You don’t have to like wine to enjoy Napa, but if you do appreciate it, there is much to taste. You may have to pick and choose because after a while it’s hard to tell the difference between one wine and another, at least for me. When it comes to sampling, here’s something you may not know: it’s best to do it in the morning when your palate is clear. That may be true, but I had a hard time thinking about morning wine!
So, what were my favorites? Rombauer Chardonnay; Goosecross Syrah; Silverado Fantasia, a blend of sangiovese and cabernet; Hall T Bar T Ranch Sauvignon Blanc; Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon. What is unfortunate is that several of my preferred wines are available only through the winery which means you either have to order or be a wine club member which is not as easy as going to your local purveyor.
As good as sampling wine is eating. In a few days, it’s hard to try every place, but among the ones we tried these are standouts:
Oakville Grocery which is a great place to pick up a sandwich or prepared food as well as to shop for locally produced products. Don’t be fooled by the exterior and pass this place by as it’s well worth a stop.
Bottega (Yountville) serves up excellent Italian food in a charming space that is not overly noisy. I don’t know about you, but we like quieter restaurants as opposed to those with hard surfaces and blaring music. Here I had my first shaved brussels sprout salad and loved it!
Experiencing Napa is a treat on many levels. When you plan your visit, I highly recommend reservations at places you are sure you want to visit. Even in the slow season, that is helpful, but from spring through fall, it is a must.
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