Nick's Guidebook for Napa

Nick

Nick's Guidebook for Napa

Essentials
This is where we do most of our shopping. There's a Target, Whole Foods, and other nice places close by.
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Trader Joe's
3654 Bel Aire Plaza
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This is where we do most of our shopping. There's a Target, Whole Foods, and other nice places close by.
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Whole Foods Market
3682 Bel Aire Plaza
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Parks & Nature
Just a nice place to stroll. A short walk from the property.
O'Brien Park
Just a nice place to stroll. A short walk from the property.
Great place to hike for 1 to 4 hours. Well maintained trails. Quiet and safe.
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Skyline Wilderness Park
2201 Imola Avenue
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Great place to hike for 1 to 4 hours. Well maintained trails. Quiet and safe.
Food Scene
I include restaurants that are tried and true. Also included are cheaper, more local places that we like. There are tons more of course.
Best for burgers and especially their ribs. We use their next door take-out service, called "Back Door BBQ." Close to the house.
Red Rock Café
1010 Lincoln Avenue
Best for burgers and especially their ribs. We use their next door take-out service, called "Back Door BBQ." Close to the house.
We love this place with its small shops and restaurants. We love Hog Island Oyster Co. and C-Casa. Also, you can buy the best beef (Five Dot Ranch), pork (Fatted Calf), fish (Eikos), and cheese for your home-cooked barbecued meals at my house.
oxbow market
601 1st St
We love this place with its small shops and restaurants. We love Hog Island Oyster Co. and C-Casa. Also, you can buy the best beef (Five Dot Ranch), pork (Fatted Calf), fish (Eikos), and cheese for your home-cooked barbecued meals at my house.
Really nice local place, offering great Italian food. Great for families. They have the best Baked Rigatoni, IMO.
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Azzurro Pizzeria e Enoteca
1260 Main St
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Really nice local place, offering great Italian food. Great for families. They have the best Baked Rigatoni, IMO.
Consistently wonderful service and food. Locals and tourists love it. We go at least 3 times a year.
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Bistro Don Giovanni
4110 Howard Lane
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Consistently wonderful service and food. Locals and tourists love it. We go at least 3 times a year.
French. We have gone annually for the last 20+ years. Best Cassoulet I've ever eaten.
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Bistro Jeanty
6510 Washington Street
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French. We have gone annually for the last 20+ years. Best Cassoulet I've ever eaten.
Busy fun place to eat & drink. Good for families.
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Norman Rose Tavern
1401 1st Street
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Busy fun place to eat & drink. Good for families.
Very loud, but fun vibe. Great Asian fusion cuisine.
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Morimoto Napa
610 Main Street
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Very loud, but fun vibe. Great Asian fusion cuisine.
They earned their Michelin Star with some really incredible Italian/American fare. A little pricey, but really worth it. Try the Pigs' Ears. Rezzies required for evenings (try lunch instead? we did).
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Bouchon Bistro
6534 Washington Street
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They earned their Michelin Star with some really incredible Italian/American fare. A little pricey, but really worth it. Try the Pigs' Ears. Rezzies required for evenings (try lunch instead? we did).
Very good French food. Went back last week and it was deelish. Fresh.
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Angele Restaurant & Bar
540 Main St
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Very good French food. Went back last week and it was deelish. Fresh.
An authentic Mexican restaurant in downtown Napa. Great bar. It offers "an authentic and market-driven Mexican menu inspired by travels abroad, particularly traditional Mexican street fare. Creating a new take on regionally-influenced Mexican cuisine, the menu aims to showcase a diversity of dishes from across the country."
GRAN ELÉCTRICA
1313 Main St
An authentic Mexican restaurant in downtown Napa. Great bar. It offers "an authentic and market-driven Mexican menu inspired by travels abroad, particularly traditional Mexican street fare. Creating a new take on regionally-influenced Mexican cuisine, the menu aims to showcase a diversity of dishes from across the country."
Great oyster bar. Fabulous seafood stew.
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Hog Island Oyster Co
610 1st Street
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Great oyster bar. Fabulous seafood stew.
Excellent tapas place. Very popular.
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Zuzu
829 Main Street
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Excellent tapas place. Very popular.
Best pizza. But it also has great meals for takeout or delivery that you cook in the oven.
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Foodshed Take Away
3385 Old California Way
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Best pizza. But it also has great meals for takeout or delivery that you cook in the oven.
Great upscale Mexican (Oaxacan) in Yountville. Best mole I've tasted outside of Mexico. Excellent Margaritas too.
La Calenda
6518 Washington St
Great upscale Mexican (Oaxacan) in Yountville. Best mole I've tasted outside of Mexico. Excellent Margaritas too.
Great Indian food. Haven't been for a while. But in case you get a craving, it's not far from the house.
Aroma
3012 Jefferson Street
Great Indian food. Haven't been for a while. But in case you get a craving, it's not far from the house.
