Fall trip to Napa Valley

With the crazy summer rush at the store now over, we decided a Fall junket to wine country was needed. We really love the town of Yountville, California (yountville.com). It's perfectly situated right in the heart of everything in Napa Valley... and it has some of the most incredible restaurants in the country. It's a Foodie's Paradise, for sure. 

Barb waiting for a refill at Paraduxx Winery
Barb at Paraduxx Winery

We stayed at the Vintage Inn right in town and headed out each day for tastings and late lunch. We hit most of the stalwarts in the valley. Notable among them were Stag's Leap, Duckhorn and Grgich Hills Estate. Of the many vineyards we wandered to, these three stood out -both for the wine but also for the scenery and service.

Entrance to the Vintage Inn
Entrance to the Vintage Inn. Yountville, California
Water fountains at the Vintage In in Yountville, California

We also made it a point to begin each day's tastings by starting with some sparkling wines (...not  called champagne in these parts!) The Vintage Inn hosts an amazing breakfast each morning with complimentary sparking wine so it seemed like a natural segue after leaving the Inn.

glass of sparkling wine from Domaine Chandon outside of Yountville, California.

Both Mumm and Domaine Chandon have astonishingly beautiful estates. Easing into each day with crisp, light bubbles was a great call before venturing into tasty red wines for the rest of the day.

Label of Mumm Brut

Lunch each day was unique treat. We kept it simple and light with our bellies so full from the wine. We did Pacific Blues cafe in Yountville (amazing deck and grilled salmon salad,) Gott's Roadside (former gas station turned lunch joint...) and our absolute best lunch was at the Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

Lunch and a beer at Pacific Blues Cafe in Yountville.

For dinners we treated ourselves to Bouchon, Bistro Jeanty, R+D Kitchen and Redd. Each was unique and delectable in its own way with eclectic menus and incredible ambiance... and all were walking (or stumbling) distance from the cozy, Vintage Inn.

Sushi from R+D Kitchen in Yountville.
Sushi at R+D Kitchen in Yountville, California

Dan and his glass of red...
Dan sipping wine somewhere in Napa Valley near Yountville, California