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Diana B
Diana B

Diana B is a trusted home cook.

added about 4 years ago

I strongly recommend a visit to the Hess Winery for a look at their art collection there - mind-blowing! http://www.hesscollection...

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petitbleu
added about 4 years ago

Thanks, Diana! That's exactly the sort of thing we're looking for!

bugbitten
added about 4 years ago

You're already aware of the CIA campus in Saint Helena?

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petitbleu
added about 4 years ago

We visited the CIA campus last year. It's pretty impressive!

Dave on the grill
added about 4 years ago

Just south of St Helena is a small restaurant called Rutherford Grill, with good inexpensive food and great outdoor seating to enjoy some great wine.
Also, make the drive to downtown Napa. It's really become a great little area with good restaurants and tasting rooms. For a great tasting w some very friendly people, try Uncorked across from the Oxbow Market. For dinner, try ZuZu or Uva. Stay away from the expensive Chain restaurants. Mostly though, ask the locals, they're more than happy to make suggestions. Napa isn't as pretentious as one thinks.

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petitbleu
added about 4 years ago

Thanks, Dave. I'll definitely look into your suggestions.

babytiger
added about 4 years ago

When in the area, I have to make a stop at Bouchon Bakery.

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petitbleu
added about 4 years ago

Oh dear. That will easily be my weakness. I've only had the privilege of cooking from the Bouchon Bakery cookbook, but I will have to check out the actual bakery.

Nancy Harmon Jenkins
Nancy Harmon Jenkins

Nancy is a food writer, historian, and author of many books, her most recent being Virgin Territory: Exploring the World of Olive Oil, forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin.

added about 4 years ago

When I entertain visitors to Napa from other countries, I always take them to Taylor's Refresher (aka Gott's but locals still call it Taylor's) in St. Helena for a real introduction into American food at its best--burgers and shakes, but of a quality that is really outstanding. Another hit in St. Helena, the tasting bar in the shop at the Culinary Institute of America's Greystone campus. If you're interested in olive oil or chocolate, you can learn a lot from the CIA's experts with a guided tasting. And go on to purchase your own, if you wish.

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petitbleu
added about 4 years ago

Thanks, Nancy! We have been to Taylor's Refresher and plan on going back this time around. We have not, however, made it to the tasting bar at the CIA--will certainly give that a try.