Husband and I honeymooned in Napa in 2007 and have decided on a return trip in October. Back then we dined at Press, Bistro Don Giovanni, Bistro Jeanty (more that I can't remember). We visited Cakebread, Opus One, Shafer, Long Meadow Ranch, Hess, Darioush, Kuleto, Del Dotto, Frank Family, Sterling Vineyards, Castello Di Amorosa, Domaine Chandon, Domaine Carneros....
This trip we are renting a house about 5 minutes from downtown Napa. We are starting the vacation with the Bounty Harvest Dinner at Kuleto Estate and ending the trip with a Day on the Bay with Cakebread.
We need to fill our schedule in between these events!
Here is a list of restaurants I've been seeing on the board that interest us:
French Laundry (providing we get in; went to Per Se last year in NY and loved it!)
Press (dinner in 2007 was excellent; havn't seen many great reviews lately)
Bounty Hunter Wine Bar
Please tell me if there are any "musts" or "skips" on the list and feel free to add other suggestions. We love French, Italian, Mexican, Tapas; do not like sushi. Not too worried about breakfast as we will probably make something at the house before we hit the road each day. Lunches will be on the go in between wine tastings, possibly a picnic or two.
Here is a preliminary list of wineries:
Cakebread and Shafer are the only ones we definitely want to do. The others are ones that seem interesting from reading the boards. We are pretty open on wineries...we love a great view, interesting architecture, anything fun surrounding the tasting (hike, horseback ride, etc), in addition to great wine of course!
Also, we will probably take one day off from wine tasting and do a nice long hike. We might try to have that day be the same as The French Laundry so we're good and hungry! I've done Mount St. Helena but if anyone has other suggestions we are open.
Other activities we are interested in are Oxbow Public Market, massage/mud bath, Round Pond (olive oil tasting). More suggestions appreciated.
We are the type of travelers who love a schedule, knowing that we will throw the schedule out the window if something more interesting catches our eye.
Thanks in advance!
The French Laundry
6640 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
1111 Dunaweal Ln, Calistoga, CA 94515
6510 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
Oxbow Public Market
610 First Street, Napa, CA 94559
1240 Duhig Rd, Napa, CA
221 Powell St., San Francisco, CA 94102
Bistro Don Giovanni
4110 Howard Ln, Napa, CA
6525 Washington Street Suite A9, Yountville, CA 94599
6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599
1425 1st St, Napa, CA 94559