Napa is synonymous with great wines but not all
of us want to pay $30 to taste a flight of wines, as some of the
more serious tasting rooms require. So on a recent trip to wine
country with my family, my mother, my mother-in-law and myself were
more interested in sitting down and having an actual glass of wine,
which is why Domaine Chandon
was the perfect place for us.


(Bubbly paired with charcuterie and cheese – the perfect snack
to tide you over until your next lunch in Napa)

It’s one of the vineyards with the most options so whether you are
a serious oenophile or simply wanting to enjoy a glass of wine,
there’s sure to be something for everyone. Tastings,
tours, and
even a Michelin starred restaurant 
are amongst your choices. 


(Snacks and rosé bubbly in the Domaine Chandon’s tasting
lounge
)

Or you can simply sit back and enjoy a light snack with your bubbly
in the
tasting lounge
. It’s the perfect destination for wine lovers of
all kinds.

Napa is fast becoming as well known for its food as its wines
and one of our most outstanding meals was at The
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
in St.
Helena. 


(Monterey Bay sardines served with Yukon Gold potatoes, mixed
greens and herb salad, salsa verde; fresh buratta; Chow
Chow)

Located in and around the Greystone Cellars building dating from
1888, the CIA teaching kitchens are considered amongst the finest
professional education facilities in the world. Both the professional
and “enthusiast” programs
emphasize fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. 


(fried green tomatoes; duck fat roasted fingerling potatoes;
Pan seared day boat scallops with sweet white corn, mushrooms,
sugar snap peas, basil pesto; sautéed spinach with pine nuts &
golden raisins;

CIA at Greystone offers many options for foodies, none the least
being the opportunity to dine in the, Wine Spectator
Restaurant


(Petite hanger steak – A grilled 6 oz. Hanger with glazed
yellow wax beans, Toybox cherry tomatoes, pancetta, watercress
salad, crumbled Gorgonzola, Cabernet jus; Sautéed spinach with pine
nuts & golden raisins; Dungeness crab and shrimp meatballs with
spaghetti, heirloom tomatoes, super premium olive oil and toasted
garlic)

We dined al fresco on the terrace and whilst the food was
memorable, the service was not. It is a teaching restaurant after
all.


(Crème brûlée; Chocolate mousse; Vol au vent filled with lemon
curd)

If you can focus on the food, you will enjoy one of the finest
meals in Napa Valley here.


(Olive oil ice cream; Pecans, chocolate, toffee; panna
cotta)

In the heart of downtown Napa’s Oxbow District, the Oxbow
Public Market
is a tiny but worthwhile market,
definitely a must on any foodie’s itinerary. 


Pick up picnic fare and a bottle of wine or simply enjoy a meal
overlooking the river on the patio.  When you’re done, there
are a number of interesting shops and specialty
vendors
to browse – offering a wide range of artisanal food and
ingredients as well as fresh produce, meat and fish.  This is
a unique destination that anyone interested in food should place at
the top of their “to visit” list in Napa.

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Domaine Chandon
1 California Drive
Yountville, CA 94599
+1 888 242 6366

Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant
2555 Main St
Saint Helena, CA 94574
(707) 967-1010

Oxbow Public Market
610 & 644 First Street,
Napa, California 94559

Mardi Michels is a full-time French teacher and part-time
food blogger based in Toronto.  Her blog, eat.live.travel.write 
focuses on culinary adventures both near and far because she
travels as often as she can!

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