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Napa dinner for the unadventurous?

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Napa dinner for the unadventurous?

WinoGina | Mar 19, 2008 06:54 AM

I could use some advice about selecting a Napa area restaurant for a trip in April. I have read many many posts and recommendations on other threads, but my needs are kind of different. I love to try new and different restaurants (i.e. Ubuntu), but my husband is not a very adventurous diner.

We have enjoyed meals at The Girl and The Fig in Sonoma and Mustards Grill in Yountville. This trip we already have reservations at The General's Daughter in Sonoma, but I just can't settle on a Napa restaurant that I think my husband will enjoy.

I am looking for a place that utilizes local ingredients, is quintessential "wine country" dining, and has a very pleasant atmosphere. I am considering Martini House, Angele (although it may be too "French" to suit my husband), and maybe ZuZu (not really "wine country" cuisine) or Bistro Don Giovanni. I think Pilar would have been great, too bad it is currently closed for reconstruction according to their website. My husband would be fine with going back to Mustard's, but I kind of want to try something else. Any other suggestions?

We have not been to Sonoma/Napa in April before. We usually visit on weekdays in the winter to aviod the crowds. This trip is an add-on to a business trip, so we will be there over a weekend, too. How busy are wineries and restuarnts in mid-April on the weekends? Does the Sonoma Film Festival bring a lot of people to the area? Is there a chance for outdoor evening dining that time of year?

I would also be interested in hearing your winery choices for best unoaked white wines. Since it is fairly easy to find great red wine in Napa and Sonoma, it would be interesting to hear from those white wine fans out there! Thanks.

Gina
mid-west chowhound

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