Thanks to Melanie Wong for her wonderul suggestions!
Six girl friends who had not seen each other in many months got together for the weekend. We had lunch Friday and Saturday at the Charcuterie because we liked it so much(fabulous carrot and potato soup; chicken salad sandwich; pasta bolognese; chocolate profiteroles; apple bread pudding with the best caramel sauce in the world; blackberry crisp)
After looking at the ambience at Zin's (looked too cold), we decided on dinner for Friday at Willi's. They gave us a great cozy table, and we were very comfortable. Started with blood orange cosmos. Had lots of the small plates, too many to remember (too many cosmos?) but all were outstanding. Great service and lots of fun.
The weather was very crisp and a very cold 30 degrees on Saturday morning! West Dry Creek Road was sparkling with frost. Spent the day shopping and wine tasting: started out at Schlumberger, then on to Dry Creek, and Ferrari-Carano.
Took Melanie's suggestion for dinner Saturday at Santi, and so glad we did. Even though we could not get into the room by the fireplace, the food and service were fabulous. We shared the housemade salame and the frito misto (both outstanding), then had the Tuscan minestrone (top marks from me, a big critic of most minestrone, as my family is from Lucca) followed by the lamb shank. Great wine suggestion from our waiter: Scherrer 2001 Zin Old and Mature Vines--so good we went all the way to Dean and Deluca the next day for a case of it. Dessert was a wonderful steamed chocolate cake, very moist. Everyone was very happy.
Two of my friends had never been to Napa Valley before so I drove them to Calistoga (Chateau Montelena) and then down the valley and stopped in at the various wineries that struck their fancy. Topped it off with a great but late lunch at Bistro Jeanty.It was a full weekend but lots of fun!