Fog-cooled and refreshingly undeveloped, these windswept, rolling hills once grew grapes almost exclusively for sparkling wine. The Napa side of Carneros is changing, as many famous Pinot Noir and Chardonnay growers build wineries of their own. Meanwhile, the riverfront city of Napa has a booming restaurant scene.
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A partnership between grower Larry Hyde and Aubert de Villaine of Burgundy’s Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the winery makes elegantly nuanced Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, all from Hyde Vineyards.
Next door to Oxbow, this new restaurant helmed by Culinary Institute chefs spotlights global flavors and fresh ingredients.
This is a wonderful place to wander, eat, drink and shop. It offers everything from cheese, wine and cupcakes to sushi and beef. It’s also home to a Gott’s Roadside outpost.
A favorite place of locals, especially winemakers, this cozy spot is a draw in the morning for its donuts, eggs Benedict and spicy bacon Bloody Marys. Lunch leans toward flatbreads and heartier options.
A French-style chateau perched on a hill surrounded by vines, this is a peaceful, pretty oasis. Enjoy sparkling wines served tableside and paired with caviar, charcuterie and select cheeses.
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