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Napa Valley Jaunt (a little long)

Socal Boy | Feb 21, 200305:45 PM     1

Thanks for all of the posts regarding Napa Valley eats and wineries. After looking through hundreds of threads, we narrowed down our day and half trip to enjoy the awesome culinary treats and great wine that Napa Valley has to offer. Here's a quick recap of where we ate. Arrived on Saturday morning and drove up to Napa from Oakland. We had afternoon reservations at Schramsberg for the tour and tasting so we headed up to St Helena. First stop was lunch at Martini House. I had the 3 course fixed price meal (19.99) consisting of a mache and avocado salad, mahi mahi with porcini mushroom sauce and a coconut, mango mousse on a chocolate cookie type thing. My wife had the mushroom soup and the chicken pot pie.The food and service was excellent. We didn't have a reservation and they accomodated us with no problems.
The tour at Schramsberg was another great recommendation off the board. A wonderful tour and the final stop was an elegant tasting room with 4 different champagnes to taste (Blanc de blanc, Blanc de Noir, Reserve, J Schram). Tasting was 20.00 per person.
Dinner reservations were at Roux Restaurant in St Helena. A small yet cozy place with attentive service and great food. We were greeted and seated with an amuse bouche of rabbit rilletes and this was the start of a wonderful dinner. I ordered the crab risotto for starters and the stew of rabbit for my entree. My wife had the beet salad and butternut squash ravioli for dinner. Both works of art and tasty. Another amuse bouche appeared before our entrees which was a tiny goat cheese tart. Yet another amuse bouche appeared right before dessert consisting of a tiny smore and a lemon star cookie.Finished off dinner with a pear almond tart. A great place to eat in St Helena. Yum.
The next day, (sunday) we tried to go to Lucy's Bistro, but it was closed for lunch. Also tried Bistro Jeanty but it was also closed(I think for remodeling) and ended up at Bouchon. I started out with the garlic sausage and finished with the lamb. My wife had the charcuterie plate and the steak frites. She had the better meal here. P.S.- I think this was the dinner menu for Sunday lunch or at least I hope it was.
Finally, stopped at Dean and Deluca for some picnic items and snacks to take back to Oakland. Wonderful cheeses, olive bar and sausages were indeed a welcome sight in Oakland.
Again, my thanks to everyone who posted the wonderful suggestions for a great, yet too short trip to Napa Valley.

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