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Three Days in Napa Valley - please help!

kewlly | Jun 21, 2009 09:23 PM

My wife and I will be spending 3 days in Napa Valley next week. We are a young couple in our 20s from NY who love all types of good food.

We do have a reservation for dinner at the French Laundry on our final night there, but we wanted to make the most out of our three days there, so we're looking for tips and suggestions from Chowhounders. Also, we don't know very much about wine, but would love to visit at least 3-4 good wineries during our time there, so recommendations on those would be most welcome as well. We'll be staying in Downtown Napa (the River Terrace Inn) during our trip.

This is what we have so far on our itinerary:

Day 1: Arriving in the afternoon - planning on walking around downtown Napa and checking out the Oxbow Market before dinner
Dinner reservations at Ad Hoc. Also considering Redd for dinner, but at this point Ad Hoc sounds more interesting.

Day 2: Lunch reservations at Redd/Bistro Jeanty. I know Bistro Jeanty is more classical French Bistro food, which we enjoy. Just wondering if Redd is a must-go restaurant on our trip, or if it's just another good restaurant on par with Bistro Jeanty/Ad Hoc.

Thinking of trying out Hog Island Oysters (we love oysters) before dinner.

Dinner reservations at Celadon. We probably want to try to stay in downtown Napa for dinner at least one of the nights (instead of driving to Yountville every night), so any suggestions besides Celadon (I've heard Cole's Chop House, but am not really interested in getting steak in Napa) would be most welcome.

Day 3: Early lunch reservations at Auberge du Soleil (since we have a 5:30 seating at TFL). Mainly going there for the view. Any thoughts on whether it makes more sense just to go to the Bistro instead of the Restaurant for lunch?

Dinner reservations at The French Laundry.

Any critique on the itinerary above as well as any advice on what to order at these places would be most appreciated.

We'll probably try to visit wineries before or after lunch on Days 2 and 3. We haven't really tried a lot of wines, but we know we like Rieslings, Muscats and generally sweeter, more fruit-like wine. Any suggestions on wineries that are good for beginners but offer more intimate and interesting experiences would be great. Thanks!

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