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Napa Vally Day 2 - Eight Wineries, La Luna, Bistro Jeanty - Long too

Wendy Lai | Jul 5, 200202:17 PM

Since we only made it to one winery on Monday we decided to go back on Tuesday. I was able to score a last minutes 5pm reservation at Bistro Jeanty.

We went to eight wineries: Stags Leap, Frogs Leap, Miner, Luna, Franciscan, Whitehall Lane, V. Sattui. The highlights were the $30 estate reserve tasting at Stags Leap where we got to sample a bottle of $150 cabernet. The other two were also exceptional. Stags Leap also had a $7 portfolio tasting for their more economical wines, they were just okay. Whitehall Lane had an excellent belmuscato, a fragant and sweet dessert wine, we couldn't help but buy a bottel after tasting.
V. Satttui had a large picnic ground, and with a full service deli and food counter inside, they were doing brisque business with both wine and non-wine items. They are signs posted prohibiting outside food taken into their picnic ground. If we havn't had lunch we would have taken adventage of their delicious deli offerings. I would compare their deli to Whole Foods. The tasting at V. Sattui was free. Mostly cheper wines that tastes okay for non-special occuassion, although their Maderia was pretty nice.
For lunch we went to La Luna Taqueria. At Frogs Leap (which by the way was a really lovely and friendly winery but because we didn't have a reservation we didn't get to see or taste much) we got recommendation for La Luna. I can't say enough good things about the simple yet delicious food we got at La Luna. For $3.50 we bought a huge burrito, as well as two tacos. Everything was SO delicious! The meat was slightly charred which gave it a nice smoky flavor. All the fixings really rounded out the burrito and tacos well.

We ended up our wine tasting at Luna, which had Italian wines. All around excellent wines, but in the end we bought a bottle of merlot instead :)

Dinner was at Bistro Jeanty. The menu was exactly the same as Jeanty's at Jack. If you saw my previous posts on Jeanty's at Jack, you would know I wasn't too impressed wtih it. I thought I would go back and give it another chance, order different things. This time I ordered the ever so famous Coq a vin. I must say I enjoyed it, but was not as impressed with it as some others. I agreed it was much better than my version (which by the way I also used the same recipe posted on Chronicle a while ago - I didn't have the right rooster or wine I suspect) but my socks weren't knocked off. I would easily order Bistro Don Giovanni's risotto anytime over Bistro Jeanty's coq a vin. I also didn't find anything I liked on their dessert menu. The few items that we liked we've already ordered at Jeanty's at Jack. This time I had to settle for the tart tatin. I thought the apples were over cooked, and cloying sweet. The nice touch was the cream fraich served on the side, slighlty tart, it helped with the overly sweet apples. Bistro Jeanty was a good restaurant, but there are many good restaurants that I wouldn't go back again simply because there are so many other restaurants out there that I need to try.

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