In addition to world class wines, the Napa Valley is home to some of the top restaurants in the world. Every year Michelin rains its much coveted stars on numerous local eateries–in fact the town of Yountville has boasted that it has more Michelin Stars per capita than any other location. With all that in mind, we’ve put together a two-day Napa Valley itinerary that is sure to delight the taste buds of even the most fickle foodie.
Start off with a hearty breakfast in downtown Napa at Alexis Baking Company and Cafe. The cornmeal pancakes are always a winner as are the omelettes and baked goods. Tip: arrive early to avoid the crowds, especially on weekends.
Walk off breakfast by taking a stroll through downtown Napa, where numerous shops, art galleries and restaurants line the streets. Cross the river to the east and enter the Oxbow District, where you’ll find the bustling Oxbow Public Market–a 40,000 square foot marketplace featuring dozens of local food vendors, artisan cafes and an organic produce outlet for local farms.
Head back to your car and cruise north on the picturesque Silverado Trail to Signorello Estate. With a prior appointment you’ll be able to sip five estate wines each paired with canapes selected by the winery’s executive chef all while sitting on the terrace overlooking the valley below.
When you’ve had enough of the amazing views, venture north on Silverado trail until you find Robert Sinskey Vineyards. A reservation for the winery’s “Perfect Circle” tour will allow you to sip wine, stroll through the garden and discuss food and wine pairing. After a quick stop in the caves and some insights into the winemaking process, you’ll gather at the farm table to enjoy seasonal creations from the vineyard kitchen paired with a selection of Robert Sinskey wines.
Take the short drive across Yountville Cross Road into town and park at the north end of Yountville. From there, stroll southward and stop to check out Thomas Keller’s world renown French Laundry and his lush garden right across the street. Explore the rows and rows of seasonal vegetables and soak in the mountain and vineyard views looking west across the valley.
When you’re ready to leave the garden, continue south to find your dinner destination. Either Keller’s Ad Hoc or Chef Michael Chiarello’s Bottega will provide a delicious ending to day one.
Start with a quick bite and strong caffeine at Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company in downtown Napa or Ritual Roasters at Oxbow Public Market. Get something to eat, but not too much–a day full of food and wine awaits.
Cruise up Highway 29 to tiny Oakville on your way to Swanson Vineyards. Your 11am reservation will have you partake in an intimate one-hour tasting of Swanson wines paired with chocolates, caviar and cheeses.
Continue north on Highway 29 into Rutherford and find Round Pond Estate. No, you’re not here for more wine, your 1pm appointment is for a 90-minute tour and tasting at the estate olive mill. This unique adventure starts with a guided tour of the olive mill, followed by a sit down tasting of olive oils, vinegars and syrups paired with a seasonal selection of garden inspired foods.
Head north on Highway 29 to find downtown St. Helena, where you’ll be able to stretch your legs and work up an appetite by browsing through numerous shops, art galleries and more in this quaint town. If you’re in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, stop in at Sogni Di Dolci for a delicious Italian espresso or split a gelato before heading out of town.
Close out your time in Napa Valley by watching the sunset from the deck at the Restaurant at Auberge du Soleil while you enjoy a glass of Napa Valley’s finest along with delectable Mediterranean-inspired dishes prepared by Executive Chef Robert Curry.