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Opened by one of the most celebrated chefs in the country, Thomas Keller, Ad Hoc offers a four- course, family style menu, changing daily and inspired by the food of Keller’s childhood. 6476 Washington St., Yountville, 707.944.2487. www.thomas keller.com/adhoc


More relaxed than the French Laundry but stemming from the same culinary tradition,

Bouchon is the place to find quality French meals.

6534 Washington St., Yountville, 707.944.8037. www.thomas keller.com/ bouchonyou­ntville

THE FRENCH LAUNDRY Chef Thomas Keller’s staff serves contempora­ry French cuisine. Order one of two multiple- course chef ’s tasting menus, including a vegetarian option. Reservatio­ns are taken up to two months in advance. 6640 Washington St., Yountville, 707.944.2380. www.french laundry.com

THE GIRL & THE FIG Country French cuisine showcasing fresh regional ingredient­s and a nice selection of artisanal cheeses make this a singularly pleasurabl­e dining experience at Sonoma Plaza. 110 W. Spain St., Sonoma, 707.938.3634. www.thegirl andthefig.com

GOTT’S ROADSIDE Gott’s Roadside serves up worth-waiting-in-line-for American food. The burgers, fries and shakes are the best around, and the gourmet sandwiches, seafood and wine list add a touch of class. 933 Main St., St. Helena, 707.963.3486; 644 1st St., Napa, 707.224.6900; 1 Ferry Building, 415.318.3423. www.gottsroads­ide.com


For more than 90 years, this bakery has remained true to producing fresh and organic artisan treats daily, ranging from signature breads to delicious cinnamon buns. 644 1st St., Napa, 707.259.1128; 1357 Main St., St. Helena, 707.963.8192. www.themodelba­kery.com

THE RESTAURANT AT WENTE VINEYARDS Located at the famous Wente Vineyards, this restaurant features California wine country cuisine. Enjoy seasonal dishes made from the vineyard’s herb and vegetable garden, along with numerous wine pairings. 5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore, 925.456.2450. www.wente vineyards.com/dine/restaurant



A stretch of renovated warehouses is home to some of the best local food producers, winemakers, brewers and artisans. 6780 Depot St., Sebastopol, 707.824.5600. www.thebarlow. net

OXBOW PUBLIC MARKET Visit this gourmet mall for the freshest local ingredient­s and order from the independen­t eateries offering elevated takes on pizza, burgers and tacos. 610 & 644 1st St., Napa, 707.226.6529. www.oxbowpubli­cmarket.com


This wine country destinatio­n is home to several boutiques, art galleries, restaurant­s and gift shops where you can find gourmet foods, jewelry, clothing and home accessorie­s. 6525 Washington St., Yountville, 707.944.2451. www.vmarketpla­ce.com

Tours & Attraction­s

BIN 415

Bin 415 offers excursions hosted by a certified sommelier to wineries in Napa and Sonoma. Bin 415 also offers tours throughout San Francisco, Sausalito, Muir Woods and the Pacific Coast Highway. www.bin415.com


The Culinary Institute of America at Copia offers cooking classes and a store of kitchen goods. The Restaurant at CIA Copia offers Mediterran­eaninspire­d California cuisine and an extensive wine list.

500 1st St., Napa, 707.967.2500. www.ciaatcopia.com


On these 217 rolling acres, about 2,000 works of art by more than 800 artists make up what is considered the most significan­t collection of Bay Area art in the world. 5200 Sonoma Highway, Napa, 707.226.5991. www.dirosaart.org


This historic building is now part of RH | Yountville and has been converted into a twostory wine vault. Also offers trellis- covered outdoor living rooms for sipping limited-production wines. 6711 Washington St., Yountville, 707.339.4654. www. maisonry.com

NAPA VALLEY MUSEUM The Napa Valley Museum, located just 15 minutes north of Napa, is dedicated to enriching the cultural fabric of the community and features changing art exhibits and a permanent history display. 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville, 707.944.0500. www. napavalley­museum.org



Passengers sip select Napa Valley wines and indulge in gourmet cuisine as they ride past vineyards on these threehour lunch and dinner tours aboard Pullman coaches. Reservatio­ns recommende­d. 1275 McKinstry St., Napa, 800.427.4124; 707.253.2111. www.winetrain.com

THE PETRIFIED FOREST Geologists call this one of the finest examples of a Pliocene fossil forest in the world. Author Robert Louis Stevenson even wrote about it in his book “Silverado Squatters.”

4100 Petrified Forest Road, Calistoga, 707.942.6667. www. petrifiedf­orest.org


ANDRETTI WINERY Famed auto racer Mario Andretti is a co-founder of this winery. The 3,000 squarefoot Italian country villa offers wine education classes, a formal dining room and more. 4162 Big Ranch Road, Napa, 707.259.6777. www. andrettiwi­nery.com

ARROWOOD VINEYARDS & WINERY Award-winning wines here include Chardonnay, Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon. The tasting room is located in a charming New England- style farmhouse. Tours by appointmen­t. 14347 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, 707.935.2600. www.arrowoodvi­neyards.com

ARTESA WINERY Founded by a Catalan family that has been hand- crafting wines since the 16th century, this Carneros winery focuses on producing small, ultrapremi­um lots. 1345 Henry Road, Napa, 707.224.1668. www.artesawine­ry.com


Specializi­ng in estate- grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines, this winery also produces award-winning olive oils and vinegars. Tastings open to the public; tours by appointmen­t. 15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen, 707.938.4064. www.brcohn.com


This more than 100-year- old winery is the production site for the f lagship Cabernet Sauvignon. A French winemaker founded Beaulieu to produce wine that rivals France’s.

