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Napa trip musts

foodwhisperer | May 3, 2009 07:22 PM

My girlfriend and I will be going to Napa for a 5 days. I searched the past posts but still need more updated recs for wineries and restaurants.Ive been to the wineries twice before but the only one I ate in was Chandon, which had OK food. Thier sparking rose I really liked.
I need recs for lunch and dinners, breakfast will probably be at the hotel which is in town of Napa. I'm open to breakfast elsewhere if it's really exceptional.
-- French Laundry is fully booked according to Open Table so I need a good 2nd choice.
Ive read reviews on Cyrus, Redd, I've been to Bouchon in LV and wasnt impressed.
I know Friday nite reservations will be touch so I'd like a fairly easy place to get into, perhaps Angele.
I'm not sure how driving at night is from Napa to Yountville or St Helena where it seems most of the best restaurants are. Also, I'm wondering if there are any good tapas style ( spanish, french , asian) restaurants in Napa Valley.
I definitley want good wines, but also want good photo ops. I;m not sure whether to base it on wines I like since those wineries might not be visitor friendly. And there are so many wines I havent tried. I would liek to go to Sonoma, Napa, and Healdsberg areas.
Wines i like are Montelena, Mt Veeder, Chappellet, Duckhorn, Tedeschi, Rabbit Ridge, Chalone, Stags Leap, Joseph Phelps, I'd like to try some Rieslings and some dessert wines also ,,, and Frog Leap's website is the cutest so I want to go there.
Please give your recs on which restaurants and wineries are a must to see. Also is the Wine Train a good "must"

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