expensive) side:
- Southbridge Inn – excellent place, should be able to get a good rate! –http://www.southbridgenapavalley.com
- Meadowood – offers golf, croquet, tennis spa etc. 3 Star Michelin restaurant – http://www.meadowood.com/
- Solage – http://www.solagecalistoga.com/
- Bardessono – http://www.bardessono.com/
- Silverado.- http://www.silveradoresort.com/
- Carneros Inn
- On the more affordable side:
- Andaz (http://napa.andaz.hyatt.com) – great location right in town
- Westin Verasa (www.Westin.com/VerasaNapa) – very nice with a fantastic restaurant onsite
- Meritage is a little different, but they do a great job too. Great bar and bowling alley!! – http://www.themeritageresort.com/
- Best Western – I know it doesn’t sound too good, but check them out on tripadvizer
- Top Choices
- Bistro Jeanty (French Bistro)
- Bottega (Michael Chiarello’s place)
- Lucy’s (in Yountville at Bardessono, farm to table California cuisine)
- The Farm at Carneros
- Also great.. We go here regularly
- Angele (French Bistro, inside/outside)
- Celadon (California Cuisine, inside/outside)
- La Taberna (Spanish wine bar/tapas, good vibe)
- Boon Fly at Carneros (best breakfast!)
- Farmstead (St. Helena) – Pretty place, nice outside, fireplace, outside bar, etc
- Redwood Pizza (Yountville) – excellent lunch place
- Rent bikes and go for a nice leisurely ride (work off the food and a great way to experience the scenery). Great summary of routes in the valleyhttp://napavalleybiketours.com/napa-valley-cycling-routes/
- Go for a hike at Alston Park
- Hot air balloon rides
- Olive oil tasting.
- Get a limo for the afternoon’s tasting – http://www.nvtt.net/
- Golf at Chardonnay