Tag: hidden gems

An All-American Story.

A few days ago we had the pleasure of spending some time (about three hours, actually) with a winery owner that with a one-of-a-kind experience in the wine business.  We visited Ceja Vineyards in Napa and tasted wines and toured the estate property with founder Amelia Ceja.  During this visit, we learned about the inspiring … Continue reading An All-American Story.

Beer? In Wine Country?

If you like underdogs, you would root for one of the few Latino-owned breweries in the United States. But if you really, really like underdogs, you would root for a brewery owned by Mexican immigrants and opened in the heart of Northern California wine country.  For those extreme fans of the underdog, we present Carneros Brewing … Continue reading Beer? In Wine Country?

H2, Oh!

If there is a downside to living in wine country, it's that we generally have no occasion to stay at the many cool hotels in our area - Napa and Sonoma counties.  Sure, we could shell out the money any time and stay wherever we please, but that would feel wasteful. Last week, though, we … Continue reading H2, Oh!

Two Birds. One Stone. Many Plates.

For those who love modern, inventive cuisine, beautiful decor, and superior service, there is a new "must visit" destination in the Napa Valley:   Two Birds/One Stone just north of St. Helena, on the grounds of the Freemark Abbey winery. TBOS had been on our list of places to visit since it opened in June of … Continue reading Two Birds. One Stone. Many Plates.

You don’t have to swim upstream to eat here

One of our favorite destinations in California is the town of Jenner, a spot known as the "River's End" where the Russian River meets the Pacific Ocean. There is something majestic about two bodies of water coming together and this particular location is no exception.  On top of a bluff overlooking this amazing spot sits a fantastic … Continue reading You don’t have to swim upstream to eat here

Wine that fits the bill

Writing a blog can take up a significant amount of precious free time, especially if you feel compelled, as we do, to post at least once a week.  With the pressure of jobs, kids, dogs, and the rest of life, we sometimes ask ourselves "is it worth it?"  Just when one of us feels like taking … Continue reading Wine that fits the bill

It’s All Greek To Me.

Tarla Mediterranean Bar & Grill in Napa is located on First Street in the heart of our town.  For the two-and-a-half years that we have lived here, we had been there exactly ...zero times.  In our defense, while we have heard many good things about it, we just had not made it there.  What finally … Continue reading It’s All Greek To Me.

Like Nonna’s cooking. If Nonna was a world-class chef.

The relatively tiny hamlet of Yountville in Napa Valley (population roughly 3,000) is home to some truly spectacular restaurants, including one with the coveted three Michelin stars and another with one Michelin star.  Among the remaining restaurants, there are several run by well-known celebrity chefs.  The San Francisco Chronicle's well-regarded food critic included 6 Yountville restaurants among the … Continue reading Like Nonna’s cooking. If Nonna was a world-class chef.

Vino y vista – wine worthy of the view

Some wineries you visit for the quality of the wine. Others (you know which ones we're talking about!) you visit despite the wine, because of the view, or the beautiful grounds, or the caves, or even the cable car.  With a handful of wineries, you visit for both the wine and the experience.  Artesa Winery … Continue reading Vino y vista – wine worthy of the view

Dining at Torc. Again.

One of the best restaurants in Napa, hands down, is Torc, located on Main Street just north of 1st Street.  Torc is a perfect place for locals (like us) but also a uniquely Napa experience that caters perfectly to out-of-town visitors as well.  We made a reservation to eat at Torc Friday night, but it was not our first time.  … Continue reading Dining at Torc. Again.