Great lunch take out in downtown Napa.
The Dutch Door
1245 1st Street
Great lunch take out in downtown Napa.
Shopping
If you need to... It's about a quarter mile away.
Walmart Supercenter
681 Lincoln Avenue
If you need to... It's about a quarter mile away.
Mostly a men's store. Great shirts.
Williamson & Co
1144 Main St
Mostly a men's store. Great shirts.
Great local coffee shop in downtown Napa. I've been buying my coffee here for the last 25 years.
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Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Co
948 Main Street
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Great local coffee shop in downtown Napa. I've been buying my coffee here for the last 25 years.
Drinks & Nightlife
We highly recommend this wine store and wine bar, both for its tastings & the buying of quality wines; and, for getting great Napa winery info from the very helpful staff. Also, they never fail in helping us choose the right wine to go with our meals.
Back Room Wines - Wine Store & Bar
1000 Main Street
We highly recommend this wine store and wine bar, both for its tastings & the buying of quality wines; and, for getting great Napa winery info from the very helpful staff. Also, they never fail in helping us choose the right wine to go with our meals.
Very fun place for dinner and great jazz. Check out their website.
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Blue Note Napa
1030 Main St
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Very fun place for dinner and great jazz. Check out their website.
Great Happy Hour. They have food, but you can find a lot better elsewhere. They have been closed since July 2020.
Basalt
790 Main St
Great Happy Hour. They have food, but you can find a lot better elsewhere. They have been closed since July 2020.
Sports bar with good food.
NapaSport Steakhouse and Sports Lounge
145 Gasser Dr
Sports bar with good food.
Good sports bar and brewery. Decent food too.
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Napa Palisades Saloon
1000 Main St
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Good sports bar and brewery. Decent food too.
Arts & Culture
Very well worth the 90 minute tour. Very good art collection on a beautiful property within the Carneros Wine District. Only about a 10 min. drive. Look up the details at their website.
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di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art
5200 Carneros Highway
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Very well worth the 90 minute tour. Very good art collection on a beautiful property within the Carneros Wine District. Only about a 10 min. drive. Look up the details at their website.
This is a good winery, but it also has a very cool art museum. You don't need a reservation.
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The Hess Collection Winery
4411 Redwood Rd
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This is a good winery, but it also has a very cool art museum. You don't need a reservation.
Wineries/Sightseeing
These are several wineries that stand out. Check their websites for prices and if reservations are needed (most do). Also, let me know which ones I should include from your own favorites.
A very interesting winery in the Carneros District.
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Artesa Vineyards & Winery
1345 Henry Road
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A very interesting winery in the Carneros District.
Friends of ours love their wine. And so do we.
ZD Wines
8383 Silverado Trail
Friends of ours love their wine. And so do we.
Very interesting winery. A castle brought from Europe, stone by stone. Get reservations in advance.
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Castello di Amorosa
4045 Helena Highway
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Very interesting winery. A castle brought from Europe, stone by stone. Get reservations in advance.
Great views. You get to ride a tram up to the winery.
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Sterling Vineyards
1111 Dunaweal Ln
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Great views. You get to ride a tram up to the winery.
A stylish winery run by stylish people, this valley floor, family operation is the largest contiguous single-owner vineyard in Napa Valley—a sprawling 600 acres centered on the 19th-century Eschol estate in the Oak Knoll District.
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Trefethen Family Vineyards
1160 Oak Knoll Avenue West
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A stylish winery run by stylish people, this valley floor, family operation is the largest contiguous single-owner vineyard in Napa Valley—a sprawling 600 acres centered on the 19th-century Eschol estate in the Oak Knoll District.
Beginning 1971, Stag's Leap poured samples of its fantastic Cabernets in a tasting room down the road from the vineyards that produce the wine. But in 2014 the winery opened a new building and visitor center, designed by Barcelona architect Javier Barba, with floor-to-ceiling views of its vineyards as the centerpiece.
Stag's Leap Wine Cellars
5766 Silverado Trail
Beginning 1971, Stag's Leap poured samples of its fantastic Cabernets in a tasting room down the road from the vineyards that produce the wine. But in 2014 the winery opened a new building and visitor center, designed by Barcelona architect Javier Barba, with floor-to-ceiling views of its vineyards as the centerpiece.
A visit here includes a sampling of four sparkling wines (served at the White House on numerous occasions), a tour of the 125-year-old caves and a lesson in Champagne's méthode traditionelle.
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Schramsberg Vineyards
1400 Schramsberg Road
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A visit here includes a sampling of four sparkling wines (served at the White House on numerous occasions), a tour of the 125-year-old caves and a lesson in Champagne's méthode traditionelle.
To visit Napa without a stop at Robert Mondavi's mission-style winery in Oakville is to miss a significant piece of wine history. To celebrate Robert Mondavi's 100th birthday in 2013, the winery installed a tasting bar in its Vineyard Room, which also acts as a gallery for guest artists.
