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.
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,
even a Michelin starred restaurant
are amongst your choices.
Or you can simply sit back and enjoy a light snack with your bubbly
tasting lounge. It’s the perfect destination for wine lovers of
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.
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 &
CIA at Greystone offers many options for foodies, none the least
being the opportunity to dine in the, Wine Spectator
(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
We dined al fresco on the terrace and whilst the food was
memorable, the service was not. It is a teaching restaurant after
If you can focus on the food, you will enjoy one of the finest
meals in Napa Valley here.
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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1 California Drive
Yountville, CA 94599
+1 888 242 6366
Wine Spectator Greystone Restaurant
2555 Main St
Saint Helena, CA 94574
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!