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A view of Yountville from across the pond

by TrevR on April 2, 2008

Olivia Darling recently had an article published in The Telegraph about the Napa Valley town of Yountville. Being born and raised in the valley, it’s always interesting for us to see how outsiders view the very things we see and do on a daily basis.

Ms. Darling, who is described in the article as a novelist and ‘wine expert’, offered her views on the best things to see and do in Yountville. In addition to being a huge fan of Clos du Val (she mentions it three times for different reasons), Darling also had this to say:

Where would you meet friends for a drink?
You’re spoiled for choice in Napa – there are dozens of wonderful wineries nearby. In town, I like the terrace at Bistro Jeanty (6510 Washington Street).

Personally, we might opt for the bar at Hurley’s, or even V Wine Cellar, but that’s just us. And for dinner, sure French Laundry and Bouchon are great, but we also enjoyed our recent visit to Keller’s other restaurant, Ad Hoc, not to mention the yummy dishes at Redd.

Click to enlarge: Redd’s lettuce cups with stir fried chicken

Click to enlarge: Redd’s carmelized diver scallops

Click to enlarge: Redd’s chocolate brioche profiteroles

Anyway, check out the full article for yourself here.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Yountville, Clos du Val, Thomas Keller, Ad Hoc, French Laundry, Bouchon, Redd, Hurley's]

About the Author

has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

  • David Whitworth

    I could not agree more your comment about Redd being yummy. My wife and I had a wonderful lunch there last September while visiting the valley. Outstanding food and equally good service make for a memorable meal and that’s exactly what we had.

  • David Whitworth

    I could not agree more your comment about Redd being yummy. My wife and I had a wonderful lunch there last September while visiting the valley. Outstanding food and equally good service make for a memorable meal and that’s exactly what we had.

  • http://www.meadowood.hotelblogs.com/ Kat@Meadowood.com

    Hey guys! We love that you guys feature so many Napa Valley happenings on your site. We have just started a blog for Meadowood and would love to link and be linked to you guys. You can find us at the address listed above. I tried to email but it got kicked back. Sorry to make the connection in your comment section.

    Cheers
    kat

  • http://www.meadowood.hotelblogs.com Kat@Meadowood.com

    Hey guys! We love that you guys feature so many Napa Valley happenings on your site. We have just started a blog for Meadowood and would love to link and be linked to you guys. You can find us at the address listed above. I tried to email but it got kicked back. Sorry to make the connection in your comment section.

    Cheers
    kat

  • http://www.oliviadarling.co.uk/ Olivia Darling

    Thanks for linking to my article in the Telegraph. I feel I should point out that I have never touted myself as a ‘wine expert’! That’s newspaper subs for you. I’m blushing as I write.

    I certainly wish I’d known about your blog before I visited Napa and will take on board your recommendations for next time. As for Clos Du Val. Yep, I love it. I also love this place: http://www.williswinebar.com – run by a real ‘wine expert’ Mark Williamson – for next time you’re on my side of the pond.

    Best wishes, Olivia

  • http://www.oliviadarling.co.uk Olivia Darling

    Thanks for linking to my article in the Telegraph. I feel I should point out that I have never touted myself as a ‘wine expert’! That’s newspaper subs for you. I’m blushing as I write.

    I certainly wish I’d known about your blog before I visited Napa and will take on board your recommendations for next time. As for Clos Du Val. Yep, I love it. I also love this place: http://www.williswinebar.com – run by a real ‘wine expert’ Mark Williamson – for next time you’re on my side of the pond.

    Best wishes, Olivia

  • http://www.uncork29.com/ TrevR

    Olivia–thanks for the recommendation on Willi’s Wine Bar, next time we’re in Paris we’ll be sure to check it out!

  • http://www.uncork29.com TrevR

    Olivia–thanks for the recommendation on Willi’s Wine Bar, next time we’re in Paris we’ll be sure to check it out!

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