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Robert Mondavi Winery
7801 Saint Helena Highway
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To visit Napa without a stop at Robert Mondavi's mission-style winery in Oakville is to miss a significant piece of wine history. To celebrate Robert Mondavi's 100th birthday in 2013, the winery installed a tasting bar in its Vineyard Room, which also acts as a gallery for guest artists.
Ambitious pioneers David Graves and Dick Ward helped prove that the Carneros region above San Francisco Bay wasn’t just sheep grazing land: With its warm afternoons and cool breezes, it was ideal territory for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their winery off Route 121, Saintsbury (named for a legendary English connoisseur) is an ideal place to experience the Carneros, a few miles but sometimes seemingly a world away from central Napa. Book a reservation (required) and enjoy the seated, $35 five-wine tasting in the gardens or—depending on the weather—in the cellar.
Saintsbury LLC
1500 Los Carneros Ave
Ambitious pioneers David Graves and Dick Ward helped prove that the Carneros region above San Francisco Bay wasn’t just sheep grazing land: With its warm afternoons and cool breezes, it was ideal territory for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their winery off Route 121, Saintsbury (named for a legendary English connoisseur) is an ideal place to experience the Carneros, a few miles but sometimes seemingly a world away from central Napa. Book a reservation (required) and enjoy the seated, $35 five-wine tasting in the gardens or—depending on the weather—in the cellar.
Chandon is one of the few wineries in Napa Valley with a food menu to complement its sparkling wine list. Purchase wine buy the flight, glass or bottle then settle into the festive patio or find a quiet spot in an Adirondack on the expansive lawn under the oak trees.
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Domaine Chandon
1 California Drive
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Chandon is one of the few wineries in Napa Valley with a food menu to complement its sparkling wine list. Purchase wine buy the flight, glass or bottle then settle into the festive patio or find a quiet spot in an Adirondack on the expansive lawn under the oak trees.
One of the top large wineries in the world, Beringer has long done an exceptional job of producing a substantial volume of reliably high-quality wine, from the entry level bottlings to the often extraordinary Private Reserves. Its impressive, 1884 fieldstone Rhine House, housing the tasting room, is a Napa Valley landmark. There are various tasting and tour options; try the $55 Taste of Beringer Tour, which includes a barrel sampling in the old, hand-dug caves and a guided, sit-down tasting.
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Beringer Vineyards
2000 Main Street
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One of the top large wineries in the world, Beringer has long done an exceptional job of producing a substantial volume of reliably high-quality wine, from the entry level bottlings to the often extraordinary Private Reserves. Its impressive, 1884 fieldstone Rhine House, housing the tasting room, is a Napa Valley landmark. There are various tasting and tour options; try the $55 Taste of Beringer Tour, which includes a barrel sampling in the old, hand-dug caves and a guided, sit-down tasting.
One of the oldest producers in the valley, BV offers tours of the original winery building, which dates back to 1885. These are followed by barrel samples of Cabernet and a stop in the new Heritage Room, which chronicles the history of wine in Napa.
Beaulieu Vineyard
1960 Saint Helena Highway
One of the oldest producers in the valley, BV offers tours of the original winery building, which dates back to 1885. These are followed by barrel samples of Cabernet and a stop in the new Heritage Room, which chronicles the history of wine in Napa.
Duckhorn, one of the pioneers of Napa’s modern era, first struck gold with Merlot, notably its famous luxury bottling from Three Palms Vineyard, which remains its flagship. The winery also has a following for palate-flattering Cabs and Sauvignon Blancs. Though the main portfolio tends toward the expensive, there are more affordable wines well worth enjoying under the Decoy and Canvasback labels. Reserve ahead and taste five current releases for $35, or opt for various limited bottle tastings.
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Duckhorn Vineyards
1000 Lodi Lane
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Duckhorn, one of the pioneers of Napa’s modern era, first struck gold with Merlot, notably its famous luxury bottling from Three Palms Vineyard, which remains its flagship. The winery also has a following for palate-flattering Cabs and Sauvignon Blancs. Though the main portfolio tends toward the expensive, there are more affordable wines well worth enjoying under the Decoy and Canvasback labels. Reserve ahead and taste five current releases for $35, or opt for various limited bottle tastings.
Etude's deck is idyllic, with bright white umbrellas and tastings of excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs.
Etude Wines
1250 Cuttings Wharf Road
Etude's deck is idyllic, with bright white umbrellas and tastings of excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noirs.
Highly recommended smaller type winery with a delicious cab. Do put it on your list.
Razi Winery
3108 Silverado Trail
Highly recommended smaller type winery with a delicious cab. Do put it on your list.
The winemaker is a friend. Very nice place, and good wines.
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Cuvaison Estate Wines
1221 Duhig Road
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The winemaker is a friend. Very nice place, and good wines.