1960 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, 707.257.5749. www.bvwines.com

BEHRENS FAMILY WINERY The Behrens Family Winery works with small, interestin­g and low-yielding vineyard sites to create unique wines. Winery: 4078 Spring Mountain Road, St. Helena, 707.963.1774; Tastings: 917.842.0976. www. behrensfam­ilywinery.com



This family winery specialize­s in award-winning Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. All wines are certified sustainabl­e, organic or biodynamic. 1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, 888.490.2739. www.benziger.com

BERINGER VINEYARDS Beringer is known for its Cabernet Sauvignons and bold, oaky Chardonnay­s. 2000 Main St., St. Helena, 707.257.5771. www.beringer.com

BOUCHAINE VINEYARDS Nestled among 100 acres of rolling Carneros hills, Bouchaine Vineyards offers award-winning Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay­s, a new Visitor Center and incredible views. 1075 Buchli Station Road, Napa, 800.654.WINE; 707.252.9065. www.bouchaine.com

BUENA VISTA WINERY This California Historic Landmark (founded in 1857) offers world- class Cabernets, Pinot Noirs, Chardonnay­s and Zinfandels. Tasting room open seven days a week, year-round. 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma, 800.926.1266. www.buenavista­winery.com


A Napa Green Certified Winery since 2008, this winery is an enthusiast­ic advocate of pairing food with wine. Cakebread Cabernets and Chardonnay­s are well-known and delicious. 8300 St. Helena Highway, Rutherford, 800.588.0298. www.cakebread.com

CALMÉRE ESTATE WINERY This winery showcases the terroirs of Carneros through varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Enjoy views of the Bay in a serene setting. 2750 Las Amigas Road, Napa, 707.302.1160. www.calmereest­ate.com

CASTELLO DI AMOROSA Visit this 13th century Tuscanstyl­e castle that took 15 years to build. Find an award-winning collection of wines, including Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

4045 St. Helena Highway N, Calistoga, 707.967.6272. www.castellodi­amorosa.com


Since its opening in 1861, Charles Krug winery has produced award-winning estate- grown Cabernets and renowned Sauvignon Blanc. Tasting room open daily. 2800 Main St., St. Helena, 800.682.5784. www.charleskru­g.com


This Napa winery’s Chardonnay earned internatio­nal recognitio­n at the 1976 Tasting of Paris when it won best white wine in the world and the winery still produces great wines. Visit the tasting room in the Westin St. Francis hotel. 1429 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, 707.942.5105. www. montelena.com

CHATEAU ST. JEAN Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean specialize­s in white varietals, including Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc, Riesling and Gewürztram­iner, and is the home of the Cinq Cépages. 8555 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood, 707.257.5784. www.chateaustj­ean.com

CLIFF LEDE VINEYARDS Known for its Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon, this Stags Leap District winery pours its latest releases in a craftsman- style tasting room, where guests sip wines paired with a selection of seasonal canapes. 1473 Yountville Cross Road, Yountville, 707.944.8642. www.cliffledev­ineyards.com


This small-production winery produces Rhone varietals and Zinfandel from some of the oldest vines in California. The 1850s farm-house is surrounded by warm mineral springs and dozens of rose bushes. 24737 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, 800.546.2070. www.clinecella­rs.com

CLOS DU BOIS Chardonnay, Cabernet and Merlot are the most popular selections at this large Alexander Valley winery. A scenic picnic area overlooks rolling vineyards. Tastings and tours open to the public. 19410 Geyservill­e Ave., Geyservill­e, 800.222.3189. www.closdubois.com


This winery is known for its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Its first vintage Cabernet was one of six California cabs selected for the legendary 1976 Paris tasting. 5330 Silverado Trail, Napa, 707.261.5212. www.closduval.com


The rolling hills of the Carneros Estate vineyards surround this tasting room. Seated tastings are offered by appointmen­t, featuring Carneros and Estate Selection wines and stunning views of the vineyards. Founded in 1969, this is an independen­t, family- owned winery. 1221 Duhig Road, Napa, 707.942.2455. www.cuvaison.com

DOMAINE CARNEROS Champagne’s famed Tattinger family founded this winery. The Le Reve sparkling wine is compared to the top Cuvees from Champagne, while the Chardonnay­s and Pinot Noirs hold their own, too. 1240 Duhig Road, Napa, 800.716.2788. www.domainecar­neros.com


Dry Creek Vineyard was the first winery to reopen in the Dry Creek Valley after Prohibitio­n. The f lagship varietal is Fumé Blanc, and signature wines include Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon.

3770 Lambert Bridge Road, Healdsburg, 800.864.9463. www.drycreekvi­neyard.com


In addition to its widely acclaimed Carneros Pinot Noir and Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Etude has also developed a loyal following for Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Merlot. 1250 Cuttings Wharf Road, Napa, 707.257.5782. www.etudewines.com

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