Wine Country Road Trip: Yountville

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Wine Country Road Trip: Yountville

It’s day 4 of our wine country road trip — are you following along? We’re exploring Napa and Sonoma Valleys’ top destinations for dining, wine tasting and shopping. Follow us on Twitter and retweet our daily #wsroadtrip tweets with your favorite wine country destination named in the tweet, for a chance to win a $100 gift card! See our picks for Point Reyes, Sonoma and Napa; today, we’re stopping in beautiful, charming Yountville.


Wine Country Road Trip: Yountville

Start the day at Bouchon Bakery with coffee and a croissant, cheese danish or blueberry muffin. Adjacent to Thomas Keller’s classic French bistro Bouchon (a don’t-miss dinner spot), the bakery is stocked with a rainbow of macarons, perfectly crafted baguettes and boules, eclairs and fruit tarts. You can also pick up a few snacks for the road, such as flavored popcorn and Neapolitan rice crispy treats.


Fresh from Bouchon euphoria, visit the French Laundry Farm, a three-acre farm that provides the freshest possible produce to Chef Keller’s acclaimed restaurants. You can walk around and see the fruits and vegetables tended by gardeners, including Aaron Keefer (get the details in our Q&A with him here).


Kelly's Fuel and ProvisionsNext, fill up your tank at Kelly’s Fuel and Provisions, a gas station unlike any you’ve ever seen. Inside you’ll find a piano, full espresso bar and extensive wine collection, along with plenty of picnic supplies for tasters.


Head over to V Marketplace for unique art galleries and more specialty shops, including one of our favorites, Kollar Chocolates. There, you’ll find small-batch chocolate truffles with unexpected flavors, like fennel pollen or cardamom. The truffles are as artistic as they are delicious, perfect for gifts (or afternoon pick-me-ups).


Kollar ChocolatesWhen it’s time for lunch, grab a table at Redd Wood, the more casual outpost from Chef Richard Reddington of Redd. The Italian-inspired eatery serves wood-fired pizzas and house-made pastas and charcuterie in an open, contemporary dining room. Take advantage of warm days with the restaurant’s patio seating.


Or, enjoy lunch at homey Bistro Jeanty, a traditional and charming neighborhood restaurant where you’ll find authentic French classics such as escargots and cassoulet. Open for the past 15 years, it’s a favorite for locals.


Explore Napa Valley’s acclaimed wineries with some afternoon wine tastings. At Robert Sinskey Vineyards, you can sample a flight of wines paired with a plate of small bites from The Vineyard Kitchen, where the vintner’s wife, Chef Maria Helm Sinskey, is Culinary Director. Get to know Robert and Maria in our exclusive interviews.


Wine Country Road Trip: Yountville

You’ll need a reservation for a visit to Stag’s Leap Winery, but it’s well worth planning ahead. The beautiful vineyards are located on one of California’s oldest wine estates, complete with a stone winery and Victorian gardens — see it all in the historical tasting tour.


Yountville is a food-lover’s paradise; dinner options abound, and it’s impossible to go wrong. Chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s roadside restaurant Mustards Grill is a hub for chefs and winemakers on their nights off, serving comfort food favorites like barbecued ribs, macaroni and cheese alongside fresh salads and chipotle-rubbed quail.


Experience more of Thomas Keller’s celebrated cuisine at Ad Hoc, his most casual restaurant, where the menu changes daily. It’s known for featuring stellar versions of humble American classics like fried chicken and creamy grits.


Back at V Marketplace, you can dine at Bottega, where Chef Michael Chiarello goes back to  his roots with bold southern Italian dishes in a villa-style setting. Cozy up next to a wood-burning fire on the patio and sip a glass of wine before — or after — your meal.


Wine Country Road Trip: Yountville

The next stop on our road trip is gorgeous St. Helena! But first, we have two stops to recommend on your way up: Oakville Grocery, where you’ll find some of the best local products and prepared foods around, and Nickel and Nickel Vineyards, a perfect place for your next wine tasting. Make an appointment to tour the winery’s historic farmstead and sample a selection of single-vineyard wines paired with artisanal cheeses.


Read on for more!


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9 comments about “Wine Country Road Trip: Yountville

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  3. Margaret Ann Skinner

    I just flew home in July and we had a girls trip to Dillon Beach and hit up some of the wineries around there. We’re planning another one and would love to visit this region!

  4. Dacia Daniels

    Been all around the world, but yet to make it to California wine country. Would LOVE, LOVE to go!

  5. Anne Johnson

    I am enjoying your blog on your wine country trip and have started a list of stops we must make next time we are there. O to have a free week right now! I don’t have a twitter account but will repost on FB.

  6. Steve Howe

    Yountville is THE place to go for dining. There are so many incredible restaurants. Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, don’t miss wine tasting at the many world class wineries in the area.

    While in Yountville, be sure to enjoy a meal at Bistro Jeanty. It’s a long time favorite. It never disappoints!
    Spend some time exploring this charming town on food. It’s easy to spend a day here without using your car at all!


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